Duration: 6-9 days
Highest point: 4,150m
Starting point: Leh
The Markha Valley expedition is one of Ladakh’s most famous summer treks due to its close proximity to Leh. But if a quiet getaway and the chance of spotting the elusive snow leopard is what you’re here for, then opt for a winter trek between January and February. It takes you past the Indus river, Buddhist monasteries, mountain villages, the willow-lined Zingchen gorge and the Hemis National Park. During the walk to the highest point of the trek in Markha, you’ll see fascinating geological creations and large boulders before you head down to camp in Thachungtse, where you can watch herds of blue sheep scale steep cliffs with great agility!
Knee-deep snow, the brilliance of white sparkling in the sun, the frozen lakes, and the icy mist on the trees; everything about winters is so breathtaking! If you like everything about winters, the time has come to plan your winter trek for the coming season. Any time from mid-December to the end of March will give you a good snow experience!
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