India Winter Mountaineering Course – Leh

Trip Type: Mountaineering Course - Winter
Region: Ladakh
Grade: Challenging
Duration: 15 Days
Max Altitude: 6000m
Best Season: Jan
Trip Begins: Leh / Ends: Leh
Batch Dates: 12/01/2024 - 26/01/2024
Trip Cost

Fixed Departure: 12th Jan 2024 – 26th Jan 2024

Price Details:

For Indian Nationals:
Course Fee: INR 185,000
GST (5%): INR 9,250
Total Price: INR 194,250

For Foreign Nationals:
Course Fee: USD 2800 – Inclusive of Permits and Taxes.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need further information about the Winter Mountaineering Course or any other inquiries, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team is dedicated to assisting you and ensuring that your mountaineering experience with Above14000ft is truly remarkable.

India Winter Mountaineering Course – Conquer the Harshness of Winter Peaks.

The India Winter Mountaineering Course is designed for climbers who possess some experience in technical climbing and high-altitude conditions. This intensive 15-day course is specifically tailored to provide participants with the skills and conditioning necessary for winter ascents and preparation for tackling 7000m and 8000m peaks in the spring and summer seasons.

India Winter Mountaineering Course – Location and Base Camp.

Our India Winter Mountaineering Course takes place near Rumtse Village in the breathtaking region of Ladakh. The winter base camp is strategically positioned close to the Changthang Plateau, which is part of the expansive Tibetan Plateau. With an average elevation ranging from 4200m to 5000m, the Changthang Plateau experiences extreme high altitude and is subject to powerful continental winds. Despite its latitude, the temperature in this region can be Arctic-like, with daytime temperatures barely rising above freezing and night temperatures plummeting to -35 degrees Celsius or lower during storms.

Winter Mountaineering Challenges and Skill Development.

Throughout the 15-day course, our primary focus is to condition the body and mind to thrive in the harsh winter climate. Participants will learn essential mountaineering tasks and develop skills specifically tailored for winter mountaineering and extreme high-altitude environments. Under the guidance of our experienced instructors, you will practice and refine techniques suitable for winter expeditions, including navigating treacherous terrain, managing extreme cold temperatures, and performing tasks efficiently in challenging weather conditions.

Course Objectives:

The main objective of the India Winter Mountaineering Course is not solely summiting a peak. However, if conditions are favorable, we will seize the opportunity to put our newly acquired skills to the test on one of the two unnamed 6000m peaks situated near the base camp. This serves as an exciting culmination of the course, allowing participants to apply their knowledge and experience the thrill of winter mountaineering in a real-world setting.

Join Us for the Ultimate Winter Mountaineering Experience.

If you are ready to push your limits and conquer the harshness of winter peaks, the India Winter Mountaineering Course is the perfect adventure for you. Gain invaluable skills, develop mental and physical fortitude, and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring landscapes of Ladakh. Embrace the challenge and embark on a transformative journey that will prepare you for future mountaineering endeavours.

India Winter Mountaineering Course – Objectives

Embark on an extraordinary winter mountaineering journey and achieve the following objectives during the India Winter Mountaineering Course:

1. Practice Expedition Travel and Mountaineering Skills

Gain hands-on experience in expedition travel and develop essential mountaineering skills. Learn the art of efficient movement in the mountains, navigation techniques, and effective camp management. Enhance your abilities to function as a cohesive team in challenging winter environments.

2. Acclimatise Your Body and Mind to Extreme Cold

Condition your body and mind to thrive in extreme cold environments. Acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to stay warm, protect yourself from frostbite, and manage cold-related injuries. Learn about proper layering, insulation, and frostbite prevention strategies to ensure your safety and comfort in harsh winter conditions.

3. Perform Everyday Mountaineering Tasks in Extreme Cold

Master the art of performing mountaineering tasks in extremely cold environments. Learn how to efficiently pack your gear, manage ropes and climbing equipment, and handle technical ice climbing techniques in freezing temperatures. Develop the confidence and competence to execute essential mountaineering tasks with precision and safety.

4. Build Confidence in Moving Camps and Carrying Loads

Develop confidence in moving camps and carrying loads in the mountains. Acquire the skills and techniques necessary to adapt to high-altitude environments, live comfortably in the Himalayas, and efficiently carry and distribute loads in challenging winter conditions. Learn strategies for load management, pacing, and conserving energy during demanding mountaineering expeditions.

5. Understand High Altitude Physiology and Acclimatisation

Gain knowledge about the physiological and psychological aspects of climbing at high altitudes. Understand the effects of altitude on the human body and learn proper acclimatisation processes to mitigate the risks of altitude-related illnesses. Develop a comprehensive understanding of altitude sickness, pulmonary and cerebral edema, and effective measures for prevention and treatment.

6. Learn Cold and High Altitude Injury Management

Acquire the skills to deal with common cold and high altitude injuries effectively. Learn how to recognize and respond to frostbite, acute mountain sickness (AMS), pulmonary and cerebral edema, and other cold and high-altitude-related injuries. Understand the appropriate first aid techniques, emergency protocols, and evacuation procedures to ensure the well-being and safety of yourself and your team.

