Ladakh Trek with Markha Valley

Ladakh, which means "land of high passes", is one of the finest regions for trekking in India. It is Buddhist ex-kingdom with Leh as its capital.

This magical region mostly inhabited by people following Tibetan Buddhism offers trekkers exhilarating, spectacular, challenging and diverse trails. Since trekking isn’t as developed as in neighbouring country Nepal, the trekkers get to experience more peaceful and unspoiled beauty and landscape.

Markha Valley, wild and barren, is one of the most beautiful valleys in Ladakh. It is very near to Tibet, which gives trekkers the feel of Tibetan culture. The valley with Mt Kang Yatze (6,400 m) on its top is one of the main attractions of this trek.

The journey starts from New Delhi. From here, you fly to Leh. Before trekking commences, there will be some sightseeing activities. Visit monasteries in and around Leh. Hemis Monastery is a major attraction. Then drive to Zingchen and start trekking. Once trekking begins, enjoy the remote scenery of northern India and walk in the largely undisturbed landscape. Two big challenges for you in this trek are Kanda La Pass and Kangamaru La Pass. They lie at 4,985 m and at 5,150 m respectively. And after trekking through beautiful valleys, pastures and plateaus, arrive back at Leh.

Price: from AUD1600 per person

Duration: 12 Days

Trek Ratings: Activity 4 / Conditions 5 / Accommodation 1&4 / Training/Preparation 4

Best Season: Mid-June to Mid-October

Country Visited: India

Trip Start: Delhi

Trip Ends: Delhi

Trip Route: New Delhi-Leh-Uletakpo Village-Lamayuru Monastery -Rumbak-Kanda-la Base Camp-Shingo-Chalak-Markha-Tahungtse-Nimaling-Chukirmo-Shang Sumdo-Leh-New Delhi

Trip Style: Guided Trekking

Activity: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking

Max. Altitude: 5,150 m /16892 ft

Activity Per Day: Approximately 4-5 hrs walking per day

Day 01 Arrival in Delhi. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 Fly to Leh (3,500 m). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03 Free Day for Acclimatization and Sightseeing in Leh. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04 Sightseeing in and around Leh by Tourist Vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05 Drive to Zingchen (3,400 m) and Trek to Yurutse (3,530m). 5 to 6 Hours. Overnight at Tented Camps.
Day 06 Trek to Skiu (3,400 m) via Kanda La Pass (4,985 m). 6 to 7 Hours. Overnight at Tented Camps.
Day 07 Trek to Markha (3,800 m). 6 to 7 Hours. Overnight at Tented Camps.
Day 08 Trek to Thachungtse (3,589 m). 4 to 5 Hours. Overnight at Tented Camps.
Day 09 Trek to Nimaling (4,700 m). 3 to 4 Hours. Overnight at Tented Camps.
Day 10 Trek to Shang Sumdo via Kangamaru La Pass (5,150 m). 5-6 Hours. And Drive to Leh. 1 Hour. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11 Flight from Leh to Delhi Early in the Morning. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 12 Flight Departure from Delhi to next destination.

Day 01 Fly to Delhi and Flight Departure from Delhi.
Our airport representative will receive you at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to the hotel in a tourist vehicle.

If you arrive before 4 pm, there will be pre-trip meeting in the hotel. You will be briefed about your trip. Ask questions if you have any. And if you arrive after 4 pm, the meeting will be held the next day.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 02 Fly to Leh (3,500 m) – 1 hr and 20 min.
Today you have an early morning transfer to the domestic airport for your flight from Delhi to Leh. The spectacular show is outside the window as your flight takes you over the main Himalayan range and onto the Tibetan plateau. As soon as you land you can tell the difference. The air is clear and cool and people are relaxed and friendly. You’ll hear the welcoming Ladaki greeting “Julay! Julay!” Transfer by car to your comfortable hotel.

It is very important that you rest this afternoon. It will aid in your acclimatisation if you drink plenty of water. Never drink water from any other source unless it is from a sealed bottle!

