The Markha River Valley trek is a river in Ladakh, India. It is a feeder of the Zanskar River and initiates at the brace of the Langtang Chu and Nimaling Chu. Habitat along the river valley comprise Skiu (Skyu), Markha & Umlung . The Markha River flow within the Hemis National Park.
This Valley is one of the very famous trekking paths in Ladakh reachable from Ganda La pass close to Spituk , it is generally the starting end of the trek, and closing ends are Gongmaru La pass near Hemis. Skyu ,Rumbak, Shingo, Sara etc are some habitats in the route of Markha .
On the way to the Markha Valley one will encounter with Hemis National Park and Gandala La and Kongmaru La which showcases the encouraging views one gets . Also in Markha Valley one will experience the waist-deep river intersection which helps us to cross the Markha River to stretch out the series to Buddhist habitats and rock infrastructure. Markha Valley is in very near by vicinity to Leh which makes it more reachable for trekkers.
The Altitude of Markha valley is 17100 ft high with a distance of 75 kms . The temperature during the trek can range around 15°C – 25°C at the day time and 0°C – 20°C during the night time. To complete it comfortably one should at-least keep 8-9 days in the pocket .The best time to attempt Markha Valley Trek is the middle of May to September.
The trek to Markha valley is of uncomplicated to average grade with 1-2 sheer divisions and is usually feasible for adults below 60. However it is not a typical trek that is of same difficulty while going down. One will get a broader insight into Ladakhi Himalayas. Every day of this trek will give spell bounded scenes hidden somewhere in the mountains for layman.