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Rupshu Wild Exploration
This is REAL exploration, back of an envelope stuff, you must be flexible and open-minded. We explore the peaks and passes of an area so remote that it is not even used for grazing; a land of wolves and kiang.
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, lacking nerve for 6666, climbed 6622. An all time classic trek.
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!
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.
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 unused 5300m Takling La.
2005: Jamie explored the amazing Kharta Valley peaks and passes in Tibet instead.
2006 update: this turned into an attempt on Kang Yatze. 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 ahve a chance to peak.
2007 update: a summer season in Pakistan stopped me exploring in Ladakh.
2008: it isn't going to happen, bummer.
Lets find and climb that peak below, cross the passes I went to the top of in 2004 and hopefully bag another real peak, then find a way out. We are helped by the 2004 GPS readings and my 2005 flight to Leh when we flew exactly over the region and Google Earth (virtual exploring!). Now I am more ambitious and further inspired!
This is not a trek to make money - it won't. Instead we trek light if there are just 2-3 of us, if more then in full comfort.
Bring a pair of good binoculars, useful for working out the route together and for close-ups of the wildlife.
I rave about the area but words don't do it justice; check out the photo gallery, which includes the Caravan 6666 2003 series. 2004 to come sometime. All photos on this page from the 2003 and 2004 explorations.
26 - Manali
Washing, shopping, eating and relaxing.
27 - drive Delhi
We have most of the day in Manali then at 5pm take the 'luxury' night bus, arriving in Delhi the next day.
22 July 2006 - day 28 - Depart
We arrive in Delhi between 8am and 11am so you could fly out tonight.
We hope you had a great trek!
Photo from 2003; in 2004 we aimed to climb this peak but we didn't even find it! This time.