Markha Valley Winter Trek

Brief Description

The Markha Valley Winter trek is one of the most fascinating treks in Ladakh. The trek takes you on a beautiful journey in the land of fluttering colorful prayer flags, mane walls, high passes, exotic wildlife and unusual sheer canyons in depth of the cold Ladakh winters. Not only will you get a chance to experience the Ladakhi way of life in the cold, dark winter, but long stretches on the frozen Markha river makes it a great alternative to the Chadar trek, possibly even better! Gear up for a beautiful and culturally rich experience in the winter wonderland of Hemis National Park.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.


Show detailed itinerary
1 Day 1
Day 1 - Arrive in Leh. Rest & Acclimatization.
2 Day 2
Day 2 - Acclimatization in Leh
3 Day 3
Day 3 - Drive to Chilling. Trek Chilling to Skiu
4 Day 4
Day 4 - Skiu to Sara
5 Day 5
Day 5 - Sara to Markha
6 Day 6
Day 6 - Markha to Hunkar
7 Day 7
Day 7 - Hunkar to Markha
8 Day 8
Day 8 - Markha to Skiu
9 Day 9
Day 9 - Skiu to Leh via Chilling
10 Day 10
Day 10 - Departure from Leh

Frequently Asked Questions

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried), Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) and Photocopy of ID Proof are the mandatory documents required for the trek.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Markha Valley Trek In Winters - An Alternative to Chadar Trek

Eligibility: Experience required

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 30-35 seconds

If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

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Markha Valley Winter Trek

Markha Valley Winter Trek

Instead of following the herd to Chadar, I would suggest all of you come to Markha Valley. This trek offers the challenge of walking in the high altitude, shivering cold and diverse natural beauties to experience. The safety and convenience provided by Bikat Adventures and its trek leader Martanda Gautam gave me more opportunities to spend time with nature (instead of battling it). The 5 days walk through the Markha Valley gave me the opportunity to witness the snow-capped mountains, dry mountains, frozen rivers (and walk on it), glaciers, monasteries and the warm hospitality of the people in the homestays.

Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Camping/Homestay during the trek
  • Trek Meals (Starting Lunch on Day 3 till Breakfast on Day 9)
  • Gaiter, Micro-spikes, and Helmet as required
  • Trek Permissions Fee, if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • First aid medical kit including oxygen cylinder
  • Experienced Guide and Support staff
  • Transport from Leh to Road head and return
  • Hotel/Guest House Stays in Leh (Day 1,2 & 9)
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification

What's not Included

  • Meals in Leh
  • Meals during road Journeys
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund
  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date - 5% deduction
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure - 50% deduction
  • Less than 15 days of departure - No Cash Refund
Voucher Refund
  • Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date - No deduction
  • Cencellations within 5 days prior to departure - No Refund
*Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
*Please note that this is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy

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