Olivia and I are please to announce a new Northwest Mountain School's trekking program, Trekking in Ladakh - The Nubra Valley, which will run from August 1-21, 2010. Together Olivia and I have worked on eight successful expeditions Mt. Everest, Shishapangma, and Cho Oyu, the world's 1st, 6th, and 14th highest mountains. It has always been a dream for us to explore some of the more exotic corners of the mountains of Asia, and in the summer of 2010 we are proud to be leading a group of trekkers to visit Ladakh, situated in Northern India
This builds on a trek John led to Sikkim, another previously independent Himalyan Kingdom located in Northern India. Ladakh is reached by flying to Delhi, India and then another flight to Leh, capiotal of Ladakh. John and Olivia have hired a local trekking agent to help with logistics required to make the trip run smoothly. The combination of a solid local crew and John and Olivia's extensive experience leading high-altitude expeditions will make this a professional and enjoyable experience.
The trip currently has 8 participants and we have room for a few more people looking to stretch their legs while trekking in Northern India. A trip to Ladakh provides a glimpse into a culture very similar to that which existed in Tibet just a few decades ago. The trek itself lasts 10 days and 9 nights and climbs to elevations up to 6000 meters (19,685'). We will attempt Dawa Peak, a moderate trekking peak requiring no previous mountaineering experience, and cross over Lasermola Pass (5400m/17,715') during the trek. Prior to the trek we will visit a variety of monasteries in the region surrounding Leh, the capital of Ladakh. The trip culminates with an opportunity for participants to accompany John and Olivia on a visit to the Taj Majal in Agra, India. The entire trip lasts 21 days.
Full details can be found at: Ladakh Trekking Trip from August 1-21, 2010, or by calling the Northwest Mountain School at 509-548-5823.