Difficulty level: Difficult
Route: Zinchen - Yurutse - Ganda La Base Camp - Ganda La - Skiu - Markha - Thachuntse - Nimaling - Kongmaru La - Shang Sumdo
Total distance covered: 90 km
Passes crossed: Ganda La (4800m/15750 ft), Kongmaru La (5200m/17060 ft)
No. of trekking days: Planned - 7 days (including one rest day at Markha Valley), Actual - 6 days.
No. of acclimatisation days in Leh before the trek: 2 days
Dates I trekked on: 25 Aug 2014 - 30 Aug 2014
Best time for Markha Valley Trek: July - Aug
Acclimatisation in Leh before Markha Valley Trek
I then headed to Shanti Stupa (not recommended, but I couldn't resist). While climbing the fleet of stairs to Shanti Stupa, I felt dizzy. I stopped, sipped some water and carried on slowly. I spent my night gazing at the sky and being lucky with 3 shooting stars! The next day I head out to explore the monasteries at Likir, Alchi, and Lamayuru.
Day1: Zinchen (3380m/11090 ft) - Ganda La Base (4540m/14900 ft) : 8 km / 4 hrs
Day2: Ganda La Base(4540m/14900 ft) - Ganda La(4800m/15750 ft)
- Skiu (3400m/11160 ft) : 22 km / 8 hrs
Day3: Skiu (3400m/11160 ft) - Markha (3400m/12370 ft) : 20 km / 8 hrs
Day4: Markha (3400m/12370 ft) - Thochuntse (4010m/13165 ft) : 13 km / 6 hrs
Day5: Thochuntse (4010m/13165 ft) - Nimaling (4730m/15520 ft) : 7 km / 3 hrs
Day6: Nimaling (4730m/15520 ft) - Kongmaru La (5200m/17060 ft)
- Shang Sumdo (3730m/12240 ft) : 18 km / 7 hrs
Homestays and teahouses on Markha Valley Trek
Wildlife spotting on Markha Valley Trek
My exposure to Ladakhi culture & lifestyle on Markha Valley Trek
Colorful mountains in Ladakh on Markha Valley Trek
Friends I made on Markha Valley Trek!