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Donnerstag, 26. Juli 2012

Trekking in Ladakh

Trek the Ladakh mountains in northern India with a Cicerone Guidebook
by Radek Kucharski

A complete guidebook to trekking in the Ladakh region, in north India. It gives detailed description of eight separate treks in multiple stages, and information on combinations and alternative routes. Ladakh is a remote, high-altitude environment where trekking is extremely challenging, but for adventurous trekkers it is the perfect destination.



Content
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Overview map of Ladakh and India
Map key
Overview map of trekking routes
Preface
Introduction
Facts about Ladakh
Planning the trip and the trek
Before you leave
How to use this guidebook
How to get there
Travelling and sightseeing in Ladakh
On the trek

Route 1 Kharnak Trek
Stage 1 Kharu to camp beyond Shang Sumdo
Stage 2 Camp beyond Shang Sumdo to waterfall camp
Stage 3 Waterfall camp to Nyimaling via Gongmaru La
Stage 4 Nyimaling to Langthang Valley via Kongka Ngonpo La
Stage 5 Langthang Valley to Gunlus Valley
Stage 6 Gunlus Valley to near Dat village, Kharnak Valley
Stage 7 Camp before Dat village, Kharnak Valley, to camp before Lungmoche
Stage 8 Camp before Lungmoche to Zara Valley camp
Stage 9 Zara Valley camp to Toze Valley camp
Stage 10 Toze Valley camp to Pang
Route 2 Tsarab Chu Trek
Stage 1 Pang to Toze Valley camp
Stage 2 Toze Valley camp to camp beyond Lung
Stage 3 Camp beyond Lung to Morang La Advance Base Camp
Stage 4 Morang La Advance Base Camp to Tsokmitsik
Stage 5 Tsokmitsik to Satak
Stage 6 Satak to Hormoche
Stage 7 Hormoche to Nyalo Kuntse La Base Camp
Stage 8 Nyalo Kuntse La Base Camp to Yata
Stage 9 Yata to Phukthal
Stage 10 Phukthal to Pepula
Stage 11 Pepula to Mune
Stage 12 Mune to Padum
Route 3 Darcha to Padum: the classic trek to Zanskar
Stage 1 Darcha to Zanskar Sumdo
Stage 2 Zanskar Sumdo to Chumik Nakpo
Stage 3 Chumik Nakpo to Lhakhang Sumdo
Stage 4 Lhakhang Sumdo to Kargyak
Stage 5 Kargyak to Testha
Stage 6 Testha to Purni (and Phukthal Gompa)
Stage 7 Purni to Pepula
Stage 8 Pepula to Mune
Stage 9 Mune to Padum
Route 4 Round Sultanlango Trek
Stage 1 Padum to Raru
Stage 2 Raru to Kalbok
Stage 3 Kalbok to Phukthal
Stage 4 Phukthal to Niri Valley camp
Stage 5 Niri Valley camp to Shingri Valley camp
Stage 6 Shingri Valley camp to Stongde Gompa
Route 5 Padum to Lamayuru: the classic trek from Zanskar
Stage 1 Padum to Pishu
Stage 2 Pishu to Hanamur
Stage 3 Hanamur to Nyetse
Stage 4 Nyetse to Lingshed
Stage 5 Lingshed to Sengge La Base Camp (Gazho)
Stage 6 Gazho to Photoksar
Stage 7 Photoksar to Phanjila via the Askuta Way
Stage 8 Phanjila to Lamayuru
Route 6 Padum to Lamayuru: Kanji La Route
Stage 1 Padum to Pishu
Stage 2 Pishu to Hanamur
Stage 3 Hanamur to Zhingchan
Stage 4 Zhingchan to Squaz
Stage 5 Squaz to Dibling
Stage 6 Dibling to Kanji La Southern Base Camp
Stage 7 Kanji La Southern Base Camp to Kanji La Northern Base Camp
Stage 8 Kanji La Northern Base Camp to Chomotang Togpo Valley
Stage 9 Chomotang Togpo Valley to Shillakong
Stage 10 Shillakong to Lamayuru
Route 7 From Alchi to Alchi via five passes
Stage 1 Alchi to Stakspi La Base Camp
Stage 2 Stakspi La Base Camp to Sumdha Chungun
Stage 3 Sumdha Chungun to Manechan
Stage 4 Manechan to Hinju
Stage 5 Hinju to Ursi
Stage 6 Ursi to Tar
Stage 7 Tar to Mangyu
Stage 8 Mangyu to Alchi
Route 8 Markha Valley Trek
Stage 1 Spituk to Zhingchan
Stage 2 Zhingchan to camp before Kanda La
Stage 3 Camp below Kanda La to Shingo
Stage 4 Shingo to Pentse
Stage 5 Pentse to Markha
Stage 6 Markha to Hangkar
Stage 7 Hangkar to Nyimaling
Stage 8 Nyimaling to Chuskyurmo
Stage 9 Chuskyurmo to Hemis

