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Ladakh: The Markha Valley

From £1699 for 14 days
Trip Overview
Ladakh remains one of the best places to experience the unique culture of the High Himalaya. As our trek follows the Markha River, we discover a landscape where lofty peaks of the Stok, Matho and Zanskar Ranges tower above picturesque Ladakhi villages and verdant valleys below. From the highest pass, the Gongmaru La (5200m), we enjoy incredible views extending as far as Tibet, before descending to Hemis, Ladakh’s largest and most famous monastery.
Essential Info
Starts: Start Delhi.
Ends: End Delhi.
Ages: Min 16
Theme: Walking
Trip Code: ETGR
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: India
What's Included


All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners are included


6 nights hotels, all en suite, 7 nights full-service camping 7 days point-to-point walking


Trip Highlights

•    Visit remote villages on this classic Himalayan trek

•    Explore colourful Buddhist monasteries in the Indus Valley

•    Discover multi-coloured rock formations of the Ladakh Range

•    Cross wild, barren mountain passes and trek through spectacular gorges

•    Visit Hankar and Skiu Women's Eco-cafe's - a community project for which Exodus won the 'Giving Back' Adventure Travel Award in 2017 

•    Enjoy a sensational flight over the Himalaya

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Departing: 5th Jul 2020
Returning: 18th Jul 2020
Availability: Good
Departing: 9th Aug 2020
Returning: 22nd Aug 2020
Availability: Good
Departing: 4th Jul 2021
Returning: 17th Jul 2021
Availability: Good
Departing: 8th Aug 2021
Returning: 21st Aug 2021
Availability: Good
Departing: 22nd Aug 2021
Returning: 4th Sep 2021
Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
The tour starts in Delhi today. The group flights usually arrive in the morning. There will be a welcome briefing but otherwise, today is free to relax and recover from the flight or for individual exploration of Delhi. Rooms in the hotel are usually available after mid day.  *Comfortable Hotel*
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Wonderful, inspiring and active trip full of challenges. Beautiful scenery, great people, lovely staff. Truly one of the best experiences in my life.
I booked this trip through Sawadee (Dutch partner of Exodus) and I would do it again. The trip was very well organised and lead by Valerie Parkinson. Our local trekking guide Wangail also did a really good job in helping us beating the paths and crossing wild rivers and moutain passes. And my fellow travellers were really nice. This trip was amazing! A 'hot' start in Delhi, early morning amazing flight to Leh when you see the Himalaya mountain range when the weather is good. We had really good views! Leh is very pleasant, kind people, beautiful colours, wonderful monasteries in and around Leh. We even visited the highest motorable road in the world (5600); excellent for acclimatization! The trekking was everything I hoped for. Really colourful mountains, interesting villages and people. We even saw baby eagle owles, pica's (mouse hare), a red fox and loads of blue sheep! The camping was very well organized, food was excellent! I would strongly recommend this trip when you love mountains, trekking and other cultures.
The Markha Valley Trek was a truly memorable experience. The landscape, wildlife and vegetation, the light, the culture and peaceful atmosphere of Ladakh are unforgettable and we were fortunate to experience it 'up close'. The trek was superbly organised, with expert and supportive leadership from Valerie Parkinson. The camping experience was great and the local team was full of joy and very competent. We were very well looked after! I enjoyed the excellent company of my fellow trekkers and appreciated the way in which some of the more challenging sections of the trek were paced and supported. As well as the trek, there were excellent visits to monasteries, and good accommodation in Leh and Delhi. 2 weeks felt like 2 months - it was an intense and very satisfying experience all round. Thanks for everything.
Stunning scenery and great camping adventure.
A great trek through an amazingly beautiful area with an enormous array of colours and landscapes. Great acclimatization time in Leh before the trip.
A great trek to remote locations.
Very good
An outstanding trek in a wonderful arid, mountainous environment where rocks gleam a wide variety iridescent colours, where lammergeiers and golden eagles circle above as marmots sit sunning themselves on the rocks below and where blue sheep have you gasping in amazement at their sure footedness on craggy rocky slopes. The isolation of the trek is special with just a few sparsely inhabited villages being passed. The range of temperatures from very warm during the day to very cold at night combined with the altitude of the passes and the rough stony ground of the riverbeds hemmed in by large rockfaces creates a wonderful feeling of challenge and exploration. The timelessness of the Buddhist monasteries encountered further enhances the experience. An amazing trip!!
This was a great experience the Markha Valley is truly unique part of the world. We arrived a in Leh a week after heavy rains and closed the track due to flooding and some land slides. The Exodus team worked extremely hard to plan an alternate route if we could not do the Markha trek. Luckily the Markha valley track was reopened and we were able to do the planned walk. The views the landscape the local people all well and truly exceeded my expectations.
A trip of a lifetime! My first time in Asia - a difficult place to get around in. I was attracted by the terrain and the altitude: I'd done over 4000 m last year in Morocco (Mt. Toubkal), this year I fancied a go at 5000 m. I made it, but not with much breath to spare. An excellently organised trip but not for the faint-hearted or those with any vertigo/balance problems. The Markha valley trail is up a flash-flood prone canyon that several times a year wipes out all vestige of the old trail, and the locals valiantly hack a new one out of the loose, crumbling cliffs above the gorge. In places the track is a foot wide and the drop a hundred feet and more. Not pleasant.
An outstanding trip offering a wide range of experiences and inspirational moments. As always, the trip was well led, well organised and offered excellent value for money. Some of the trekking was quite strenuous and tricky under foot but overall it more than lived up to our expectations as all the effort was rewarded with spectacular views.
Stunning scenery in a very interesting part of India. Our group leader, Valerie, was fantastic and really helped make the holiday as good as it was.
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