The Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh – June/July 2021

The Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh – June/July 2021

The Markha Valley is one of the most popular treks in Ladakh. It is relatively short, located close to Leh, the walking is mostly below 4000 metres with night stops around 3500 metres and has the best of Ladakh thrown in: Sculpted canyons and fantastic rock formations, medieval villages, Buddhist gompas and snow-peaks. When approached from Chilling  and Skiu there is only one pass to cross the Kongamaru La which comes on Day 6 of the trek by which time most trekkers are properly acclimatized. Who…
Kashmir Great Lakes – July/August 2021

Kashmir Great Lakes – July/August 2021

The Great Lakes is one of the most popular treks in Kashmir. The Great Lakes Trek welcomes the trekkers with a bouquet of around ten alpine lakes, lush green meadows, snow-capped mountains, wild flowers, different valleys and varied Himalayan wildlife. This trek is the crown of trekking in Kashmir. It is a moderate trek of around 5-7 hours walking per day and reaching a maximum altitude of 4200 metres. As such it has the best of Kashmir in one single trek. The trek is is best done in July to early…
Shang to Rumbak  via Matho La/ Stok La – Ladakh August / September 2021

Shang to Rumbak via Matho La/ Stok La – Ladakh August / September 2021

If you are looking for a short trek in Ladakh and don’t want the crowds of Markha then the five day route from Shang Sumdo to Rumbak  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.  Minimum group size is four for this trek Who should join this trek? A good choice…
The Gokyo Lakes and Ama Dablam Base Camp October 2021

The Gokyo Lakes and Ama Dablam Base Camp October 2021

For those trekkers who have either done the Everest Base Camp trek or prefer to be away from the crowds of Base Camp this is the trek for you. It covers the six emerald Gokyo Lakes, a Ramsar Heritage site and rounds up this visit to the Khumbu with the beautiful Ama Dablam Base Camp above Pangboche. From Gokyo to Pangboche the trail takes the beautiful unspoilt route via Phortse which sees few trekkers. Excellent lodges, good meals, great views every day, internet and phone connectivity makes this…
Mardi Himal Nepal November/December 2021

Mardi Himal Nepal November/December 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.…
Annapurna Foothills Trek | December  2021

Annapurna Foothills Trek | December 2021

The Annapurna foothills provide tremendous trekking with delightful trails connecting villages and ridge tops.  This picturesque trek winds through enchanting villages with ochre thatched houses, terraced rice fields and rhododendron forests, which are spectacular in the spring when whole hillsides are cloaked in colourful flowers. The ridge top village of Ghandrung provides one of the finest viewpoints of the Annapurna Mountains with magnificent views of the four Annapurnas, and Machapuchare with…
Kilimanjaro | The Lemosho Northern Route Jan-Feb 2022

Kilimanjaro | The Lemosho Northern Route Jan-Feb 2022

Mount Kilimanjaro makes up one of the Seven Summits (i.e. highest mountains on each of the seven continents). There are seven routes to the summit and the climb can be done in as little as five days (with major altitude issues) upto 9 days.  We are planning to do a conservative eight day climb on the remote Lemosho Northern route with few other trekkers. The most popular routes are the Marangu and the Machame route which are very crowded and we will avoid them, The Lemosho Northern route is a variation…