7. Embrace Leave No Trace Practices (LNT)

Develop a strong commitment to environmental conservation and sustainability through Leave No Trace (LNT) practices. Learn how to minimize your impact on the natural surroundings, preserve the fragile ecosystems of the mountains, and promote responsible mountaineering practices. Gain a deep appreciation for the interconnectedness of nature and the importance of leaving the mountains as pristine as you found them.
Embark on this transformative winter mountaineering course and unlock your potential as a skilled and responsible mountaineer. Experience the thrill of conquering extreme conditions while developing invaluable skills and knowledge that will serve you in your future mountaineering endeavours.

Itinerary
DAY 01

Arrival in Leh (3300m)- Welcome to the Heart of the Trans-Himalayas

As you step foot in the enchanting town of Leh, located in the mesmerizing Ladakh region, you will immediately feel the essence of the majestic Himalayas surrounding you. Upon your arrival, take a moment to soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of this high-altitude destination, known for its rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes.
In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to meet with our experienced trip leader who will guide you through the upcoming adventure. During the briefing session, our trip leader will provide you with essential information about the India Winter Mountaineering Course and address any questions or concerns you may have. This interactive session will ensure that you are well-prepared and fully informed before embarking on this remarkable journey.
Leh, with its vibrant markets, ancient monasteries, and warm local hospitality, offers a perfect setting to start your mountaineering expedition. Take some time to explore the town, immerse yourself in the local culture, and acclimatize to the high-altitude environment. Get a taste of the delicious Ladakhi cuisine, browse through the colorful handicrafts, or simply unwind and absorb the serene atmosphere that surrounds you.
Overnight in Leh, where you can enjoy a restful sleep, knowing that the adventure of a lifetime awaits you in the coming days.

DAY 02

Acclimatization Walk in Leh - Preparing for the High Altitude

Duration: 3-5 hours

In the picturesque town of Leh, nestled amidst the mighty Himalayas, it is crucial to give your body the time it needs to adjust to the high altitude. Today, we have planned a local acclimatization walk to help prepare you for the challenges ahead.
As you step out into the crisp mountain air, accompanied by our knowledgeable guides, you will embark on a gentle stroll through the scenic surroundings of Leh. This acclimatization walk serves multiple purposes – it allows your body to adapt to the thin air, helps improve oxygen intake, and minimizes the risk of altitude-related discomfort.
During the walk, you will have the opportunity to explore the charming streets of Leh, marvel at the traditional Ladakhi architecture, and interact with the friendly locals who call this place home. Take in the panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks that surround the town, as you gradually acclimatize to the higher altitudes.
Our experienced guides will provide valuable insights into the local culture, history, and geography, making the acclimatization walk not only physically beneficial but also culturally enriching. Feel free to ask questions and immerse yourself in the unique charm of this mountainous region.
As you walk through the enchanting landscapes, dotted with prayer flags fluttering in the wind and monasteries perched on hilltops, take a moment to appreciate the serenity and tranquility that surrounds you. Allow yourself to be captivated by the beauty of Leh, as you prepare for the exciting journey that lies ahead.
After the acclimatization walk, you will have the rest of the day to relax, explore Leh at your own pace, and further acclimatize to the high altitude. Indulge in delicious local cuisine, visit the bustling bazaars, or simply take some time to rest and rejuvenate.
Overnight in Leh, where you can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep, knowing that your body is gradually adjusting to the altitude, preparing you for the thrilling adventures that await you in the days to come.

DAY 03

Leh Monastery Climb - A Spiritual Journey to 4000m

Duration: 4-6 hours

As the sun rises over the majestic mountains of Leh, we embark on a soul-stirring climb to the renowned Leh Monastery, situated at an elevation of 4000m. This spiritual journey will not only take us to great heights but also offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.
Accompanied by our experienced guides, we begin our ascent towards the Leh Monastery, a sacred place that holds deep cultural and religious significance for the people of Ladakh. As we make our way up the winding path, the air becomes thinner, and the sense of tranquility intensifies.
The Leh Monastery, also known as the Namgyal Tsemo Monastery, stands proudly atop a hill, overlooking the picturesque town of Leh. With its ancient architecture, colorful prayer flags, and intricate Buddhist artwork, the monastery exudes an aura of serenity and spirituality.
Reaching the monastery, we pause to catch our breath and absorb the peaceful atmosphere that surrounds us. From this vantage point, we are rewarded with panoramic views of Leh town, nestled in the valley below, and the snow-capped peaks that form a majestic backdrop.
Inside the monastery, we have the opportunity to witness Buddhist rituals and prayers, immersing ourselves in the rich cultural heritage of the region. The scent of incense fills the air as monks chant ancient mantras, creating a sense of harmony and enlightenment.
After spending time in the monastery, we begin our descent back to Leh, allowing our bodies to adjust to the changing altitude. As we make our way down the trail, we can reflect on the spiritual experience we have had and appreciate the beauty of the natural surroundings.
Back in Leh, you have the rest of the day to relax, explore the town further, or engage in personal activities. Indulge in the local cuisine, visit the vibrant markets, or simply take a leisurely stroll through the quaint streets, soaking in the unique charm of this Himalayan town.
As night falls, find comfort in your accommodations, knowing that you have taken a significant step in acclimatizing to the high altitude of Leh. Let the peacefulness of the monastery and the memories of the day’s journey guide you into a restful sleep, preparing you for the adventures that lie ahead.
Overnight in Leh, where the blending of spirituality, natural beauty, and warm hospitality create an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Himalayas.

