Photo Essay: Trekking the Markha Valley

After attempting to tackle the Himalayas only to be turned back a couple of weeks ago I know had the Markha Valley firmly within my sights. The Markha Valley Trek is perhaps the most popular trek in the Ladakh region and can range from 4-10 days depending on your starting/finishing point and how fit you are.

We started at Chilling and ended at Chokdo 4 days later. We had orignally allowed 6 days for the trek but we put in some serious hours of trekking each day and managed to race through the trek in time for the Kalachakra Festival back in Leh.

Guides aren’t really neccessary on this trek as it’s quite well marked but I would highly recommend  a book with a basic outline of the route and homestays available. Camping is also available. In saying this we got lost on day 1 of the trek and a leg that should’ve taken 1.5-2 hours took us 4 and had us sliding down a rocky slope, wading up a river knee-deep in water and pretending to be native trackers tracing out old footprints but we got there!

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves as the scenery was simply amazing.

The flags always meant you were close to a tea-tent. Oh and it felt like I was in an arcade racing game.

The flags always meant you were close to a tea-tent. Oh and it felt like I was in an arcade racing game.

Markha Valley Trek in Leh India

There was only one way day…

River crossings became normal on day one

River crossings became normal on day one

Markha Valley Trek in Leh India

Prayer Wheels

Markha Valley Trek Leh India

Wunderschön

Markha Valley Trek Leh India

The two Swiss girls that dragged me through the trek – Team WunderSchnell!

Markha Valley Trek Leh India

The beautiful lady of the homestay in Hankar

Markha Valley Trek Leh India

Multi-coloured mountains.

Markha Valley Trek Leh India

It snowed on the way to the pass at 5200m. Naturally my beard was good at catching it.

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Have you trekked the North of India before? What has been your favourite place?

9 Thoughts on “Photo Essay: Trekking the Markha Valley

  1. Even though you may not have made it totally up the Himalayas, The Markha Valley looks amazing and less known. Stunning photos Nicholas, starting to really inspire me to give hiking a real good go!
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  2. The last photo is more than a photo…. “speaks”. It should be an unique place.
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  3. As I might have mentioned before, I’m not sure trekking is for me… I would have been scared shitless if I had gotten lost! haha! I love that photo of your hoemstay lady! And the colorful mountains… all of them, really :)
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  4. So so gorgeous…Yes, I have trekked quite a bit recently in Sikkim and Darjeeling. North-east India is amazing!
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  5. What beautiful photos. Some of the shots are so perfect that they look like paintings rather than photos. Crazy.
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