Backpacking trek to Markha Valley in Ladakh & Jeep Safari from Manali to Ladakh

Backpacking trek Markha Valley [ Manali - Manali ]

Product Code: BPTMV
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Duration: 12 Days
Season: Jun-Sep
Grade: Moderate+/Strenuous
Region: Manali, Lahaul, Ladakh
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DAY 01: Arrive Manali – Exploration & Acclimatisation

Arrive in Manali. Today you have the option of taking it easy in Manali. One can roam around the local market, visit a famous temple and check out other sightseeing spots in and around Manali. Also you can decide to just laze around at the hotel. Overnight in a hotel/ guest house.

Meal Plan – B, D

DAY 02: Manali – Rohtang Pass (3980m) – Jispa (3200m) Drive 135 kms/4-5 hrs

This day you start on one of the greatest road trip on the planet. You will be driving on the famous Manali – Leh highway and reach Jispa today. Ahead of Manali you will cross the famous Rohtang Pass (3980m), with excellent views of the PirPanjal range. You will stop here for some photography. This pass is open only during a few summer months every year. From here you descend to the Chandra River and drive to the quaint village of Jispa. Overnight in a hotel/ guesthouse.

Meal Plan – B, D

DAY 03: Jispa – Sarchu (4253m) – Leh (3500m) Drive 328 kms/10 hrs

Today you will drive to Leh via Sarchu and Pang. Intially you will crossover Baralacha La (4892m). It’s a double pass linking both the upper Chandra and Bhaga valleys with the Lingti valley and the vast Lingti plains around Sarchu. Sarchu is inhabited by Himalayan clan, Gaddi, and few lonely soldiers at an army outpost. Like the previous stretch  you will continue to drive through some breathtaking scenery on your way to Leh, en route you will be crossing two high – passes, Lachlung La (5065m) and Tanglang La (5360m), the third highest motorable pass in the world. Also you will drive through the vast More plains and 22 loops, both very unique.  Late in the afternoon you enter the Indus valley passing the beautiful village of Rumtse and arrive at Leh, capital of Ladakh. Check into the guest house for overnight stay.

Meal Plan – B, D

DAY 04: Leh (3500m) - Exploration in and around Leh

Today you can sit back at the hotel and relax or explore the Indus valley. The suggested excursion places are below. This is not the part of the package. If one needs to do this trip our trip leaders can arrange this for you on an extra cost. Return to the hotel for lunch. Rest of the day at leisure for exploring the local market and shopping.Overnight in a hotel/ guest house.

Meal Plan – B, D

Excurion to Shey, Thiksey and Hemisgompa (monastery)

SheyGompa, is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by DeldanNamgyal in the beginning of 17th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the DresthangGompa.

ThikseyGompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.

Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17th century. The setting is perfect, with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long mani walls.

Optional: For people looking for some adventure we can organise a good rafting trip on the Indus river which is suitable for first timers and gives a beautiful & unique perspective to this magical landscape. This will take around 3-4 hours(Charges extra)

DAY 05: Leh (3500m) – Zingchen (3400m) drive – Yurutse (4150 m)Trek/4 hrs

We will depart for Zingchen after an early breakfast we drive till Zingchen driving past the Spikut village. From zingchen we start our hike for the day. It’s a short stage with moderate gradient. We will hike through Rumbak village to reach our destination for the day, Yurutse. We cross the village before setting up our camp for the day. There are very pretty barley fields all around. It’s a good warm up hike today and you are sure to like the several stream crossings along the way. Overnight in tents

Meal Plan – B, l,  D

DAY 06: Yurutse (4150m) – Ganda La (4800 m) - Skiu (3400 m, trek 7/8 hrs) 

In the first stage of the trek we climb up to the Ganda La (4900 m). It’s a steep climb towards the latter part and strong winds around the pass add to the difficulty. From the passthere are great views of unserlying valleys on both side and the Zanskar range also visible are many distant summits of the Himalayan range. From the pass we start descending and walk down to Shingo village after a long descent. From Shingo the trail heads into a narrow gorge leading towards Skiu. At Skiu there is a confluence of the rivers coming from Markha valley and Shingo. Overnight in tents

Meal Plan – B, l,  D

DAY 07: Skiu (3400 m) – Markha (3800 m, trek 6/7 hrs)

It’s a long but moderate hike today till the scenic village of Markha. You are sure to love the hike today as you walk along and cross several streams. Markha village is a true oasis in the middle of this cold/arid desert. There are about 25-30 families/houses here and plenty of green fields and popular & willow trees. There is a deserted palace too. To best enjoy the village catch hold of a local and get to know more of the way of life is this beautiful part of the world. We will camp along the side of a beautiful stream. Overnight in tents

