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.
2019 Big Sky treks
Our Ladakh treks and Zanskar treks (in olive) and trek-climbs (in teal) are still 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 an adventurous variation that few dare for mesmerizing views, epic 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 still one of the very best adventure treks 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.
Elaine and friend's private group.
What appeals to you? Here are our ideas so far...
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!
27-June-11 July, 15 days — Leh to Leh — caravan style
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!
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.
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.
10-28 days — Leh to Leh — caravan style
Here are some developing ideas...
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 rack up a handful of satisfying, mostly non-technical bumps including one prize. The plan is flexible, ask for details.
Glorious trekking and straightforward climbing, the Mentok peaks are the ideal alternative to the closed Lungser Kangri or overcrowded Stok Kangri. Our unique route is the best—different from everybody else's—and is a balance of sound acclimatization with a straightforward peak climb. And the Tsomoriri (lake) views have to be seen to be believed!
This is our sublime panoramic wilderness trek in the dazzling light traversing a forgotten way through the Great Himalayan Range to Upper Spiti where argali, kiang, wolves and snow leopard roam, and not much else. Long form adventure on our best route through the area from start to finish!
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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