Ladakh Wilderness Expedition 2015 + easy 6000Mts Peaks
Trek leads through the most varied landscape in Ladakh, barren and rugged yet inexpensively decorated with multi hued colors of high mountain desert. Over the high passes with fluttering prayer flags, deep gorges with giant rocks in contrast with infinite blue of the sky. The area homes some of the best wildlife in Ladakh. in the right timings of the day there are Great chances spotting Himalayan Blue Sheep, herds of Kyang (Tibetan wild Ass), Tibetan Argali, Shanku (The rare Himalayan Wolf) and, if you are lucky, the rare snow leopard, bird life constitutes of flocks of bar headed ghees on the shores of Tsomoriri Lake, Himalayan golden eagles, Griffin vultures and many more to add to the list . Extraordinary wild country towards the second leg of the trek, with vast plains and incredible gorges, this region has absolutely no or rare traces of Human life and houses some of the rerest species of Himalayan fauna and flora. During the trek there is always an opportunity to climb easy 6000mts + easy peaks (no ropes). Finally descending into the Tsarap Chu Valley and trek along the Himalayan geological wonderland . The Upper Tsarap Valley is Mother Nature’s Treasure basket, an open history book, where every stone tell a story. Amidst the amazing land formations, the crystal clear water of Tsarap with its turquoise colors and along its invaluable shores, runs a continuous wall of rocks, embroidered by fossilized shells like an exquisite jewelry. This amazing trips take one back to 200 million years ,when this region would have been a center of a great ocean tic life. A journey through the fallen corpses of the ocean of Tethys.
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Ladakh : – Surrounded by the Mighty Himalayas and Karakoram, is Land of ancient caravan Routes and Rivers like Indus , along the shores of which flourished some of the most ancient civilazations. This region housed among its remote, inaccessible Valleys, some of the most unique traditions and cultures blended in old cults and Buddhist way of Life. This is the land of monasteries , massive mountain lakes and plateus inhabited by the commonities of traders, farmers, shepards, monks and High altitude Nomads, who keep on migrating with their herds of Pushmina Goats and Yaks. Changpa’s have retained their nomadic glory, in spite of the continuing hardships, harsh weather drastic change in the area. They have lived in nature using its resources without breaking that thin line which most of us humans have crosses as a result of unquenchable desire for more. Changpa’s are friendly and large hearted people and have special interest in trading. This unique trip gives one insight into the various Geographical, Social , spiritual and historical aspects of this Unique part on Land on Earth.
Leh the capital of Ladakh which by virtue of being situated at 3,500 Mts. above sea level, becomes one of the highest valleys in the World. The three-letter word “Leh” which appears prominently in all maps of the area means “oasis”. The crest of the Great Himalayan Range to the South and South West of Ladakh prevents the monsoon from entering it and leaves the Valley Absolutely arid. The snowline is higher here then most of the comparable places and the greater portion of the land remain uncultivated. But in spite of the dryness, the land being stony, some cultivation of wheat and barley is done. Tamarisks, Poplars, elaeagnus and Junipers are grown here. The main street of Leh is the new Bazar, which was laid out by captain Trench in 1897. Shops on both sides of the street sell the general merchandise which one finds in any bazaar in India. Leh town, an oasis in the cold desert extending over hundreds of kilometers, is a strange mixture of old and new structures and clusters of Chhortens (Stupa’s), Massive Mane Wheels (Buddhist prayer wheels) in the middle of the path. Its most impressive sight is a massive stone castle rising almost vertically into the air. This was the seat of the rulers of Ladakh. Towards the end of the bazaar, there are pavement vegetable sellers, the carrots; Jumbo sized cabbages, turnips, radishes and cauliflowers. The tomatoes too are usually
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Quickest option is to take a direct flight from Delhi to Leh. There are regular flights bet Delhi and Leh (1:20 Hrs.). Most of the flights are early morning flights bet 5:30 A.M and 8:30 A.M. There are also flights from Jamma and Shrinagar but not on regular basis.
Chandigarh and Pathankote are the closest railway stations to Leh, still a three –day overland trip away.
From Shrinagar (J&K) or from Manali (Himachal Pradesh), if you are planning to reach Leh overland, get ready for an adventurous trip through tough mountain roads. It’s got what it takes to become the ride of a lifetime and will take at least 4 days (starting at New Delhi). Manali – Leh overland journey (16 – 18 Hrs.) is one of the great journeys in Indian Himalayas. This journey winds through some of the most dramatic and contrasting landscapes, unfolding different aspects of Himalayan region. from lush green to the alpine with glaciers and mountain peaks and finally into the vast mountain desert.
It can snow at any time in the Indian Himalaya. We trek through the ‘season’ when good weather is most likely. However we cross high passes and for much of the time are above 4500 meters – so you must be prepared for a turn to very cold weather – and at the same time hot, high altitude burning sun.
