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Markha Valley Trek This trek is easily accessible from Leh and offers a large diversity of landscapes. The green oasis of the Markha Valley guarded by Kang Yatse 6400mts from east and Zanskar range from the south west. From any of the high points you can have breath-taking views of the Korakoram Saser Kangri peak (7670mts) Stok Kangri (6150mts) Kang Yatse 6400mts.and Nun Kun (7135mts.) During this trek you will go through many scattered high villages, each with irrigated fields of barley, wheat and mustard which adds brilliance to the landscape of this broken moon land, and Markha valley trek is a part of Hemis National Park, Where there is always an opportunity of spotting wild animals. We have departures to the famous Markha Valley every second day from 1st of June to 10th of October.

Spituk to Hemis 8 Days:

Cost: 420 USD | person for a private group of 2-3 Pax
Cost: 350 USD | person for a group of 3 to 6 Pax
Size Of group: Min 2 & Max 6
Highest Point: Gongmarula Pass 5150mts
Grade: Medium
Duration: 8 Days

Zingchen to Shang 7 Days:

Cost: 400 USD/ person for a private trek of 2-3 Pax
Cost: 325 USD/Person for a group of 4-8 Pax
Size Of group: Min 2 & Max 8
Highest Point: Gongmarula Pass 5150mts
Grade: Medium

Chilling to Hemis 7 Days :

Cost: 380 USD/ person for a private trek of 2-3 Pax
Cost: 300 USD/Person for a group of 4-8 Pax
Size Of group: Min 2 & Max 8
Highest Point: Gongmarula Pass 5150mts
Grade: Medium
Markha Valley via Chilling 6 days

What’s included in the price:
Transportation both ways (to the starting point and coming back from the finishing point by Jeep)
Homestay accommodation with all meals
Trekking guide
Assistant guide
Ponies or Donkies to carry the luggage
Monastery entrance fees
wildlife fees
Inner line permission where ever it’s required.












Markha Valley 8 days

Day 1: Drive from Leh to Spituk (40 min Approximately) Trek to Zingchen (4-5 hrs)

Day 2: Trek from Zingchen to Gandala Base (5-6 hrs)

Day 3: Trek from Gandala Base to Skiu via Gandala Pass 4850m ( 6-7 hrs)

Day 4: Trek from Skiu to Markha (7-8 hrs)

Day 5: Trek from Markha to Thuchungtse ( 5-6 hrs)

Day 6: Trek from Thuchungtse to Nimaling 4700m (4-5 hrs)

Day 7: Trek from Nimaling to Shang Sumdo via Gongmarula Pass 5150m Highest point of the trek 6-7 hrs

Day 8: Trek from Shang Sumdo to Hemis after visiting the Hemis monastery we will drive you back to Leh via Shey and Thicksey (4-5 hrs) and 2 hrs drive. Trek finishes here.

For a detailed itinerary and information kindly email us at




Zingchen to Shang 7 Days :

Day 1: Trek from Zingchen to Gandala Base (5-6 hrs)

Day 2: Trek from Gandala Base to Skiu via Gandala Pass 4850m ( 6-7 hrs)

Day 3: Trek from Skiu to Markha (7-8 hrs)

Day 4: Trek from Markha to Thuchungtse ( 5-6 hrs)

Day 5: Trek from Thuchungtse to Nimaling 4700m (4-5 hrs)

Day 6: Trek from Nimaling to Shang Sumdo via Gongmarula Pass 5150m Highest point of the trek 6-7 hrs and we will drive you back to Leh via the famous monasteries Shey Thicksey and Hemis

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Chilling to Hemis 7 Days :

Day 1: Drive to Chilling by Jeep and trek from Chilling to Skiu 3-4 hrs

Day 2: Trek from Skiu to Markha (7-8 hrs)

Day 3: Trek from Markha to Thuchungtse ( 5-6 hrs)

Day 4: Trek from Thuchungtse to Nimaling 4700m (4-5 hrs)

Day 5: Extra day at Nimaling or Thichungtse with side walk options

Day 6: Trek from Nimaling to Shang Sumdo via Gongmarula Pass 5150m Highest point of the trek 6-7 hrs

Day 7: Trek from Shang Sumdo to Hemis after visiting the Hemis monastery we will drive you back to Leh via Shey and Thicksey (4-5 hrs) and 2 hrs drive. Trek finishes here.

