Markha Valley Trek in Ladakh Himalayas-
I was working with an adventure travel firm then and was in Ladakh to serve as a volunteer for the Ladakh Marathon.
Being an adventurer I not just wanted to work in Ladakh but explore. It was always on my bucket list to plan a trek in Ladakh and specifically the one which is unexplored when it comes to Indian tourists. This made me choose The Markha Valley trek.
I was on the trek as a trainee trek leader and was assisting in leading a group of 7 people from Europe. We were 14 of us which included our staff as well.
Markha Valley is a trekker’s dream. I say so because you get a chance to see some of the mesmerising landscapes in the world. You gradually climb the height allowing all the time in the world to get acclimatised.
It is an 8 days trek and the trail is fairly laid out path with quite a few steep ascends or descends. And water is available through out the trail.
It is crowded by Europeans. Very few Indians go there. Let me start with an anecdote.
While walking on day 3, I met two middle-aged monks on the way. We exchanged pleasantries. They seemed to be surprised to see me.
“Indian”, they asked
“Yes” I replied
“We only see foreigners on this trek. You are one of the rare Indians we have seen on this route”
They were true. I never saw any Indians during our trek. Most of the trekkers were Europeans.
Thus I call it an unexplored paradise for trekker's.
For me this trek was not just about the landscapes but also the Ladakhi people I met on my way. Ladakh is a beautiful place and its people and culture is even more beautiful.
To help you explore this unexplored jewel of india, I am describing below the itinerary for the trek.
Best time to Go: End of June till mid September
Highest camping : Nimaling 4700mts
Highest point: Kongmarula Pass 5100 mts
This trek offers you a chance for both a close up view of the way the rural Ladakhi lives by visiting their homes and the countryside dotted with shepherds grazing their animals.
On this trek, we also cross several glacier streams and passes, camp in or near villages in camping grounds run by local villagers and encounter wildlife such as Blue Sheep.