• Geology of Kashmir & Ladakh

    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.
  • Geology of Kashmir & Ladakh

    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.
  • Geology of Kashmir & Ladakh

    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.
  • Geology of Kashmir & Ladakh

    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.
  • Geology of Kashmir & Ladakh

    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.
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London Delhi Srinagar Khunamah Sonamarg  Kargil  Nurla Leh   London


Geology Field Trip to Kashmir & Ladakh

Led by Dr Danny Clark-Lowes

03 to 18 August 2019

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Depart London Heathrow by direct British Airways for Delhi.

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Arrives Delhi 0820hrs

1Transfer to Hotel for an overnight stay. Rest of the day at leisure.

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Fly Delhi to Srinagar (altitude 1730 m).

Enjoy the ambience of life on a houseboat and take a late afternoon shikara ride on Nagin Lake. Check in Deluxe Houseboat for 3 nights.

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Srinagar. Visit the Mughul gardens and historic old town and enjoy free time to explore.

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Day trip to Khunamah (Guryul Ravine) to look at sedimentary rocks of the Permian /Triassic boundary and the basic volcanic rocks of the Panjal Traps. Return to Srinagar, overnight stay in Houseboat

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Drive to Sonamarg. Afternoon walk to Thajiwas glacier, observing typical glacial features.

Overnight stay at Sonamarg at The Villa Himalaya

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4Drive to Kargil (altitude 2676 m) via the spectacular Zoji La pass (3528 m), looking at the geology on the way. The geology includes highly deformed Triassic limestone, metamorphic rocks of Zanskar Crystalline, basic volcanic rocks of Panjal and Drass, granitic rocks of Kargil igneous complex and Indus Molasse. 

Night at Kargil at The Highland Mountain Resort & Spa

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Morning visit to the Museum of Central Asia (Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum) in Kargil, then drive to Nurla via Shergol valley and the Namika La (3718 m) and Fatu La (4108m) passes, taking in the rocks of the Indus Suture Zone (ISZ).

Visit Lamayuru monastery with panoramic views of the sediments of the now-empty Lamayuru lake (Moonland), considering why it is now empty. Descend to Nurla (altitude 3040 m) for overnight stay in Nurla The Apricot Tree 

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Morning relaxing at Nurla (optional walk along the Indus) then drive to Leh (altitude 3524m) after lunch, looking at geology en route. Evening visit to Leh market and Shankar Gompa and Leh market. Check in to The Grand Himalaya Leg for 3 nights.

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3Visit Thiksey monastery and Shey palace, getting both a close up and bird’s eye view of the rocks of the Ladakh Batholith on which they sit. Lunch at Shey.

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Visit Hemis monastery, which sits on the Indus Molasse, in the morning. Lunch and afternoon in Hemis National Park to look at the rock formations of the surrounding peaks. Visit Karu to see the contact between the Indus Molasse and Ladakh Batholith. Possible evening talk on Snow Leopard conservation.

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Leave after breakfast for Tso Morari high altitude lake. Observe the changing geology and glacial features displayed on route to the lake, as we leave behind the rocks of the Ladakh Batholith and see the dramatic turbidites of the Indus Tsangpo basin. 2 nights stay in well-appointed tented camps at Tso Morari.

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Study the mineralised Ordovician rocks around Tso Morari and consider their Tethyan origins. Walk around part of the Lake and note the varied birdlife.

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Return to Leh via mineralised hot springs. Afternoon free in Leh. 

Overnight in Leh The Grand Himalaya.

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Early morning transfer to Leh airport for flight to Delhi and stay Overnight at The Shangri La's Eros

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Transfer to Delhi International Airport for your direct flight to London on British Airways (arrival in London the same day).

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Dr Danny Clark-Lowes is a geologist, educated at Cambridge and London universities, who has given industry training courses on geology at locations throughout the world, as well as publishing scientific papers and books. He is also a mountaineer who has climbed in the Swiss Alps and in the Himalaya. He will lead this tour to Nepal which will look at aspects of the geology and geography of the spectacular Himalaya, and will help participants achieve an understanding of how mountain belts and their associated rock types are created through plate movements.

The Cost From

Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis                      £3,350.00

Single room supplement                                                  £640.00

 

Cost Includes:

  • International flights on British Airways.

  • Internal flights for Delhi-Srinagar & Leh - Delhi sectors in Economy Class.

  • Accommodation as per the itinerary in Double / Single rooms.

  • Meal Plan: All Meals except 2 nights in Delhi where breakfast and dinner is included.

  • All transfers and sightseeing by a chauffeur driven private air-conditioned vehicles throughout.

  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.

  • Services of Dr Danny Clark-Lowes (Geologist) as Trip Leader

  • Entrance fees to all monuments during sightseeing as specified in your itinerary.

  • Complimentary mineral water whilst driving.

 

Cost does not include:

  • Visa Fee for India.

  • Any expenses of a personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, beverages, gratuities etc

  • Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest.

  • Travel Insurance.

  • To book this tour , please compete the booking form, sign and e-mail it to us. A non-refundable deposit of £500.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure. You can make the deposit payment by debit card or electronic transfers to our bank. Our Bank details are on the booking form. Bookings are confirmed on first come first served basis. When the tour is full we will take about 5 additional names on the waiting list to replace their booking with any cancellations etc.
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  quote-mark  That trip changed my life” was – and is – said by each of the 70 students who have been on one of our three A-level Earth Science trips to the Indian Himalaya. It is easy to understand why. From the shock of the heat, the cacophony, the colour and the smells of Delhi to the vast remoteness of the mountains, every day – every hour – brings something new and unexpected and challenging. What had been learned in the classroom or from textbooks is brought into stark focus. The features are clear; kilometre-scale folds astonish even the non-scientists; that hanging valley still has its glacier and the meltwater is rushing beside you. There are granites in astonishing variety, gneiss and schists to die for and sedimentary processes happening before your eyes. In the high Himalaya, uninhabited apart from the summer nomadic goatherds, there are four days of complete remoteness, and the students react positively to this novelty. We were thought foolhardy – even mad - when in 2008 we first proposed the programme but it proved the most successful field trip our Earth Science department had ever run so we repeated it twice more with equal success. The key factor was the advice and support provided by Indus tours. They organised the logistics of the journey and when there were difficulties – either before or during the trip – Indus solved them efficiently and swiftly. It is extremely reassuring and, in our experience rare, to receive regular phone calls from the company boss, based in London, asking if all is well. That is the kind of personal service Indus has always provided. This trip is challenging in many ways; physically, socially, culturally and emotionally but of the seventy students acknowledged that those challenges are what made the trip especially memorable. By the way, it changed my life too. quote-mark2

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