Nun Kun Peak Climbing Expedition

Nun Kun Peak Climbing Expedition

Nun Kun Peak Climbing Expedition

Nun Kun Peak Climbing Expedition: The Suru & the Zanskar valleys in Ladakh are adorned with a number of majestic mountain peaks but it is the Nun Kun Massif which dominates the skyline and remains the focus of mountaineering in this region. The twin peaks of Nun (7135m) and Kun (7077m) are the highest in the Zanskar range. The two peaks are separated by a snowy plateau of about 4km in length. Pinnacle Peak (6930m) is the third highest mountain in this group. We aim to climb Kun which was first climbed by Italian mountaineer Mario Piacenza in 1913. It was only 58 years later that the mountain was successfully climbed again by an Indian Army Expedition. A 7000-er / 23,000 footer, Kun is a magnificent mountain & a formidable undertaking. The six day trek going over Kanji La is the best way to acclimatize for this high altitude climb. The climbing route includes a complex glacier approach, high angled snow slopes and a sharp ridge to the summit. At just over 7000m, the effect of high altitude is a significant factor, as is the remote location and possibility of extreme weather.

Trip Duration: 26 days

Grading: Demanding

Places Visited: Delhi, Leh, Kargil, Srinagar

Highlights: One of the highest mountain in the Zanskar Range in Ladakh. A perfect mountain to make a transition from 6000m to 7000m. Acclimatization trek through Kanji Valley.  A night in a houseboat at Dal Lake in Srinagar at the end of the Tour.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi, expedition briefing at IMF (Indian Mountaineering Foundation)
Day 2: Fly Delhi-Leh (3500m)
Day 3-4: Acclimatization & Sightseeing in Leh (3500m)
Day 5: Drive Leh to Kanji Village (3850m)
Day 6: Trek to base of Kanji La (4400m)
Day 7: Cross Kanji La (5,250m) and camp (4200m)
Day 8: End trek at Rangdum (4040m) and drive to Shafat / Gulmatongas (3650m)
Day 9: Sort out equipment and trek to Chasme (3995m)
Day 10: Trek Chasme to Base Camp (4300m)
Day 11-22: Climbing Period, Set up 3 camps above Base Camp (C1- 5300m, C2-6000m, C3-6300m)
Day 23: Trek Base Camp to Shafat (3650m)
Day 24: Drive Shafat to Kargil
Day 25: Drive Kargil to Srinagar
Day 26: Fly Srinagar to Delhi

Contact us for Detailed Itinerary.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

What to expect: Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concerns on this trip and we must be adequately prepared to deal with them.

Temperatures: High mountains usually generate and attract their own weather making it impossible to predict. Ladakh in general lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas and is completely dry & arid region but in the last couple of years due to inexplicable weather changes it has witnessed
Intermittent rainfall too. We should be prepared for the worst of the weather conditions.

The best part about climbing in the summers is that we have a lot of daylight, right from 5am to about 7pm. Be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions from -20 deg C in the nights, to hurricane force winds, to bright sunshine intensified by high altitude. This wide fluctuation in temperatures makes it especially important to bring everything on the equipment list.

Altitude: Once we get up to heights above 3000m, altitude star ts to become a concern a nd one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly g et used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatized properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without a ny aided oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought over and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized for the summit bid.

Our trip leader s are widely experienced in these matters related to acclimatization & altitude sicknesses and will be able to give you good advice to help minimize any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, y ou should seek the advice of y our doc tor or a specialist. We are always ready to give adv ice on this subject.

What to carry : Right from the start of the trek we would expect everyone to carry atleast 10-12 kgs so one doesn’t get weighed down at the higher altitudes. Apart from carrying rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. its recommended that everyone carry their sleeping bag, mattress and their thick jackets too. The idea is to get used to carrying a slightly heavier backpack which everyone needs to ca rry above Base Camp . So all you need is a 70-75L back pack and a duffel bag to go with the porters. A day pack would come in handy for your road tr avel. In y our main bag , pack similar things such a s clothes, washing thing s, camping equipment, climbing equipment etc. in separate stuff sacks or polythene bags so they are easier to pull out and add to the waterproofing in y our bag. Your main bag should be a tough one with a lock, it would be carried by a porter. Once we leave the ABC we will have no porter support and one would be carrying one’s own clothes/sleeping bags/toiletries etc. Since every gram of what you are carrying matters on a climb like this its important to use your discretion while picking up equipment for this trip. For instance – one could have a super heavy duty sleeping bag meant for -25 deg C but it could easily weigh a kg more than a good -10 deg C bag. Pack your things needed for the climb in y our back pac k and see how much it weighs. It would feel thrice as heavy on the mountain. At the time of booking, we would be sending you a detailed checklist of things to bring.