Once Leh (population 20,000) was a main trading point on the Asian silk route and one of the most exotic bazaars of Asia. Farms are surrounded by stone-lined walks that meander along small streams and are fun to wander. You will see mani walls made up of hundreds of stones each inscribed with the mantra “om mani padme hum.” Explore the market of Leh in the evening.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 03 Free Day for Acclimatisation and Sightseeing in Leh.
After breakfast, take an excursion to visit the 1000 year old paintings of Alchi Monastery 68 km from Leh. En-route visit the great statue of Maitreya Buddha at Likir monastery, Sangam of Indus & Zanskar rivers which are the two major rivers in Ladakh, Magnetic Hill and Military Hall of Fame.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 04 Sightseeing in and around Leh By Tourist Vehicle.
On this day, after breakfast, go on a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in and around Leh. One such monastery is Shey Gompa. It is located 17 kilometres from Leh. It was once the summer capital of Ladakh kings. Around this place are situated several Gompas and Stupas. Deldyan Namgyal built this palace in 17th century. 12 meters long Shakyamuni Buddha effigy positioned inside the Dresthang Gompa is the prominent attraction of Leh. Located near Shey, Thiksey Gompa is at the distance of 20 kilometres from Leh. This monastery is said to be one of the most stunning structures in Ladakh and it belongs to Gelukspa order. Located at about 45 kilometres south of Leh, Hemis is one of the most popular and largest monasteries in Ladakh. This monastery belongs to Drukpa Order. Hemis was founded in early 17th century. The monastery clandestine in lovely valley is surrounded by streams and fronted by large Mani Walls. Later drive back to Leh.

Overnight at Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05 Drive to Zingchen (3,400 m) and Trek to Yurutse (3,530m) – 5 to 6 Hours.
Make an early start to ascend the Ganda La Pass (4,985 m). The climb to the pass will be bit tiring, so you must trek slowly without rushing. From the top of the pass which is dotted with many Tibetan prayer flags, one can enjoy a spectacular view of Stok Kangri massif and surrounding valley. From here descend to the tiny village of Shingo. Have your lunch here, later the trail descends steadily to the head of the Skiu Village, where a number of rivulets join to form a small stream. The broad grassy shoulders of the upper valley narrow sharply to the pinched waist at Sumdo, with its few houses and fields at the junction of a small stream with the Skiu Nala. From here the river swoops exuberantly down a tight, narrow gorge, choked with willow and wild roses, and we follow the trail as it leaps from bank to bank all the way to the village of Skiu on the banks of the Lower Markha. You enter the village confronted by towering rock faces. Since Skiu is only at about 3,400 m and the Markha Valley is quite narrow, the temperature is higher here.

Overnight at Tented Camps
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06 Trek to Skiu (3,400 m) via Kanda La Pass (4,985 m) – 6 to 7 Hours .
In the morning after early breakfast, pack up and take a drive to Zingchen village approx 20 km west of Leh. Arrive at Zingchen and meet the horsemen. Begin the first day trek to Yurutse. The trail from Zinchen ascends gradually all the way along the Rumbak Nala until you reach Rumbak, the largest village in the Zinchen Valley. If the fields are cultivated, you may have to ford the river a few times up to Rumbak junction. Then follow the well-marked trail on the left bank of the Rumbak Nala, passing cultivated fields and scattered houses until you enter a side valley leading to the south. Further trek on along the river until you reach Rumbak where you can see the snowcapped peaks of the Stok Mountains. Here take the right fork of the river and continue a gradual ascend towards Yurutse, where the villagers grow barley, potatoes and some green vegetables. Near the village are some impressive purple and green rock formations.