DAY 04

Setting Base Camp at Rumtse (4200m) - Acclimatization and Preparation

Duration: Drive 3 hours

Leaving the enchanting town of Leh behind, we embark on a scenic drive towards Rumtse, our gateway to the rugged terrains of the Changthang Plateau. After approximately 3 hours on the road, we arrive at our Base Camp, nestled at an altitude of 4200m.
Upon reaching Base Camp, our dedicated team ensures that all the necessary arrangements are in place, allowing you to settle in comfortably. The campsite is strategically located, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the vast expanse of the Changthang Plateau.
To aid in the acclimatization process, we embark on an invigorating acclimatization walk, gradually ascending to an elevation of 4800m. This allows our bodies to adapt to the increasing altitude and prepares us for the challenges that lie ahead.
As we hike along the rugged trails, the crisp mountain air fills our lungs, invigorating our spirits and reminding us of the raw beauty of the Himalayas. The panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks and expansive valleys create a sense of awe and wonder.
Reaching the acclimatization point at 4800m, we take a moment to absorb the surroundings, appreciating the grandeur of the mountainous landscape. Here, surrounded by pristine beauty, we pause to reflect on our journey and the remarkable opportunities that await us.
After immersing ourselves in the serene atmosphere, we begin our descent back to Base Camp, where warm hospitality and a hearty meal await. The evening is spent in the company of fellow mountaineers, sharing stories and experiences, and preparing ourselves mentally and physically for the days to come.
As night falls over the Base Camp, the peacefulness of the mountains envelopes us, creating a sense of tranquility and anticipation. Rest assured, our experienced team ensures that all your needs are taken care of, allowing you to rest and recharge for the challenges that lie ahead.
Overnight at Base Camp, where the camaraderie of the mountaineering community and the serenity of the Himalayan surroundings combine to create a truly unforgettable experience.

DAY 05 - 14

On the Mountain: Training and Adventurous Ascents

Duration: Multiple hours

As we venture deeper into the heart of the Himalayas, our focus turns to intensive training and honing our mountaineering skills in the winter environment. Over the next 10 days, we will be immersed in a comprehensive program that covers various aspects of snow craft, ice craft, glacier travel, self-arrest techniques, and crevasse rescue.
Acclimatization remains a key priority during this period. Our experienced instructors ensure that we gradually adapt to the high altitude and extreme weather conditions, enabling us to perform at our best while ensuring our safety.
The program curriculum encompasses a range of essential mountaineering skills tailored specifically for the winter environment. Through hands-on training and practical exercises, we will become proficient in snow and ice craft, mastering techniques such as building snow and ice anchors, executing efficient belay systems, and navigating glaciers with confidence.
The training sessions are designed to instill confidence and proficiency, equipping us with the necessary tools to face the challenges of winter mountaineering. Under the guidance of our skilled instructors, we will learn essential self-arrest techniques to ensure our safety on steep slopes, as well as effective crevasse rescue methods that can make all the difference in emergency situations.
In addition to the training, we have an exciting opportunity to put our newly acquired skills to the test. Weather and conditions permitting, we will attempt a thrilling ascent of a nearby unnamed 6000m peak. This adventure will serve as the culmination of our training, providing a real-world application of the techniques and knowledge we have gained throughout the course.
During this ascent, we will travel independently and unsupported, forming small teams that will navigate the winter terrain, set up camps, and undertake the challenges of high-altitude climbing. Rest assured, our experienced guides will be there every step of the way, ensuring our safety and providing guidance as needed.
This expedition-style experience not only reinforces our technical skills but also fosters a sense of self-reliance and teamwork. It is an opportunity to test our abilities in a real-world scenario, where decision-making, camp management, and effective communication are paramount.
As we embark on this thrilling adventure, the camaraderie within our group grows stronger, forming bonds forged by shared experiences and the pursuit of a common goal. Together, we push the boundaries of our physical and mental capabilities, gaining a deeper understanding of the mountain environment and our own potential.

