Our India crew
"... the crew was unbelievable and Brody and I are now ruined
for life when it comes to trekking elsewhere!"
Kim and Brody Wilcox, Stok Kangri and Markha
Glorious 2001 memories; Lobsang, Tenpa (Temba), Sherap (Tsarap) and Punchok still work
Kim was a project Himalaya partner from 2002-2015, and Luke partnered from 2010-12 - photo by Joel
There is no one like Lobsang in the mountains. I would trust him with my life. NOTHING passes him by at any level - from people's strength on the trail, what they like to eat/drink, and whether there's any tent-hopping going on!! He is without peer in the mountains - the strongest and safest pair of hands.
Born in the Hanle area of the Changthang, where his mother and family still live, he served 7 years in a parachute regiment of the Indian Army. On leaving he worked as a drivers’ mate before getting into the trekking business, portering and acting as kitchen assistant. He and Joel met on a trek to Tsomoriri in 1998. He is incredibly strong, sensitive to the needs of trekkers, and when the chips are down and things go awry, is always there, whether dealing with bears, rivers in flood, ‘impossible’ routes, or lost trekkers.
As well as an accomplished sirdar, he is an excellent cook and so we can run small groups without taking excessive staff.
Lobsang serves a delicious meal of assorted flavourful but non-spicy curries - Jamie
Ram Lal, one of the best horsemen there is - Jamie
With over 30 years in the hospitality and hotel business, I know having the right team is all important; you have that team, and their work is a reflection of your [Joel's] leadership.
Richard Chapman, GM, Sheraton Bangkok
I have done a lot of expeditions throughout the world, and this is hands down the best trekking food I've ever had.
Thanks again for a great trip. You are the "best in class operator" for the Indian Himalaya and your trips have a high "value quotient". ... Your trips are worth it.
Fred M, Caravan; a Mountain Passage
[Peter's camera] fell on the path, slipped on the icy snow and started to bounce down the mountainside. There was nothing we could do. We could only watch it as it bounced about 10 times or more down the 150m or so to the bottom where we could not see it any more. This bouncing camera case kept replaying in my mind for the rest of the day as we climbed to the pass (2.5 hrs of puffing and resting and puffing again)...
When we arrived [at camp] Lobsang, the Ladakhi/Tibetan guide came up to us and opened his rucksack and pulled out....Peter’s camera case with camera and lens intact and all still in working order. We have never been so flabbergasted in our lives. It took us a full minute before we came to our senses and thanked him and then we sat for the next half an hour just looking at it and trying it out and looking at it again and asking Lobsang how he found it. Joel had told him below the pass (on the other side to the camera) about the incident and Lobsang had returned up over the pass, down the other side on his own route through the snow, following the line of the gulley into which the camera fell and found it. In effect he had climbed the pass twice that day and still arrived at the camp before us! We really had an amazing team.
We walked an average of 6-7 hours a day and when we arrived at the campsite the horses and mules had usually already arrived, the kitchen tent was set up and the cook (Tenpa, a real genius) would have tea, or any other hot drink you liked, ready and snacks.
Susan, Zanskar Spring
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