Overnight at Tented Camps
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07 Trek to Markha (3,800 m) – 6 to 7 Hours.
Cross the river and trek up to the Markha village. It is the longest valley and this will also be the longest trek day. A beautiful oasis terraced green fields and small irrigation canals can be seen in the villages en-route. At dusk just as the evening shadows begin to envelop the valley, it is worth walking along the trail where the Skiu Nala meets the Markha to visit a small monastery. This is cared for by an old nun, who comes every morning and evening to light the butter lamps at the altar of Chamba – the Future Buddha.

Overnight at Tented Camps
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08 Trek to Thachungtse (3,589 m) – 4 to 5 Hours.
A very pleasant walk up one of the loveliest sections of the Markha valley. Woody bushes grow thickly along the river, which is spanned by several bridges over which the trail marches to Thinlespa village and further to Hankar village from where we get a good view of Gyalpo-Ri peak.

Overnight at Tented Camps
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09 Trek to Nimaling (4,700 m) – 3 to 4 Hours.
The trail climbs steadily up the narrow valley, past villages smaller and seemingly poorer than those in the lower areas. The Nimaling plain is a broad undulating meadow, sloping upwards to the base of the ice-clad Kang Yatse peak (6,440m) which dominates the area. Nimaling with tiny ponds and rivulets flowing all over its meadows provides pasturage in the summer for an astonishing number of animals such as yaks, sheep, goats, dzos and horses, not only from the Markha, but also from villages all around. Himalayan marmots and white-tailed hares are seen in plenty and it is not unusual to spot the occasional blue sheep or wolf.

Overnight at Tented Camps
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Trek to Shang Sumdo (3,800 m) via Kangamaru La Pass (5,150 m) – 5 to 6 Hours And Drive to Leh – 1 Hour.
Crossing to the north of the Markha, climb to the top of the Kangmaru La Pass with its wonderful views from the top. Snow peaks in every direction and on a clear day the giants of the Karakoram, including K2, can be seen on the north-western horizon. The trail descends steeply to the head of the Martselang valley past the sulphur springs of Chyushkarmo, and follows the Martselang stream to the village of Sumdo or Shang-Sumdo, at the confluence of the Shang Nala and the Martselang. You will be picked up by tourist vehicle. A 55-km drive to Leh.

Overnight at Tented Camps
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Flight from Leh to Delhi Early in the Morning.
Early in the morning, take a flight from Leh to Delhi. The flight takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes. The rest of the day is for you to rest and explore on your own.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 12 Flight Departure from Delhi to Next Destination.
The trip ends today. Transfer to the airport in Leh and then fly from Delhi to your next destination. If you want to extend your trip, then you can stay in Delhi and visit its major attractions. Or you can head to Rajasthan. Or you can do the classic Golden Triangle.


NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimise its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

We do not have fixed departure date for this trek. This trip can only be organised upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts.

Please contact us for further information.

Cost Includes

Airport pick up and drop off on a tourist vehicle in Delhi and Leh
Twin-sharing accommodation in A-class standard hotel in Leh and in 3-star hotel in Delhi near the airport
Breakfast on non-trekking days and all three meals on trekking days
Two-person 4-season alpine tents during the trek
All ground transportation for sightseeing and transfers by tourist vehicle
An experienced and qualified English-speaking local Ladakhi trekking guide
Complete trek arrangements with a very good cook, helpers, nice comfortable 2-men alpine trekking tents, comfortable mattresses, tables/stools, toilet tents, kitchen cum dining tent (Trekkers will have to bring their own personal 4-season sleeping bags)
Mules/horses for carrying member luggage and camping equipment’s (Luggage allowance is max 8-10 kg per person)
Camping fee en-route and monastery entrances
Hemis High Altitude National Park entrance fee
All applicable taxes

Cost Does not Include

Lunch and dinner during non-trekking days in Delhi and Leh
Both international and domestic airfare (Flight: Delhi-Leh-Delhi cost approx. US$ 300 to 400 per person)
Travel insurance that covers rescue and evacuation
Extra costs for transfers and hotel stay due to flight cancellation
Any other sightseeing activity which is not mentioned in the itinerary
India entry visa fees
Alcoholic, cold and hot drinks
Personal trekking equipment
Tips for trekking staff (Tipping is expected)
Any other expenses not mentioned in the Cost Includes section

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or horse/donkeys and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.