For a detailed itinerary and information kindly email us at



Monasteries that you can cover during this Trek :

Hemis Monastery
Location: 46 Km
Founded in 1630 by First incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso

Hemis Monastery holds the distinction of being the biggest as well as the wealthiest monastery of Ladakh. It dates back to the year 1630 and was founded by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso. Hemis Monastery is positioned inside a gorge, at a distance of approximately 47 km from Leh. Belonging to the Dugpa Order, it stands on the western bank of the Indus River. The monastery also boasts of a very rich collection of ancient relics. The Hemis Monastery also serves as the venue of an annual festival, known as the Hemis Festival. This festival is celebrated as a commemoration of the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhav. On the day of the Hemis Festival, the thangka of the monastery is displayed, with a gap of twelve years between successive displays. The Thanka is the sacred appliqué-work tapestry wrought with pearls, which depicts Guru Padmasambhava. And not to be forgotten is a sacred mask dance that is performed at the monastery every year. The dance takes place on 9th and 10th day of the fifth month of the Tibetan calendar.

Stakna Monastery
Location 25 Kms from Leh
Founded by Chosje Jamyang Palkar in 16th century.

Stakna Gompa of Ladakh is situated on the right bank of the Indus River, at a distance of approximately 25 km from the town of Leh. The name, 'Stakna' literally means 'tiger's nose'. The monastery was so named because it was built on a hill, which is shaped just like a tiger's nose. Stakna Monastery of Leh Ladakh owes its inception to Chosje Jamyang Palkar, the great scholar saint of Bhutan. It formed a part of the many religious estates offered by the Dharmaraja Jamyang Namgial to the saint, around 1580 AD.

Thiksey Gompa
Location Thicksey Village 20 Kms from Leh
Founnded in 1430 AD. By Spon Paldan Sherab, nephew of Sherab Zangpo

Thiksey Gompa of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 18 km from the town of Leh. One of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh, it belongs to the Gelukpa Order of Buddhism. Sherab Zangpo of Stod got the Thikse Monastery built for the first time, at Stakmo. However, later Spon Paldan Sherab, the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, reconstructed the monastery in the year 1430 AD. The new monastery was sited on a hilltop, to the north of Indus River. Thikse Monastery of Leh Ladakh houses a temple, known as Lakhang Nyerma. This temple, built by Rinchen Zangpo, the Translator, is dedicated to Goddess Dorje Chenmo. A huge temple in its time, today it stands mostly in ruins. Apart from this temple, there are a number of other sacred shrines inside the monastery complex. The monastery also has a rich collection of numerous valuable artifacts and ancient relics. Thiksey Gompa serves as the residence of approximately eighty monks. It has been served, for quite a long time, by the successive reincarnations of the Skyabsje Khanpo Rinpoche. The monastery also plays the host to Gustor ritual, organized from the 17th to 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar. Sacred dances also form a part of this ritual, which takes place on an annual basis.

Shey Palace & Gompa
Location : 14 Kms from Leh
Founded by King Deldan Namgyal in 17th century

Shey Gompa of Ladakh is situated on a hillock, at a distance of approximately 15 km to the south of Leh town. The monastery was erected on the instructions of King Deldon Namgyal, in the memory of his late father, Singay Namgyal. The main image inside the Shey Monastery is that of Buddha Shalyamuni. It is a huge image of the seated Buddha and is considered to be the biggest metal statue and the second largest Buddha statue in the Ladakh region. Copper sheets, gilded with gold, make up this amazing Buddha statue. An annual festival is also held at Shey Gompa, on the 30th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar.