Route : The expedition commences from Delhi. From there we fl y North to Leh , the capital of Ladakh in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. We spend the first three day s at Leh to do our first stage of acclimatization. A three days trek over Kanji -La brings us to the upper Suru valley where we have the Nun Kun massif. After crossing the Suru river it is 2 easy day’s walk to the Base Camp. Above Base Camp we would be setting up three more camps on the mountain. On the summit day we start the climb on the South East Ridge and finally get on to the East ridg e to get to the summit. We would be fixing 1000-1200m of ropes on our route between Camp1- II & between Camp III & summit. A small team of sherpas would accompany the expedition t o haul up the gear on the mountain and offer camping support a t the hig h camps.

Level of Climbing Skills needed : A fierce determination and a burning desire to climb the mountain are the essential pre -requisites for joining this expedition. One must have done a few high altitude treks and must have climbed some glaciated peaks above 6000m. One needs to be familiar with walking in snow and ice and must have a good standard of fitness. You should be familiar with Ice Axe arrest and crampon skills, the use of ascenders (jumar ) and descenders, and how to use your particular harness.

Pre-trip Conditioning: We suggest that you begin your training program at least 2 months prior to departure. Being physically ready is more important than years of climbing experience. Any form of aerobic training, such a s running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to g o on long hikes or climbs with a heav y pack a couple of times in a week. S inc e mountains are not eas ily accessible to most of us, climbing stair s with heavy backpack is recommended. Begin with a light pack and wor k your way up to approx. 50% of your body weight. At the time of booking, we would be sending you a training schedule to help you reac h high fitness levels for the climb. If you are not prepared, you may not be allowed to continue the climb.

Mental Preparation: Besides being physically fit and having climbing skills, you need to have the proper attitude and mental discipline. You will need to b e willing to work hard day after day, with few comforts. You may need to dig deep into y our reserves after a long day of climbing in bad weather to help set up camp, help a team member, or help with cooking at high camps. We would be melting snow to make water at high camps (7-9 days) and will have basic food to survive on. For every tent we would have butane gas with a burner each and people would be expected to make their own water and food (noodles / soup etc) in bad weather conditions. This climb is a s much about mental ability as it is about physical ability. 7 -9 days on the mountain would be very demanding but high motivation ca n overcome most of the difficulties. Waiting out storms and bad weather is quite difficult, especially at high altitude. Everyone must learn patience and relax!

Food: We will have a full serviced camp with camp cooks till Base Camp. On high camps each tent pair is expected to melt snow to make its own water and do some basic cooking. We will have a team of sherpas assist us with cooking at high camps. You could bring things which you enjoy eating – chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

Equipment List : At the time of booking you would be sent a detailed list of clothing and equipment required for the climb.

Documentation & Photograph : Each climbing member would be required to fill a Bio -Data form and provide us 4PP size photographs along with a copy of Passport for various permits. Each climber would also be required to sign an indemnity .

Medical Examination : Expedition members would be required to get a thorough medical examination from a doctor. The information would be treated with full confidentiality and would assist the Expedition Leader in decision making on the mountain.

Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek

Stok Kangri Trek: A classic trek offering a climb to a spectacular 6000m peak. Stok range lies on the southern skyline of Leh, the capital of Ladakh and Stok Kangri is the highest mountain on it. During the first three days set aside for acclimatization we visit the colorful monasteries of Shey & Thiksey and drive up to Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motor able passes. Having acclimatized we set off on our 3 day trek to Base Camp through the Rumbak village and over the Stok La. The climb up to the summit is technically straightforward and safe of any objective dangers. On the summit bid, we cross the glacier and then climb sleepily on to the south ridge, from where it is an exposed walk right up to the summit. It’s a challenging climb even for the fittest of climbers and is a great introduction to Himalayan mountaineering.

Trip Duration: 11 days

Grading: Demanding trek /Easy climb

Places Visited: Leh, Stok valley, Khardung La

Highlights: Perfect introduction to himalayan climbing. No previous climbing experience required. Buddhist monasteries and Leh. Khardung la (5570m), highest motorable Road on Earth.

Quick Itinerary:
Day 1 Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)
Day 2 Sightseeing around Leh
Day 3 Leh – Khardung La (5570m)- Leh. 5hrs
Day 4 Drive Leh to Zingchen (3385m). Trek to Rumbak (3880m). 4hrs
Day 5 Trek Rumbak to Chorten Chang (4250m). 6 – 7 hrs
Day 6 Trek Chorten Chang to Stok Kangri Base Camp (4975m). 3 – 4 hrs.
Day 7 Rest at the base camp
Day 8 Climb Stok Kangri (6153m) and return to Base camp. 12 – 15 hrs
Day 9 Spare day – Stok Kangri climb
Day 10 Trek to Stok village and drive to Leh. 6 – 7 hrs trek, 1 hr drive.
Day 11 Fly back to Delhi from Leh

Contact us for Detailed Itinerary.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

What to expect on Stok Kangri Climb: Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concern on this trip and we must be adequately prepared
to deal with them.

