Beyond the Markha Valley

Beyond the Markha Valley

15 Days



Beyond the Markha Valley

15 Days Starting in Delhi and ending in

Visiting: India, Indian Himalaya

Tour operator:

World Expeditions

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Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

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Tour Overview

This is the finest introduction to trekking in Ladakh. The itinerary reflects over 30 years experience in Ladakh and in our constant search for upgrading treks our 'Beyond the Markha Valley' would be hard to beat. In essence we extend our classic trek from the Markha Valley, following established trails linking whitewashed settlements and tiny monasteries to the vast grazing pastures of Rupshu. Rupshu is the home of the Khampa, the original mountain nomads and is perfect for those looking for an unusual and remote trek. This is a stunning trek that explores the Ladakh heartland, where the flutter of prayer flags and the ancient mani walls reflect the deep seated Buddhist heritage and where views of the Zanskar Range stretch to the borderlands of the Tibetan Plateau.


  • Explore trails linking whitewashed settlements and tiny monasteries to the vast pastures of Rupshu

  • Head off the beaten track to the Zalung Karpo La and remote Tibetan borderlands

  • Traverse passes fluttering with prayer flags that reflect the deep Buddhist heritage

  • Visit ancient monasteries and forts in the upper Indus Valley

  • Experience traditional hospitality in our hotel in Leh

  • Enjoy a fully supported trek staying in beautifully situated campsites


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Day 1 : Join Delhi

On arrival in Delhi you will be met by a World Expeditions representative and transferred to your hotel. Should you arrive earlier in the day we are happy to assist with any optional sightseeing.
Due to the differing times of arrival of group members and the early morning departure to Leh the following morning the initial briefing will be on ‘a need to know basis’ such as what to pack, ordering a packed breakfast, what time for departure from the hotel, arrangements for leaving gear in Delhi etc. Your World Expeditions kit bag will also be distributed after the briefing.
Overnight group hotel.
Note: the main briefing will be on arrival in Leh and sleeping bags, liners, insulated mattress and down jackets will be distributed.
Note: If you are arriving in Delhi on a late night flight, you may like to arrive the day before the trip commences. Please talk to your World Expeditions reservations consultant or travel agent for pretour accommodation options.
Overnight: The Lalit Hotel or similar

Day 2 : Fly To Leh
Meals Included: B, L, D

We take the early flight from Delhi to Leh in the Indus Valley. If the conditions are clear you will be rewarded with grand views across the Great Himalaya and Zanskar ranges before landing at the capital of Ladakh. On our first day in Ladakh we spend time wandering the bazaar and imposing Leh Palace. We have the opportunity to climb to the Victory Fort (above the Palace) built in the 17th century to commemorate Ladakh's independence from the invading armies from Baltistan and Kashmir. From the Palace we can also appreciate the alleyways that comprise the old town of Leh, located to the east of the main bazaar.
Overnight: Hotel Omasila or similar

Day 3 : In Leh
Meals Included: B, L, D

Among other options is a visit to the Shanti Stupa at Chanspa, just up the road from our hotel that affords fine views up the Indus Valley. It is also recommended to visit the Ladakh Ecological Centre to appreciate how the Ladakhi people have been able to incorporate new technology into their traditional lifestyles.On the second day we include a trip to Shey Palace and Tikse monastery. Shey Palace originally housed the Ladakh royal family before they moved to Leh in the 17th century. A few km up the Indus valley is the spectacular setting of Tikse monastery perched on the summit of a sugarloaf mountain. Our guides will show you around this ancient monastery and provide you with insights as to how the monks conduct their life and their day to day monastic routine.On the third day in Leh we head to Stok Palace due south of Leh where we undertake short hike up the gorges leading into the Stok Range. An invaluable day to assist with our acclimatization before we commence our trek.
Overnight: Hotel Omasila or similar

Day 5 : Leh To Zinchen And Trek To Rumbak (1Hr Drive & 3Hrs Trek)
Meals Included: B, L, D

We drive via Stakna village and alongside the Indus River to reach the tiny settlement of Zinchen (3380m). It will not take long for our packhorses to be loaded before commence our trek that gradually ascends a spectacular gorge to the village of Rumbak (3960m). Our camp (3850m) is located just below the village.
Overnight: Tented camp

Day 6 : In Rumbak (Acclimatisation Walks)
Meals Included: B, L, D

A further opportunity to acclimatise. We undertake day walks to Rumbak village and up side valleys leading to the base of the Stok La that afford spectacular views of the Trans Himalaya.
Overnight: Tented camp