Jasmin Dillon Recommends October 4, 2011
"The beauty of the nature and people were so Pure and Raw"
This trek was one of the best experiences of my life. I have had many adventurous experiences across the world, but the this was unique. The customer service was outstanding. The team at Dream Ladakh helped us book out trek from Australia- they were informative, helpful, easy to communicate with, and directed us to choose the right trek with the small amount of time we had. We were picked up from the airport free of charge, taken care of at the office while they so calmly too care of sorting out the most suitable accommodation for the few nights before our trek. Naturally we had altitude sickness kicking in- but drinks and snacks provided we soon felt much calmer ourselves. The team are friendly and kind and go out of their way to help you with any questions you have and offer help where ever they can. The actual trek itself was PURE MAGIC. This part of the world is so pure and untouched, the nature, the people, the whole experience. It was hard work over our Markha Valley 8 day trek, but with an excellent and experienced guide who spoke good English, was super fit, full of knowledge, and such a genuine kind person, it made it very safe and enjoyable- even when climbing 5,200m.

As vegans we had no trouble at all with the right food be provided, with a great cook. So much food was available for us. The tents and equipment provided where in great condition and we were always warm and dry. The horses and donkey which carried all the gear were well fed and cared for by the pony man. They all looked very happy and healthy compared to some of the others horses we saw along the way. Dream Ladakh were professional, have fantastic knowledge and experience, but what I liked the most is how trustworthy they were!!! Good for: adventure, All tourists, hiking trekking walking, Fit people of all ages, amazing nature
jazzdillon@hotmail.com

Andrea & Manuela Recommends this, September 15, 2011
We spent our last holiday in Ladakh; would like not only visit this fantastic country, but do a trekking. We began to look for on internet and we found Dreamland Trek & Tour and booked with your the Markha trek and the other trip around Ladakh. For us it was a amzing experienrice. The trekking was magnificent; we must thank our guide, your assistent and the ponyman. They were very kind with us, very professional and we spent with them a great experience and we thank them for letting us know Ladakh.
At the end of trekking, the staff of Dreamland organised for us the trip to Nubra Valley and the big lake. Also this trips was fantastic. We thank a lot Dreamland for the great experience we had spent
andreamanu1@virgilio.it

Anne-Lise Garcel et Georges Korchia
La markha Valley: excellent trek c etait splendid et notre guide, Pema, etait genial. Ils nous a raconte plein de trucs sur le Ladakh et est un excellent cuisinier. Merci egalement a l agence Dreamland pour sa gentillesse et son efficacite. 04/09/03 algarcel@recherche.loreal.com

Excellent Tour Company Operator - Flexible, Honest. Use them
Lyn Michaud Recommends November 21, 2010
My wife and I had opportunity to use Dreamland Trek&Tour during a month in Ladakh. Javeed and his staff were most helpful. We organized our tour over the internet due to recommendations from other Canadians. Javeed met us at the airport and ensured we were well looked after throughout our trip including accommodation, guides, tour drivers, pony boys - in fact the lot! We did change our trekking schedule and Javeed met the challenge, was flexible, and as a result we also squeezed in a trip across Khardung La into the Nubra Valley after our trip up the Markha and into Rupshu. We enjoyed Leh, our trek and sightseeing journeys to a very interesting land with many excellent gompa's combined with a rich cultural heritage. Dreamland kept us well physically as we went to altitude and we were pleased with their approach to the environment in Ladahk. We found Javeed and his staff to be friendly and helpful throughout. There are many tour operators in Leh, but Dreamland stands out as a professional, honest, competent and well run company.
lmichaud@telus.net



Important Questions :
How long does it take to get acclimatize?
Abruptly going to a height of 3500 m, one naturally feels a difference. Your body reacts and behaves differently in rarified air at high altitude. What you need to do is just take it easy and give some time to your body to adjust in to less oxygen (hypoxia) by a slow physiological process called Acclimatization. Time taken for acclimatization varies from person to person; usually you nee atleast 2-3 days in order get well acclimatized and you need to take complete rest for the 1st day even if you are feeling fine. Drink plenty of fluids at least 3-4 litres. Diet should be high in carbohydrates, less oily and predominantly vegetarian. Avoid excess of alcohol and tobacco in any form.