Equipment: For this trip you will need the following: Plastic double mountaineering boots or well insulated, 4-season mountaineering boots, crampons with front points, trekking poles, climbing harness, a couple of carabineers’, 4-season sleeping bag (at least 0 deg C), walking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket or similar, down jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, daypack, head-lamp, water bottles, sun cream. A more detailed packing check list will be provided with your confirmation of booking. There are many equipment rental shops in Leh and we will assist you to pick any mountaineering gear you may need. Budget on spending atleast ` 3000 as rental for all mountaineering gear needed for the trip. Leh also has a lot of shops selling outdoor/camping gear. Things like trekking poles, headlamps, trekking trousers, fleece jackets etc can always be bought cheaply in Leh.

Temperatures: Ladakh lies north of the Great Himalayan Range and is hence unaffected by the monsoon clouds which shed all the rain
on hitting the Himalayas from the south. On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down in the valleys would be around 25°C, with night-time lows being around 15°C. At our highest camps, the night-time temperature could fall as low as minus 5°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh usually has very stable weather from June to September. However mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or snowfall cannot be ruled out.

Altitude Consideration: Once we get up to heights above 3000m, altitude starts to become a concern and one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly get used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatised properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without any aided oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought over and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized for the summit bid.

Our trip leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimise any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject.

Baggage allowance: You would need to have two bags for the trip – the main baggage & the day pack. Your main baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals and it should not weigh more than 15 kgs. You would be walking with your day pack which should be large enough to carry your rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. Day packs which give you an easy access to your water bottles, and some loops to keep your trekking poles etc are far better than plain day packs. Its a good idea to have slightly larger daypack than a smaller one as you might need to stuff in a lot of extra layers in the bag on the summit afternoon. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

Level of climbing skill needed: You do not need any climbing skills for this trip, good physical & mental fitness is the only pre-requsite. Stok Kangri is classified as a trekking peak and is a straightforward climb. Having experience of trekking in the Himalayas or to altitudes of 3500m would help. Climbs in the month of July sometimes encounter deep snow and some ice which is normally easier to climb on than climbing boulders & scree. Snow & Ice on the mountain would mean that climbing shoes, climbing harness, crampons & gaiters would come into play. The entire climbing kit can be hired in Leh.

Pre-trip conditioning: Good physical conditioning is one of the keys and can make the difference between enjoying an outing and merely enduring it. Being physically ready is more important than years of experience. We suggest that you begin your training program at least a month before the departure. Any form of aerobic training, such as running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to go on long hikes or climbs with a heavy pack a couple of times in a week. But since mountains are not easily accessible to most of us, climbing stairs with heavy backpack is recommended At the time of booking, we would be sending you a training schedule to help you reach high fitness levels for the climb.

Food: We will have a full serviced camp with camp cooks. On the trek, the food is a mixture of local and European, all purchased in Nepal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible especially at high altitude. This is a fully inclusive package and all meals are included in the trip price. You might want to carry your favourite snack or some power bars with you for the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled with a dash of iodine. You could bring things which you enjoy eating -chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

First Aid: Accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced
in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We recommend that you bring your own personal medications and inform us of any medical condition, if you have.

Equipment List: At the time of booking you would be sent a detailed list of clothing and equipment required for the climb.

Documentation & Photograph: Each climbing member would be required to fill a Bio-Data form and provide us a scan of the PP size photograph along with a copy of Passport for various permits. Each climber would also be required to sign an indemnity form.

General Information

Language: Ladakhi is the local language in the region. English is taught in all secondary schools and institutions of higher education. You will find that a lot of people speak English, so you will not have any problems buying souvenirs or ordering in restaurants etc.

Joining arrangements and transfers: Leh airport is connected by direct flights from Delhi. In winters there are 2/3 flights every morning and it flight duration
is about 75mins. Since the flights are all early morning you might want to arrive in Delhi a day earlier. Do let us know if you would need help with finding accommodation in Delhi. You MUST provide our office full details of your flights, so that we can arrange your Leh Airport transfers.

Reference Books and Maps

Books:
• Leh and Trekking in Ladakh. Charlie Loram.
• Trekking in the Indian Himalaya. Weare. (L.Planet). • The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist.
• Ladakh, Crossroads of High Asia. Janet Rizvi.
Maps
• India – 150K Ladakh and Zanskar Tekking Maps. Editions Olizane. Scale: 1:150,000

Responsible Travel: We believe that along with the privilege of traveling in the wilderness comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. Indus Trips completely believes in the “take only memories, leave only footprints” philosophy and is very particular about leaving campsites and trails cleaner than we found them

