This Cicerone guide gives detailed descriptions of eight separate treks across a wild environment of high mountain passes and remote Buddhist monasteries. 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 Himalayas 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 possibilites), 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
- Plants and animals
- 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
- 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
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Radek Kucharski has been trekking frequently in South Asia since 2000, and has now made many visits to Nepal, Iran, Pakistan and India. After a first visit in 2004, Ladakh instantly became his favourite destination. He lives in Warsaw and works as a tourist guide for one of Poland's leading adventure travel agencies, leading trekking groups to India, Nepal and Scandinavia.