Markha Valley via Chilling

Ladakh Expedition No of Days

05 Days

Ladakh Expedition Higest Point

Kongmaru la Pass 5,100Mt

Ladakh Expedition Grade


Ladakh Expedition Attraction

Markha Village and Kang Yatse Peak

Markha Valley breathing a beauty of its own adorned with small hamlet across the Markha river lies between Zanskar and Ladakh range. It is one of the most accessible and popular region of Ladakh among travellers. The valley is named after village Markha which is the biggest village in the entire valley. You can start your odyssey with Markha Valley either from Spituk or Stok village which are located at a drive of half hour from Leh. The trekking route traverses through breathtaking view of high mountain passes like Stokla, Gandala, and Kongamarula. The trail takes you through lush green villages, small oasis, river crossing and nomad houses surrounding with Yaks, horses and other domestic animals. The cool breeze, rustling prayer flags and mellow sound of prayers enrich your holistic and spiritual experience. People are very friendly, greeting you with Juley and welcoming your presence with a big smile that reflects the hospitality of Ladakhi people. While trekking, you come across villages namely- Shingo, Skyu, Markha, Hanker, Chakdo, Shang Sumdo. The rich history of Markha is also reflected by the remnants of important castle and meditation haven of centuries old that one come across. The view and location of such places is heavenly. Markha valley is a heaven for the every trekker and nature lover as it comprises of the all the adventure that refresh and rejuvenate life out of its boredom; leaving us with so much insight and knowledge which remain valuable throughout our life.

Markha Valley via Chilling - Trip Detail
  • 01


    Leh – Chilling to Skyu (3400m) 3hrs drive
    • today we will drive from the Leh to Skyu village via Chilling village on the way we will see the confluence of Indus and Zanskar river and then later drive towards chilling and then cross the Newly bridge which was installed in 2018, earlier there uses to be a trolley where people on the other side pull the trolley and people use to cross the Zanskar river.

  • 02


    Skyu(3400m) to Markha (3700m)
    • Day start with an easy walk following the right bank from Skyu . It is all green with plants of sea buckthorn; a very important medicinal plant visible in plenty. After crossing the river, you reach Chaluk and Tunespa Village. The landscape along the trail is wonderful mesmerizing you each and every time and finally you reach Markha. It is after this village that the valley has been named Markha Valley. It is walk of 8hrs.

  • 03


    : Markha (3700m) to Thuchengtse (4150m)
    • Today, you have several river crossings until you reach village Umlung. The monastery of the Umlung village is always closed as monks are busy in their work visiting the villages across the Markha Valley to perform prayers. It is a nice and easy walk to the next village Hanker with snow clad Kang Yaste(6400m) in the background standing majestically. The Castle of Hanker village is situated on a hill top but the condition of castle is dilapidated. You camp at Tastungte( 4150m). It is a walk of 5 hrs.

  • 04


    THuchengtse (4150m) to Nimaling(4720m)
    • Today, starts with an ascent until you reach a small lake. While ascending, you can enjoy wonderful view of Markha Valley and Kang Yaste. You camp at Nimaling. It is a very famous place for animal grazing in Markha Valley and few villagers settle down here in summer to graze pashmina goat and yak. Kang Yaste is situated just at the background of Nimaling. The expedition of Kang Yaste also starts from Nimaling. It is very cold here and the weather keeps changing very oftenly due ot high altitude and its topographical location. There is a very famous proverb after this place in Markha valley depicting the nature of its weather. It is like Nimaling, Chharling, Khaling which means within second it is sunny, cloudy and snowy.It is a walk of 3hrs.

  • 05


    Nimaling (4720m) to Chokdo (3700m) via Kongmaru la(5100m)
    • It is walk of 7 hrs.It is long climb along the mountain to the highest pass of the trek. A zig-zag trail leads you up to the Kongmaru la(5100m). From the top of pass, you can have a splendid view of Zanskar range and Ladakh range.After crossing the pass,it is along descent to chuskurmo. Finally, you reach the lovely village Chokdo (3660m) and then drive to leh.

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