Can you help me identify this area in Ladakh?

#1 Mar 26th, 2009, 20:03
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Hi,

I have been looking on Google Earth at Ladakh and have found this area that looks interesting for a possible trek up a valley towards a glacier and a high peak beyond, although I do not wish to climb the peak!

Could someone possibly have a look at the linked .KMZ file below in Google Earth and tell me if this is a known trekking route or even just the name of the valley?

Thanks very much

KMZ FILE LINK HERE
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Originally Posted by Sharpened Lyrics View Post Hi,

I have been looking on Google Earth at Ladakh and have found this area that looks interesting for a possible trek up a valley towards a glacier and a high peak beyond, although I do not wish to climb the peak!

Could someone possibly have a look at the linked .KMZ file below in Google Earth and tell me if this is a known trekking route or even just the name of the valley?

Thanks very much

KMZ FILE LINK HERE
If you keep "Wikimapia" layer enabled (ticked) in Google Earth, you will find your place mark is at the bottom of the "Sakang Glacier" and the two peaks at the head of the Valley are Mount Saser Kangri III (7,495m) to the right and Mount Saser Kangri I (7,672m) to the left.

The valley marked by you is starting from north of Sumer Village which is at the junction of Nubra & Shyok Rivers. Sumo/Jeeps from Leh can reach you to Sumer in the Nubra Valley, in 5-6 hours (i think). I am not aware of trekkability to the place-mark put by you, but I have been to Sumer to see the Monastry there. I think the trek should be doable ... and some trekking companies in Leh will be able to say, if there is a regular trek route going up there.
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That's brilliant, thanks very much for the quick and detailed reply
At least I now know what it's called so I can ask the trekking companies, as you suggest.
Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by Sharpened Lyrics View Post That's brilliant, thanks very much for the quick and detailed reply
At least I now know what it's called so I can ask the trekking companies, as you suggest.
Thanks again.
Good to know that helped. Here is the page from my Blog, with a picture of the Sumer-Gompa and some details of the drive from Leh to Sumer

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Should be a nice hike, though I suspect Ladakhi agencies usually donīt take trekkers there or know much about it if they indeed know anything at all about it. I would bet on locals.

The area is kind of inner-inner line, super sensitive, as it is fairly close to Siachen and to the international border to Sinkiang. I think the Indian goverment, for good reason (several wars), keep tabs on everyone moving in the areas, even on travelling Indian citizens and it may not be too keen on foreigners going for a hike. I may be wrong on this point: permitting trekking and climbing is a way to demonstrate suzerainity to the international community.

Otherwise there are hundreds of out of the way hikes to do in Ladakh, Zanskar and Rupshu, and the Indian goverment has not made its business where you trek as long as you donīt go close to the borders. In many regards I find it far more interesting and rewarding than hiking in Nepal.

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