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Remembering our wonderful journeys
Here is a list of treks and expeditions we have previously advertised.
The links may lead to updated versions of the info pages.
It may appear that we spend our entire lives trekking. You would be almost right!
We care about each and every trek all the same.
* means these wonderful people have trekked multiple times with us.
+ means summitted the expedition peak.
Our summer is shorter than normal, affected by the Zanskar landslide. Ladakh was not affected by the earthquake at all, however tourism was still down significantly, partly due to the earthquake.
Jamie is exploring new trekking routes and unclimbed peaks in Tibet.
One of our most adventurous, stunningly beautiful treks. From the Markha Valley villages to the Jumlam, an ancient trade route through Ladakh's remote river valleys, we trek through remote western Ladakh to the Suru Valley. It's a trek of rare wildlife, far-flung villages and monasteries, high passes, canyons and river valleys. A photographer's dream!
A new twist on our most popular trekking route. Following ancient salt routes, we trek through spectacular regions of high lakes (Tso Moriri & Tso Kar), high passes, remote villages & rare wild and bird life, fording rivers and camping with the Changthang nomads. This year's highlight is a local Buddhist festival near Pangong Lake and two idyllic days at the lake.
Check out Gary Goldenberg's series of photos for Leh and the trek:
The Markha Valley is a classic Ladakh trek and naturally we climb in the Nyimaling area but there is so much more to the region. Crossing into a surprisingly wild and stunningly scenic area right next door, we succumb to the temptation of exploring an old resupply pass and a peak that has fascinated Jamie for a few years.
18 June-12 July, 25 days -- Leh to Leh -- expedition style -- Jamie McGuinness -- US$2680
Crew: Phuntsok, Bishnu Tamang, Tsewang Gyalson and 7 horses
*This trek-climb replaced the Zanskar Traverse that wasn't possible because of damaged bridges.
During winter a landslide partially blocked the Tsarap River above Phuktal Gompa (affecting our Chadar expedition at the bottom of the page too) and finally that dam broke in May without loss of life thanks to Indian Army intervention but the event still broke virtually every bridge downstream and so affecting all Zanskar treks. So this trek went from 4-5 bookings back to just one, sadly, and I elected to still run it and change the itinerary to the Ladakh Peaks & Passes. I am glad I did.
What wildlife! We really saw it all apart from a snow leopard, even if we did see prints. So we saw and photographed wolves, marmots, blue sheep who put on a number of extraordinary shows (videos coming), Tibetan argali, pikas, golden eagles, lammergeiers and more, and a surprising owl even.
We also climbed Dzo Jongo East (~6214m) and almost got shocked off in a sudden hail storm. Of course Jamie is an itinerant explorer and we climbed no less than three passes not on the Olizane centre map, although in deference to our Ladakhi horses, we didn't actually cross the 5865m pass as this might have been too much for a couple of them (they have aa tough winter leaving them not as strong as their Himachal brothers. I was wishing for Ram Lal's superb strong mule team, but we were not a big enough team for his 17 horses.
Thanks for Phil for enabling the trip (even if it ran at a loss, it was worth it) and thanks to Phuntsok and crew for those delicious Asian meals and wonderful service. I can't wait to return!
Phil says "Great trip, I have lots of photos to sort out!"
On the north side of Everest we also certainly felt the 25 April Nepal earthquake and aftershocks. The Chinese authorities closed the area in Tibet affected, including Everest BC and so we had to abandon our expeditions. Around 12,000 people were evacuated from border areas close to the quake zone.
A travelling and trekking adventure with chaotic Kathmandu, Lhasa with its eight wonder Potala Palace, holiest Jokhang and monasteries and a jeep safari to Everest base camp. We then touch Everest on the highest trek in the world!
23 Apr-13 May, 21 days -- jeep safari & expedition-style -- local guide & Jamie McGuinness -- US$6480
Team: Adam Read and below
Private team (different dates): Team Oz BC card sharks
Due to the 2015 Nepal earthquake this trip was stuck in Lhasa and never reached Everest Base Camp. Thanks, team, for being so patient.
An otherworldly travel adventure; chaotic Kathmandu, Lhasa with its impressive gompas, palaces and monasteries, then the vastness of Tibet with a highlight among many, the view of Everest's impressive north face.
23 Apr-4 May, 14 days -- jeep safari -- private trip
Team: Richard Auricht and Lil Routley
Due to the 2015 Nepal earthquake this trip was stuck in Lhasa and never reached Everest Base Camp.
First, we experience historic and modern Lhasa, the Potala has to be seen to be believed, then in the shadow of Everest we climb high, seriously high.
23 Apr-16 May, 24 days -- jeep safari & expedition-style --
local guide -- climbing guide Jamie McGuinness -- US$12,980
Team: Dave Auricht, Chris Bryce and Dan Gray
Wow, this team was at the airport when the earthquake struck and still flew out to Lhasa an hour or two later. After that close shave, they were then not allowed to go closer to the mountain, bummer.
Additionally other teams (the Ozzie card sharks) we were providing logistics for never got beyond base camp. Bummer.
Guide-assisted with full support, surprising flexibility, the best weather forecasts, spare oxygen, email and plenty of other services. Above all we are dedicated to your safety and success.
