18 August 2006

Book Review: Trekking in Ladakh, by Charlie Loram, *****

This is the fully revised third edition of Charlie Loram's practical guide to low-impact trekking in this high altitude region of northwest India. The spectacular natural landscape of immense mountains, wild deserts and deep gorges, combined with a thriving Tibetan-Buddhist culture makes Ladakh (Little Tibet) one of the most fascinating destinations in the Himalaya.

72 detailed trekking maps - Comprehensive trail descriptions and 72 maps covering both classic and lesser-known routes throughout: Central and Western Ladakh; Nubra; Rupshu; Zanskar; also includes Stok Kangri trekking peak.

All the practical information you need - planning your trip and getting to Ladakh from North America, Europe, Australasia and other parts of Asia; arranging a trek - whatever your style of trekking, from a short backpacking trip to a fully-guided expedition; health and mountain safety; history, culture and language. Plus - City guides to Leh, Delhi, and Manali.

This is the best TREKKING guidebook on Ladakh available, and is likely to remain valuable for many years as not much changes in the treks of this region, even if new roads are built and construction continues in the towns.

The format is small enough to fit in your pocket as you trek and the bound edition ensures durability. Practically all treks in the regions are described in details, and excellent hand drawn maps complete job.

You also get intro chapters on India and  planning tips.

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