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Markha Valley + High Nomads Trek - Ladakh, India

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Kamzang Journeys

  • Locations

    Jammu and Kashmir, India

  • Activities

    Adventure, Hiking Trekking

  • Price
    $2680 USD per person
  • Duration

    18 Days

  • Avg Distance

    Approx 200-250 miles

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    29 Aug 2017

  • Starting Location

    Leh, Ladakh, India

  • Price Includes

    Hotel in Leh - Airport Transfers - Leh 'Insider' Tour - Group Transportation by Private Vehicle - Trek Permits - Kamzang Boutique-Style Trekking - Great Food - Filtered Water - Horse Porterage.

  • Notes

    Our signature' Kamzang treks + some of the best trekking, most specular scenery on the planet! Our 'Kamzang-style' trek set-up is a home-away-from-home. NO single supplement on trek!


  • Leh + the historic Indus Valley monasteries, Leh Fort, Main Bazaar, great Indian food, exploring fascinating Leh.
  • Camping with the nomads of Korzok + Rupshu at breathtakingly beautiful, green campsites. Trekking remote routes which we've pioneered over 17 years.
  • The green Markha valley, traditional villages, nomadic seasonal settlements.
  • Wild + remote route through nomadic, salt-lake region of Ladakh, stunningly beautiful, with wide-open vistas. Reflections in Tso Kar + Tso Morori.
  • Far-flung, idyllic Ladakhi villages which see few foreigners. Yaks, pashmina goats + 'gurs', drinking salt-butter tea with the locals.

Trip Info

Pangong Lake Jeep Safari, Indus Valley Sightseeing, White Water Rafting & Indus Cycling extensions!

Another in our series of ‘best-of’ journeys in Ladakh & Zanskar, crafted from 15+ years of exploratory treks in the wilds of the Indian Himalaya, this trek is a diverse and stunningly beautiful route through some of Ladakh’s most unique regions.

From the traditional villages of the willow-lined Markha river valley, we trek to the high nomadic plateaus, where we camp with the Markha-pa and their hundreds of sheep, yaks and goats, a timeless vignette. Crossing the 5000+ meter Zalung Karpo La pass, we reach the Ladakhi nomadic region of Rupshu, a green, willow filled and breathtakingly beautiful region of canyons, grasslands, river valleys and Buddhist shrines.

We trek along ancient trade routes lined with long Tibetan Buddhist mani walls, where travelers and their caravans were protected by a series of lookout towers and fortresses guarding against invasion from Tibet or India, all of which attest to this region’s importance in days of yore. We’ll take you into hidden winter settlements of the nomads, with wolf traps, ‘lhatoos’ (shrines to mountain dieties) and local village monasteries. En route through this nomadic region, we splash through rivers, wade through a slot canyon, cross grassy pasture lands and trek up remote valleys to reach idyllic campsites in some of the region’s most far-flung locations, with lots of time to relax, enjoy the Himalayan scenery and soak in the surroundings …

Some highlights are rare wildlife such as kiang, blue sheep, snow leopard, wolves, ibex, argali and golden eagles. Remote villages, active Buddhist monasteries, nomadic settlements on the high grazing plateaus, 5000-meter Himalayan passes, soaring canyons and sparkling river valleys to ford.

The Indian Himalaya in the summer is one of our favorite trekking locations; the campsites are green and breathtakingly beautiful, the days are sunny and long, the villages bustling with activity. A photographer’s dream and a real adventure!

Your adventure awaits!

Kamzang Journeys

Kamzang Journeys is owned and operated by Kim Bannister, an American expat and traveler of 25+ years who is based in Kathmandu, Nepal (spring, autumn and sometimes winter) & Leh, India (summer). Kamzang Journeys is a registered LLC in the USA. The inspiration for Kamzang Journeys originated in Ladakh, where Kim and team have been trekking for 15+ years. It came from trekking through sparkling river valleys of sculpted ochre, mustard and moss-green rocks under soaring Himalayan peaks, through green, nomadic pasture lands peppered with nomadic yak-hair tents under a canopy of endless blue skies. Our passion for these regions inspired us to make a lifestyle of leading treks and bicycle trips through Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan, later adding Mongolia and newly Pakistan to the list. All of our Kamzang team shares our love of these Himalayan regions, of the adventure of trekking, of exploring far-flung villages, sipping salt-butter tea in local houses, of camping with the nomads as they round up their flocks of sheep, goats and yaks, of watching for snow leopard and kiang as we journey through remote plateaus on the border of Nepal and Tibet, of bicycling through some of Bhutan's most breathtakingly beautiful regions.

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