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Markha Trek with Agra Excursion 16 Days

Trip Duration : 16 Days
Trek Length : 10 Days
Trip Rating : Moderate
Maximum Altitude : 18,388ft
Activity : Cultural tour and trekking
Lodging : Hotels and Tent
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Delhi
Best Season : June to September
Trip Date :
Land Cost :
Single Supp :
Group Size : 4-16 Persons

Trip Fast Facts:

Duration: 16 Days
Trek length: 10 Days
Trip Rating: Moderate (hiking up the pass and some part of the trek is strenuous while majority of the walk is easy to moderate).
Maximum altitude: 18,388ft
Activity: Cultural tour and trekking
Lodging: Hotel and tent
Transportation: by vehicle and flight
Trip begins and ends in: Delhi
Best season: June-September

Itinerary: ST1

Day 1 Arrive Delhi and flight to Leh
Met on arrival at Delhi International air-terminal and transfer to domestic terminal to connect flight (9W609 dep.0545hrs/arr.0655hrs) to Leh (3522m). Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon half day city tour visiting Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace.

Day 2 Leh
Full day excursion to Shey, Thiksay and Hemis monasteries.

Day 3 Leh
Morning half day excursion to Khardungla (5606m) – the highest motorable road in the world. Afternoon free for independent activities.

Day 4 Leh/Spituk/Jingchen
Morning drive (½ an hour) to Spituk and start trek to Jingchen. Easy walk of about 4 hrs. Camp at Jingchen (3600m).

Day 5 Jingchen/Yurutse
Trek starts with few river crossings. In about 3 hrs, reach Rumbak-a sizable village. Cross to the true left bank & climb up the valley for another 3 hrs to a tiny settlement of Yurutse (4150m).

Day 6 Yurutse/Gandala/Skiu
Climb to Gandala (4907m) is not so steep and takes about 3 hrs. A clear day provides a spectacular view of mountains to the north merging into the distant Karakoram ranges & in south - Nun Kun peaks & Zanskar range. For the next 3 hrs a steady descent leads to the head of the Skiu valley. Follow the Skiu Nala, bordered by willows and wild roses, through a series of gorges requiring quite a few river crossings all the way to the village of Skiu (3700m).

Day 7 Skiu/Markha
A fairly longish day of about 7 hrs, along the Markha river upstream. Woody bushes grow thickly along the river all the way to the charming village of Chaluk. Continue to the village of Markha (3850m), which has a monastery well worth visiting for its frescoes.

Day 8 Markha/Hankar
From Markha the landscape changes from the warm, relatively wooded section to the starker area past the village of Umalung. Continue on to the twin villages of Hankar, taking about 4 hrs. (4000m)

Day 9 Hankar/Nimaling
The first two hrs are fairly easy followed by 3 hrs of ascending route to Nimaling plain. (4650m)

Day 10 Nimaling
Nimaling is a big meadow, nestling at the base of Mt. Kang Yatse (6200m), where thousands of sheeps, goats, yaks and cow-yak crossbreeds graze during summer months. Day to wander in this vast grassland dotted with camps of herdsmen and women both from down-valley and from villages in the Indus Valley.

Day 11 Nimaling/Kangmarula/ Chuskarmo (Chogdo)
Crossing to the left-hand valley, towards the north and begin the climb up to the highest pass of the trek, Kongmarula (5150m) with its wonderful views from the top. Trail descends steeply to the head of Martselang valley. Follow the Martselang stream to the village of Chuskarmo (4050m)

Day 12 Chuskarmo/Martselang/ Leh
Continue along the riverbed till we reach Sumdo. From here, follow a dusty road going to Martselang. Later on arrival, drive (40kms/1hr) to Leh. Overnight hotel.

Day 13 Leh
Rest / Reserve day.

Day 14 Leh/Delhi/Agra
Early morning transfer to airport to connect flight (9W610 dep.0735hrs /arr.0850hrs). Met on arrival and drive (220kms/5hrs) to Agra. On arrival transfer to hotel.

Day 15 Agra/Delhi
Morning half day city tour visiting Taj Mahal and Fort. Afternoon drive straight to Delhi airport to connect homewards flight past midnight.

Day 16 Delhi Departure
Board early morning flight.

a) All Heights, distance and journey time is approximate.
b) Flight schedule is presently prevailing and subject to change.

Trip Cost includes:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing for a total of 14 nights on full board (AP) fixed menu basis, except in Agra on bed & breakfast (CP); based on hotels envisaged below.
  • All transportation - from arrival/departure transfers from airport to hotel & vice-versa, sightseeing, excursions, by an aircondition car in Delhi/Agra & a non aircondition jeep in Leh.
  • Sightseeing and excursion in Leh & in Agra with an English speaking local guide and entrances to the places of interest.
  • Processing fee for Khardungla permit & Hemis National Park entrance fee.
  • All trekking/camping arrangements, i.e. two-men dome tent with carry-mat, kitchen cum mess tent, camping stools & table, crockery cutlery, kitchen utensils, stove, fuel, food, a cook, a helper and ponies to carry all camping gear & provisions.
  • Personal baggage allowance of 15kg. per pax on the trek.
  • All presently applicable taxes like luxury tax on room, VAT on meals, and 3.9% Govt. Service Tax (GST) on the Delhi portion of the package price (in Ladakh it is not applicable as-on-date).
  • Sherpa Travel, Inc. or its associates to accompany on the trek to ensure smooth arrangements.

Trip Cost excludes:

  • Any airfare, airport tax, items of personal nature such as table drinks, mineral water bottles, laundry, telecom charges, camera/video camera fee, meals not specified above, sleeping bag & ‘Thermarest – self inflatory’ mattress, towel & toiletries, personal travel insurance, tips etc.
  • Any additional expenses to be incurred for the reasons beyond our control, like bad weather, road blocks, landslide, vehicle breakdown, flight delay/cancellation, medical/accidental/emergency evacuation etc.
  • Any meals or hotel accommodation in lieu of trekking/camping days in case the trek terminates early for any reason.
  • Any additional levies to be imposed by Govt of India or State Govt.

Hotels envisaged below or similar:


Hotel Name

Number of nights

Meal Plan



Royal Palace


AP (full board)




AP (full board)



Utkarsh Vilas


Bed & breakfast



P.O. Box 24947
Nil Saraswati Marg,

Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: (977-1) 444-2879

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