Our India Treks
Small - Friendly - Adventurous
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.
Small group treks: since we are happy with four to nine members, normally all our advertized treks do run.
2018 Ladakh treks
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
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!
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 Dzo Jongo Ri 6218m (!), in the domain of blue sheep, which we have seen on every trip, and wolves which we have seen on some. We end with a dramatic pass which drops us into an enchanting valley with sparkling streams for a refreshing wilderness end.
11-26 July, 16 days — Leh to Leh — caravan style — Jamie McGuinness — US$2220
with Tso Kar wildlife extension: 11-28 July, 18 days — US$2460
Gya La extension: 11 July- 1 Aug or 11 July-3 Aug, 22 to 24 days
New temptations and real exploration in a surprisingly remote part of the Ladakh Range. In this Jamie special, we build on our 2012 foray, aiming to be the first foreigners to cross the very high Gongma La, and of course scramble a few high hills and more passes in a satisfying large loop.
Our unique end of season Zanskar affair, 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 on a trek where each and every day is scenically surprisingly different.
2019 Ladakh big sky treks
We will offer a full season of treks, here is the first taste.
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.
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 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!
Trekking off the map literally, this is a sublime panoramic wilderness trek in the dazzling light to find a forgotten way through the Great Himalayan Range to Upper Spiti and building on our three previous treks in the region. This is our trademark exploring through areas where kiang, wolves and snow leopard roam, and not much else. Long form adventure from start to finish!
Want a private trek for a bunch of friends? Our accomplished, friendly crew are available when not on our other adventures. Here are some starting points that we can fine-tune, just for your team.
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)
+ one of the best hotels in Leh
+ 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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