DAY 15

Return Journey: Rumtse to Leh

Duration: Drive 3 hours

After an unforgettable adventure in the wintry terrain of Ladakh, it is time to bid farewell to the mountains and begin our return journey. We pack up our gear and embark on a scenic drive from Rumtse back to Leh, enjoy the breathtaking views along the way.
As we make our way back to Leh, we reflect upon the incredible experiences we have shared, the challenges we have overcome, and the skills we have acquired during our India Winter Mountaineering Course. The memories we have forged in the high-altitude wilderness will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
In the evening, we gather for a final group gathering to celebrate the successful completion of the course. It is a time to reflect upon our achievements, share stories of our triumphs and challenges.During this special gathering, we will also distribute well-deserved certificates of completion, recognising your dedication, perseverance, and the skills you have developed throughout the India Winter Mountaineering Course.
As the evening draws to a close, we bid farewell to the majestic mountains and the remarkable landscapes of Ladakh. The friendships forged, the lessons learned, and the memories created will forever remain cherished treasures, reminding us of the strength and resilience we discovered within ourselves.
The next morning from Leh, we proceed to the airport for our departure flights, carrying with us a profound sense of accomplishment and a deep appreciation for the beauty and challenges of winter mountaineering in the Himalayas.
We hope that the India Winter Mountaineering Course will ignite a lifelong passion for mountaineering and open doors to further exploration and adventure.
Until we meet again, stay safe, continue to embrace the spirit of adventure, and keep reaching for the peaks that beckon you.
Safe travels, Trip Ends!

Inclusions
  • Camping Tents: Experience comfortable and reliable shelter during the course with our high-quality camping tents.
  • Kitchen and Dining Tents: Enjoy delicious meals and socialize with fellow mountaineers in our spacious and well-equipped kitchen and dining tents.
  • Sleeping Bags (-40 deg C): Stay warm and cozy in extreme cold temperatures with our insulated sleeping bags designed to withstand the harshest winter conditions.
  • Insulated Sleeping Pads: Ensure a comfortable night’s sleep on the cold ground with our insulated sleeping pads that provide excellent insulation and cushioning.
  • Nutritious, High-Calorie Food: Replenish your energy levels with our carefully prepared meals, packed with essential nutrients and calories to sustain you throughout the course.
  • All Instruction for the Mountaineering Course: Learn from experienced mountaineering instructors who will guide you through every step of the course, ensuring your safety and progress.
  • Cook and Camp Helpers until Base Camp: Our dedicated team of cooks and camp helpers will take care of meal preparation and camp maintenance, allowing you to focus on your training and exploration.
  • Horses for Carrying Loads: Let our sturdy and reliable horses carry your equipment and supplies, lightening your load and making your journey more comfortable.
  • Transport between Leh and Rumtse: Enjoy a convenient and comfortable journey between Leh and Rumtse in our well-maintained jeeps, ensuring a smooth transition to and from the course.
  • All Technical Climbing Gear: Access top-quality technical climbing gear required for the course, ensuring your safety and enabling you to learn and practice essential mountaineering skills.
  • Experience the utmost convenience, comfort, and safety during your India Winter Mountaineering Course with our comprehensive range of inclusions. We have meticulously prepared every aspect of the course to enhance your learning, enjoyment, and overall experience in the winter peaks of Ladakh.

Exclusions
    While we strive to provide you with a comprehensive and hassle-free experience during your India Winter Mountaineering Course, there are certain exclusions to keep in mind. Please take note of the following:

  • Personal Expenses: Any expenses of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, and purchases of items for personal use are not included in the course package.
  • Accommodation and Food in Leh: The cost of accommodation and food in Leh before and after the course is not included. However, our team can assist you in arranging suitable accommodation options in Leh if needed.
  • Flight Tickets: The cost of flight tickets to and from Leh is not included in the package. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to Leh and back.
  • Medical and Evacuation Expenses: We highly recommend purchasing suitable insurance coverage that includes medical expenses and emergency evacuation. These expenses are not included in the course package and it is essential to have appropriate coverage for your safety and peace of mind.
  • At Above14000ft, we prioritize transparency and ensuring that participants are well-informed about the exclusions and additional considerations of the India Winter Mountaineering Course. By understanding these aspects, you can plan accordingly and make the necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Our team is available to provide guidance and answer any questions you may have regarding the exclusions or any other aspects of the course.

Things You Need To Get

As you prepare for your India Winter Mountaineering Course with Above14000ft, it’s important to pack the essential items that will contribute to your comfort, safety, and overall experience. Here’s a list of things you need to bring along:

Backpack/Rucksack (70 liters)
A sturdy and spacious backpack or rucksack with a capacity of 70 liters is essential for carrying your personal belongings. This larger backpack will be loaded onto horses and transported to the base camp. Ensure that your backpack is durable and equipped with comfortable straps and compartments to accommodate your gear.

Small Backpack (20-30 Liters)

For your daily activities during the course, you’ll need a smaller backpack with a capacity of 20-30 liters. This backpack will be your go-to for hiking and accessing the training area. It should be lightweight, compact, and have enough room to carry your essentials for the day.

Clothing

Pack appropriate clothing for the mountain environment, including warm hiking pants, shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and a wicking layer to manage moisture. It’s recommended to have multiple layers that can be easily added or removed depending on the weather conditions. Ensure you have comfortable hiking shoes that provide good traction and support.

Essential Accessories

Don’t forget to pack essential accessories such as a headlight with extra batteries, sunglasses, suntan lotion, toiletries, and a camera to capture the memorable moments of your mountaineering journey. An insulated water bottle or a 750ml flask is crucial to stay hydrated throughout the course.

