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Jhire was excellent and took really good care of us, even changing parts of the itinerary to fit in around us! One of the highlights of the trip was spending time with him, it was great fun. Overall, our trip was thoroughly enjoyable and we’d certainly use the Mountain Company again. So a big thank you to you and everyone who made it all happen.
Caroline Clark (UK) | Everest Luxury Lodge, Nepal

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Markha Valley

This is a trek in Ladakh crossing two high passes with spectacular views of Karakoram and Zanskar mountain ranges.

Ladakh, also known as little Tibet, is one of the most remarkable regions of India. Although politically part of India, Ladakh is geographically and culturally an extension of western Tibet. Ladakh is a high and arid landscape with lush irrigated valleys surrounded by snow capped peaks. Leh the capital of Ladakh has long been a remote and fascinating outpost and important cross-roads for pilgrims and traders in the upper Indus Valley.

After the spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Leh we spend several days for essential acclimatization with sightseeing at Buddhist monasteries. The trek starts at the village of Spituk and after crossing the Ganda La we descend into the Markha Valley. We continue to the beautiful Nimaling plains dominated by the impressive Kang Yatze peak. From here we cross the Kongmaru La with superb views south to Zanskar and north to the Karakoram range. We descend from the pass through a steep canyon with wonderful coloured rock and then drive back to Leh.


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Trip Details

  • Destination: India
  • Holiday Type: Walking & Trekking
  • Duration: 13 days from Leh
  • Leadership: Local leader
  • Minimum Group Size: 2 people
  • Cost: 2019 - £1,175 (US$1,525 or €1,340) from Leh 2019 - £1,175 (US$1,525 or €1,340) from Leh
    What does this include?
What does this include

Price includes:

  • All transfers including airport collections
  • Twin share room at Hotel Pangong, Hotel Lotus or Hotel Omasila in Leh
  • Breakfast only at hotels in Leh, all meals included while on trek
  • Twin share tents while on trek
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, guide, ponies and cook
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)

Price excludes:

  • International flight to/from Delhi
  • Internal flight to/from Leh and Delhi
  • Travel & trekking insurance
  • India tourist visa
  • Lunch and evening meals in Leh
  • Delhi hotel and transfers
  • Personal clothing & equipment
  • Tips
  • Other items not listed in "What is included"
Trip Grade Moderate

Trip Grade Moderate

Suitability: a good choice for most hill walkers, reasonable level of fitness required.

1) Walking times: average 5 to 7 hours walking per day for up to 14 days usually with some rest days included.

2) Altitude: up to 5,000m.

3) Terrain: for most of time following well-travelled trails, there will be daily ascent and descent.

4) Remoteness: usually not too remote and often there is a reasonable level of infrastructure such as lodge accommodation and cell/ mobile phone reception.

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Trip Dates

  • July 6th to 18th 2020
  • July 20th to August 1st 2020
  • August 10th to 22nd 2020
  • July 5th to 17th 2021
  • July 19th to 31st 2021
  • August 9th to 21st 2021

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1Arrive in Leh (3,505m) 
  • Day 2Sightseeing around Leh 
  • Day 3Sightseeing around Leh 
  • Day 4Drive to Spituk, and trek to Jingchen (3,380m) 
  • Day 5Trek to Yurutse (4,120m) 
  • Day 6Trek to Shingo (4,150m) over the Ganda la (4,850m)  
  • Day 7Trek to Skiu (3,400m) 
  • Day 8Trek to Markha (3,700m) 
  • Day 9Trek to Tchatchutse (4,150m) 
  • Day 10Trek to Nimaling (4,720m) 
  • Day 11Trek to Shang (3,660m) over the Kong Maru la (5,100m) 
  • Day 12Trek to Hemis (3,600m), drive to Leh 
  • Day 13Fly to Delhi 
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