Panpatia Col Trek

Panpatia Col Trek

Panpatia Col Trek

Panpatia Col Trek: Between two of the most haloed pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas lies a land that nurtures a legend worthy of difficult discovery and extreme exploration. A tale that has drawn feted explorers of the like of Meade, Shipton and Tilman, Martin Moran, Harish Kapadia, and countless other intrepid souls. They were all drawn by the lore that a priest from Badrinath would trek to Kedarnath in a day. The explorations, which began as early as 1934, have mostly come a cropper, with weather, terrain and nerves beating each party back. The prize of the exploration is the crossing of the Panpatia col, a pass that hides its approach within drifts of moraines, crevasses and massive icefalls. But a route across it exists, and we know that from the many reports submitted by the mountaineers, and the final successful crossing by a duo from West Bengal, in 2007. After extensive research and reading, and fresh from the successful crossing of this legendary route, we at Indus Trips are ready to open a once-hidden expanse of the Himalaya to the inquisitive of mind and sturdy of heart. Join us as we unravel the mythical Panpatia col bit by alluring bit.

Trip Duration: 15 days

Grading: Demanding

Highlights: A stunning high altitude crossing between Badrinath and Kedarnath. Exploratory Trekking at its best. Walk the 7km long Panpatia Plateau. Trek at the foot of Neelkanth, Parvati & Chaukhamba peaks.

Quick Itinerary
Day 00: Board the overnight train to Haridwar
Day 01: Reach Haridwar. Drive to Joshimath (1875m)
Day 02: Drive to Badrinath (3,133m) and drive back to Khirao
Day 03: Trek to Shepherd camp
Day 04: Trek to Snout camp
Day 05: Trek to Moraine Camp (4300m)
Day 06: Rest & acclimatize
Day 07: Trek to the base of Parvati Col.
Day 08: Trek to Panpatia Snowfield – Camp 1
Day 09: Trek to Panpatia Snowfield – Camp 11
Day 10: Across Panpatia Col (5260m), camp at Sujal Sarovar (4750m)
Day 11: Trek to Kachni.
Day 12: Trek to Nanu chatti
Day 13: Trek to Ransi & drive to Chopta
Day 14: Contingency day
Day 15: Drive to Haridwar to board the evening Shatabdi, arrive Delhi by 2245hrs.

Contact us for detailed itinerary.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

Is this a trip for you? People wishing to undertake this trip should have a high level of physical fitness, and previous experience of trekking to altitudes of at least 3500m. It is not necessary to have previous experience of technical climbing on snow and ice but you should be aware that during the crossing of the col, fixed rope may be used to safeguard the group while ascending or descending steep slopes and you must be comfortable with a certain degree of exposure to harsh weather conditions. Our trekking pace at altitude is dictated to a great extent by the need to acclimatize which imposes height gain limits on any day. With one or two notable exceptions the trekking day will be around four to six hours. Walking speed is further restricted by the sometimes difficult terrain, especially out of consideration for the porters.

What to expect : Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concerns on this trip and we must be adequately prepared to deal with them

Temperatures: Temperatures on the trek will vary from 15-20 degrees to minimum of -10 degrees Celsius. Night time temperatures would drop below freezing from Day 4-10 and at high camps close to Panpatia Col it could easily go down as low as -10 deg C. The two nights we camp on Panpatia Ice field and the night at Nilkanth base camp could be excessively cold. It is best to be fully prepared for lower temperatures due to wind chill or the weather turning bad. This trek runs before the monsoon season and the weather at this time is most stable and suited to trekking. However mountains do produce their own weather and some bad weather including rain and snowfall cannot be ruled out.

Altitude: Once we get up to heights above 3000m, altitude starts to become a concern and one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly get used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatized properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without the aid of additional oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought through and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized for the crossing of the col.

Our trip leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimize any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject.

Baggage allowance: You will need two bags for the trip – a main bag and a day pack. Your main bag on the trek will be carried by porters
and it should not weigh more than 15 kgs. Your personal climbing gear like climbing boots, harness etc would go in a communal bag and would not form part of this baggage limit. You need to be walking with your day pack which should be large enough to carry your rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. Day packs which give you easy access to your water bottles, and some loops to keep your trekking poles etc are far better than simpler day packs. It’s a good idea to have a slightly larger daypack than a smaller one as you might need to stuff in a lot of extra layers in the bag on the day we cross the col. We start that day quite early and cross the col in the afternoon and hence would be dealing with extremes of temperatures.
It is possible to leave a set of clean clothes in the vehicle which drops us at Khirao to be received at the end of the trek
at Ransi/Chopta.

Level of Skills needed : You do not need any technical climbing skills for this trip; good physical & mental fitness is the only pre-requisite. Experience of trekking in the Himalayas or to altitudes of 3500m and above would help.

Pre-trip Conditioning: Good physical conditioning is one of the keys and can make the difference between enjoying an outing and merely enduring it. Being physically ready is more important than years of experience. We suggest that you begin your training program at least two months before the departure. Any form of aerobic training, such as running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to go on long hikes or climbs with a heavy pack a couple of times in a week. But since mountains are not easily accessible to most of us, climbing stairs with a heavy backpack is recommended.

