Across Peaks & Passes in Ladakh, Zanskar & East Karakoram
Ladakh for tourists and Ladakh for trekkers and climbers are two different worlds. There is nothing in this world like Pangong lake or Tso Moriri lake which change colour every hour with the sun, and the brown hills behind make it appear as if from a Tolkein story world. The experience of walk across the valley of Ladakh, Zanskar and Kishtwar over high mountain passes is quite near to nirvana.
Leh, the headquarters of Ladakh, is at the crossroads of Asia. Being the central place of Ladakh and on the trade route, caravans met here in the past. Today even with plane-loads of tourists landing here, it has not lost any of its charms. There are many unknown places in the valley for trekkers and mountaineers. Across the highest motorable pass, north of Leh, lies the Nubra valley which is now easily accessible due to new roads. It is a paradise for tourists and climbers. The new trekking and climbing areas are just a couple of days away. Ahead lies the East Karakoram range with the historic Siachen glacier and trade route across Saser la.
This book, based on author's several visits to different areas of Ladakh, Zanskar and East Karakoram, tells you how to proceed about for trekking and climbing peaks. It concentrates most valuably on the wealth of extremely rewarding summits, unknown passes and remote valley, which have been hitherto neglected due to lack of information or difficulty of access.
Complete with several maps, sketches, photographs, tables of road distances and trek routes, this book is an exhaustive reference work on this area. The author's experience in Ladakh takes one to transformation of this region from an ancient civilisation to a tourist destination. The book will be essential reference for all travellers, trekkers, mountaineers and historians or as a simple arm-chair travelogue.
List of Illustrations
1. My Himalaya: An Introduction
2. Valleys of Kashmir
3. Valleys of Kishtwar
4. Valleys of Zanskar
5. From Lamayuru to Padam and Kishtwar
6. Trek to Shingo La and Phirtse La
7. Valleys of Ladakh
8. A Trek to Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake
9. Climbing and Trekking in Southeast Ladakh, Rupshu
10. Valleys of East Karakoram
11. Exploring Valleys East of Saser La
12. Climbing and Trekking in Chong Kumdan Glaciers
13. Climbs in the Terong and Rimo Groups
14. Mountaineering and War on the Siachen Glacier
1. Regions and History of the Indian Himalaya
2. A Note on Climbing Mountains in India
3. Major Passes in Ladakh, Zanskar and East Karakoram
4. Major Rivers in Ladakh, Zanskar and East Karakoram
5. Nomenclature and Notes
6. Major Peaks in Ladakh, Zanskar and East Karakoram
7. Road Distances in Kashmir-Kishtwar-Zanskar-Ladakh and East Karakoram
Harish Kapadia began climbing and trekking in the range aroung Bombay, the Western Ghats. His first visit to the Himalaya was almosr 35 years ago. He has never looked back since, still trekking and climbing actively. His main contribution to Himalayan climbing has been to explore unknown areas and, in a number of cases, to open up climbing possibilities. Some of his major ascents have been of Devtoli (6788 m), Bandarpunch West (6102 m), Parilungbi (6166 m), and Lungser Kangri (6666 m). He has led five international joint expeditions, four with the British and one with the French.
Harish has a degree in Commerce, Law and Management from Bobbay University. He has published nine books. His books Exploring the Hidden Himalaya (with Soli Mehta), High Himalaya Unknown Valleys and Meeting the Mountains cover his various trips to the Himalaya, climbing and trekking in different regions. He is the editor of the prestigious Himalayan Journal for the past 20 years.
He was awarded the IMF Gold Medal by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation in 1993. Harish was invited to many countries to lecture on his Himalayan exploits. He is Vice-President of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation and lives in Mumbai.