Treks

(Last update April 2021)

 (excluding treks to volcanoes and other summits - refer to specific page - and treks less than 5 days unless of significant interest) (data for treks before 2005 might be missing)

Up to now, I have completed 46 treks (including 18 treks in the Himalayas & Karakoram).

 

My top 10

India : Trek in Zanskar & from Zanskar to Ladakh (from Kargil to Lamayuru, thru Pensi La, Padum, Karsha &  Lingshed) (1978)

Nepal : Everest Base Camp via Gokyo lakes & Island Peak Base Camp (18 days, 180 kms, - 10 400 m, + 10 400 m) (2006)

India : 'Chadar' trek (from Ladakh to Zanskar on partly frozen Zanskar River) (15 days) (2004)

Bhutan : Snowman trek (21 days, 314 kms, - 14 000 m, + 14 000 m) (2015)

Peru : Cordiliera Blanca trek (9 days, 98 kms, - 4283 m, + 4795 m) & Cordillera Huayhuash trek (9 days, 130 kms, - 6 137 m, + 5 630 m) (2012)

Pakistan : K2 & Broad Peak Base Camps trek (15 days, 207 kms, - 5010 m, + 5013 m) (2017)

India : Milam Glacier, Nanda Devi East climbers Base Camp & Nanda Devi trekkers Base Camp trek (17 days, 184 kms, - 7 402 m, + 7 392 m) (2019)

Nepal : Lower & Upper Dolpo trek (25 days, about 300 kms, - 14 200 m, + 14 200 m) (2005)

China :  Badain Jaran Desert trek (12 days, 185 kms, - 8 264 m, + 7 278 m) (2013)

Egypt : Sahara el Beyda (White Desert) trek (5 days, 67 kms, - 430 m, + 430 m) (2007)

 

 

Africa

 

Egypt

Sahara el Beyda (White Desert) trek (5 days, 67 kms, - 430 m, + 430 m) (December 2007)

 

Guinea

Fouta Djalon trek (6 days) (January 2006)

 

Kenya

Mount Kenya trek (Sirimon route, Summit Circuit, Peak Lenana & Chogoria route) (6 days, 59 kms, - 3 080 m, + 3 457 m) (January 2019)

 

 

Americas

 

Colombia

El Cocuy trek (6 days, 71 kms, - 4 080 m, + 4 120 m) (January 2012)

 

Peru

Cordiliera Vilcabamba trek, from Cachora to Choquequirao and Huancacalle (& Espiritu Pampa, last refuge of the Incas) (8 days, 92 kms, -6 900 m, + 6 900 m) (June-July 2017)

Ausangate & Cordiliera Vilcanota trek, from Tinqui to Phinaya (8 days, 91 kms, - 2 750 m, + 3 990 m) (June 2017)

Los Cedros trek in Cordiliera Blanca (13 days, 143 kms, - 7 533 m, + 7 816 m) (July-August 2013)

Cordiliera Blanca trek (9 days, 98 kms, - 4283 m, + 4795 m) & Cordillera Huayhuash trek (9 days, 130 kms, - 6 137 m, + 5 630 m) (July 2012)

Chachapoyas trek (Kuelap) (6 days) (August 2002)

Camino del Inca (July 1979)

 

USA

Grand Canyon (down : South Kaibab trail, up : Bright Angel trail) (April 2019)

 

 

Asia

 

Azerbaidjan

Greater Caucasus trek (from Laza to Xinaliq trek) (3 days, 23 kms, - 2440 m, + 2460 m) (June 2010)

 

Bhutan

Snowman trek (21 days, 314 kms, -14 000 m, 14 000 m) (September October 2015)

 

China

Xinjiang : Shaksgam & K2 North Base Camp trek (11 days, 183 kms, - 4 225 m, + 4 225 m) (September October 2016)

Inner Mongolia : Badain Jaran Desert trek (12 days, 185 kms, - 8 264 m, + 7 278 m) (September October 2013)

Sichuan : Kham trek (Kham is part of historical Tibet) (4 days, 80 kms, - 1 140 m, + 1 000 m) (April 2007)