Food : We will have fully serviced camps with camp cooks. On the trek, the food is a mixture of local and European, all purchased in Garhwal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be more easily digestible especially at high altitude. This is a fully inclusive package and all meals are included in the trip price. You might want to carry your favorite snack or power bars with you for the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled with a dash of iodine. You could bring things which you enjoy eating -chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc. Alcohol is not permitted till we finish the trek at Ransi.

First Aid : A comprehensive first aid kit accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We recommend that you bring your own personal medications and inform us of any medical condition, if you have.

Equipment List : The checklist above covers all essential items needed for the trek. Each one of us will need climbing boots, climbing harness, crampons & gaiters for this trek which will be hired from IMF Delhi. If you have any personal climbing gear you should bring it along.

Documentation & Photograph : Each member will be required to send us personal details along with the scan of passport / photo ID proof (Indians only) and a scan of passport size photographs for various permits.

Markha Valley Trek

Markha Valley Trek

Markha Valley Trek

Markha Valley Trek: Ladakh really is a “Little Tibet”. Although Tibet is politically part of China today, Ladakh, like parts of Nepal, is situated on the Tibetan plateau. Ladakh has many Tibetan refugees who fled Tibet with the invasion from China. The daunting height of the Himalaya adds to its isolation, even today the main road routes to Ladakh remain closed for more than six months of each year. Until 1979, there were no regular civilian flights into Ladakh so from October to June the region was completely cut off. Today, it is full of amazing sights – strange gompas perched on soaring hilltops, dwarfed by snow capped mountains, the barren shattered looking landscapes splashed with small, brilliant patches of green and ancient palaces clinging to sheer rock walls. But most of all it is notable for its delightful people – friendly as only Tibetans can be and immensely colorful. One of the most popular trek in Ladakh – it is a perfect combination of beautiful transhimalayan landscape with ladakhi villages. There are good chances to spot some high altitude wildlife.

Trip Duration: 09 days

Grading: Moderate trek

Places Visited: Leh

Highlights: Trek along the Markha river. Confluence point of Zanskar & Indus rivers. Buddhist monasteries & the Leh.  Spectacular views from kongmaru la

Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)
Day 02: Monastery visits in Leh (3500m)
Day 03: Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu (3400m) 4-5hrs
Day 04: Trek Skiu to Markha (3700m) 5-6hrs
Day 05: Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4150m) 5-6hrs
Day 06: Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m) 3-4hrs
Day 07: Trek Nimaling to Shang Sumdo(3660m) over the Kongmaru La (5130m) 6-7hrs
Day 08: Drive Shang Sumdo to Leh. 2-3 hrs
Day 09: Fly Leh to Delhi

Please contact us for Detailed Itinerary.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

What to Expect: Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concerns on this trip and we must be adequately prepared to deal with them

Temperatures and Climate: Ladakh lies north of the Great Himalayan Range and is hence unaffected by the monsoon clouds which shed all the rain on hitting the Himalayas from the south. On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down in the valleys would be around 25°C, with night-time lows being around 15°C. At our highest camps, the night-time temperature could fall as low as minus 5°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh usually has very stable weather from June to September. However mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or snowfall cannot be ruled out.

Altitude: Once we get up to heights above 3000 m, altitude starts to become a concern and one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly get used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatized properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without any aided oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought over and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized.

Our trip leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimize any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject.

Baggage Allowance: You would need to have two bags for the trip – the main baggage and the day pack. Your main baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals and it should not weigh more than 15 kg. You would be walking with your day pack which should be large enough to carry your rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. Day packs which give you an easy access to your water bottles, and some loops to keep your trekking poles etc are far better than plain day packs. It’s a good idea to have slightly larger daypack than a smaller one as you might need to stuff in a lot of extra layers in the bag on the summit afternoon. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

Pre-Trip Conditioning: Good physical conditioning is one of the keys and can make the difference between enjoying an outing and merely enduring it. Being physically ready is more important than years of experience. We suggest that you begin your training program at least a month before the departure. Any form of aerobic training, such as running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to go on long hikes or climbs with a heavy pack a couple of times in a week. But since mountains are not easily accessible to most of us, climbing stairs with heavy backpack is recommended.

Food: We will have a full serviced camp with camp cooks. On the trek, the food is a mixture of local and European, all purchased in Nepal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible especially at high altitude. This is a fully inclusive package and all meals are included in the trip price. You might want to carry your favorite snack or some power bars with you for the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled with a dash of iodine. You could bring things which you enjoy eating -chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc.

First Aid: First aid accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We recommend that you bring your own personal medications and inform us of any medical condition, if you have.

Equipment List: At the time of booking you would be sent a detailed list of clothing and other checklist required for the trek.

Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass is probably the best window to view the high Himalayan peaks. The views are simply breathtaking. Facing North, the vision sweeps from the gorges of Trishul in the east to the peaks of Kedarnath in the west – the Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Kamet, Gauri Parbat, Hathi Parbat, Nandadevi, Bethartoli, Dunagiri – (all high 6000 m or 7000 m peaks) are lined one after the other in a magnificent arc. Southwards the foothills stretch wave upon wave to the dim haze of the distant plains. The area is dotted with few remote villages where one also gets good insights into the local life.

Trip Duration: 8 days

Grading: Moderate

Highlights: Amazing view of peaks of Garhwal and Kamaun Himalaya – in the Nandadevi Biosphere Reserve

Places Visited: Haridwar, Pipalkoti Trek through verdant forests.

Quick Itinerary
Day 0: Board the overnight train from Delhi to arrive at Haridwar early in the morning.
Day 1: Drive Haridwar – Ghat
Day 2: Trek Ghat – Ghunni
Day 3: Trek Ghunni – Sem Kharak
Day 4: Trek Sem Kharak – Pana
Day 5: Trek Pana – Dhakwani
Day 6: Trek Dhakwani – Tali 4-5 hr
Day 7: Trek Tali – Auli, Drive to Pipalkoti (1400m)
Day 8: Drive Pipalkoti – Haridwar and board the evening Shatabdi to Delhi

Contact us for detailed Itinerary.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

What to Expect

Temperatures & climate:  Temperatures on the trip will vary from 20-30 degrees or to minimum 0-5 degrees Celsius. It’s best to be prepared for lower temperatures due to wind chill or the weather turning bad. The days are hot and the nights refreshingly cool. You should be ready for inclement weather in any case as storms build up rather quickly at altitude.

What to carry: Keep it light – although what you carry with you is a very personal decision. Some of our guests love to travel as light as possible while others are only happy when they have countless bits of equipment for every possible occurrence, most of which will never be used. The list we sent out covers all essentials that you must carry. What you are expected to carry during the day on the trail is a day pack – to carry things that you will need throughout the day, such as your camera, extra film rolls, water bottle, packed lunch, sweets, rehydration powders, waterproofs, toilet paper, a fleece or a jumper. It may be also advisable to carry a small flashlight in your daypack, just in case. Good footwear is very important – most trails in the Indian Himalayas are pretty rough and steep so a good pair of shoes is important. Socks, both for walking and a pair of warm ones for keeping feet warm inside the tent at night, is a good bet. It’s important to bring a broken in shoe than a brand new one which could cause severe blisters.

Clothes: A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woollen jumper or a mid- weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. Cotton trousers or long skirts (long skirts for ladies also double as a `port-a-loo’) worn over this layer can keep you very comfortable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight. A good quality sleeping bag ensures a good night’s sleep after a long day outdoors. Do not compromise on your sleeping bag – err on the side of carrying a warmer bag, than carrying a light one which may give you many sleepless nights. Carry any and all personal medication that you may need, and it’s an absolute must to let us know well in advance should you be suffering from any particular ailment.

How to carry: It’s best to carry your belongings in a large, tough duffel bag or a big rucksack. Pack similar things such as clothes, washing things, camping equipment etc. in separate stuff sacks or polythene bags so they are easier to pull out and add to the waterproofing in your bag. Your main bag should be a tough one as it will be on mule back, not the best place to be for a fragile backpack. While trekking you will need to carry a small daypack big enough to carry your camera, water bottle, packed lunch, a warm layer and wind/rain jacket.

Baggage allowance: Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. The packed weight of your baggage whilst trekking should be no more than 12 kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the hotel in Auli. You will get them at the end of the trek.

Daily Schedule: A day on a trek normally begins with tea soon after the first light after which you are expected to get ready and start packing your bag. After a hot breakfast at the lodge dining room, we start the day’s walk. Normally after walking 3-4 hrs we arrive at our lunch spot where we have lunch in one of the tea-houses. Lunch break is normally about an hour, or a little more. We continue walking after lunch and aim to reach our overnight stop by 3 or 4 p.m. This leaves plenty of time for exploring the place and for catching up on your diary or for reading. Dinner is served in the lodge dining room and is a three course meal. This is a great time of day for relaxing, meeting fellow trekkers and discussing the events of the trek etc.

Group Leader and Support Staff: The group will be accompanied by a trained and experienced mountain guide throughout the trek. The support crew will consist of cooking staff (along with mules and mule drivers), which would prepare the days meals for the days that we are camping out.

Food: Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. For the first couple of nights we could have fresh chicken with us and for the nights out in the wilderness we will have canned sausages, tuna etc & soya to supplement our protein requirements. You might want to carry your favorite snack or some power bars with you on the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled water with a dash of iodine.

Altitude Effect: Travel to any part of the Indian Himalayas deserves a little more respect than many other high altitude destinations because the most of the regions lie over 2600 meters (8500 ft). People in good health should not get alarmed by this but if you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, you must take the advice of a doctor who has experience with the effects of altitude. We do not take heart or lung patients or pregnant mothers on such trips.