The following list covers what we consider essential items but add to it / subtract from it as you see fit. While it is advisable to keep your baggage to a minimum (which ensures less problem packing and unpacking unnecessary ‘stuff’), a few extra kilos of luxury will not ‘break the pony’s back’.
- Sleeping Bag. down-filled bag with (-15Cto – 20C) is ideal. (we will provide, in case clients find it diffucult to bring)
- Sleeping bag liner – Cotton, silk or fleece.
- Inflatable air mats – Though we supply closed cell foam mattress but a thermorest or similar is essential for a comfortable night’s sleep.
- KITBAG/DUFFLE BAG, to be carried by ponies. We can provide zipless duffle bags. You may want to bring a strong duffle with a zip which allows you to easily access to your gear at night in the tent.
- HIKING BOOTS, good quality essential. Trails can be quite rough on boots
- LIGHTWEIGHT SHOES – for camp, these can be bought inexpensively in India on arrival.
- RAIN JACKET – wind and waterproof.
- POLARFLEECE JACKET/DOWNJACKET
- 2 PAIRS OF LIGHTWEIGHT PANTS for walking. A light skirt is an alternative for women.
- 1-2 PAIRS HEAVIER WEIGHT PANTS/TRACKPANTS – for camp or cold weather
- THERMAL UNDERWEAR – top and bottom.
- 3-4 COTTON T-SHIRTS/LIGHT SHIRTS
- LIGHTWEIGHT LONG-SLEEVED SHIRTS – very important against sunburn
- VEST, JUMPER or LIGHT FLEECE TOP
- WARM HAT, SCARF, GLOVES
- SUNHAT, broad brim and/or legionnaire type.
- COTTON SCARF good for dust and to protect neck from sunburn
- SUNGLASSES, good quality polarizing
- WATER BOTTLE, minimum one and half litres, (Sigg or Nalgen is best)
- DAY PACK large enough to carry some warm clothing and a packed lunch
- PLASTIC BAGS small zip lock OR STUFF SACKS (open mesh ones good) OR PILLOW CASES – for sorting gear in kitbag, elastic bands, safety pins
- TORCH spare batteries. There is no way to recharge batteries once we leave Manali
- CAMERA dustproof cover and spare batteries and memory card
- SOLAR BATTERY CHARGER – not essential but perhaps worthwhile for big battery users.
- ELECTRICAL ADAPTOR and chargers, for towns.
- In India, voltage is 220V-230V/50 cycles. Round two-pin plugs are the most common type, although round three-pin plugs are also found.
- MONEY BELT or secure portion of bag
- PERSONAL TOILETRIES including lip cream, hand wash (alcohol-based), and sunscreen
- PERSONAL MEDICAL SUPPLIES including throat lozenges
- PENKNIFE , JOURNAL, SKETCH PAD, PLAYING CARDS, BOOK, READING LIGHT, SEWING KIT, etc
- UMBRELLA, makes a great sunshade
- Small PADLOCK for stored bag
- INNER SHEET for sleeping bag. We supply a good quality sleeping bag. If you tend to sleep cold please contact us so we can ensure our bag will be warm enough for you.
PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US REGARDING ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANYTHING ON THIS LIST
Services Included :-
Airport transfers in Delhi and Leh, Deluxe standard Hotels at Delhi , Leh and manali (with meals) on twin sharing basis, transportation and guide during sightseeing, camp retreat in Nubra Valley.
During the Trek: –
Accommodation: In spacious alpine trekking tents (North face or Eureka 4 season tents ) on DBL and Single supplement basis with battery lanterns, heavy Foam padded mattresses, sleeping bags & liners (if needed), camping pillows, all the camping equipment. Kitchen tent, Dining tent (table and camping chairs), toilet tent etc. all meals included (Indian, chinese and continental) , hot lunch will be served during the treks.
Ice axe and crampons
Private Transportation during the Trek.
Domestic flight fares from Delhi – Leh and private transportation from Manali – Chandigarh – Delhi.
Team: Qualified mountain guides and support team, Kitchen team (cook and assistants) Meals: – vegetarian or non vegetarian (Indian Chinese and continental depending upon the choice). Ponies or horses with team to carry the logistics.
Emergency backup: – Adequate medical kit, xygen container and portable altitude chamber.
Our service excludes
Insurance, India visa, international flights, equipment rental, alcohol and soft drinks, laundry, tipping and other items of a personal nature
Prices, Booking and Terms & Conditions
The total cost for this expedition is £
and a deposit of £
is required to secure your place.
For further information concerning our Terms and Conditions, bookings and cancellations, please refer to our Terms and Conditions page
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Participation & Accuracy Statement
Ascent Explorers recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.
Although it is our intention to operate this itinerary as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience.
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