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What’s included

  • A local leader
  • Economy class return air fares from London & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (3 star) in Delhi, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels in Leh on full board
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Full porterage
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

Markha Valley Trek Great Treks of the world Festivals

Walking & Trekking

India, Ladakh | Walking & Trekking

Offer - £100 off
Markha Valley Trek
Vigorous

Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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Grade: Vigorous ? Vigorous
Duration:  14 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days
Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £2,140,
Land only from £1,460

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Dramatic and varied scenery make this Ladakh's most celebrated trek.

Highlights

  • A classic summer trek in the dramatic Indian Himalaya
  • A week long trek crossing a pass of 5,216m/17,113ft
  • Plenty of pre-trek acclimatisation time in and around Leh
  • Time at a traditional Ladakhi festival (10th July departure)

Reviews          

The itinerary was well planned - we had plenty of time to acclimatise in Leh before the trek. Accommodation in Delhi and Leh very good, great food and friendly service.
Ms G, Bicester

Our guide was outstanding - the best we have had - his knowledge of the culture and wildlife was unrivalled.
Mr & Mrs K, St Albans

Our guide knew everyone in the Markha Valley and was extremely knowledgeable about the culture, flora and fauna.
Mr & Mrs H, London

Personal service when we emailed or phoned. Efficient pick-ups etc.during the trip. No compromises on quality.
Mr & Mrs M, Surrey

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Ladakh is often called ‘Little Tibet’ as, lying north of the main Himalaya chain, it receives little rainfall, and unlike other parts of the Himalaya, this means that the best time to visit is in the summer months. The scenery of Ladakh is stark and dramatic; deep gorges, alluvial fans, contorted strata, large Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, flat-topped mud-brick houses in verdant oasis-like villages, snow-capped mountains and grand vistas.

The Markha Valley epitomises the best of this scenery and is perhaps Ladakh’s most celebrated trek. It has giant rock pinnacles, spectacular cliffs, narrow defiles, prayer-flagged passes and evidence of a much older civilisation, the history of which has been lost in antiquity. As you trek up the valley, there are the ruins of many forts and castles, some built in the most unlikely of places, whilst the many monasteries and gompas, that are still central to the lives of the Ladakhi people, illustrate the deep Buddhist heritage of the region.

Before the trek begins, there is plenty of time to acclimatise whilst exploring the cultural attractions of Leh and the Indus Valley, including a visit to the significant Hemis festival on our 30th June departure. We then drive up the Zanskar river gorge to Chilling, 3,350m/10,990ft, before entering the Markha Valley where tiny villages and settlements dot the trail. Walking past extraordinary rock strata and numerous ruined fortresses we gradually climb to reach the wide verdant pastures at Nimaling. Finally, we cross the dramatic Kongmaru La, at 5,100m/16,732ft, before descending to Hemis Monastery.

The Markha Valley Trek represents a great value ‘classic’ trek and provides a superb opportunity to enjoy a Himalayan trek in the summer months.

Private Departures

Markha Valley Trek Private Departure

Markha Valley Trek Private Departure
We can offer a private departure of this holiday in India for a minimum of two people sharing. Prices from £1,945 per person, Land Only. International flights available from £680.


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At a glance

Grade: Vigorous
Vigorous

Duration:  14 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days

Max. Altitude: 5,216m/17,113ft, Kongmaru La, Day 12

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Delhi

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Festival:

June 2017 departure attends the Hemis Festival. 

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Delhi, all meals included in Leh, on the drive and on trek.

Leader: Local leader, Ladakh
Local leader, Ladakh

Your leader will be a knowledgeable, English speaking guide, most likely from Ladakh. However, sometimes Sherpas come over from Nepal in the summer season and you may therefore have a Nepalese guide. In addition to helping you get the most out of your visit to Ladakh and taking care of you, your leader will co-ordinate all your arrangements, ensuring that everything runs as smoothly as possible.



DayActivity
1-3
Fly to Delhi. Take a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi then fly to Leh.
4-5
Attend the Hemis festival (Jun). Full day sightseeing in the Indus Valley including; Shey Palace, Thikse Gompa, Stakna Gompa and and Stok Palace.
6-9
Drive to Chilling. On trek, passing through Chilling, Skiu, Markha and Hangkar.
10
Trek to Nimaling across broad meadows that rise to meet the lower slopes of Kang Yatse..
11
Today is a rest day but there may be a chance to walk to Kang Yatse Base Camp - the highest peak in the Zanskar range.
12
Cross the Kagmaru La pass, 5,216m/17,257ft , where there are superb views. Descend to the village of Chogdo.
13
End the trek with a short walk to the village of Sumdo. Drive back to Leh with a visit to Hemis Gompa en route.
14
Fly to Delhi then on to the UK.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Fri 30 Jun - Thu 13 Jul 2017Available & reduced by £100£1460 Book£2140 Book
Sun 30 Jul - Sat 12 Aug 2017Available & reduced by £100£1460 Book£2210 Book

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Optional supplements
  • Single Tent
    From £65
  • Single room supplement
    From £175
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £114
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No surcharges will be applied to your holiday after you book. Prices on this website are updated regularly. The Flight Inclusive holiday price, or Land Only holiday price, will be confirmed to you at the time you make your booking. There will be no surcharges after your booking has been confirmed.

Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • A local leader
  • Economy class return air fares from London & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (3 star) in Delhi, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels in Leh on full board
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Full porterage
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Indian Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Delhi
  • Tips


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Markha Valley Trek          

Personal service when we emailed or phoned. Efficient pick-ups etc. during the trip. No compromises on quality.

Outstanding guide          

Our guide was outstanding - the best we have had - his knowledge of the culture and wildlife was unrivalled.

Knowledgeable guide          

Our guide knew everyone in the Markha Valley and was extremely knowledgeable about the culture, flora and fauna.

Good acclimatisation          

The itinerary was well planned - we had plenty of time to acclimatise in Leh before the trek. Accommodation in Delhi and Leh very good, great food and friendly service.


Extend your holiday

Kashmir Houseboat extension, India
  • Spend the end of your trek or tour relaxing on a luxurious houseboat in Kashmir.
  • Cosy bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
  • Includes all meals, tea and coffee on-board, provided by your own cook.

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We are very pleased to say we can now offer extensions to visit Srinagar in Kashmir.  Closed since 1990, it is now thankfully open again to western tourists and at last you have the opportunity of true relaxation aboard one of the famous houseboats either on Dal Lake, or Nagin Lake.

The flat-bottomed houseboats have cosy bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a large living/dining room, and a verandah where you can enjoy mountain views and watch the shikaras (wooden boats) gliding along on the lake from shore to houseboat.

You will have your own cook on your houseboat so all you have to do is relax, put your feet up, and enjoy a well earned rest after the rigours of your trek or tour.


Ranthambore National Park extension, India

Ranthambore National Park extension, India
  • Known for its population of tigers.
  • Home to fascinating wildlife including jungle cats, hyenas, jackals, bears, crocodiles and large populations of langur monkeys.
  • Enjoy safari drives as you look out for wildlife amongst the picturesque grassland, hills and lakes.

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Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is one of the finest national parks in northern India. Formerly a hunting reserve for the Maharajas of Jaipur, you can see a huge variety of fantastic wildlife and birds in Ranthambore, but the park is particularly famous for its population of tigers - although of course sightings of tiger can never be guaranteed many visitors to this park are lucky enough to get good views.  The scenery of the park is very varied with grassland, hills and lakes and there are also some very picturesque and atmospheric ruins located in the park. Even if you don’t see tigers there is abundant wildlife on view in Ranthambore with leopard and other cats such as jungle cats, caracal, hyena, jackal, wild boar, bear, several species of deer, and large populations of langur monkeys. Marsh crocodiles and other reptiles are also found in the lakes within the park. Owing to the wide range of habitats within the park there is also a large variety of fantastic and colourful birds, both resident and migrant, to be seen - in total, 272 bird species have been documented within the park.


Corbett National Park extension, India

Corbett National Park extension, India
  • Corbett National Park is home to one of the largest Royal Bengal Tiger populations in India.
  • Over 50 species of mammals, many reptiles and hundreds of bird species to look out for.
  • Ideal extension from Delhi to explore some of India's most fascinating wildlife.

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Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. Located between the Himalayan foothills to the north and the ancient Shivalik Hills to the south, the reserve covers a wide range of habitat with dense woodlands, open grasslands, riverine vegetation, dry riverbeds and more hilly terrain and so offers much diversity. This varied habitat hosts a spectacular diversity of mammal, bird and reptilian life, unmatched anywhere in India.

The park is home to one of the largest Royal Bengal Tiger populations in India as well as other large cats such as leopard.  There are also around 50 species of mammals including large herds of elephant and four species of deer. In the park you also find many reptiles, including the rare and highly endangered Gharial crocodile. Corbett has a spectacular bird diversity – there are several hundred resident species of bird with as many more crossing on their migratory routes with bird diversity being at its peak during the winter months.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (India)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (India)
  • 1-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add at the beginning or end of your holiday in India
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort

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After your adventures in India why not add an exciting day trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, along with time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


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