Cold Weather Gear

Be prepared for cold weather conditions by bringing a warm fleece jacket, windproof shell jacket and pants, down jacket for extra insulation, and warm gloves (thin for working in ice and thick for added warmth and protection). Pack warm socks, a beanie to keep your head warm, and thermal underwear for layering in extreme temperatures.

Additional Gear

Consider bringing hiking poles for added stability and support during challenging terrain. A raincoat will protect you from unexpected showers, and if you have your personal climbing harness and helmet, it’s recommended to bring them along. Don’t forget to pack any prescribed medication you may need during the course.

Overview
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India Winter Mountaineering Course – Conquer the Harshness of Winter Peaks.

The India Winter Mountaineering Course is designed for climbers who possess some experience in technical climbing and high-altitude conditions. This intensive 15-day course is specifically tailored to provide participants with the skills and conditioning necessary for winter ascents and preparation for tackling 7000m and 8000m peaks in the spring and summer seasons.

India Winter Mountaineering Course – Location and Base Camp.

Our India Winter Mountaineering Course takes place near Rumtse Village in the breathtaking region of Ladakh. The winter base camp is strategically positioned close to the Changthang Plateau, which is part of the expansive Tibetan Plateau. With an average elevation ranging from 4200m to 5000m, the Changthang Plateau experiences extreme high altitude and is subject to powerful continental winds. Despite its latitude, the temperature in this region can be Arctic-like, with daytime temperatures barely rising above freezing and night temperatures plummeting to -35 degrees Celsius or lower during storms.

Winter Mountaineering Challenges and Skill Development.

Throughout the 15-day course, our primary focus is to condition the body and mind to thrive in the harsh winter climate. Participants will learn essential mountaineering tasks and develop skills specifically tailored for winter mountaineering and extreme high-altitude environments. Under the guidance of our experienced instructors, you will practice and refine techniques suitable for winter expeditions, including navigating treacherous terrain, managing extreme cold temperatures, and performing tasks efficiently in challenging weather conditions.

Course Objectives:

The main objective of the India Winter Mountaineering Course is not solely summiting a peak. However, if conditions are favorable, we will seize the opportunity to put our newly acquired skills to the test on one of the two unnamed 6000m peaks situated near the base camp. This serves as an exciting culmination of the course, allowing participants to apply their knowledge and experience the thrill of winter mountaineering in a real-world setting.

Join Us for the Ultimate Winter Mountaineering Experience.

If you are ready to push your limits and conquer the harshness of winter peaks, the India Winter Mountaineering Course is the perfect adventure for you. Gain invaluable skills, develop mental and physical fortitude, and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring landscapes of Ladakh. Embrace the challenge and embark on a transformative journey that will prepare you for future mountaineering endeavours.

India Winter Mountaineering Course – Objectives

Embark on an extraordinary winter mountaineering journey and achieve the following objectives during the India Winter Mountaineering Course:

1. Practice Expedition Travel and Mountaineering Skills

Gain hands-on experience in expedition travel and develop essential mountaineering skills. Learn the art of efficient movement in the mountains, navigation techniques, and effective camp management. Enhance your abilities to function as a cohesive team in challenging winter environments.

2. Acclimatise Your Body and Mind to Extreme Cold

Condition your body and mind to thrive in extreme cold environments. Acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to stay warm, protect yourself from frostbite, and manage cold-related injuries. Learn about proper layering, insulation, and frostbite prevention strategies to ensure your safety and comfort in harsh winter conditions.

3. Perform Everyday Mountaineering Tasks in Extreme Cold

Master the art of performing mountaineering tasks in extremely cold environments. Learn how to efficiently pack your gear, manage ropes and climbing equipment, and handle technical ice climbing techniques in freezing temperatures. Develop the confidence and competence to execute essential mountaineering tasks with precision and safety.

4. Build Confidence in Moving Camps and Carrying Loads

Develop confidence in moving camps and carrying loads in the mountains. Acquire the skills and techniques necessary to adapt to high-altitude environments, live comfortably in the Himalayas, and efficiently carry and distribute loads in challenging winter conditions. Learn strategies for load management, pacing, and conserving energy during demanding mountaineering expeditions.

5. Understand High Altitude Physiology and Acclimatisation

Gain knowledge about the physiological and psychological aspects of climbing at high altitudes. Understand the effects of altitude on the human body and learn proper acclimatisation processes to mitigate the risks of altitude-related illnesses. Develop a comprehensive understanding of altitude sickness, pulmonary and cerebral edema, and effective measures for prevention and treatment.

6. Learn Cold and High Altitude Injury Management

Acquire the skills to deal with common cold and high altitude injuries effectively. Learn how to recognize and respond to frostbite, acute mountain sickness (AMS), pulmonary and cerebral edema, and other cold and high-altitude-related injuries. Understand the appropriate first aid techniques, emergency protocols, and evacuation procedures to ensure the well-being and safety of yourself and your team.

