Uttarey/Phoktey Dara Kangchenjunga Trek Sikkim | November 2021

Uttarey/Phoktey Dara Kangchenjunga Trek Sikkim | November 2021

This is one of the easy to moderate treks in Sikkim (6 days Bagdogra to Bagdogra) which covers the finest views of Kangchenjunga and the Everest group from Phoktey Dara and the Singalila ridge. This trek is a good post covid exercise when people have been housebound for many months as it does not go higher than 3600 metres and the walking is for 4-5 hours a day uphill and downhill. It is a spectacular walk in post monsoon weather with clear blue skies and white peaks and excellent in spring with…
Ladakh – Shang Sumdo to Stok via Shang/Matho La July 27th to August 3rd 2019

Ladakh – Shang Sumdo to Stok via Shang/Matho La July 27th to August 3rd 2019

If you are looking for a short trek in Ladakh and don’t want the crowds of Markha then the four day route from Shang Sumdo to  Stok village is extremely attractive. The route walks in the shadow of the Matho Kangri and Stok Kangri peaks with typical rolling grasslands, fast flowing rivers, wildlife and nomadic settlements of sheep and yak. The trek approach is close to Leh making this an ideal  one week vacation.  Who should join this trek? A good choice for regular hill walkers, moderate…
Mardi Himal Nepal | December 5th to 13th 2021

Mardi Himal Nepal | December 5th to 13th 2021

The Mardi Himal is a relatively new route in the foothills of Annapurna and has developed into a full scale trekking route in the last few years. It now has a series of lodges at different camps and for a short five day trek rivals the traditional Ghandrung-Poon Hill loop. It has great views reaching almost to the bottom of the Fishtail Mountain Macchapucchare along with Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Gangapurna.  Suitability: A good choice for most  walkers, reasonable level of fitness required.…
Bhutan | The Druk Path Trek March 23rd  to 30th  2019

Bhutan | The Druk Path Trek March 23rd to 30th 2019

 The Druk Path Trek is one of the finest short treks in Bhutan. Leading through an ancient trading route, over high mountain passes, it connects the valleys of Paro and Thimpu. Trail passes through spectacular rhododendron forests, alpine yak pastures and beautiful lakes stocked with snowy mountain trout. The trek begins by walking up through apple orchards and pine forest past ruined Jele Dzong (fortress), which sits on a high grassy ridge with breath-taking views of Mount Jumolhari to the north.…
Nepal Photography  Tour | Dates coming soon!

Nepal Photography Tour | Dates coming soon!

This is not a trek – it is a photography tour in Nepal conducted jointly with Darter – specialists in photo tours and workshops. Darter Photography is delighted to work with South Col Expeditions, specialists in Nepal Himalayas on an incredible photo-journey in Nepal Himalayas! Nepal is a land of snow peaks, sherpas, monasteries and mantras. The landscapes here are made of soaring mountains, fast flowing rivers, emerald lakes and dense forests. The country is also a fascinating blend…
Bhutan- Nub Tshona Pata Trek March 25th to April 1 2018

Bhutan- Nub Tshona Pata Trek March 25th to April 1 2018

The Nub Tshona Pata Trek is one of the off beat routes in Bhutan located in the Paro-Ha region. This five day walk is an ideal introduction to trekking in Bhutan before taking on the longer walks like the  24 days Snowman trek. The itinerary can be completed within a week with a rest day in Paro on the way in.  Few groups do this camping trek so in all likelihood in March we should have the trail to ourselves.  Who should join this trek? A good choice for regular hill walkers, good level of fitness…
Tso Kar to Tso Moriri – The Lakes of Ladakh August 8th-19th 2018

Tso Kar to Tso Moriri – The Lakes of Ladakh August 8th-19th 2018

If you are fit and can manage only one trek in Ladakh, I recommend this one. The trails are relatively free of noisy tourists who prefer the great herd at Markha. Here, the rolling, billowing grasslands stretching out as far as the horizon are usually empty, giving one the sense of infinite, almost primordial space. Occassionally you will chance upon a nomad on horseback herding his great lumbering, shaggy yaks. Ranging across the western extension of the high Tibetan or Changthang plateau, the…
Tsum Valley Nepal April 2018

Tsum Valley Nepal April 2018

The remote Tsum Valley  is a  trip  that should not be missed.  Tsum comes from the Tibetan work ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid and we can only agree. The people are not well off , since they have been bypassed by development for centuries, but this means their unique culture has remained intact. However a road from China is already pegged out and will cause rapid change. Tsum is said to be a beyul, one of the hidden valleys which Padmasambhava blessed as refuges to be discovered when…
Kangchenjunga North Base Camp Nepal  November 9-26th  2019

Kangchenjunga North Base Camp Nepal November 9-26th 2019

Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world and straddles the border between Nepal and Sikkim. An enormous massif with multiple peaks, ridges and faces it presents an awesome speactacle  as seen both from the Sikkim and Nepal side.  The trek to the North Base Camp, the famous Pangpema is fabled for the incredible views. The trek is a  long one involving a flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and then a nine hour jeep journey to Taplejung the start of the walk. Logistics have now become…
Rumtse to Tso Moriri August 30th to September 10th 2017

Rumtse to Tso Moriri August 30th to September 10th 2017

 If you are fit and can manage only one trek in Ladakh, I recommend this one. The trails are relatively free of noisy tourists who prefer the great herd at Markha. Here, the rolling, billowing grasslands stretching out as far as the horizon are usually empty, giving one the sense of infinite, almost primordial space. Occassionally you will chance upon a nomad on horseback herding his great lumbering, shaggy yaks.  Ranging across the western extension of the high Tibetan or Changthang plateau,…
Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar 26th March to 8th April 2017

Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar 26th March to 8th April 2017

The classic fourteen day Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar trek!  Best possible lodges en route, safe acclimatisation programme and rest days make this a memorable Everest experience.   Who should join this trek?A good choice for regular hill walkers, high level of fitness required. 1) Walking times: average 5 to 8 hours walking per day (with some longer days Lobuche to Everest Base Camp and back upto  ten hours) with some rest days included.2) Altitude: up to 5,646 m at Kala Pattar3) Terrain:…
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek & Poon Hill March 27th – April 9th 2016

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek & Poon Hill March 27th – April 9th 2016

The classic trek to Annapurna Base Camp under the south face of Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain in the world,  which was first climbed by Bonnington’s team in the 1970s.  This trek starts in the foothills close to Pokhara and climbs to 4130 metres covering brilliant views of the Annapurna group, Macchapuchare,  Gangapurna and many other Himalayan giants.  The  fourteen day day trek from Kathmandu has been carefully designed to provide proper acclimatization and includes the iconic viewpoint…