Markha River (India)

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Markha River
The 6,400-metre-high (21,000 ft) Kang Yatze from Markha valley

The Markha River is a river in Ladakh, India. It is a tributary of the Zanskar River and starts at the junction of the Langtang Chu and Nimaling Chu. Villages along the river valley include Skiu (Skyu), Markha, Umlung and Hangkar (Hankar).[1] The Markha River lies within the Hemis National Park.[2]

The Markha Valley is one of the most popular trekking routes in Ladakh,[3] accessible from Ganda La pass near Spituk in the west, which is usually the beginning point of the trek,[4] and Gongmaru La pass near Hemis,[5] where the trek usually ends.[4] Villages on the route of Markha valley trek are Rumbak, Shingo, Skyu, Sara, Markha and Hankar.

Towards the head of the valley you can find the Kang Yatze, a 6,400-metre-high (21,000 ft) mountain. The Markha River also passes to the south of the Stok range which includes the 6,153-metre-high (20,187 ft) Stok Kangri mountain.[1]

Nomadic families herd their yaks in this valley. Many small monasteries exist, of which Techa gompa[6] is the most important Buddhist monastery in the Markha valley.


  1. ^ a b Partha S Banerjee (2016). Ladakh and Zanskar Trekking Map (Map). 1:175,000. Milestone Himalayan Series. Kolkata: Milestone Books. ISBN 978-81-903270-9-1.
  2. ^ "Hemis National Park on Google Maps". Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  3. ^ Kucharski, Radek (2012). Trekking in Ladakh (1st ed.). Cicerone. p. 325. ISBN 978 1 85284 675 6.
  4. ^ a b "The 4 Coolest Treks in Ladakh". AlienAdv Blog. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  5. ^ Jina, Prem Singh (1 January 1994). Tourism in Ladakh Himalaya. Indus Publishing. ISBN 9788173870040.
  6. ^ Maggie and Richard (31 August 2018). "Ladakh's Monasteries, Palaces and Fortresses". Monkey's Tale. Retrieved 29 March 2019.

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Coordinates: 34°00′11″N 77°12′42″E / 34.00306°N 77.21167°E / 34.00306; 77.21167