Day 7 : Rumbak To Camp Below Ganda La (Walk Approx. 3Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

From Rumbak we ascend to the settlement of Yurutse. The peak of Stok Kangri looms above the stark mountainscape. Our campsite (4350m) is well located in a tiny meadow within striking distance of the Ganda La. That afternoon we undertake a short walk to further assist with acclimatisation and to also gain striking views across the upper Rumbak Valley.
Overnight: Tented camp

Day 8 : Base Camp To Shogdo Via Ganda La (Walk Approx. 6Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

Above our camp we gain views of the snow-capped Stok Range. After gradually ascending a series of switchbacks we make the final gradual ascent to the Ganda La (4950m). From the pass there a views south across the endless folds of the Zanskar Range and the snow capped summits of the main Himalaya Range before completing the gradual descent to the village of Shingo (4150m).
Overnight: Tented camp

Day 9 : Shogdo To Narding (4-5 Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

Below Shogdo the trail enters a narrow gorge where willow, poplar and rose bushes provide a natural canopy alongside the river course. The Skui monastery (3435m) marks the confluence of the stream coming from Shogdo and the Markha Valley. We then head up the Markha Valley to Narding (3530m) and a comfortable, grassy campsite.
Overnight: Tented camp

Day 10 : Narding To Hankar Via Markha(6-7 Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

The trail gradually ascends the Markha Valley passing a few small settlements en route to Markha (3770m) the largest village in the valley where we will visit the derelict fort above the village and the gompa that has recently been renovated by funds from trekkers and Hemis monastery. From Markha we continue up valley (with one river crossing) just before the village of Umlung. A few km beyond the village the valley widens and the imposing peak of Kangyaze (6400m) can be appreciated before reaching Hankar (3980m), the highest village in the Markha Valley.
Overnight: Tented camp

Day 11 : Hanker To The Base Of The Zalung La (6 Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

From Hanker we divert from the main trail and commence our ascent across yak herders pastures to our camp at the base of the Zalung La (4650 metres).
Overnight: Tented camp

Day 12 : Cross The Zalung La To Tsorka (6-7 Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

From camp it is a gradual haul to the summit of the Zalung La (5190 metres). It is a windswept pass that affords impressive views of the peaks and jagged ridges of the Zanskar Range. From the pass it takes about three hours to reach a delightful grassy camp near to the abandoned encampment known as Tsorka (4200 metres).
Overnight: Tented camp

Day 13 : Trek To Dat Settlement (Walk Approx. 7-8 Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

From Sorro we trek to the head of a nearby gorge. Anticipate a cold start to the day as this section necessitates two or three river crossings. We then enter a side gorge that we follow for three hours to the settlement of Dat (4340 metres). During the summer the settlement is practically deserted as most of the villagers are grazing their yaks and goats on remote grazing pastures. The shepherds are known as Chang pa and follow lifestyles similar to their counterparts in nearby western Tibet.
Overnight: Tented camp

Day 14 : Drive To Leh Via Hemis Monastery(Drive 7-8 Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

From Dat we drive along a dirt road across a vast grazing area populated by the Changpa shepherds for two hours until we reach the Manali to Leh ‘highway’. We ascend to the Taglang La (5328m) - the second highest motorable road crossing in the world - before descending to the Indus Valley with time to visit the ancient Hemis monastery before completing our drive back to Leh.
Overnight: Hotel Omasila or similar

Day 15 : Fly Leh To Delhi
Meals Included: B

We board the early morning flight to Delhi, on arrival trip concludes. If you are departing India today please don't book a flight out until mid afternoon in case there are delays on the Leh-Delhi flight.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    9 nights camping

  • airport transfers on Day 1 & Day 15

  • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners

  • expert bilingual guide

  • group medical kit

  • good quality accommodation in Delhi & Leh

  • private transportation

  • the use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)

  • all park entrances & permits

  • mules to carry all personal and group baggage

  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag

What's Not Included

  • Lunch & dinner in Delhi

  • Aerated and alcoholic drinks on trek

  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc

  • Tips

  • Airport & departure taxes

  • Travel insurance

  • Visa

  • International flights

  • Flights Delhi/Leh/Delhi

What You Carry

In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Porters and mules carry all group gear and your trek pack.