Medication & First Aid: Carry any and all personal medication that you may need and it’s an absolute must to let us know well in advance should you be suffering from any particular ailment. First Aid accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are Experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. It is advisable to have your own personal first aid kit consisting of a broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude, painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Electral, Dioralite etc). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea. It’s also a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper accessible should you need to go.

Preparing for your trip: Try and get into shape before you come on a trekking trip. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and should be comfortable walking up to 6 hours on some days. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Jogging, squash, swimming, cycling, skipping etc are good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina.

Responsible Travel: We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the Himalaya comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. The “Leave No Trace” philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.

Auden’s Col Trek

Audens Col Trek

Audens Col Trek

Auden’s Col Trek – Bordering Nepal and Tibet, the regions of Garhwal and Kumaon which together form Uttarakhand, are most famous for their holy sites including the source of India’s most sacred River Ganges which each year receives thousands of pilgrims. Located at the very center of the great Himalayan chain, Garhwal and Kumaon contain a host of 7,000 metre peaks such as Nanda Devi, Kamet and Trishul, and sub 7,000 metre expedition peaks such as the stunning Shivling, as well as over 250 peaks above 5500 metres, and this makes the region a mecca for mountaineers and trekkers. The Garhwal Himalayas are characterized by unsurpassed mountain scenery with soaring ridges, deep valleys and huge glaciers and this trek takes us right into the heart of the area. The word ‘Col’ is a geographical term for a saddle-like depression in a ridge between two peaks. Auden’s Col lies between Gangotri III (6537m) & Jogin I (6465m) and the crossing is one of the finest high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. Even in today’s day and age very little is known about this area and every year only a handful of people successfully cross the col.

Trip Duration: 15 days
Grading: Strenuous

Highlights : A stunning high altitude crossing between Gangotri and Kedarnath In the footsteps of explorer, Dr J B Auden. Descent from the Col to the Khatling glacier on fixed rope. Glacier walk on Khatling for two days

Places Visited: Uttarkashi, Gangotri

History: Dr John Bicknel Auden (1903-1991) was an English geologist & explorer and the elder brother of the poet W H Auden. In 1926 he joined the Geological Survey of India, where he remained until he retired in the early 1950s. He travelled extensively in the Karakorams and the Himalayas and did a lot of exploratory work. He completed the survey of the Biafo Glacier in Baltistan and traversed large areas of Nepal to study the effects of the earthquake which caused havoc in Bihar-Nepal in 1934. In 1939, towards the end of a two month long expedition in Garhwal, he tried to save several days of walking by trying to cut across the mountain range at the head of the Rudrugaira valley into the Bhilangana valley to the south, by crossing a pass now known as Auden’s Col. The crossing has not often been repeated after him.

Overview:  We begin by driving up the Bhagirathi valley right till the end of the road at Gangotri. From here we trek south towards the Gangotri range establishing a succession of alpine meadow camps. We spend two days resting at different altitudes to acclimatize before we attempt to cross the col on day 8 of the trip. The descent from the col down to the deeply crevassed Khatling Glacier is almost vertical and is done on fixed ropes. We spend two days and two nights walking down the Khatling glacier and continue along the Bhilangana river flowing out of the glacier. The last three days walk is through dense mixed himalayan forests, grassy meadows, shepherd encampments and some remote villages. There are some dramatic views of the high mountains including Thalaysagar. The trek finishes at Ghuttu where we spend a night at the GMVN Guest House and then drive down to Haridwar past Tehri Dam to board the train back to Delhi.

Quick Itinerary:
Day 00: Board the overnight train to Haridwar
Day 01: Arrive Haridwar and drive to Uttarkashi
Day 02: Drive to Gangotri (3050m)
Day 03: Acclimatisation Day in Gangotri (3050m)
Day 04: Trek from Gangotri to Nalla Camp (3760m)
Day 05: Nalla Camp – Rudrugaira Base Camp (4500m)
Day 06: Acclimatization Day
Day 07: Auden’s Col Base Camp (4800m)
Day 08: Cross Auden’s Col (5400m) & Descend to Khatling Glacier Camp I (5110m)
Day 09: Glacier Walk, Khatling Glacier Camp II (4210m)
Day 10: Exit Khatling Glacier and reach Khatling Cave / Tambakund (3400m)
Day 11/ 08Oct: Contingency day
Day 12/ 09Oct: Khatling Cave – Kharsoli (2880m)
Day 13/ 10Oct: Kharsoli – Gangi (2650m)
Day 14/ 11Oct: Gangi – Ghuttu (1550m)
Day 15/ 12Oct: Ghuttu – Delhi

Please contact us for a detailed itinerary for Audens Col Trek.

