In August/September 2018 I undertook a 30-day trek in Zanskar, a small Tibetan Buddhist kingdom lying just north of the main Himalayan range in northern India close to the borders with both China and Pakistan.
The scenery in Zanskar was spectacular, with dramatic gorges, rivers (the trek required over 110 river crossings with water-levels between knee and waist height, the water being very cold with all the rivers fed by glaciers), snow-capped mountains, mountain passes with a number of prayer-flagged passes over 5,000 metres crossed, the highest being Kong Maru La pass at 5216 metres (17257 feet), villages perched above precipices, cliff-top temples and old fortresses.
Fortunately we were lucky with the weather, with one day of light showers and one of snow showers, until our day of departure from Leh when the heavens opened and the airport was shut for 36 hours.
The trek consisted of 6 trekkers, 2 guides, 6 camp staff who catered for our every need, and up to 15 horses and three horsemen as all of our gear and food had to be carried.
Although exhausting, a fantastic time was had with wonderful scenery all of the way.
Next year’s trek has yet to be decided but will certainly be in the Himalayas: watch this space again!