4 seasons Sleeping bag (We don’t provide it. You have to bring your own.)
Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase
Down Jacket

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
Glacier glasses – 100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).


1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

T-shirts (2).
Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
Fleece jacket or pullover.
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.


4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc.
Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important!

Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
2 bandanas.


1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
Favourite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

N.B. This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

What type of shape do I need to be in, is this trip for me?

This trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying a sign board with your name on it at outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Delhi, Leh and in trekking?

We use standard rooms at three-star hotel in Delhi and A-class standard hotel in Leh with breakfast included. All along the trekking, your accommodation will be in comfortable A-shape alpine tents which are spacious enough for two people to sleep. There will be comfortable mattresses and space enough to put the personal luggage. In the campsite, there will be toilet tent as well as kitchen cum dining tent.

Is it possible to reserve a trip now and pay deposit later or do I HAVE to pay deposit at booking/reservation?

The trip will be confirmed only when we receive the completed final booking form and deposit payment. You can pay the balance of the money 60 days prior to your departure.

What sort of food can I expect in trekking?

Breakfast and dinner will be freshly cooked and hot served and lunch will be box packed by our expert kitchen staff. This is an example of the menu:

Breakfast: Cornflakes, porridge, bread, choice of egg, jam, butter, tea, coffee, chocolate drink

Box lunch: Indian bread, cookies, biscuits, boiled egg, boiled potato, one chocolate, one tetra pac fruit juice, one fresh fruit like apple or pears

Dinner: Soup, rice, chapati (Indian bread), salad, two vegetable, one dal (lentils), tuna fish, chicken, dessert (Sometimes there will be Chinese or Tibetan or Ladakhi food items too.

Is the food in mountain prepared to international standard in terms of safety?

YES, the food is very safe during the trekking and we recommend you to eat the vegetarian and local food. Please follow the suggestion of our guide on the trek.

Is the water available drinkable? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

Yes, water is available. We will provide you boiled water. We discourage bringing mineral water bottle. It is not absolutely necessary to bring purifying system but if you want to bring, it is okay.

What mode of transportation do you use?

We use SUV vehicles like Mahindra Xylo, Scorpio, etc. In one vehicle, maximum 4-5 people will be able to travel. These are sturdy tough mountain vehicles. In Delhi, we use tourist vehicles like cars, minivans, and buses depending upon the size of the trekking group. And along trekking routes, we use mules for carrying your baggage.

What is the best season for this trekking?

The best season is from Mid-June to Mid-September.

What is the weather and temperature like in trekking?

January, February and December: One of the coldest times of the season, the temperature rarely goes above the freezing point starting from December. The nights are chilling and temperatures hover around -20°C at altitude above 4,000 m. Days are still bearable with 2°C as average temperature. Most highways are closed and Ladakh remains practically inaccessible during these months. Frostbites are common and most locals develop scales and cracks on their skins.

March and April: Although relatively better than January, February and December, it is still too cold to resume a normal routine the months of March and April. Temperatures hover between 6°C in the day and -5°C in the night. There is still the occasional snowfall that further dips the mercury down.

May, June, July and August: This is when Ladakh receives the bulk of its tourists annually. Most highways open up the last week of April or the first week of May. The weather clears up and one can enjoy their Ladakh sojourn “sunny side up”. Temperatures are a pleasant 16°C during the day and a barely manageable 3°C in the night. The breeze still carries the winter chill and one may feel the bite if sitting in shade for too long. June is when the mercury really kicks up and temperatures soar up to 21°C (day). You still can’t do without a blanket at night when it’s 7°C. This is when tourism is at its peak and Ladakh is buzzing with visitors, most on month long treks and pan-Ladakh expeditions. This is also when most events and local festivals happen to be celebrated. July is arguably the warmest month of the year. The day and night temperatures are 25°C and 10°C respectively. August is when it starts to get chilly once again and the extra quilts have to be pulled out. If you happen to be traveling during August, make sure you’re packing a lot of extra woolens.