Important: This day-to-day schedule should be taken only as a general guide. Although we update our itineraries every year, to take into account such things as: changes to trekking routes and changes in the routing or availability of local transport, it is not possible to guarantee that any of our trips will run exactly according to the proposed itinerary. A variety of factors, including adverse weather conditions and difficulties with transportation, permission hassles for this trek, can lead to enforced changes. The trip leader would make the necessary changes after consultation with guests.

Cost Per Person (min 4-6 people on a private trip) Quote – On Request

Is this a trip for you? People wishing to undertake this trip should have a high level of physical fitness, and previous experience of trekking to altitudes of at least 3500m. It is not necessary to have previous experience of technical climbing on snow and ice but you should be aware that during the crossing of the col, fixed rope may be used to safeguard the group while ascending or descending steep slopes and you must be comfortable with a certain degree of exposure to harsh weather conditions. Our trekking pace at altitude is dictated to a great extent by the need to acclimatise which imposes height gain limits on any day. With one or two notable exceptions the trekking day will be around four to six hours. Walking speed is further restricted by the sometimes difficult terrain, especially out of consideration for the porters.

What to expect : Low temperatures & high altitudes are going to be our main concerns on this trip and we must be Adequately prepared to deal with them

Temperatures: Temperatures on the trek will vary from 15-20 degrees to minimum of -10 degrees Celsius. Night time temperatures
would drop below freezing from Day 4-12 and at high camps close to Auden’s Col it could easily go down as low as -10 deg C. The two nights we camp on Khatling Glacier and the night at Auden’s base camp could be excessively cold. It is best to be fully prepared for lower temperatures due to wind chill or the weather turning bad. This trek runs after the monsoon season and the weather at this time is most stable and suited to trekking. However mountains do produce their own weather and some bad weather including rain and snowfall cannot be ruled out.

Altitude: Once we get up to heights above 3000m, altitude starts to become a concern and one must deal with it carefully. Our bodies slowly get used to the lower levels of oxygen in the air and the individuals who have acclimatized properly are able to climb to altitudes as high as Everest without the aid of additional oxygen. This process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. The trip itinerary has been very well thought through and gives everyone plenty of time to get acclimatized for the crossing of the col.
Our trip leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimize any
temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject.

Baggage allowance: You will need two bags for the trip – a main bag and a day pack. Your main bag on the trek will be carried by porters and it should not weigh more than 15 kgs. Your personal climbing gear like climbing boots, harness etc would go in a communal bag and would not form part of this baggage limit. You need to be walking with your day pack which should be large enough to carry your rain proof gear, a light fleece, water, packed lunch, cameras etc. Day packs which give you easy access to your water bottles, and some loops to keep your trekking poles etc are far better than simpler day packs. It’s a good idea to have a slightly larger daypack than a smaller one as you might need to stuff in a lot of extra layers in the bag on the day we cross the col. We start that day quite early and cross the col in the afternoon and hence would be dealing with extremes of temperatures. It is possible to leave a set of clean clothes in the vehicle which drops us at Gangotri to be received at the end of the trek at Ghuttu.

Level of Skills needed: You do not need any technical climbing skills for this trip; good physical & mental fitness is the only pre-requisite. Experience of trekking in the Himalayas or to altitudes of 3500m and above would help.

Pre-trip Conditioning: Good physical conditioning is one of the keys and can make the difference between enjoying an outing and merely enduring it. Being physically ready is more important than years of experience. We suggest that you begin your training program at least two months before the departure. Any form of aerobic training, such as running, cycling, swimming, along with some strength training will help you a lot on the climb. Strength training with a pack is the most valuable thing you can do to prepare yourself. The best method is to go on long hikes or climbs with a heavy pack a couple of times in a week. But since mountains are not easily accessible to most of us, climbing stairs with a heavy backpack is recommended.

Food : We will have fully serviced camps with camp cooks. On the trek, the food is a mixture of local and European all purchased in Garhwal and cooked for us by highly trained trek cooks. Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc. The emphasis is on a high carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet, which we have found to be more easily digestible especially at high altitude. This is a fully inclusive package and all meals are included in the trip price. You might want to carry your favorite snack or power bars with you for the long trekking days. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek – it will be boiled with a dash of iodine. You could bring things which you enjoy eating -chocolates, power bars, dry fruits, candies, other snacks etc. Alcohol is not permitted till we finish the trek at Ghuttu.

First Aid: A comprehensive first aid kit accompanies each trip. All trip leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We recommend that you bring your own personal medications and inform us of any medical condition, if you have.

Equipment List: The checklist above covers all essential items needed for the trek. Each one of us will need climbing boots, climbing harness, crampons & gaiters for this trek which will be hired from NIM Uttarkashi. If you have any personal climbing gear you should bring it along.

Documentation & Photograph: Each member will be required to send us personal details along with the scan of passport / photo ID proof (Indians only) and a scan of passport size photographs for various permits.