Kargiakh (High Altitude Trek)

Team members will fly into New Delhi and take a domestic flight to Leh 11,500 ft (capital of (Ladakh). After acclimatizing in Leh and a 2-day fieldwork, we drive from to village Reru 12,628 feet. Following morning set on a trek which is high in altitude, rough, challenging and lies above the Himalayan tree line. All field sites are located between 12,000 ft – 13,500 ft., We trek and set camps at the villages of, Reru 12,628 ft , Purne 12,150 ft, Testa 12, 950 ft, Kargiakh 13,300 ft and finally after crossing over Shingo La pass 16,700 ft at Palmo/Chikka 11,500 ft. A drive from Chikka brings us to Manali 6,600 ft.

The region is Buddist dominated, peaceful and quiet but it is high, remote and rough. 7 months out of the year it is cut off from the rest of the world due to extreme cold and heavy snow accumulations.

Note: This is a very demanding trek with minimal comfort. It involves high altitude trekking (all of it above tree-line) in a rough mountainous terrain. Please take time to grasp the reality of this and conduct a personal inventory on yourself before signing-up.

Given the global outbreak of the novel corona virus (COVID-19), along with surrounding unpredictable circumstances and travel restrictions, we have cancelled all 2020 expeditions. The health and safety of our medical team members and staff is of the utmost importance, in addition to the populations we serve. We expect to return to a full schedule starting in early 2021 depending on the easing of travel restrictions.