The Zanskar valley is one of the most secluded places in India, retaining the culture, architecture and environment of the now appropriated country of Tibet, of which it was once part.
Soon there will be a road linking this valley to the outside world, no doubt benefiting the local people in many ways but inevitably changing its character forever.
Next September I will be conducting a short 10 day walk through this incredible valley.
Not only will we visit a diverse range of villages and exotic Buddhist monasteries but we will also venture out into the wilderness to encounter nomadic Yak herders and bump into the odd Snow Leopard (maybe) along with a variety of other wildlife.
Most of this trip consists of walking at high altitudes above 3700M and at one point crossing a pass at 5500M (Diamox is a good idea a least a week preceding the adventure)
We will provide Tents, sleeping bags and mattresses.
The Trip is fully catered for and the cost covers all in India accommodation and transport, except booze. Pickup your plonk at Delhi airport on the way in.
Please contact me for a list of all useful things to bring with you.
The price of such Adventure? US$6000, which pays all local people fairly for their hard work.
8th Sept: Arrive New Delhi, hopefully we can meet up in Singapore on the way. Stay at The Holiday Inn (or similar) at Aerocity.
9th – 10th Sept: Fly up to Kullu, drive to Manali (1900M) a wonderful escape from the heat of Delhi, it will be around 25C.
Stay at a nice local hotel or Lobzang’s new place if its finished.
Generally acclimatise and do a day walk up to the village of Sethan (3000M).
11th Sept: Drive off into the wilds of the Himalayas, over the Rhotang pass into the valley of Lahoul, Camp outside the village of Jispa.
12th Sept: Drive to Sarchu, meet our Horses and Guides and cross the river to Rabi Chorten (an ancient Buddhist Stupa).
From here its out into the wilderness.
13th Sept: Wilderness style.
14th/15th Sept: camp at Chumikmarpo (approx 4000M), base camp of the Phirtzila pass (5500M) stay a day and hang out with the Nomads across the river, drink too much chai, take excellent pictures.
16th Sept: long gradual, rambling ascent to the Phirtzila pass, ludicrous snow-capped peaks abound.
scramble down the other side to our creek side campsite, sing to the Snow Leopards at night.
17th Sept: walk to the excellent village of Tetha, lovely campsite next to the river.
18th Sept: Short walk to Pune, visit Phugtal Gompa (that one in the pic up the top)in the afternoon.
19th Sept: Long last day walk to Ichar village on the banks of the Zanskar river.
20th Sept: drive to Kargil via Padum. its all very Enormous mountains and Majestic Glaciers as well as nomad camps and ancient monasteries to gaze upon. Very interesting and diverse range of Buddhist and Muslim villages along the way.
21st Sept: Drive to Leh, hang out for a couple of days just having a nice relax.
23rd Sept: Either fly back to Delhi and Home or drive back to Manali for part two: Barabhangal.
24th Sept: hang in Manali whilst we await those joining us for part Two.
JOURNEY DATES: September 8-24, 2019
JOURNEY COST: US $6000 per person
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