Yunnan : Upper Yang Tse Kiang Gorges trek (8 days) (March 2005)

Tibet : Mt Kailash (Tibetan sacred mountain)  Khora (3 days) (circumambulation aroune Mt Kailash) (May 2002)

 

India

Uttarakhand : Trek in Kumaon ; Milam Glacier, Nanda Devi East climbers Base Camp & Nanda Devi trekkers Base Camp (17 days, 184 kms, - 7 402 m, + 7 392 m) (October 2019)

Kinnaur : Pin Valley trek (3 days, 82 kms, - 2 130 m, + 1 720 m) (June 2009)

Sikkim : Kanchenjunga East Base Camp (12 days, 175 kms, - 10 287 m, + 9 253 m) (October November 2007)

Jammu and Kashmir : 'Chadar' trek (from Ladakh to Zanskar on partly frozen Zanskar River) (15 days) (January February 2004)

Trek in Zanskar & from Zanskar to Ladakh (from Kargil to Lamayuru, thru Pensi La, Padum, Karsha &  Lingshed) (July August 1978)

 

Indonesia

Irian Jaya (Papua) : Korowaï tribe trek (11 days) (July 2002)

Irian Jaya (Papua) : Dani tribe trek in Baliem Valley (August 1976)

Sulawesi : Tana Toraja trek (3 days) (August 1976)

 

Mongolia

Tsaatan trek (west of Khövsgöl lake) (13 days, 253 kms, - 2 355 m, + 2 142 m) (September October 2007)

Gobi desert trek in winter (5 days, 60 kms, - 900 m, + 900 m) (February 2006)

 

Nepal

Dhaulagiri Base Camp trek, Khopra trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek (20 days, 281 kms, - 14 933 m, + 15 140 m) (October 2014)

Rupina La, Tsum Valley & Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek ; Great Himalaya trail & Paldor Base Camp trek (29 days, 193 kms, - 22 000 m, + 23 700 m) (Oct. Nov. 2013)

Kanchenjunga Base Camps North & South (21 days, 263kms, - 12 850 m, + 13 425 m) (September October 2012)

Tamang Heritage Trail, Helambu, Gosainkund & Langtang trek (26 days, 351 kms, - 18 850 m, + 18 850 m) (October 2011)

Manaslu Base Camp & Around Annapurna trek (25 days, 280 kms, - 17 570 m, + 19 260 m) (October November 2010)

Makalu Base Camp trek (23 days, 157 kms, - 12 400 m, + 12 400 m) (October November 2009)

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo lakes & Island Peak base camp (18 days, 180 kms, - 10 400 m, + 10 400 m) (October November 2006)

Lower & Upper Dolpo trek (25 days, about 300 kms, - 14 200 m, + 14 200 m) (September October 2005)

Mustang trek (14 days) (April May 1993)

Pokhara to Kali Gandhaki trek (still no roads there then !) (March April 1977)

 

Pakistan

Nanga Parbat trek (3 days, 27 kms, - 1200 m, + 1200 m) (October 2017)

K2 & Broad Peak Base Camps trek (15 days, 207 kms, - 5010 m, + 5013 m) (September-October 2017)

 

Timor Leste

Builico to Same trek (3 days) (September 2004)

 

Vietnam

Several treks in North Vietnam tribal areas, close to Chinese & Laotian borders (27 days, 211 kms, - 7 825 m, + 6 035 m) (April May 2008)

 

 

Atlantic Ocean

 

Cabo Verde

Santo Antão : Chã de Monte to Lugar de Gem trek (9 days) (April 2002)

 

 

Indian Ocean

 

France

Corsica : Southern half of GR20 (6 days, 81 kms, - 4 500 m, + 3 800 m) (June 2007)

 

Italy

Cinqueterre trek (3 days, 47 kms, - 1 660 m, + 1 660 m) (April 2010)

 

 

Indian Ocean

 

TAAF

Kerguelen : Port-aux-Français to Ratmanoff, Bras Jules Laboureur & Port-Couvreux (5 days) (November 2003)

 

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