7. Embrace Leave No Trace Practices (LNT)

Develop a strong commitment to environmental conservation and sustainability through Leave No Trace (LNT) practices. Learn how to minimize your impact on the natural surroundings, preserve the fragile ecosystems of the mountains, and promote responsible mountaineering practices. Gain a deep appreciation for the interconnectedness of nature and the importance of leaving the mountains as pristine as you found them.
Embark on this transformative winter mountaineering course and unlock your potential as a skilled and responsible mountaineer. Experience the thrill of conquering extreme conditions while developing invaluable skills and knowledge that will serve you in your future mountaineering endeavours.

Itinerary
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DAY 01

Arrival in Leh (3300m)- Welcome to the Heart of the Trans-Himalayas

As you step foot in the enchanting town of Leh, located in the mesmerizing Ladakh region, you will immediately feel the essence of the majestic Himalayas surrounding you. Upon your arrival, take a moment to soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of this high-altitude destination, known for its rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes.
In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to meet with our experienced trip leader who will guide you through the upcoming adventure. During the briefing session, our trip leader will provide you with essential information about the India Winter Mountaineering Course and address any questions or concerns you may have. This interactive session will ensure that you are well-prepared and fully informed before embarking on this remarkable journey.
Leh, with its vibrant markets, ancient monasteries, and warm local hospitality, offers a perfect setting to start your mountaineering expedition. Take some time to explore the town, immerse yourself in the local culture, and acclimatize to the high-altitude environment. Get a taste of the delicious Ladakhi cuisine, browse through the colorful handicrafts, or simply unwind and absorb the serene atmosphere that surrounds you.
Overnight in Leh, where you can enjoy a restful sleep, knowing that the adventure of a lifetime awaits you in the coming days.

DAY 02

Acclimatization Walk in Leh - Preparing for the High Altitude

Duration: 3-5 hours

In the picturesque town of Leh, nestled amidst the mighty Himalayas, it is crucial to give your body the time it needs to adjust to the high altitude. Today, we have planned a local acclimatization walk to help prepare you for the challenges ahead.
As you step out into the crisp mountain air, accompanied by our knowledgeable guides, you will embark on a gentle stroll through the scenic surroundings of Leh. This acclimatization walk serves multiple purposes – it allows your body to adapt to the thin air, helps improve oxygen intake, and minimizes the risk of altitude-related discomfort.
During the walk, you will have the opportunity to explore the charming streets of Leh, marvel at the traditional Ladakhi architecture, and interact with the friendly locals who call this place home. Take in the panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks that surround the town, as you gradually acclimatize to the higher altitudes.
Our experienced guides will provide valuable insights into the local culture, history, and geography, making the acclimatization walk not only physically beneficial but also culturally enriching. Feel free to ask questions and immerse yourself in the unique charm of this mountainous region.
As you walk through the enchanting landscapes, dotted with prayer flags fluttering in the wind and monasteries perched on hilltops, take a moment to appreciate the serenity and tranquility that surrounds you. Allow yourself to be captivated by the beauty of Leh, as you prepare for the exciting journey that lies ahead.
After the acclimatization walk, you will have the rest of the day to relax, explore Leh at your own pace, and further acclimatize to the high altitude. Indulge in delicious local cuisine, visit the bustling bazaars, or simply take some time to rest and rejuvenate.
Overnight in Leh, where you can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep, knowing that your body is gradually adjusting to the altitude, preparing you for the thrilling adventures that await you in the days to come.

DAY 03

Leh Monastery Climb - A Spiritual Journey to 4000m

Duration: 4-6 hours

As the sun rises over the majestic mountains of Leh, we embark on a soul-stirring climb to the renowned Leh Monastery, situated at an elevation of 4000m. This spiritual journey will not only take us to great heights but also offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.
Accompanied by our experienced guides, we begin our ascent towards the Leh Monastery, a sacred place that holds deep cultural and religious significance for the people of Ladakh. As we make our way up the winding path, the air becomes thinner, and the sense of tranquility intensifies.
The Leh Monastery, also known as the Namgyal Tsemo Monastery, stands proudly atop a hill, overlooking the picturesque town of Leh. With its ancient architecture, colorful prayer flags, and intricate Buddhist artwork, the monastery exudes an aura of serenity and spirituality.
Reaching the monastery, we pause to catch our breath and absorb the peaceful atmosphere that surrounds us. From this vantage point, we are rewarded with panoramic views of Leh town, nestled in the valley below, and the snow-capped peaks that form a majestic backdrop.
Inside the monastery, we have the opportunity to witness Buddhist rituals and prayers, immersing ourselves in the rich cultural heritage of the region. The scent of incense fills the air as monks chant ancient mantras, creating a sense of harmony and enlightenment.
After spending time in the monastery, we begin our descent back to Leh, allowing our bodies to adjust to the changing altitude. As we make our way down the trail, we can reflect on the spiritual experience we have had and appreciate the beauty of the natural surroundings.
Back in Leh, you have the rest of the day to relax, explore the town further, or engage in personal activities. Indulge in the local cuisine, visit the vibrant markets, or simply take a leisurely stroll through the quaint streets, soaking in the unique charm of this Himalayan town.
As night falls, find comfort in your accommodations, knowing that you have taken a significant step in acclimatizing to the high altitude of Leh. Let the peacefulness of the monastery and the memories of the day’s journey guide you into a restful sleep, preparing you for the adventures that lie ahead.
Overnight in Leh, where the blending of spirituality, natural beauty, and warm hospitality create an unforgettable experience in the heart of the Himalayas.

