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Ladakh - Leh, the Markha Valley Trek and a brief visit to Delhi and Agra

In August 2007 we traveled to Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas. It had been 10 years since we met on the trek to K2 Base Camp in 1997 and we decided to return to that part of the world to celebrate. Ladakh is politically part of India but in every other aspect - culture, religion and population - it is really Tibetan. After a few days in Leh, the capital of the region, we went on an eight-day trek in the remote Markha Valley, an area it seemed that time has forgotten. Our group was comprised of 10 people - all British except for me. At the end of the trek we spent a few days in India visiting Delhi with the group, and then off on our own to Agra, the Taj Mahal and Fatepuhr Sikri. The trip was organized by KE Adventure Travel, who had organized the original K2 Trek that started it all.

Click on the links below to view a series of photo albums for different parts of the trip as described below:

Leh and surrounding area
Photos of the town of Leh and surrounding areas, and the drive up to the 18,000+ ft high Kardung La ("the highest motorable road in the world") (61 photos)
Monasteries near Leh
Photos of the monasteries ("gompas") near Leh: Thiksey, Shey and Hemis (88 photos)
Lingshed Hostel photos
Photos of the children at the Lingshed Hostel just outside Leh. These are children from a remote area of Zanskar who live in this hostel, run by Buddhist monks, and attend local schools. Some of us visited the hostel one afternoon while we were in Leh, and the children were totally charming and all clamored to have their photos taken (and to take photos with our cameras). These are the photos that I took of them. (40 photos)
Markha Valley Trek Part 1
Markha Valley Trek Part 2
The Markha Valley trek - eight days, seven nights camping in the fantastic Markha Valley - not very far from Leh, but seemingly the land that time forgot. Part 1 covers days 1 through 4, Part 2, days 5 through 8. (Part 1 - 115 photos, Part 2 - 129 photos)
Giles and the Goat
The adventures of Giles and the goat that formed an attachment to him at the camp at Nimaling, our penultimate night on trek. Unedited photos for the benefit of those who were on the trek - you kinda had to be there.(46 photos)
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Agra, the Taj Mahal and Fatehpuhr Sikri
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Alternatively, you can view the photos from the trip in the books created using Blurb, a self-publishing company. There are two separate books, one for the entire trip in general, and one small book of just the photos of the children of the Lingshed Hostel who we had visited with while in Leh.

Clicking on the icon on the top right of the book cover will open the book in full screen.(Full screen icon may not appear in Safari; book preview may not appear properly in Microsoft Edge - best viewed using Chrome or Firefox.)


 A Visit to Lingshed Hostel