Meal Plan – B, l,  D

DAY 08: Markha (3800 m)–Thochuntse(4150m, Trek /4-5 hrs) 

Another stage of moderate hiking with pleasant views all around. There are yet again several interesting stream/river crossings. Also highlight of the day would be views of the impressive Kangyatze peak (6400m) when walking towards Hankar. We also cross a few settlements/grazing grounds today. There are plenty of good camping sites and we select one to spend the night here. Overnight in tents

Meal Plan – B, l,  D

DAY 09: Thochuntse (4150 m)–Nimaling(4700 m, trek/ 4hrs) 

It's a short walk today to reach the campsite at Nimalaing. Nimaling is a vast open valley with unending grazing grounds and Kangyatze peak in the background. Almost always there is constant wind blowing in this region which makes conditions slightly uncomfortable. One can do a side trip today towards the base camp of Kangyatse. Overnight in tents

Meal Plan – B, l,  D

DAY 10: Nimaling (4700 m)–Kongmaru la (5150m)- Sumdo (3800m, trek 7 hrs) – Leh (3500 m, drive 2 hrs)

After an early breakfast we set out on a steep climb to reach the top of the highest pass on the trail - Kongmaru La (5200m). From the pass one can see Nun Kun in the west and Saserkangri to the north. We spend some time at the pass to soak in and capture the fabulous views all around before descending to Sukarmo from where it’s a flat walk along the river to reach the road head at Sumdo. Here we board the waiting vehicles and drive back to Leh. Overnight at the hotel

Meal Plan – B, l,  D

DAY 11: Leh – Manali Drive 16 hours

On this day early in the morning we will depart for Manali. This will be a long drive and will take 15 – 16 hours. On arrival check into a guest house in Manali.Overnight at the guesthouse in Manali.

Meal Plan – B, D

DAY 12: Post breakfast depart for your onward destination

Trip ends after breakfast

Meal Plan – B



  Triple sharing basis (3 persons sharing a tent & room) – Rs. 27500/- per person

Please note: If you need to book on double sharing basis (2 people staying in a room/ tent) please ask us for the price of the same


  • 2guides for the group. This will ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks
  • Transport from and back to Manali by Jeeps/ tempo travellers/ buses
  • Accommodation in a basic hotels/ campsites/ guest houses with neat and clean rooms with basic amenities on triple sharing. Sharing pattern can change at times depending upon the availability
  • Manali x 2 nights
  • Jispa x 1 night<
  • Leh x 3 nights
  • Alpine camping x 5 nights
  • High quality Camping equipment

We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn't mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:

  • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
  • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
  • Good quality Camping Mattresses
  • Toilet tents (2) separate for men and women
  • First Aid / Medical kit
  • Mealplan  In the detailed itinerary given to you, on all days you will see B, L, D mentioned against each day, this indicates the meal plan for the day. If you have (B, D) mentioned it signifies you On our backpacking treks you get simple food which is fresh, hygienic, tasty and has a strong local flavour The meals will be self-cooked by the team ( participants and guides)
  • Permits& camping fee (if any)
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)
  • Service Tax


  • Any sightseeing by transport in and around Manali &Leh (Can be arrange on request at an extra cost)
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above.
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance


Personal trekking gear

You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy. 




Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)


Down jacket (for additional warmth)


Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover


Warm Gloves


Waterproof Trekking boots




Rucksack (60 ltrs)


Waterproof gaiters


Warm high-length woollen socks




Trekking poles


*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra


  • We take 25% as booking amount and the balance to be paid 45 days before the start of the trip.
  • Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of GREAT INDIAN OUTDOORS (P) LTD. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway
  • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
  • Cancellation policy
  • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
  • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
  • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
  • <15 Days: No refund


Transport options (Delhi – Manali – Delhi)

For travel from Delhi to Manali & back, one can choose between air, rail & road. For air travel, the closest airport is Bhuntar (Kullu) airport. There are a couple of flights that link this airport to Delhi airport

Train travel though not very popular is available to cover a certain distance. One can either take a train to Pathankot or Jogindernagar (narrow gauge). From both these places one will need to drive to Manali. For train details, you could log on to   and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to .

There are frequent Public Transport buses including Volvos available from Delhi to Manali that cost about Rs. 1300 per person. They take about 15 hrs to cover the distance. A private vehicle could also be arranged for if you require the same.