DAY 04

Setting Base Camp at Rumtse (4200m) - Acclimatization and Preparation

Duration: Drive 3 hours

Leaving the enchanting town of Leh behind, we embark on a scenic drive towards Rumtse, our gateway to the rugged terrains of the Changthang Plateau. After approximately 3 hours on the road, we arrive at our Base Camp, nestled at an altitude of 4200m.
Upon reaching Base Camp, our dedicated team ensures that all the necessary arrangements are in place, allowing you to settle in comfortably. The campsite is strategically located, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the vast expanse of the Changthang Plateau.
To aid in the acclimatization process, we embark on an invigorating acclimatization walk, gradually ascending to an elevation of 4800m. This allows our bodies to adapt to the increasing altitude and prepares us for the challenges that lie ahead.
As we hike along the rugged trails, the crisp mountain air fills our lungs, invigorating our spirits and reminding us of the raw beauty of the Himalayas. The panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks and expansive valleys create a sense of awe and wonder.
Reaching the acclimatization point at 4800m, we take a moment to absorb the surroundings, appreciating the grandeur of the mountainous landscape. Here, surrounded by pristine beauty, we pause to reflect on our journey and the remarkable opportunities that await us.
After immersing ourselves in the serene atmosphere, we begin our descent back to Base Camp, where warm hospitality and a hearty meal await. The evening is spent in the company of fellow mountaineers, sharing stories and experiences, and preparing ourselves mentally and physically for the days to come.
As night falls over the Base Camp, the peacefulness of the mountains envelopes us, creating a sense of tranquility and anticipation. Rest assured, our experienced team ensures that all your needs are taken care of, allowing you to rest and recharge for the challenges that lie ahead.
Overnight at Base Camp, where the camaraderie of the mountaineering community and the serenity of the Himalayan surroundings combine to create a truly unforgettable experience.

DAY 05 - 14

On the Mountain: Training and Adventurous Ascents

Duration: Multiple hours

As we venture deeper into the heart of the Himalayas, our focus turns to intensive training and honing our mountaineering skills in the winter environment. Over the next 10 days, we will be immersed in a comprehensive program that covers various aspects of snow craft, ice craft, glacier travel, self-arrest techniques, and crevasse rescue.
Acclimatization remains a key priority during this period. Our experienced instructors ensure that we gradually adapt to the high altitude and extreme weather conditions, enabling us to perform at our best while ensuring our safety.
The program curriculum encompasses a range of essential mountaineering skills tailored specifically for the winter environment. Through hands-on training and practical exercises, we will become proficient in snow and ice craft, mastering techniques such as building snow and ice anchors, executing efficient belay systems, and navigating glaciers with confidence.
The training sessions are designed to instill confidence and proficiency, equipping us with the necessary tools to face the challenges of winter mountaineering. Under the guidance of our skilled instructors, we will learn essential self-arrest techniques to ensure our safety on steep slopes, as well as effective crevasse rescue methods that can make all the difference in emergency situations.
In addition to the training, we have an exciting opportunity to put our newly acquired skills to the test. Weather and conditions permitting, we will attempt a thrilling ascent of a nearby unnamed 6000m peak. This adventure will serve as the culmination of our training, providing a real-world application of the techniques and knowledge we have gained throughout the course.
During this ascent, we will travel independently and unsupported, forming small teams that will navigate the winter terrain, set up camps, and undertake the challenges of high-altitude climbing. Rest assured, our experienced guides will be there every step of the way, ensuring our safety and providing guidance as needed.
This expedition-style experience not only reinforces our technical skills but also fosters a sense of self-reliance and teamwork. It is an opportunity to test our abilities in a real-world scenario, where decision-making, camp management, and effective communication are paramount.
As we embark on this thrilling adventure, the camaraderie within our group grows stronger, forming bonds forged by shared experiences and the pursuit of a common goal. Together, we push the boundaries of our physical and mental capabilities, gaining a deeper understanding of the mountain environment and our own potential.

