I will expand this section sometime. In the meantime here are some inspiring photos!
Sophie admires the mural at Basgo - Jamie
This is what we can look forward to when we resupply, all prepared by Lobsang and the resupply team - Jamie
Magnificent scenery and one of our favorite camps - Jamie
Have you ever seen water this crystal-clear? - Jamie
Remote - Jamie
Stakna Gompa, with this view we know we are getting close to Leh - Jamie
Perhaps surprisingly, we will do some real exploration on some of our backpacking treks, here is a little background.
We have had a slow ongoing affair with exploring the greater region, REALLY exploring the region, and we know more of its secrets over a wider area than anyone else alive. Seriously, over a decade we have trekked east to west and north to south and still have a few more passes to go, all the while running classic trekking trips. Exploratory treks in this area include:
2016: Ladakh Peaks, Passes & Lakes, after success on Dzo Jongo Ri, we did cross that 5865m pass (below), dropping us into the most amazing area were we climbed a handful of peaks and must return. We continued on the rather busy Rumtse route but finished with a pass that few trekkers ever take to Pang, meaning we have now crossed every pass along the Mentok range.
2015: Ladakh Peaks & Passes, after success on Dzo Jongo we topped out on a mysteriously undocumented 5865m pass and will return to this delightful area in the future.
2014: Exploring the Great Divide including peak 6230m, the elusive Pangpo La, Tsarap Chu headwaters and forgotten pass, and the old Spiti pass to the Paralatse region.
The 2014 Great Divide team atop the remote Pangpo La, a real achievement.
Lobsang, Luca, Tod (hidden) Demet, David, Arabella, Len, Helena, Jussi and Jamie
2014: We climbed Mentok II the easy way and found that tough unmarked-on-maps 5950m pass (Lungser Kangri was closed).
2013: We 6000m explored between Tso Kar and Tsomoriri then climbed Lungser Kangri again after a decade's break for wonderful views of our elusive 6230m peak.
2012: Our Kanji trek was a Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) exploration to those elusive Ralakhung villages, although difficult terrain thwarted us for the final goal. The Dibling-Zingchan traverse was still a first for trekking groups.
2009: As part of a long private Zanskar traverse we crossed the Paralatse area to Chandra Tal (lake).
2006: planned for elsewhere, this turned into an attempt on Kang Yatse. Serious about it, we had everything set up and it rained records, we were about the only people that didn't abandon our trek, even if we didn't have a chance to summit.
2004: Caravan 6000 exploratory with Eric, Brian & Andriya: we climbed the sharks fin, my 2nd to last of the 6000m Mentok peaks and branched off an already minor route to cross the "Rupshu ice field" - we now know some of its secrets. We didn't find the "unknown" peak. Leaving, we made passes, including the disused 5300m Takling La.
2003: Caravan 6666 exploration with Richard and Nicola: we climbed five (!) 6000m peaks, including the devilish 6666m, some Mentoks and spied this "unknown" peak again (below), and some of the mysterious "Rupshu ice field", as pilots call it.
2002: Caravan Explorer 6000: from Pang we pioneered our classic Caravan HIGH route - the lowest passes were around 5700m, the highest was 6000m and of course a couple of us peaked over 6000m. September was cold!
2001: Caravan 6666: in retrospect it was this 39 day trek that started my fascination with the region. We eyed many peaks (climbed on later trips) and, climbed Chamser Kangri 6622m and Lungser Kangri 6666m. An all time classic trek.