Geology of Kashmir & Ladakh
On this tour we will experience the rich culture of this most northerly state of India, the Himalayan Jammu and Kashmir,contrasting the beauty and charm of the Srinagar valley with the splendour of the Ladakh mountains. Transport will be in comfortable vehicles, on tar and dirt roads through wild valleys and over high passes (going up to 5,000 metres above sea level). We will get the chance to trek in remote valleys, up to a glacier snout and to the suture between the Indian and Asian plates. We will visit Buddhist monasteries and temples perched on remote hillsides. Accommodation in Srinagar will be in period houseboats on Nagin Lake, the prettier of the two famous Srinagar lakes. Elsewhere we will stay in good hotels, locallodges and at a well-appointed camp at Tso Moriri. Here we will be in a Wetland Conservation Reserve with our camp located on the margins of one of India’s largest high altitude lakes, adjacent to outcrops of mineralised Ordovician rocks. This trip is suitable for amateur geologists, those with an interest in learning some geology and those who simply enjoy being in the mountains.