13 days point-to-point walking with full porterage. Altitude maximum 5586m, average 4800m.
7 nights hotels, all en suite, 14 nights full-service camping.
All breakfasts, 15 lunches and 14 dinners included.
This is a tough and exciting route crossing high passes and walking through wild, rugged scenery, camping in high altitude meadows and visiting isolated villages in a remote area rarely visited by other westerners.
The trek is graded D with 13 days walking. The maximum altitude is 5,586m., average 4,800m. Most of the walking is on well-established trails although there are some rocky trails and high narrow paths.
The weather in Ladakh can be hot and sunny in the summer with daytime temperatures up to 30-35 Degrees Celsius at 4,500m. With most of the walking above 4,500m and 7 passes over 5,000m, this trek is not for the novice, but will appeal to those who are fit and have previously trekked at altitude. We spend 3 days acclimatizing in Leh, which is very important at this altitude.
There are some long days over high passes and many high camps. There are some river crossings on the second half of the trek. We do carry rope and harnesses for the crossings and we recommend you carry trekking sandals for the crossings. The Parang Chu can sometimes be deep and rather fast flowing. In bad weather the Parang La can be blocked by snow. If it is your leader and guide will make alternative plans to reach the road. This will either be by retracing your steps or by using alternative trails to reach the Leh to Manali road near Pang.
For the connoisseur of Himalayan treks this is trekking at its best. This is a fully supported camping trek and we provide spacious two-person tents, dining and toilet tents, stools, cooking and kitchen gear and a full support staff. We have put a lot of effort into improving standards on our Himalayan treks and we believe that, in terms of organization, our standards of service are as good as in Nepal and many of our Nepalese staff now work in Ladakh in the summer months and you may well find Nepalese sherpas working alongside our Ladakhi guides and pony men.
Normal group size and age
Normally 6 to 16, plus leader and appropriate local staff. Minimum age 18.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
Those experienced in trekking for a number of consecutive days in the Scottish Highlands, will understand how tough treks at this grade can be – stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude; you need complete confidence in your physical condition and the ability to trek for many days over difficult terrain.
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