8 Apr-6 June, 60 days -- Jamie McGuinness
-- US$40,000 -- confirmed
Team: Olivier Tran and Felix Tan with the extras Satoshi Tamura and Frank Marchetti
Quake edition... After establishing ABC the Nepal earthquake shook us. The news coming out of the south side was hard to believe initially, especially as there wasn't a single injury on the north side (don't ask Jamie about the dog bite). Thank goodness the 1000m rock face glowering over ABC held. However, sensibly the Chinese authorities through the CTMA closed the mountain for the rest of the season and told us to leave. We will be back!
Amazingly, all our trekkers and crews and their families are OK after the massive earthquake although virtually every one of Kim's regular crew lost their village house, and she is raising money through her Kamzang Fund to help them rebuild.
Kanchenjunga, tucked into the far east of the Nepal Himalaya, is one of Nepal's most remote and spectacular trekking regions. We'll take the wildest routes, including the north base camp and Olanchung Gola, as we explore this region of Limbus and Tibetans. One of the (many) highlights is the high Lumba Samba route to the Makalu Barun National Park, part of the epic Great Himalayan Trail.
[Jamie says] Don't panic... Kim and her team decided to carry on trekking as a way of staying out of the initial chaos of Kathmandu.
Kim and Lhakpa immediately gave their porters freedom to return to their villages, getting paid for their walk out unloaded and transport back paid (even if that would leave Kim and team with having to take a helicopter out) but since they were at virtually the farthest point from a road on the trek, knew roads were damaged and couldn't find out more, but did know that there were few deaths in their particular village, virtually all of them opted to keep trekking as conditions were bound to be better in a week, and travelling as a team has real advantages too. So, as older Brits might say, "Carry on Camping" (from a series of slightly salacious-for-the-time movies)...
A wild trek through the most far-flung reaches of Upper Mustang!
The Tibetan Buddhist kingdom of Mustang is home to the last Tibetan nomads of Nepal, a land of walled cities, fortresses, traditional villages, sculpted canyons, Neolithic caves, fossils, and Himalayan peaks soaring above the Kali Gandaki River gorge. Note our 18 days in Upper Mustang!
Snow edition; with no cooperation from the weather gods, large, late falls of snow provided extra challenge that the crew and team heroically pushed through.
Success on all six previous expeditions! The standard route "features" 2000m of scree - not for me. Instead we climb the superior Plaza Argentina route and as a double bonus we traverse the mountain, and as a triple bonus for Everest aspirants we talk over the big mountains, gear, strategies, everything Everest.
7-27 Feb, 21 days -- all trek & mountain services -- Jamie McGuinness
Team: Toni Wilson, +Matthias Loeu***, Stephen L, Jeff* and Diane* G
See Jamie's Flickr photo album.
We did succeed but not in style. The weather was too good to be true for the beginning of the expedition and the opposite later in the expedition, get the picture? Until our C2 the weather was perfect, great for steak and salad on the way in (thanks, Ramon), base camp explorations and the first load carries. However at C2 it snowed, far more than suggested by the forecast, and lasted longer and increased the slog factor to C3 (Colera), however in position everything looked ok. In the morning it wasn't though, with Jeff and Di sunburned (Aussies forgetting suncream, it happened?!) and Steve feeling off colour, cause unknown. So Matt, Toni and myself set off, the snow increasing the climbing work.
Aconcagua has a particularly long summit day by any commercial climbing standard, and at the feared Caneletta, this was my first time the spin-drift wind was really howling and it really wasn't pleasant, and still only half way. We retreated to a spot with little wind and watched. Toni was semi-exhausted, Matt was still keen and the wind seemed to be dropping so when Raffi (Swiss from another team) came along Matt joined forces, which was particularly fortuitous for both of them, as Raffi's partner could then turn back a little later.
With the advice that if the wind dropped it doesn't matter if you return at 6pm or even 8pm in the super-clear weather, that killed the idea of a turnaround time and associated worries, and the Swiss machines pushed on, all the way to the summit. Congratulations!
I would love to have been with them however I trekked down with Toni, who had judged her energy levels particularly well, turning around before getting completely shot, so we plodded down from something like 6400m with glorious views. So I can't truthfully say that is 7/7 for me personally, but at least one of the team did succeed for a 7 out of 7.
For Diane and Jeff, who probably did the most training, the trip was a real, focused expedition rather than a trek with a climb, and a real challenge to both of them, that their smiles certainly rose to. Completing the Aconcagua 360 and sleeping at virtually 6000m is very tough, and Jeff was a real soldier, especially when his trekking boots were lost, so trekking out in plastics. Hardcore! They deserved their Patagonia luxury end.
The Chadar is perhaps the most adventurous trekking trip there is.
We trek the semi-frozen Zanskar River while frost smoke wreathes the trees, in the company of Zanskaris still using this ancient trade route. This is THE must do trip for the seasoned trekker!
11-29 Jan, 19 days -- expedition style -- Leh-Leh -- Ade Summers -- US$3250 including gear
Crew: Lobsang and winter team
I never tire of saying the Chadar is an adventure, one of the greatest there is, and that also means it is prone to surprises. There was a huge landslide more than 100km up river in a remote area and with the river level at a hydro plant dropping, a heli was sent out to search why, in a surprisingly professional way. The Tsarap Chu was blocked by a huge landslide, damming the river and a lake formed behind. This is one of the most dangerous situations, especially for trekkers in an enclosed inescapable gorge, and the authorities closed the Chadar, calling back our trek team on the river. A good call but an end to that adventure, sadly.
PS finally the dam broke in May, destroying virtually every bridge to the Indus.