Ladakh

Image of Trekking and Climbing in the Indian Himalaya (Trekking & Climbing)

Although out of print, you can still find it used as well as new in some book shops in India. In addition to treks, Trekking and Climbing in the Indian Himalaya, covers many trekking peaks as well as a couple more technical ones.  I used this book as an outline when I climbed Chamser Kangri in Ladakh.  The practical information is pretty brief on the treks and climbs themselves and there is a lot of extra nonessential information and pictures that makes it pretty heavy to trek with, but the book covers some interesting routes and peak not covered elsewhere.

Image of Lonely Planet India (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet is still probably the best guide book for logistics in India though I find it seems to get worse with each edition instead of better, and its monopolistic popularity mean that any place mentioned in the book is likely no longer a good deal when it comes to accommodations.  Still when it comes to the nuts and bolts of getting around, maps ect, LP is still probably the way to go.

Image of Trekking in Ladakh

The Cicerone Trekking in Ladakh guidebook is the most up to date guidebook for trekking in Ladakh. It covers most of the information needed for trekking on your own including water sources, trekking times, and accommodation. Treks covered: Across Zanskar, Round Sultanlango (Zanskar Region), an alternate route from Padum to Lamayuru via the Kanji la, "Hidden Valley" area to Alchi, and the Markha Valley.

Image of Central Ladakh & Zanskar Trekking Map 1:150,000

The Swiss published Olizane maps of Ladakh are probably the best and most detailed contour map for trekking in Ladakh, but you pay for it, they are not cheap, nevertheless if you want to explore some more remote routes on your own then these maps are probably worth the investment.

View from the peak
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Base City: 

  • Leh

Starting Point: 

Tso Kar or detour from Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek

Average Duration: 

5-6 hour detour along the Nurchan to Rajng Karu section of the Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek, could also be done in 2 days from Tso Kar

Maximum Elevation: 

5 999 m
  • Very Strenuous

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