Appendix A Treks overview table
Appendix B Route summaries
Appendix C Some Ladakhi language words and phrases
Appendix D Glossary
Appendix E Embassies and consulates
Appendix F Further reading about Ladakh


Map key
Overview map of trekking routes
Preface
Overview map of Ladakh and India

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

SAMPLE ROUTE
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Stage 1
Kharu to camp beyond Shang Sumdo

Start Kharu (3345m)
Finish Camp beyond Shang Sumdo (3742m)
Distance 14km
Time 5hrs (including optional visit to Shang Gompa)
Altitude range 3345m (Kharu) to 3770m (Shang)

This is an easier stage compared to many on this route as there is a road to Shang Sumdo. There are no major ascents on the way. It is usually hot between Kharu and Shang Sumdo.

Alternatives
There are two other possible starting points for Route 1:
• It is possible to take a direct bus from Leh to Shang Sumdo, but only use it if you are well acclimatised. Skipping Stage 1 makes the ascent of the Gongmaru La too quick and increases the risk of altitude sickness if you are not properly acclimatised.
• The trek can also be started in Hemis, accessed by bus (see Places to visit southeast of Leh). From the gompa set off along the stream, downwards, passing the village and fields. On reaching the road, about 1.4km from the gompa, follow it for approximately 150m to find a clear path on the right, high above the Indus River. Follow this for 1.7km to a big chorten in Martselang village and the road to Shang.

Water supplies
Carry sufficient water for 1½hrs when starting the trek. There are no side-streams along the Shang Chu, so refilling your water bottles from the river is the only choice. A convenient place is at the bridge over the Shang Chu. Shang Sumdo village, where you can refill your bottles again, is 1½hrs further on. Leaving Shang Sumdo, you need supplies sufficient for ½hr.

Route
Kharu is a village in the Indus Valley, on the Manali–Leh road, about 40km from Leh. The bus should drop you next to the bridge on the Indus, below the main part of the settlement. As you look from the bridge towards the SW, with the river behind you, the valley leading to Hemis is in front of you. The valley leading to Shang and on to the Gongmaru La is next on the left. From the bridge follow the looping road on the true left (west) bank of the Indus River until it forks (you will cross a big irrigation channel on the way). Take the left turn (the right leads to Hemis) and cross a small stream in a fairly wide valley. Follow the road as it passes Martselang village and comes to a big chorten (stupa) where the Shang Valley begins. This is where the path from Hemis joins the road.

Leave the Indus Valley and follow the Shang Chu SW on its true left bank (on your right facing upstream). About 1½hrs from Kharu you will reach a road bridge. Cross it and follow the road on the true right bank as far as the next bridge in Shang Sumdo, where the valley forks (another 1½hrs). The route to the Gongmaru La leads towards the SW, along the true left bank of the river (Kitshan). The road leading along the valley ahead goes to Shang village. Take a side-trip to Shang to visit the monastery, then return to Shang Sumdo.

There is a campsite in Shang Sumdo, a tent-shop and a few houses offering homestay accommodation. It is often possible to arrange to pick up horses here if you feel you need them, as many organised groups finish their treks here and some horsemen wait for a new job.

In Shang Sumdo leave the road and take the clear path towards the SW (towards Chokdo village), traversing the violet-coloured rocks on the left slope of the valley above the fields. You will arrive at the valley floor in 30mins. There is a place for a few tents on the terraces, among bushes. Camp here and use water from the river.

Quelle & Weitere Informationen:
http://www.cicerone.co.uk/9781852846756.cfm

Viele Grüße

Thomas Wilden
Germany

Kommentare:

  1. Dear Friends,

    there is a new Trekking Guide available for the Ladakh region and it's authored by my friend Radek Kucharski (ladakh.pl).

    Being an avid traveller, photographer, blogger and now a book writer I believe him to be capable of writing a good trekking guide about our most loved region "Ladakh".

    On the publishers website you can see the content list, as well as a sample trek with maps included.

    So far I haven't had a hands-on experience, but what I see so far, looks good to me.

    Only the price-tag causes a problem for me because 20 British Pounds (around 26-27 Euros) is quite a price for a trekking guide book about Ladakh.

    See and decide for yourself wether its worth its price.

    If you like comment your experierences with the book when trekking here on my blog or on my Facebook Community-Page "Mask Dances of Ladakh & Zanskar".

    And I will try to find a review copy, most probably a used 2nd-hand one in order to get a feeling for its usefulness and write some proper review on it.

    So far enjoy your treks

    Jullay

    Thomas Wilden
    Germany

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  2. hi again,

    the information sheet is available here in pdf-format (download) for your convenience.

    the book is currently not yet available.

    enjoy

    Thomas Wilden

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