Considered to be one of the most popular and scenic Ladakh treks, Markha valley is situated in the eastern part of the Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Markha valley is known for its panoramic views, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and remote villages. The valley is a huge favorite among trekkers due to its easy accessibility from Leh. The Markha village is situated in between Rumbak and Nimaling and is home to a long-abandoned, picturesque fort. Beyond Nimaling lies the Kongmaru La, the highest part of the trek.
The trek is challenging and is meant for trekkers who have experience when it comes to higher levels of difficulty. Markha Valley is named after the Markha River, a tributary of the Zanskar and like most treks in the valleys in Ladakh, the route to Markha begins from Leh. The trail begins from the lower Markha Valley, which later ascends to the alpine grasslands. The Markha valley offers several proofs of Ladakh’s old civilization in the form of ruins of castles and forts. Crossing streams and rivers plus hiking for long hours in the cold desert is an experience of a lifetime. The area once abounded with snow leopards and wolves. Currently, the numbers of snow leopards and wolves have dwindled. Kang Yatse situated in Markha Valley on the top of Nimaling Plateau is a beautiful peak that is its prime attraction.