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Kanji to Chiling

We started by driving by jeep from Leh to Henaskut. The road goes through Basgo, which is one of the ancient capitals of Ladakh and is worth seeing: the ruins of a castle surrounded by violet rocks dominates the green fields of the village. We also made a short detour to visit Alchi where you can admire the fantastic and well preserved wood paintings in the monasteries. Then the road passes through...
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From the Sham Villages to Photoksar Through Sirsir La

Here we are! After a stunning one our flight from Delhi over the Himalaya, we are landing in Leh with plenty of plans to discover the land and people that we only knew from Olivier Fölmi great pictures taken about 20 years ago. Friends strongly recommended us the guide Tsering Norboo and his trek agency Skyhightreks. From the very first moments we met with Norboo at the Leh airport we felt we were...
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Markha Valley Winter Tour

We spent our Christmas Eve 2005 in Amdo’s Café & Restaurant at Leh, one of the few restaurants also open during the winter. After almost four days of acclimatization we felt quite well prepared for a wintery trekking tour through Markha valley together with Tsering Norboo, whom we discovered in Internet.

Acclimatization does not only mean to adjust to the altitude but also to...
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Lamayuru to Chiling

In the year 2000, eight enthusiastic New Zealanders set off for five weeks trekking in Ladakh. The plan was to do a shorter ‘test’ trek to see how everyone would handle the altitude, then follow on with a longer two week trek. It was the first time in Ladakh for most of the group and we didn’t want to risk anyone getting altitude sickness in remote areas with no access to medical...
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Tso Moriri

By Brett Longley

Tso Moriri is one of two high altitude lakes in the Rupshu region of Ladakh – the other is Tso Kar. The region has supported a salt industry in previous times, but there’s little evidence of this left now. It was mid-August in 2000 and a party of eight New Zealanders left Leh to trek from Pang on the Leh-Manali road through to Tso Moriri and then to Tso Kar where...
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Hemis to Rupshu

It was our first visit to Ladakh. We heard about it the year before on a climbing trip in Nepal when we met a young Canadian woman who had been there and fired our imaginations with stories about the strange lunar landscapes and treks to remote areas visited by very few tourists and the Buddhist traditions strongly influenced by their Tibetan neighbours. We flew in from Delhi on a near perfect day...
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The Markha Valley

The small aeroplane circled the wide valley, banking steeply between bare mountains with snow-dusted peaks. Leh seemed to be a lahar of mudbrick buildings splaying down a mountainside into the dun river valley. Brown is not my favourite colour. Just below, ruled lines of soldiers marching in a parched field were an unwelcome reminder of the volatile border dispute with Pakistan, just up the road....
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Walking on Thin Ice – The Chadar

In February 2003 I went with a couple of friends to Ladakh, in the far north of India, to trek the Chadar, or Ice Path. When the roads are impassable with winter snow, the locals use the frozen Zanskar River for access, to trade, to visit family or to attend the many festivals held during the long winter months.

We had to spend a week acclimatising to the altitude in the main town of...
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My Trek in Ladakh with Sky High Treks

My 8 friends and I, did a marvellous trek in Ladakh last summer. I knew about Sky High Treks from my father’s friend who met Tsering some years ago and did trek with him also. He has heartily recommended him to me.

From our arrival at the airport until our departure Tsering had everything organized for us. He brought us to a beautiful and welcoming guesthouse where we spent two...
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