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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 Ladakh treks and Zanskar treks (in olive) and trek-climbs (teal-turquoise) are still absolutely unique adventures run by the most experienced guides with the best trek crews in the land.
All treks lead by Jamie filled, this season (indeed this year). Plan and book early for next year!
The Markha Valley is a classic trek yet homestay trekkers have to skip the highlights. We know and love the area so explore and scramble to over 6000m (!), in the domain of blue sheep and wolves, which we have seen on every trip, and the more elusive snow leopard. We end with a dramatic pass which drops us into a sublime valley with sparkling streams for a refreshing wilderness end.
23 July-8 Aug, 17 days -- Leh to Leh -- expedition style -- +Jamie McGuinness -- US$2280 -- full
Team: +Esther Tan********, +Amanda F, +Romany T****, +Piotr Z**, +Pete P***, +Melissa C, Ranjan B*** and +Abhishek Deepak*
Crew: +Lobsang, Raj (cook), Raju, +Tenzing Kunga and Ram Kumar (helpers), Ram Lal & Sunoj, Balu and Tej Singh and 22 horses
Success on Dzo Jongo, with everyone except Ranjan who was struck by an intestinal virus at exactly the wrong time. And blue sheep galore!
This was a great trip, except that I could not make it up Dzo Jongo but there is always next year for that. It was really fun and awesome company.
Looking back through the photos has me smiling - what a great trip, thanks all for the great company in a stunning part of the world. My mind is already thinking ahead to 2017 ...
On the summit of Dzo Jongo Ri (east), 6218m
Top standing L-R: Tenzin, Lobsang, Pete, Abhishek and Piotr
Sitting: Melissa, Romany, Esther and Amanda
Photo by Jamie; missing: Ranjan
Combined with the wonderful trek above as a warm up, we continue into ever more remote and dramatic areas, crossing a gloriously scenic old resupply pass and exploring its secrets, only partially revealed last year. We then pick up the high Rumtse to Tso Kar (salt lake) trail, with more trademark exploratory days in this big sky country, completing our comprehensive Markha to Changtang route.
23 July-20 Aug, 29 days -- Leh to Leh -- expedition style -- +++++Jamie McGuinness -- US$3180
Team: ++Romany T**** and +++Abhishek Deepak* with the start combined above
Crew: +Lobsang, Raj (cook), Ram Lal & Sunoj and 10 horses
We found and crossed that old supply pass with glorious views and after seeing the beauty of the other side, hung around by the bluest of lakes rather than moving on too quickly and found plenty of "viewpoints". Yes, our exploratory treks are still exploring, really, truly exploring. The area is an absolute delight with wolves, foxes, many kiang and snorting yaks, and those grassy valleys and plains. We will return!
The second extension turned into Rumtse to Pang, with some wildlife and exploring. The first section (Rumtse to Tso Kar), while a good trek, shows why we trek remote and wild, with busy camps and lots of rubbish. At Tso Kar we photographed the bird life and wildlife, then explored the little-used Barma La to the Pang area. We have now crossed all four of the main passes across the Mentok range, but have yet to make the mistake of crossing the false Lanyar La, ie the wrong trail marked on the Olizane map. We are probably the only team that knows all these four passes, and what they are best for.
More to come...
Across Zanskar has always been the classic trek; we avoid the new roads with two adventurous variations that few dare for mesmerizing views, adventurous canyons, stunning wild camping and pretty villages. Rugged, colourful rock contrasts with the azure rivers and green village oases. Monasteries cling to rock faces and Buddhist chortens dot the immense landscape. It is the updated classic and one of the very best treks there is.
26 June-20 July, 25 days -- Leh to Leh (Manali-Leh option) -- expedition style -- Jamie McGuinness -- US$2780 -- full
Team: Esther Tan*******, Dave & Georgie, Pete P**, Steve & Virginia, John & Kate and Phil W
Crew: Lobsang, Raj (cook), Raju, Tenzing Kunga and Ram Kumar (helpers), Ram Lal & Sunoj, Balu and Tej Singh and 22 horses
Stunning; every time I trek Zanskar, I am blown away by the variety, every single trekking day has different landscape features, and our itinerary is particularly adventurous, and good.
For me, this was a goodbye to the Shingo La as I (and many other trekkers) know it, the under construction road now reaches the top of the pass, although with no real traffic as yet. Surprisingly it was still pleasant trekking and luckily the camp sites are still undisturbed, and the view from the top still glorious but the bulldozers are pushing. Our Gumburanjon camp was still an untouched delight, as indeed was Kargkak where we had tea with Tenzing's family, our delightful kitchen hand. The road is due to reach the village Oct 2016 though (perhaps we should have taken more photos of it, in hindsight).
... more to come
A big thanks to everyone who joined, and the crew. Phil's joke of the day was a real delight, and John's occasional less than PC limerick also didn't always elicit groans.
Dave has a good photo gallery, a mix of rather good snapshots and art:
Thanks for a great trip to a fantastic location and in wonderful company. The organisation of the trip was very smooth and made for a most enjoyable time in these very remote wilderness areas.
Thanks again for keeping us all together during the tough climbing days and for everything else during our fantastic trek in the Zanskar area.
Top: Pete, Esther, Balu (Gopal Singh), Ram Kumar, Ram Lal, Steve, Raju, Tej Singh (Mhudi)
Lower: Phil, Jamie, Lobsang, Dave, Georgie, Virginia, Raj, John, Kate, Tenzing and Sunoj
Taken on top of the remote Pandang La