This 1000km trek traverses the entire Western Himalaya, starting at Dharchula on the western border of Nepal, it cuts through the dense knot of the Nanda Devi and Gangotri group of mountains, crosses into the valleys of Lahaul and eventually ends at Kargil. It crosses the regions of Kumaon, Garhwal, Lahaul, Spiti and Zanskar.
I attempted this route in 2007 with varying degrees of success. The main problem we encountered with red tape from the Indian Government with obtaining permits to access the various regions.
Details for each sector are listed below:
- Sector 1: Darma to Milam Valley via Ralam Pass (5630m)
- Sector 2: Ralam, Martoli, Traill’s pass and down the Pinder Valley
- Sector 3: Khati to Joshimath via Kuwari Pass
- Sector 4: Joshimath to Gangotri via Kalindi Khal
- Sector 5: Gangotri, Harsil to Chitkul via Lamkhaga Pass
- Sector 6: Chitkul to Morang via Charang Pass
- Sector 7: Morang to Kibber
- Sector 8: Kibber – Parang La – Tso Moriri
- Sector 9: Tso Moriri to Rumste
- Sector 10: Rumtse to Leh