This trekking guidebook gives detailed descriptions of eight different treks across the Ladakh, Zanskar and Markha Valley in northern India. Ranging from moderate difficulty to very demanding, the treks vary between 6 to 12 days in length, each trek is broken down into multiple stages, and has information on difficulty, available accommodation and access, as well as the many combinations and alternative routes open to exploration. Known as Little Tibet; for both its landscape and culture, Ladakh lies at the northern tip of India. The region is bisected by the great River Indus and neighbours Tibet and Kashmir. This quiet corner of the Himalaya has developed a strong trekking culture over recent years for adventurous trekkers. Trekking in this remote, high-altitude region is extremely challenging, as paths are not signed and there are only a limited number of villages. However, its magnificent landscape (a huge area full of limitless trekking possibilities), hospitable people, rich heritage and limited number of tourists make Ladakh an amazing destination. The guide includes background information on local culture, history and religion, as well as all the planning detail you need on crucial aspects such as environmental responsibility, health and safety in the mountains, trekking practicalities and preparation for altitude.
Map key Ladakh and northern India Overview map of the trekking routes Preface Introduction Geology Landscape Climate Plants and animals History Trade routes and tourism Current population Buddhism in Ladakh Planning the trip and the trek What to bring from home Health and fitness Visas and permits Money, insurance and dealing with emergencies Communication Local language Tips on travelling in India What to take on trek Using this guide How to get there Travelling and sightseeing in Ladakh On the trek 1 Kharnak 2 Tsarab Chu 3 Darcha to Padum: the classic trek to Zanskar 4 Round Sultanlango 5 Padum to Lamayuru: the classic trek from Zanskar 6 Padum to Lamayuru via the Kanji La 7 Alchi: A circuit over five passes 8 Markha Valley Appendix A Treks overview table Appendix B Stage summaries Appendix C Some Ladakhi language words and phrases Appendix D Glossary Appendix E Embassies and consulates Appendix F Further reading Index of maps Index of place names