Markha Valley, Nomads and Tibetan Culture Trek | Ladakh


One of our quiet camps in the wild Markha valley, en route to the high plains of Nyimaling and Rupshu.

A two week trek with optional peak scramble in the Trans-Himalaya of Ladakh.  The focus of this trek is Ladakhi, Changpa, and Tibetan Buddhist culture. The first few days we will acclimatize with monastery visits to the Buddhist monasteries of the Indus valley, and perhaps do some mountain biking or rafting (if individuals would like, not a requisite). Next, we jump into the jeeps and head to the start of the classic Markha valley trek. The Markha valley wends its way from the Zanskar river to the high plains of Nyimaling, with interesting locals making their lives in adobe houses surrounded by verdant fields and soaring Himalayan peaks above.  From here we trek into the high plains of Nyimaling, and then on over the Zarlung Karpo La to Dat, where we complete our trek with a visit to a Changpa nomad camp in the area.


Trekkers climbing out of the Markha valley into the high plains of Nyimaling.

Leadership. Luke Smithwick will be leading this trip working alongside his team of top notch local guides and staff.


The village of Markha, one of our campsites in the Markha valley and a place to visit with locals.

Cultural experiences alongside great days in the mountains.  Traversing the Trans-Himalaya range via a 5000 meter pass and climbing a 20,000 ft peak is a real challenge. Come and experience a high altitude peak and trek in the spectacular Himalaya, with the guides and resources to keep you safe and informed.


Our camp in Markha, with the horses grazing and resting after a days trek with us. The orange dining tent in the background.


Near the summit of Kang Yatze 2, with the Karakoram on the horizon.

>Spectacular and scenic trek through the Himalaya
>Cultural interaction with Ladakhi homesteads and rural villages
>Visits to Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries in the Indus valley
>Field trip to SECMOL campus – a sustainability campus of the Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh
>Scenic camps in remote mountain valleys
>Visits with Changpa nomads
>6000 meter peak scramble (optional)


A family we stay with in the Markha valley.

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Trekking terrain between Markha and Langtang Chen.

trip deposit US$500


A trekker next to a trailsider mani wall. Mani walls are hand-carved stones that show symbols and representations of the Buddha. They are made to show devotion to Tibetan Buddhism. Notice the snowy 20,000 ft peak in the background.

Sunday 23 July – Sunday 6 August 2018


Luke Smithwick

Luke Smithwick

Our service includes
4 nights hotel in Leh
All other accommodation while present on scheduled trip itinerary
Ground transportation by private vehicle
‘Himalaya Alpine’ Expedition style trekking trip: Delicious meals, french press coffee and herbal teas, all horse porterage on approach/retreat, local guides and staff, Mountain Hardwear expedition tents, equipped dining tent, experienced western guide (Luke).
Solar charging for electronics
Himalaya Alpine Guides duffel bag

Our service excludes
Trip/medical/rescue insurance
International flights
India Visa
Meals while not on trek (Leh)
Items of a personal nature (laundry, bar bills, gratuities, etc.)


A surprise dusting of snow near the Zarlung Karpo La. Trekkers are resting in the dining tent and having tea, coffee, and hot breakfast while the horses have their breakfast next to the horseman tent.

Outline Itinerary

1 – arrive Leh – 3500m – Sunday 23 July 2017
2 – Leh sightseeing and monasteries – 3500m
3 – Leh rafting or mini-trek – 3500m
4 – drive Chiling, trek Skiu / visit with villagers
5 – trek Hamurchen
6 – trek Markha / visit with villagers
7 – trek Langtang Chen
8 – trek Zalung Karpo BC
9 – acclimatize Zalung Karpo bC
10 – climb Kang Yatze 2 – 20,404ft / explore side valleys
11 – trek Tsokra (via Zalung Karpo Pass 16,994ft)
12 – trek Dat
13 – trek Rupshu camp
14 – drive Leh
15 – depart Leh – Sunday 6 August 2017


kang yatze

A campfire one evening with the group.

Jullay and Namaskar.