Early on in the season (Jun) there might be snow along the trail and surely on top of the passes. Days are going to be very sunny and warm (22 – 30 deg) while the night temperature at the highest campsite would be in the range of 2 to 8 deg. In the July – Aug period snow starts melting and we will catch snow only at the top of the passes. Day temperatures are around 20 – 27 deg and night temperature at the highest camp can fall to about 4 to 6 deg. In Sep the weather starts getting colder with day temperatures around 10 – 20 deg and night time the temperatures can go sub zero to around – 5 deg. Please keep in mind that on this trail irrespective of the season the temperature can fall below the above mentioned figures. Wind chill is a factor you need to account for while preparing for the trek

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications


Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.

  • Day pack (25ltrs)
  • Dry fit shirts and trousers 4 pairs
  • Fleece jacket
  • Balaclava and Buff
  • Gloves
  • Toilet paper
  • Two 1 ltr water bottles (preferably thermos flasks)
  • Pee bottle
  • Lip care
  • Torch with extra batteries.
  • Water purification solution / tablets
  • Body Moisturizer
  • Down booties
  • Body Powder / Anti-Fungal (feet and body)
  • Boots
  • Warm Socks (lots of extra pairs)
  • Camp shoes / Sport sandals
  • Water and wind proof jacket
  • Water and wind proof trousers
  • Thermal top and bottom 3 pairs.
  • Day wear shirt x2 or 3
  • Underwear 5-7
  • Sun cap
  • Sun screen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch with extra batteries.
  • Toiletries
  • Small light towel and napkin
  • Personal medicines
  • Camera with extra batteries.


Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.


We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the ‘GIO trekking Manual’. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation& high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape . 

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the ‘GIO Trekking Manual’ to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.


Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

12 Days |Jun-Sep| Moderate+/Strenuous| Max Alt:5200m(Kongmarula Pass)


DAY 01: Arrive Manali Exploration & Acclimatisation
DAY 02: Manali Rohtang Pass (3980m) Jispa (3200m) Drive 135 Kms/4-5 Hrs
DAY 03: Jispa Sarchu (4253m) Leh (3500m) Drive 328 Kms/10 Hrs
DAY 04: Leh (3500m) - Exploration In And Around Leh
DAY 05: Leh (3500m) Zingchen (3400m) Drive Yurutse (4150 M)Trek/4 Hrs
DAY 06: Yurutse (4150m) Ganda La (4800 M) - Skiu (3400 M, Trek 7/8 Hrs)
DAY 07: Skiu (3400 M) Markha (3800 M, Trek 6/7 Hrs)
DAY 08: Markha (3800 M)Thochuntse(4150m, Trek /4-5 Hrs)
DAY 09: Thochuntse (4150 M)Nimaling(4700 M, Trek/ 4hrs)
DAY 10: Nimaling (4700 M)Kongmaru La (5150m)- Sumdo (3800m, Trek 7 Hrs) Leh (3500 M, Drive 2 Hrs)
DAY 11: Leh Manali Drive 16 Hours
DAY 12: Post Breakfast Depart For Your Onward Destination


The Markha valley trek has been the most popular trek in Ladakh for many years now, and rightly so. Some of the reasons that contribute to its popularity are a) one gets to climb on top of two very high passes, Gandala la (4800 m) &Kongmaru La (5150 m) offering stunning views from the top b) the quaint hamlet of Markha which is nothing less than an oasis in this cold semi arid terrain of Ladakh C) One gets to hike through remote gorges and vast undulating grazing grounds, cross several streams & rivers and d) get a very up close and personal experience of the Ladakhi culture and way of life. This trail is good for fit first timers also but one will need to spend some time at lower altitudes and get acclimatized properly


In this itinerary we spend the first 2 days in Leh to get acclimatized to the thin air conditions. This is the most important factor in this trek as one is required to hike to altitudes above 5000 m. While in Leh we will get an opportunity to soak in the local culture as we visit the nearby monasteries, museum, fort & the local market place. We start the trek from Zingchen and then cross over the Ganda La (4800 m) the next day to reach the valley on the other side having playing host to the the beautiful Markha village. This village is actually a paradise with picture perfect setting; there is a beautiful river, Markha flowing by the village, big jagged and dry mountains and gorges in the background and totally contrasting green field and willow & popular trees all around the village. To top it all the people of the village are inviting and very forthcoming of local information. Having seen this jewel in the mountains we start moving towards the next big pass of Kongmaru La (5150 m) which we need to cross over to get on the valley on the other side. This is a wonderful stage with the top highlight being the views from top of the pass and walking through big grazing fields having a network of streams. Due to the recent work on constructing roads in Ladakh we will be able to reach the road head the same day we do the Kongmarula pass when we reach sumdo. From sumdoLeh is just a couple of hours drive.

Duration 12 Days
Region Manali, Lahaul, Ladakh

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