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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.
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
This is the first trekking season after the earthquakes.
More wonderful high route GHT exploration, we find an alternative high route from Simikot through to historic Mugu village. It is a remote route, through little-visited villages, peaceful high altitude yak grazing areas and with expansive mountain panoramas. And real exploration!
28 Oct-20 Nov, 24 days -- expedition style -- Jamie McGuinness -- US$2980
Team: Kees T****, Roger Nix****, Gaye K**, Romany T**, Paul Murrill**********, Ryan and Apurna
Crew: Bali (Bal Bahadur), Saribung Kaji, Indra and Aiteram (sherpas), Tawa (cook) Pirkey Tamang, Pasang Shiny Pots Tamang, Tashi and the acrobatic Makalu lads Phu Tenzi and Lhakpa (kitchen), Kami Tamang as porter cook and 23 strong porters
Those elusive passes of 2012 eluded us no longer, although partly by a dose of good luck, and plenty of amazing weather. We found the way across the "Okhale Lek" with local guides into an enchanted valley with chest high grass and ancient forests, with only the tiniest of a hunter's trail, and are likely the very first western trekkers to cross this pass. Continuing we were blessed with mostly wide, easy trails, quiet forests, many tranquil camps and fine trekking, although still real exploring as locals were scared of the snow and cold so we had to work out our own routes over a series of passes.
Part of our route now becomes an adventurous alternative to the straightforward Simikot to Rara trek, and this is timely as the government has announced and started building a road from Gamgadhi to Mugu and the Tibet border, which will be no fun to walk along as part of the GHT. Instead some of the route we just explored will make a good alternative. There is a guide book slowly on the way.
Sadly Paul, after getting to the top of an extremely tough pass without incident, sat on a rock that moved, and put bit of a hole in his head, and although wanted to trek on, was heli-evaced with infection starting to show. Thankfully he has already mostly recovered and will be back.
Thank you everyone for joining, and I really hope to see you in the future!
The foreign part of the team: Gaye, Roger, Romany, Jamie, Ryan and Apurna, and Kees: missing Paul Murrill
Dinner in a Kimri school classroom, note no lights (we used ours) and only wooden benches, shamefully ultra-basic...
Wahoo, what an adventure! In 2012 we were the very first to complete the Saipal missing link, but over some heinous passes. This time we refine our route with kinder passes to truly open up this new section of the Nepal Great Himalaya Trail. It is authentic culture, a stunning variety of scenery and real exploration in four weeks.
4-31 Oct, 28 days -- expedition style -- Jamie McGuinness and Bali -- US$4980
Team: Alan Kerr*****, Celesta*******, Marco C, Roger Nix***, Jim Robinson, Greg Danforth**(-Leslie B, -Shaun C)
Crew: Bali (Bal Bahadur), Saribung Kaji, Indra and Aiteram (sherpas), Tawa (cook) Pirkey Tamang, Pasang Shiny Pots Tamang, Tashi and the acrobatic Makalu lads Phu Tenzi and Lhakpa (kitchen), Kami Tamang as porter cook and 24-26 strong porters
Success! We found the main missing pass, the Zimgang La, and had an incredible time, too. Thank you all for joining.
So the high route/extreme route Nepal Great Himalaya Trail has a new and the last extension, and instead of ending in Simikot now ends at Darchula (or similar) as it should. From start to finish we didn't meet another trekking group, and indeed Project Himalaya has trekked this route twice now, and nobody else has - yet. A mini guide book is in process and the new GHT maps will reflect this route, eventually.
This is the toughest trek in the world. Really. ! (Excluding treks requiring ropes and/or crampons etc). Photos and guide to come.
The foreign part of the team: Alan Kerr, Marco Camozzi, Jamie McGuinness, Jim Robinson, Greg Danforth, Roger Nix and Celesta Fong
There were also 10 core crew and 24 porters...
See the full 2015 Previous treks