September, October and November: It’s already cold, by now. At elevations higher than 3000 meters, there aren’t too many days you will not feel cold. All through September, the weather is somewhat similar to that in May. The days are a lovely 20-22°C and all of Ladakh is rinsed by ample sunshine. The nights are back to being bitterly cold and you would need a desi angeethi to warm things up inside. But it’s during the months of October and November that Ladakh goes back to its gloomy self. Since temperatures start dropping below 0°C on a lot more regular basis once again, all interstate roads and passes are closed again 5-6 months.

I'm a Vegetarian, is that a problem?

No problem at all. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

Do your guides have trekking guide certificates? Have they received first-aid training for high altitude?

Yes, they are licensed by the concerned authorities of India. They have received their first-aid training for high altitude and are capable of taking care of you if any problem arises.

What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?

We carry oxygen cylinder. Satellite phones are not permitted on the trekking trails but in Markha we have an approved satellite phone facility. So, in case of any emergency during the trek our guides will use this facility. We carry first-aid kit, and our guides know how to handle emergencies.

Do we book our own domestic and international flights to and from Delhi?

Yes, you need to book your own international and domestic flights. It would cost you significantly higher to book through us. And for domestic flight: Delhi-Leh-Delhi, it would cost you approx. US$ 300 to 400 per person. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

Can I use credit cards in the treks visited in trekking?

Not possible. Only carry Indian cash rupees. Please change the currency in local Indian rupees in Leh or Delhi.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipments on my trip?

There is no charging facility on the trek. You will have to bring spare batteries or portable solar powered chargers with you.

Are there any communication facilities during the trek?

The only communication available is at Markha village where we have a government satellite phone facility.

Where do we toilet along the trail?

We carry toilet tents. It’s a dry pit toilet. We dig a hole and put the sand nearby. On using the toilet you will need to throw a shovel of sand so that it’s covered and remain clean for the next use. Toilet paper will be provided.

Is it possible to get my clothes washed on the trek?

Yes, most of the time we finish the trek by 2 or 3 pm. During afternoon small washing can be done. But the best will be to carry spare clothing as many times local people do not allow washing clothes in streams. And our camp will not be able to provide warm water for laundry purpose due to limited fuel so washing could be issue. Easy washing like socks, underwear will not be a problem.

What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?

Limited opportunity. If the day is warm enough, you can take shower in the nearby stream (if there is stream). But most of the time you will have to sponge bath, not full shower.

How much additional money do I need per day?

For the entire trek if you carry around 3000-5000 cash (Indian currency), this is more than enough as there is no shopping in the entire route unless you want to buy some beer from the villagers or from tea huts.

Do I need to tip my guide and camping staff? How much would that be?

Tipping is a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local camping staff. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs.

Are the local staff insured?

Our company insures all our trekking staff: guides, cooks, poneymen, etc.

Do you use porters or mules on the trek to carry baggage?

Horses and mules only. In Ladakh we don’t use porters.

Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?

Yes, you can put in the store of the hotel where you stay in Leh.

What is the temperature rating of the sleeping bag that you lend to trekkers?

We don’t provide sleeping bags as it is a very personal item, so you will have to bring your own personal sleeping bag that has temperature rating of minimum up to -5.

Do you have a Portable Altitude Chamber?

We don’t. Instead we carry oxygen cylinder with 500 litre capacity.

What immunisations will I need?

The only vaccine required by international regulations is that for yellow fever. The proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering India. If you are traveling to India from Africa or South America, you should check to see if you require proof of vaccination.

We also recommend:

  • A dental check-up prior to travelling
  • That you know your blood group in case of emergency

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.