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Trekking in Ladakh

Eight adventurous trekking routes

An essential guidebook to trekking in Ladakh. With detailed descriptions of eight treks in the Ladakh, Zanskar and the Markha Valley of north India, including details on combinations and alternative routes. Ladakh is a remote environment where trekking is extremely challenging, for adventurous trekkers only. Practical information is also included.


Unlike other parts of the Himalayas, Ladakh is not normally hit by the Monsoon. Therefore summer (June to September) is the best trekking season.


Access is through Leh, the capital of Ladakh. The treks travel through towns and villages all over the Ladakh region, as well as the Zanskar sub-region and the Phukthal and Karsha monasteries.


High altitude, lack of lodges and restaurants as well as the remoteness of the region make trekking in Ladakh a rather challenging activity. Moderate to very demanding treks have been covered in the book. A number of local agencies can help organise the trip and make the trek much easier.

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14 Oct 2015
17.20 x 11.60 x 2.40cm

A guidebook to 8 multi-day trekking routes in Ladakh. Exploring the Zanskar range in the northern tip of India, these extremely challenging treks are suitable for experienced trekkers.

The routes are presented as 8 multi-day treks, covering 98–169km (61–105 miles) and taking between 6 and 12 days to walk. The treks include Kharnak, Tsarab Chu, Darcha to Padum, Round Sultanlango, Padum to Lamayuru, Padum to Lamayuru via the Kanji La, Alchi and Markha Valley. 

  • 1:250,000 mapping is included
  • Variants and extensions included for selected routes
  • Detailed information on planning, transport, visas, equipment, cultural awareness, safety and security
  • Notes on the culture and history of the region

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Radek Kucharski Cicerone author KUCHARSKI

By Radek Kucharski

Radek Kucharski grew up in Poland and lives in Warsaw. Born to a jazz-playing father, he was probably not destined to have a full-time job. After studying geography, he completed his first overland trip to India and Nepal in 2000, and trekking in the Himalayas quickly became a favourite activity. He has also trekked in Iran, Pakistan and Scandinavia. He treks independently, often alone, and believes this is the best way to get to know a place and its people. Introduced to the darkroom by his grandfather, Radek uses a camera to document every trip and shows his work in public while speaking about the places that fascinate him.Having worked for a small GIS company for over 10 years, Radek now chiefly guides trekking groups to Ladakh and the Nepali Himalayas, as well as leading adventure travel trips to South Asia and tours to Scandinavia.He enjoys discovering the world with his daughter, Gaja, and looks forward to trekking together in the Himalayas.

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