Spangmarmo, Nubra Valley, Ladakh 2017

The area between Hundar and Turtok in the Nubra Valley was only opened up within the last five years. This was due to its proximity to the closed border with Pakistan.

The border remains closed but within the last two years the area has been designated accessible with an inner line permit from the police station in Leh. This permit is cheap and easily obtainable.

This remote and wild area has a number of traditional routes that cross from one valley system into another, one of these is the Spangmarmo Lungpa.

Ladakh Trek

The route can be seen on the map above starting at Nurla and finishing close to Yaglung.

I cannot with any degree of certainty advise if this trek has ever been accomplished by a western group and cannot advise as to how difficult it is. It is however a real adventure waiting to be undertaken.

Following on from our success on Telthop in 2014 it is now my intention to assemble a small team to do this trek ( South to North ) in July/Aug ( Dates TBC ) in 2017. The team will be supported by RIMO expeditions who will provide horses, guides, tents, cook team and tent etc, all the trappings of a supported expedition.

Crossing a river on our 2014 Telthop expedition

Crossing a river on our 2014 Telthop expedition

There is a high pass (5400m) to cross, rivers that will have no bridges, moraines to cross etc but I am advised that this trek can be undertaken in seven days. ( Outside of acclimatisation and rest days )

There are also a number of circa 6000m peaks on the northern side of the high pass, none of these have been climbed, there are no pictures of them anywhere, they have not been assessed for climbing. It is also my intention to spend as many days ( hopefully 5 ) in this area as we can exploring these peaks. These peaks require a permit from the IMF and an X visa from the Indian govt to be officially climbed but there are real opportunities for substantial exploration of the mountains there.

A rough outline itinerary is as follows.

Day 01: Depart UK

Day 02: Arrive Delhi . Transfer to hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Leh

Day 04 : Leh

Day 05: Drive to Tingmosgang / Tia. O/N Hotel

Day 06 to 17: Trek across to Largyabla in Nubra and recce enroute.

Day 18: Drive to Leh

Day 19: Fly to Delhi. O/N

Day 20: Fly to UK.

Approaching the L.La pass ( Credit Steve Garret )

Approaching the L.La pass ( Credit Steve Garret )

If I can assemble a team of approx 7 the cost will be circa £2000 p/person ( exc international and internal flights, the cost of which are around £800 ) Putting this into perspective Jagged Globe charge £3500 approx for a similar expedition in the area.

If you want a single room and tent there will be an additional cost of £250

Cost includes; airport transfers, 2 nights mid range hotel in Delhi on twin sharing inclusive of breakfast , hotel in Leh and Tingmosgang on twin sharing with all meals, 12 nights camping with full trek services, transport to and from trek point, cook , helper, Sherpa, all meals.

Cost does not include: airfares, meals in Delhi, items of any personal nature such as drinks, tips, etc, rescue, change in itinerary due to landslides, floods, natural calamities, extra transport.

The Old palace in Leh (2014)

The Old palace in Leh (2014)

This is NOT a hand holding expedition, I will supply all the info you need for kit, risks, booking etc etc etc but you will need to apply for your visa, book your flights, have the right kit and be fit enough to undertake this. There is no guarantee of success, I have not been there before and know of no-one who has. The area has no rescue service, there are no helicopters, it is remote and wild and this is an opportunity to take part in a real adventure.

Interested ? contact me on chrishorobin@blueyonder.co.uk or on 07785 343519.

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