Peasants & nomads: 14 days Trekking

This trekking tour brings you to famous Markha valley, then you will take a right turn just before you would reach the high plateau of Nimaling. Here you are going to cross Kongmaru-La pass (at 5,000 m) and enter nomad country. The landscape is changing right before your eyes. Markha valley is at a much lower level and we will hike from village to village. In Ruphsu-Kharnak the valley expands and the landscape becomes much softer. Villages are replaced in Changthang by nomadic settlements, either inhabited or not (depending on time of year).
This tour attractively combines two different worlds, two kinds of landscapes, two sides of Ladakh: Markha & Changthang. Exciting but also relaxing and calming, wild but also soft, two contrasts combined in one tour.


Let yourself be enchanted by two sides of Ladakh: Markha & Changthang


Highlights at a glance

  • Hiking through famous and beautiful Markha valley
  • Encounters with peasants and nomads
  • Ever-changing landscape with high passes
  • The vastness of nomad country

Basic data at a glance

  • Best time of travel: July – September
  • 1 pax onwards
  • Price on request
  • Duration: 14 days



Day 1
Chilling - Skyu
Drive to  Chilling and trek to Skyu in around 3 hrs. O/N in camp

Day 2
Trekking to Markha
(3.800m), 6-7 hrs

Day 3
Trekking to Tamachan
(4.100m), 5 hrs

Day 4
To the basecamp of Zalung Karpo La
5-6 hrs


From the relatively fertile Marha valley into the vastness of the Changthang

Day 5
Via Zalungkarpo La
Trek to Sogra (4.200m) via Zalungkarpo la (5.200m), 6-7 hrs

Day 6
Trekking to Dat
(4.300m), 5-6 hrs

Day 7
Via Yar La
Trek to Lungmoche (4.600m) via Yar la (4,950m), 7-8 hrs


Nomadic girl (c) Barbara Esser

Day 8
Trekking to Zhabuk

Day 9
Trek and drive to Numa via Narbus

Day 10
Trekking to Barma La BC
(5.100m), 4-5 hrs

Day 11
Via Barma La
Trek to Rachung Karu via Barma la (5.800m), 6-7 hrs

changthang (c) Markus Brixle

At Tsomoriri (c) Markus Brixle

Day 12
Across two passes
Trek to Gyama via Kyamayuri la (5.420m) and Kartse la (5.390m), 6-7 hrs

Day 13
The nomad's pastures
Trek to Korzok Phu via Yarlung Ngyau la (5.440m), 5–6 hrs

Day 14
Trek to Korzok and drive to Leh

The trekking’s area

This is a pure trekking-package. But you will need a proper acclimatization before the start of the tour. Either you do that yourself or we organise you a programme that takes care of it. In any case we suggest a minimum of 3 days in/around Leh before the start of the trekking.

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Important notice

This tour is a high altitude trekking! It starts at “lower” altitude in the Markha Valley and raises day by day. Still you might have problems adjusting. Have a look on our tips to avoid altitude sickness!

Services included

  • Tour guidance by an english speaking local guide
  • Trekkingsupport with cook/helper/horses
  • Camping-Equipment excl. sleeping bag
  • All entrances and Permits

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa for India
  • Vaccination
  • Tips
  • Additional costs caused by illness, accident, route changes due to acts of nature beyond control, etc.
  • Additional costs caused by cancelled or delayed flight

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