Why are some treks more expensive than others?
If we have to organize a trek near Leh than it's less expensive for transportation and same is for the pack horses as we have to send them to the starting point. Even after finishing the trek we have to pay for the horses for reaching Leh. That's why there are different rates for different trek routes.

Who carries the things/gears and food during the trek?
In Ladakh normally you have to trek around the height of 4000mts and the passes are around 5000mts so its very difficult to carry heavy loads at this height, that's why we provide pack horses/ponies they will carry everything, trekkers will have to carry only the pack lunch, water, camera, note book, and some delicate things which they don't want keep with the horses.

What we do with the garbage that are produced during the trek?
We are very keen to keep Ladakh clean, that's why we strictly instruct our staff to bring back all the garbages produced during the trek.

What about the temperature (maximum and minimum) during the trekking season?
The average temperatures in the trekking routes during the trekking season are as under:
May................. (Max 15*C & Min -3*C)
June................ (Max 25*C & Min 6*C)
July................. (Max 30*C & Min 10*C)
August ............ (Max 27*C & Min 8*C)
September...... (Max 15*C & Min -2*C)
October........... (Max 8*C & Min -8*C)

How we look after your health while trekking?
Our guides are careful to prepare your meals with your enjoyment in mind. Typically these plentiful meals will be primarily vegetarian in nature with some meat or protein in the form of canned fish or tofu. This is typical of the Ladakhi diet in general. Our guides are encouraged to use hand sanitizers such as alcohol based gels prior to food preparation. You are encouraged to do the same. Dishes are typically stainless steel bowls and pans and are cleaned after meals with scrub pads and soap. Our staff will provide rehydrating liquids in large quantities throughout your trek. Take advantage of tea, coffee, juice and water whenever you can. At altitude it is natural not to feel much hunger or thirst. Make sure you stay adequately fed and drank plenty of fluids both at meals and along the trail. During summer, heat can be a real factor requiring significant intake of liquids while you trek. So always carry 2 liters of water with you.
Our guides will make every effort to pace your day so you are not pushed to your physical limits. This means you will be getting up and away in good time so your day will allow a consistent but moderate pace.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma or other chronic illness it would be wise to let Dreamland Trek and Tour know of this condition prior to leaving Leh. This way your guide will understand that you have medication along with you should someone other than yourself have to administer the drugs.
Preparation for altitude during the trek is vital. Acclimatize in Leh prior to departure on your trek. Take at least 4 days doing tours or other easy to moderate physical activity prior to beginning your trek. If possible start low and go slowly for the first few days of your trek. Some routes will not allow this, so acclimatization is even more important in these cases.
Prior to your trek meet with your doctor and discuss your overall physical condition and your doctor's recommendation for high altitude medication. You may also wish to discuss treatment and medication for traveler's diarrhea as you experience new foods and bacterial environments.
With these simple ideas in mind, your trekking experience will be most enjoyable for you and other travelers along the way.

What do we do if someone is sick or injured during the trek?
During the trek our guides will make every effort to pace your day so you are not pushed to your physical limits. This means you will be getting up and away in good time so your day will allow a consistent but moderate pace. And in case it hits a member of the tour then our assistant guide will immediately bring him/her down asap. He will use the ponies to ride for the sick person in the mean time he will inform us through a satellite phone (now we have satellite phone in almost every remote villages of Ladakh) and we will soon send a jeep to bring her/him to the hospital in Leh.

Rescue in Emergency:
In case if someone is critically sick or injured and requires helicopter evacuation, this can be done with the cooperation of JK Tourism Department & Indian Airforce as long as you have the insurance to cover this so it would be useful to let us know which insurance.

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