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The trails less trekked during the season of flowers...
Indian trans-Himalaya (& Nepal) journeys are truly our passion and we run the best two week+ India treks and India trekking peaks there are. Unlike Nepal with Everest, there aren't big name drawcards however our treks are incredibly scenic, carefully timed with seasonal conditions, feature the best camping gear & meals and are more adventurous than you might expect. They are truly adventures of a lifetime.
Refresh yourself with our comfortable, summery Ladakh treks; here's some photo inspiration.
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.
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. Ancient monasteries cling to rock faces and Buddhist chortens dot the immense landscape. It is the updated classic and one of the very best adventure treks there is.
After the hilltop gompas and forts of the Markha Valley, we get remote and wild in the domain of blue sheep and their predators, snow leopards and wolves, and cute pikas and marmots, and even the free roaming kiang. We cross high and wild passes, and scramble the hills beside for a real adventure.
Trails less trekked... Backpacking is trekking, carrying all your own gear and camping out in the most amazing Ladakh wilderness camps, but with the satisfaction of still helping the local economy. We share the tricks and neat itineraries that ease in the rigours, and luxe out at our resupply breaks, every detail perfectly planned for a satisfying trek with minimal preparation time. You bring your personal gear, we provide the tent, stove, fuel and supplies for you to carry!
Our Parang La upgrade, with a 6000m scramble. This is a sublime panoramic wilderness trek in dazzling light to Kibber and Ki Gompa with our unique detour wandering where wolves and snow leopard roam. We get 6000+m high and cross a few secret passes with some trademark exploring, then back to the more usual Parang La for a cultural Spiti and Shimla-Delhi end. Adventure from start to finish!
We plan a backpacking trek (ie only partially supported) and the fully supported legendary Jumlam, and a peak climb or two too...
Our wonderfully balanced trek where we climb a 6000+m peak in only two weeks, and experience Leh and monasteries and the classic Markha Valley trek. With sound acclimatization, this is probably the best two week 6000m peak there is!
Peaks, glorious peaks galore! In an area we know and love, this is a Jamie special with some classic trekking to acclimatize, then some "rather high" altitude exploration; some of the passes alone are 5800+m, and we focus on perhaps a handful of satisfying, mostly non-technical bumps.
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The legendary ... the "middle way" old trading route, only possible when the rivers are low, and needing a daring, experienced crew - which we have.
We know and love the area and it is time to head back there, with a carefully crafted trek. Join us!
3-26 Sept, 24 days — Leh to Leh/Manali — expedition style — Jamie McGuinness — US$2980
The satisfaction of carrying your own gear but still helping the local economy...
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16-21 days — backpacking style — Jamie McGuinness
We have an excellent trek crew and are happy to arrange a custom trek for four or more friends that dovetail with our existing programs. These need to be planned well in advance. Here are some sample itineraries - let's discuss!
"Regarding Lobsang, I was impressed by his special gift to read our needs and offer solutions even before we had a chance to verbalize anything."
- Adriana W
Here is our most compact trek itinerary, yet is still an adventure holiday. We start with the gompas of Leh then trek the classic Markha Valley, still with time to acclimatize sensibly and explore the highlights of this most beautiful alpine valley.
20-29 July, 10 days — Leh to Leh — expedition style — Esther Tan
We experience the full intensity of Ladakh, the gompas and monasteries, and with the quintessential Markha Valley trek at a quiet time of the year. We have plenty of time for discovery and contemplation, and to race off and explore, amid the sublime landscapes.
12 days — Leh to Leh — expedition style
The Markha Valley is a classic trek yet homestay trekkers skip the highlights. Instead, with a full camping crew, this allows a significantly better itinerary and as much time as you want to explore one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in India. Next up is a wilderness route out in the domain of blue sheep and wolves, surprisingly wild and stunningly scenic with idyllic camps, making this the most satisfying extended Markha trek.
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 6200m, 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 series of passes and a sublime valley with sparkling stream for a refreshing wilderness end.
20 days — Leh to Leh — expedition style
Revel in the authentic villages, canyons, gorges, formations and high passes of the stunningly colourful Zanskar range. Why is one of the best treks so infrequently trekked? Because it is only possible late season, so starting at the very end of August or early September.
For decades the trek across Zanskar was the best in the region but the classic route is now partly jeep roads. Here though, is a new take, across Zanskar temporarily reborn. Revel in the canyons, gorges, formations and high passes of the stunningly colourful Zanskar range.
India prices are ex-Leh, i.e. you are responsible for getting to Leh (IXL airport code), see Delhi-Leh travel.
Dates are the date you must arrive in Leh and the date you are free to fly out of Leh. You can of course arrive earlier or leave later and we book hotel and transfers to suit. When transiting Delhi in particular, plan your flight times carefully.
Minimums For many trips the minimum number that we run the trip with is three trekkers, although with a small group surcharge. All treks normally run.
Caring for our staff We have great staff, and we really care about them, as they care for us. Our guides and cooks have worked years with us. Our ponies-mules never have open sores and are never hit.
Tipping allow approx 5% of the trip cost as a guideline. The western guides don't take tips.
*Exploratory treks The golden age of exploration dead? Never! These are 'back of an envelope' treks that would warm Tilman's heart. There is nobody else on the planet who organizes treks quite like this, a positive attitude and smile required.
*Introductory treks are suited to relatively fit trekking or climbing novices.
Expedition-style trekking means sleeping in tents. Our cook and helpers cater for us with 3 course meals and post-trek snacks, and porters/yaks/ponies carry it all while you trek with a daypack. Couples share a roomy tent, everyone else gets a single tent.
All treks include
+ local airport transfers
+ Leh sightseeing
+ hotels and guesthouses (double/twin share)
+ quality roomy single tent / 3 person tent for couples
+ solar charging for USB devices and cameras
+ French press coffee, herbal infusions
+ compact Himalayan library
+ selection of relevant maps
+ cosy dining tent
+ filtered water
... and more Project Himalaya unique services
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