To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, the number of passes crossings and the length of the trek. Beyond Markha Valley Trek is graded moderate.This is primarily due to the altitude as we commence the trek from 3500 metres. While the stages are not unduly demanding the trail is ill defined in places and both pass crossing – the Ganda La (4950m) and the Zalung La (5190m) may test your resolve. You will need a good level of fitness and be in good health. The majority of our moderately graded treks involve the carrying of a day pack only. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions. Suggested preparation; 1 hour of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week and extended periods of exercise during the weekend will accustom you to regular exercise, at least three months prior to your departure. Hill walking with a pack in variable weather conditions will be beneficial if you are taking part in a trekking adventure, kayaking or road cycling is also recommended depending upon the activity you plan to undertake.

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have offices on three continents which means your travelling companions will be just that – international and wonderfully eclectic. Part of small group travel means that although travellers come from various locations and backgrounds, you will be travelling with like-minded companions who, like you, are keen to share the experience and forge lifelong friendships.

  • What about environmental impact?

    We believe that adventure travel revolves around establishing a strong relationship with the people and environments in which we operate. Our responsible travel policies have been carefully developed to ensure that we minimise the impact of our presence and help to protect the regions we visit while contributing positively to the local community.

  • What should I pack?

    Your pre-departure documents include a detailed packing list with items that you need to bring. While most of the equipment for daily activities is included in your tour cost, some items like helmets and hiking boots are best brought from home. The pre-departure documents also include information on layering and recommended brands for various items to ensure you are fully prepared for your trip.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes. World Expeditions does not require single travellers to pay a surcharge for travelling alone on the vast majority of our trips. Our holidays are primarily on a twin share basis, so if you are joining the group as a solo traveller, we will match you with someone of your own gender. The choice is yours however; if you prefer not to share, we do offer single supplements for private occupancy.

  • Are tips included in my trip price?

    Tips are not included in the tour cost. Tipping is a personal thing, do not worry about how much, or when, to tip. Tipping guidelines are provided for certain destinations in our pre departure information upon booking, however the best advice will be provided by your tour leader.

  • Am I suited to small-group travel?

    We recognise that many of our travellers have not been on a ‘group trip’ before. Yet what our departures provide is both structure and flexibility, allowing you plenty of freedom within the framework of the itinerary. You’ll find that with our maximum group size at 16, you’ll travel in a minimal impact style with a great group of like-minded travellers.

  • Can you advise which vaccinations are recommended?

    While our pre-departure kit provides information on vaccinations, we suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Stephen Gardner(Woodlands, WA)  

Beyond the Markha Valley

13 Sep 2022

Fantastic. Great local guides, crew and very good equipment.

K. Adams(NSW, Australia)  

Beyond the Markha Valley

20 Sep 2018

The Markha Valley is a spectacular journey that has you constantly feeling in awe of the mountains, loved every day, could go back to the Himalayas in a heartbeat.

A. Day(Cape Town, South Africa)  

Beyond the Markha Valley

22 Sep 2018

Our tour leader was exceptionally knowledgeable and brilliant.

Janet Merritt(St Albans, United Kingdom)  

Beyond the Markha Valley

23 Jul 2023

An amazing trip. Very high standard throughout.

D. Wade(UK)  

Beyond the Markha Valley

17 Jul 2019

Our Beyond The Markha Valley trek exceeded our expectations by a country mile. Pre-trip organisation and information was excellent. The trek route was truly amazing. A mixture of superb scenery, suitable physical challenge, meeting locals in remote villages, trekking in valleys with no one around at all, seeing historical sites, shrines, temples and monasteries in spectacular locations, encountering lots of flora and fauna. The trek leader, guide, chef, camp staff, horsemen and drivers were exceptional. Really helpful, friendly, engaging, good fun and great at sharing their knowledge on so many different aspects eg life in India, local history, customs, beliefs and religion, natural history, climate, geography, personal anecdotes, animal welfare etc. The food was truly outstanding and better than any food we had in restaurants. The equipment provided was of good quality (sleeping bag and liner, sleep mat, duvet jacket, tents) which made for comfortable nights. A great adventure holiday that allows you to get close to the natural world in a spectacular setting with a really professional team to look after you. And very good value! Would definitely travel with World Expeditions again.

Jesper Munk(Roskilde, QLD Australia)  

Beyond the Markha Valley

26 Jul 2023

Our guide Nawang provides a combination of: a) very good care and follow up on the individual group member; b) check on security; c) good handling of the unforeseen situations which always occur on a trip like this; d) detailed and interesting information about the life of ordinary people in Ladahk; e) good information about what we see on the way; f) making everybody in the group feel as an integrated member of the group, including that we all walk together and complete the single parts of the trip as a group, those in front waiting for those at back, and assisting those at back with carrying luggage etc. An excellent guide. Providing the basis for an excellent trip.

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