Is anyone else going on the Grand Traverse of the Indian Himalaya trip in August using these forums? It would be great to get in touch beforehand and find out who's going.
Hi, my name is Valerie and I am your leader for this trek. If anyone has any questions please ask through this post. I will be meeting you all in Delhi.
I am (subject to final sign off of the holiday time from my boss!) also coming on this trip, as is my friend John, who I am sure will post himself shortly. Really looking forward to it. We went to Ladakh with Val in 2008 and it is such a great place, and Val is a great leader (hello Val!) so it is going to be awesome. Looking forward to meeting everyone too. Emma.
Hello there, it's good to hear from you. I've been off to Brecon Beacons over Easter; started off blue skies and sunshine and ended up with a couple of foot of snow in places on Pen y Fan. Great fun walking around there and no crowds besides the army.
Whereabouts did you go walking in Ladakh before Emma? I've been having a good look through the photos on this site and it does look fairly stunning.
Val - a quick question for you regarding kit. I'm a bit unsure about what cold weather gear is required. Is this big down jacket cold or is that a bit overkill? Thanks
it should not get too cold in Ladakh in summer but I always take my good down jacket with me for any cold evenings. Night before the Parang La can get cold and crossing Parang La at the top if not good weather. If its the only down jacket you have take it but if you have thin and thick down jacket take the lighter weight one. I only have one heavy weight so always carry that but a lighter weight one with good wind proof will also be fine. Done this trek 3 times now and love it - its one of my all time favourite treks (along with the Frozen Zanskar!). Look foreward to seeing you and John, Emma for a catch up and look foreward to meeting everyone else and hopefully a good sunny summer.
Hi, the automatic updates to posts doesn't seem to work for me either.
Zanskar in winter does seem rather cold. I'm sure I remember a BBC doc from a few years back following someone walking along the frozen river there in winter. Maybe not everyone's idea of a holiday.
I don't have a down jacket at the moment because I'm not sure it'd see too much use in the UK. I was currently thinking about borrowing my brother's primaloft jacket, which withother layers and a good thick water/wind proof jacket should hopefully be fine? I might have a look to see whether I can find a discounted down jacket over the next month or two.
Hello John, good to hear from you. I think I'm pretty well set now. Surprisingly, everything fits into my rucksack as well - I seemed to take more with me last time I went to Snowdonia. Hopefully no flooding this time around; I've had enough of walking and climbing in the rain for one year.
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