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43telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comO ur journey starts as we cross the Himalaya on the Manali-Leh highway, travelling over some of the highest passes in the world. Arriving in Leh, capital of Ladakh, we enjoy a walking tour of the many cultural highlights, bustling streets and fascinating bazaars. We then travel to the Indus Valley to explore the area's rich heritage and history including Stok and Shey Palaces and impressive Thikse Monastery. Our cultural exploration continues in Alchi and Chilling where we view temples and visit several home industries. Here we also spend the night in a homestay to really experience village life. Finally we return to Leh where we have our futures foretold by an Oracle. Our departure is timed to visit the Dakthok Festival near Leh to add an extra dimension to this highly enjoyable tour. B efore the trek begins there is plenty of time to acclimatise whilst exploring the sights and sounds of Ladakh's capital, Leh, and the major cultural attractions of the Indus Valley including Shey Gompa, Thikse Monastery and Stok Palace. We will also spend time at a traditional Buddhist festival - the Hemis Festival in July or the Dakthok Festival in August.We then drive up the Zanskar river gorge to Chilling (3,350m/10,990ft), before entering the Markha Valley where tiny villages and settlements dot the trail. Walking past extraordinary rock strata and numerous ruined fortresses we gradually climb to Nimaling to find yak herders grazing their animals in the wide verdant pastures. From here we can look across to the towering summit of Kang Yatze and the other peaks of the Zanskar range. Finally, we will cross the dramatic Kongmaru La, the highest point of the trek at 5,100m/16,732ft, before descending back down into the Indus Valley and on to Hemis Monastery. Private departures We can also offer this trip as a private holiday for a minimum of two people sharing for £1,495 per person, Land Only. International flights available from £550.Quest to Ladakh - A Himalayan JourneyTravel from the verdant valleys of Northern India to the dramatic mountain scenery of Ladakh.Markha Valley TrekEncompassing the best of Ladakh's varied and dramatic scenery, this is rightly considered its most celebrated trek. Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients£1,395£1,845Land OnlyFlight IncludedFri 08 Jul - Fri 22 Jul 11Sat 06 Aug - Sat 20 AugOn Trek: 8 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 6 Camping: 7Optional: Single Room £100 Single Tent £40Insurance: £95 Trek | Duration: 15 DaysFestivalGrade: Vigorous Appointed LeaderBarry BondAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 12 Camping: 1 Homestay: 1Optional: Single Room £335Insurance: £77Cultural Tour | Duration: 16 Days£1,845£2,295Land OnlyFlight IncludedSat 30 Jul - Sun 14 Aug 11FestivalGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comThe Indian Subcontinent LadakhLadakhLadakh is one of the few areas of the Himalaya best visited and trekked in the summer months. The lunar landscape is characterised by snowy mountains, deep gorges and striking rock formations. 'Little Tibet' always leaves a lasting impression on its visitors. Leh Castle & Gompa, Ian Broom

44Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comT he expedition begins with a classic trek through the northern Zanskar mountains, the best possible acclimatisation for an ascent of Stok Kangri but also a fabulous trek in its own right. We get a real taste of Ladakh's age-old Tibetan Buddhist culture and cross a 5,300m/17,500ft pass with superb views of the eastern Karakoram. We return to Leh and then begin the short trek to Stok Kangri Base Camp. Summit day starts early, when, using crampons and ice axes, we walk up the glacier and ascend the southeast ridge to the distinctive summit for a superb mountain panorama.Mountain Kingdoms offers:? Experienced western mountaineer Leaders ? Guides who are Stok Kangri summiteers? The best acclimatisation programme ? British Airways to Delhi, direct non-stopT he pass-bound kingdom of Zanskar is indeed a mystical place: a land of yogins, Buddhist gompas, and kings who are directly descended from the early kings of Tibet. Just north of the Greater Himalaya, it sits close to the highest mountain in Ladakh, Mount Nun, 7,135m/23,410ft, which we will trek past. Our route is completely off-the-beaten-track, taking us through very remote country. Starting near Mount Nun, we gradually make our way through the mountains to Zanskar, before pushing on up a series of gorges leading to the highest peak in the Zanskar range, Kang Yatse, 6,400m/21,500ft. These gorges can only be navigated in September when water levels are low, as there are many river crossings. Steve Berry ranks this trek among the best he has done in the Himalaya. It is certainly a full-on, challenging trek and will rank alongside any of your life's best achievements!The Zanskar Dream Trek A wild and remote trek through mysterious Zanskar, created by our MD, Steve Berry. Horses on the Zanskar Dream Trek, Steve BerryGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients£2,850£3,295Land OnlyFlight IncludedWed 31 Aug - Fri 30 Sep 11On Trek: 22 days Appointed LeaderIan CoxanAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 7 Camping: 22Optional: Single Room £295 Single Tent: £75Insurance: £114Trek | Duration: 31 DaysGrade: StrenuousOn Trek: 13 days Appointed Leadertbc? Cory Jones?Accommodation (nts): Hotels: 7 Camping: 12Optional: Single Room £190 Single Tent £65 Insurance: £99 Trekking Peak | Duration: 21 DaysOther Trekking Peaks - see pages 34, 52, 65, 69 & 70 £1,995£2,460Land OnlyFlight IncludedSat 16 Jul - Fri 05 Aug 11?Sat 06 Aug - Fri 26 Aug 11?Festival Aug onlyGrade: Strenuous (Expedition Grade)Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comLadakh The Indian SubcontinentStok Kangri 6,121m/20,082ft & Markha Valley Excellent acclimatisation makes this non-technical ridge ascent highly achievable.