Ladak Snow Conditions High Level Trekking
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Jul 14, 2012 8:00 AM Last Post By: Mozad
Jul 10, 2012 7:40 AM
Ladak Snow Conditions High Level TrekkingHas anyone been trekking recently at high level and felt the need for secure footwear such as Micro Spikes or Crampons? If so are these readily available in the major towns that gateway the major trekking routes or should I bring some with me.
I was trekking in Nepal early January and although the local guides and retailers said they were not neaded, in reality it was very dangerous and many people were either turning back or taking unnecessary risks.
Jul 11, 2012 12:36 AM
1I went over the Shingu La on June 1st, the only thing I've done that would fit the catagory you are enquiring about. I didn't feel the need for crampons or micro spikes, but was very glad to have bought a pair of trekking boots in Keylong. I had been advised that my worn Adidas street shoes (trainers) was all I would need for the la, but I bought the trekking boots (cheap High Tech copy) and used them just for going over the snowbound la. After that, I used my shoes for the rest of the trek, as the trekking boots were starting to 'tenderize' my feet (as I figured they might). I feel that had I done the la in my 'street shoes', it would have been dangerous. That was June 1st, maybe now there is no snow there...or maybe there is ice and micro spikes would be beneficial.
I found that the gear I bought and rented for my trek was good enough for the short time I used it, and I would buy and rent gear in India again for future treks. The gear was not as good as what I have at home, but it was not expected to be. I looked for micro spikes in Keylong, but didn't see any. I could have rented crampons there and I think they could be rented in Leh as well.
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