Explore Tour Leader Ranjeet Singh writes about what it’s like in the Indian Himalaya on the Lamayuru Trek:
“It is always hard to imagine the heights and challenges the great Himalaya have to offer. You can only imagine the beauty and then discover it was just an outline. You stare in awe at the sheer size and enormity of these great protectors of the Land of Seven Rivers: India.
Driving from the Buddhist capital of Leh to the ancient trade centre of Kargil takes almost a day. The journey takes you over some of the most stunning landscapes the Himalaya has to offer. There are incredible vistas of some of the longest and highest plateaus and glaciers including the Zanskar glacier - the starting point of the River Zanskar. We are in the great but tough Zanskar Valley, a paradise for trekking. There are hardly any roads to connect the remote villages located in these colourful mountains; the only way for us to explore is by walking.
Setting off from Padum, one can only silently admire the beauty and stillness of these amazing valleys and mountains. The trek takes you through some of the most remote settlements on the planet;monks peep from the small windows of high monasteries, while the ladies work in the fields, with hardly anything to harvest in this dry and cold climate. The views which you get from every step of your trek just give you one word: WOW and one expression: a big and happy SIGH.
If the days give you picturesque views of great mountains, valleys and rivers then the nights make you feel like part of a fairy-tale, with stars looking down on you. After a hard day’s trekking, the fresh and cool mountain breeze gives you a spine-chilling experience of being close to Mother Nature. Once the night has passed, the sun slowly rises, changing the colours of the surrounding peaks, painting a picture which cannot be drawn by any artist or captured by any modern day photographer. It is tough trekking in a challenging, remote region and cut off from the world for a large part of the year. The great Zanskar Valley of the Himalaya is just one wonder which could never be explained enough by mere words. It has to be experienced by being there in person and taking on this magnificent mountain challenge.”