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Run to the hills

Run to the hills
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First Published: Fri, Apr 22 2011. 09 19 PM IST

Vale of a time: A view of Turtuk in Ladakh.Photo  by Gaurav Schimar.
Vale of a time: A view of Turtuk in Ladakh.Photo by Gaurav Schimar.
Updated: Fri, Apr 22 2011. 09 19 PM IST
The trekking and mountaineering season is upon us. Famous trails and secluded routes open up for the year, with the promise of spectacular vistas and unimaginable calm.
But first, it might help to go through a bit of “Mountaineering 101”. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling runs a popular annual series of basic and advanced mountaineering courses for adults and children. The schedule is available at http://www.himalayanmountaineering institute.com, and the three-week courses cost Rs 4,000 for adults and Rs 2,000 for children.
Vale of a time: A view of Turtuk in Ladakh.Photo by Gaurav Schimar.
Once you’re up to spec, it’s time to hit the trails. Ladakh Eco Trips is offering a number of interesting packages. There’s a five-day trip to the Turtuk region near Leh for Rs 35,000 for two persons (including boarding, lodging, transportation and guide but excluding airfare to Leh).
If you’re up for something longer, there’s a 10-day trek through the remote Rumbak Valley, known as the “snow leopard” capital of Ladakh. The trip will take you through a number of locations in the Hemis National Park, including Rumbak, Tarbung Valley, Tarbungphu, Ganda La Base Camp, Yurutse and Kharlung Valley. The trip costs Rs 69,000 for two people, and includes shared accommodation for all 10 days. For details on both trips, email info@ladakhecotrips.com, or call Nurbu at 09871511133.
Krish Raghav
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First Published: Fri, Apr 22 2011. 09 19 PM IST