trekking partners for Ladakh, India
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Sep 2, 2013 4:57 AM Last Post By: michaeljasmin
Apr 21, 2013 3:00 AM
trekking partners for Ladakh, IndiaHi everyone!
I'm heading to Ladakh on 9 - till 23 August, with the purpose of trekking around and climbing Stok Kangri Mt (6000m - trekkable). First I want to do an acclimatisation trek for about 4-5 days and go to heights up to 5000, then climb Stok Kangri within 4-5 days as well. It's a very beautiful area with stunning views and unspoilt nature, summer is the best season to go there and the weather is great.
I am on my own and looking for trek partners, as it can save costs greatly and make it more fun :).
I'm a female in my 30s.
Apr 23, 2013 8:18 PM
1I may be in the area around the same time of year and hoping to hike Stok Kangri and maybe trek into the Zanskar valley and visit the Tso mori lake. I believe I may be taking the road up via Kinnaur, spiti and Lahaul so hopefully I should be farily accimitized by the time I get up to Ladakh. I'm in my late 20's and maybe traveling with a friend from France or may be on my own but maybe see you up there. From my experience in Ladakh it should be fairly easy to get a good group together for a trek and fairly easy to find reliable and affordable porters and or guides. I have met many travelers who've hiked Stok Kangri without a guide and I generally prefer to go off on my own but I've never been above 6000m so I'll probably consider looking into going with a guide. I was under the impression that lots of options seemed available. Happy travels to India!
May 1, 2013 6:32 AM
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Jun 21, 2013 6:52 AM
4Yes, I should be up there mid to earlier August. Still not 100% sure. I've just arrived in India and it seems like Uttarkhand and Himachal Pradesh are suffering from some pretty bad floods at the moment. But I'll wait and see. Ideally, I'd like to visit Spiti and Lahaul valleys and work my way up to Ladakh. Hike Stok Kangri and I'm looking at a few other possible treks as well. I'd really like to visit Zanskar this time around and Tso Moriri as well. Good luck. And keep in touch if you'll be around.
Jun 24, 2013 12:41 AM
5Hi there. i'll land in leh on July 3rd, and have only 4 weeks to stay there. Ive read about this across zanskar terk at http://www.trekhimalayas.net/Ladakh/Across%20Zanskar/Across%20Zanskar.htm. Its not hardcore one, and for sure beautiful, and im planning on doing it, but love some company with me. Ive done this kind of trekking b4, and have most of the needed things. Im 29 from israel
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Jun 25, 2013 6:08 AM
6Hey Maria, (and others),
Around the 15th of August I'm doing an independent trek in the ladakh region (hopefully with some fun 6000m peaks along the way!) and hoping to find some others to join us.
More details - http://trekkingpartners.com/requests/join-us-for-an-adventurous-5-day-trek/
Also, if you're already acclimatized you should be able to do stok kangri in much less time - I think acclimatization days is the thing that makes it take so long!
Jun 26, 2013 8:07 AM
Jul 1, 2013 3:26 AM
8Hi, just stumbled across this forum and thought I'd stick my oar/nose in. I'm currently quite flexible with times but looking at potentially arriving in Leh some time around the 11th of August and leaving by the 21st. I'd rather not be around that long but it seems you're advised against just turning up and climbing.
I'm very fit, do a lot of hiking but have no experience at altitude. I'd be very grateful for any advice and would be interested in organising a party.
If anyone could help me with the following I'd be very grateful:
1. I'm planning on travelling via Kashmir, taking buses from Jammu and Srinagar. This will take a few days. Would I still need to take time to acclimatise after this journey? I think it gets to some high altitudes.
2. What sort of clothing and equipment would I need? What sort of gear can one get hold of (hire or buy) in Leh? I'm asking because I'll be travelling in some warm and crowded places for some time before I reach Leh and want to minimise my luggage.
3. Is there anywhere in Leh to leave your luggage so you're not carrying everything with you?
4. How easy is it to get a party together? Michaeljasmin (above) suggests it should be OK to turn up and start looking for hiking partners/tour guides. Is this generally the case?
Jul 1, 2013 8:22 AM
I could be wrong but I believe the highest mountain pass on the Kargil-Leh road is about 4000meter. I have taken to road before and it might be a good prep before doing any treks. The trip from Srinagar will be rough. Probably a straight 24 ride the back of a jeep. And you might want to consider a break in Kargil to help acclimatize or sleep nad take a day bus not to miss any of the sights. I guess everyone reacts differently to altitude. I never had any great problems in Himachal Pradesh or Ladakh while I was there 2 years ago. I noticed that many of the tour operators do organize groups and put up signs in front of their shops. They get parties together just like anywhere else in Asia and by August there should be a pretty good amount of tourists in Leh that asking around and joining groups shouldn't be a problem. Gesmos restaurant might be a good place to start looking. They, as well as other restaurants, have notice boards where you can share your plans or get into contact with with someone who's left behind a their plans. There are a few shops in town that have these notice boards if I recall. Storing your stuff at a guesthouse shouldn't be a problem either but ask around. There are dozens of guest houses to choose from
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