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GHT: High Passes of Miyar *exploratory
An adventurous trek in the remote Miyar valley, optional peak ascents, and a spectacular finish through cultural Zanskar
Chris Bonington dubbed this valley the "Yosemite of the Himalaya" with its beautiful polished granite towers and spires. We begin in classic Zanskar Sumdo (literally - Zanskar junction), but instead of heading directly into Zanskar we orient our compass west and into wild country where few have travelled. Roping up, we cross the rarely visited Tarsalamu La and descend into the wildflower painted Miyar Valley. Moving up valley, we gain the ice of the Miyar Glacier and begin our exploration of the area.
We'll have a day of rest after our climb, and then journey on over the Kang La and into cultural Zanskar. Visiting ancient gompas, we'll also resupply fresh fruit and vegetables and continue our adventure through upper Zanskar, finishing over the Shingo La, and perhaps another 6000m peak! An excellent season to be in this area, with very few other trekkers. Not a journey for the faint of heart. This is not a holiday, but a well run adventure with all the amenities to keep you at your best while travelling through wild country.
The Miyar glacier just after dawn, part of our route
Camping in the Miyar valley, our route from the Tarsalamu La comes down from the valley on the left
Trekking in the Miyar Valley
Our camp on the Miyar Glacier, en route to the Kang La. This is where we'll do some real exploring (!)
Tashi Delek and Namaskar