DAY 15

Return Journey: Rumtse to Leh

Duration: Drive 3 hours

After an unforgettable adventure in the wintry terrain of Ladakh, it is time to bid farewell to the mountains and begin our return journey. We pack up our gear and embark on a scenic drive from Rumtse back to Leh, enjoy the breathtaking views along the way.
As we make our way back to Leh, we reflect upon the incredible experiences we have shared, the challenges we have overcome, and the skills we have acquired during our India Winter Mountaineering Course. The memories we have forged in the high-altitude wilderness will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
In the evening, we gather for a final group gathering to celebrate the successful completion of the course. It is a time to reflect upon our achievements, share stories of our triumphs and challenges.During this special gathering, we will also distribute well-deserved certificates of completion, recognising your dedication, perseverance, and the skills you have developed throughout the India Winter Mountaineering Course.
As the evening draws to a close, we bid farewell to the majestic mountains and the remarkable landscapes of Ladakh. The friendships forged, the lessons learned, and the memories created will forever remain cherished treasures, reminding us of the strength and resilience we discovered within ourselves.
The next morning from Leh, we proceed to the airport for our departure flights, carrying with us a profound sense of accomplishment and a deep appreciation for the beauty and challenges of winter mountaineering in the Himalayas.
We hope that the India Winter Mountaineering Course will ignite a lifelong passion for mountaineering and open doors to further exploration and adventure.
Until we meet again, stay safe, continue to embrace the spirit of adventure, and keep reaching for the peaks that beckon you.
Safe travels, Trip Ends!

Inclusions/ Exclusions
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Inclusions
  • Camping Tents: Experience comfortable and reliable shelter during the course with our high-quality camping tents.
  • Kitchen and Dining Tents: Enjoy delicious meals and socialize with fellow mountaineers in our spacious and well-equipped kitchen and dining tents.
  • Sleeping Bags (-40 deg C): Stay warm and cozy in extreme cold temperatures with our insulated sleeping bags designed to withstand the harshest winter conditions.
  • Insulated Sleeping Pads: Ensure a comfortable night’s sleep on the cold ground with our insulated sleeping pads that provide excellent insulation and cushioning.
  • Nutritious, High-Calorie Food: Replenish your energy levels with our carefully prepared meals, packed with essential nutrients and calories to sustain you throughout the course.
  • All Instruction for the Mountaineering Course: Learn from experienced mountaineering instructors who will guide you through every step of the course, ensuring your safety and progress.
  • Cook and Camp Helpers until Base Camp: Our dedicated team of cooks and camp helpers will take care of meal preparation and camp maintenance, allowing you to focus on your training and exploration.
  • Horses for Carrying Loads: Let our sturdy and reliable horses carry your equipment and supplies, lightening your load and making your journey more comfortable.
  • Transport between Leh and Rumtse: Enjoy a convenient and comfortable journey between Leh and Rumtse in our well-maintained jeeps, ensuring a smooth transition to and from the course.
  • All Technical Climbing Gear: Access top-quality technical climbing gear required for the course, ensuring your safety and enabling you to learn and practice essential mountaineering skills.
  • Experience the utmost convenience, comfort, and safety during your India Winter Mountaineering Course with our comprehensive range of inclusions. We have meticulously prepared every aspect of the course to enhance your learning, enjoyment, and overall experience in the winter peaks of Ladakh.

Exclusions
    While we strive to provide you with a comprehensive and hassle-free experience during your India Winter Mountaineering Course, there are certain exclusions to keep in mind. Please take note of the following:

  • Personal Expenses: Any expenses of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, telephone calls, and purchases of items for personal use are not included in the course package.
  • Accommodation and Food in Leh: The cost of accommodation and food in Leh before and after the course is not included. However, our team can assist you in arranging suitable accommodation options in Leh if needed.
  • Flight Tickets: The cost of flight tickets to and from Leh is not included in the package. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to Leh and back.
  • Medical and Evacuation Expenses: We highly recommend purchasing suitable insurance coverage that includes medical expenses and emergency evacuation. These expenses are not included in the course package and it is essential to have appropriate coverage for your safety and peace of mind.
  • At Above14000ft, we prioritize transparency and ensuring that participants are well-informed about the exclusions and additional considerations of the India Winter Mountaineering Course. By understanding these aspects, you can plan accordingly and make the necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Our team is available to provide guidance and answer any questions you may have regarding the exclusions or any other aspects of the course.

Things You Need To Get
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As you prepare for your India Winter Mountaineering Course with Above14000ft, it’s important to pack the essential items that will contribute to your comfort, safety, and overall experience. Here’s a list of things you need to bring along:

Backpack/Rucksack (70 liters)
A sturdy and spacious backpack or rucksack with a capacity of 70 liters is essential for carrying your personal belongings. This larger backpack will be loaded onto horses and transported to the base camp. Ensure that your backpack is durable and equipped with comfortable straps and compartments to accommodate your gear.

Small Backpack (20-30 Liters)

For your daily activities during the course, you’ll need a smaller backpack with a capacity of 20-30 liters. This backpack will be your go-to for hiking and accessing the training area. It should be lightweight, compact, and have enough room to carry your essentials for the day.

Clothing

Pack appropriate clothing for the mountain environment, including warm hiking pants, shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and a wicking layer to manage moisture. It’s recommended to have multiple layers that can be easily added or removed depending on the weather conditions. Ensure you have comfortable hiking shoes that provide good traction and support.

Essential Accessories

Don’t forget to pack essential accessories such as a headlight with extra batteries, sunglasses, suntan lotion, toiletries, and a camera to capture the memorable moments of your mountaineering journey. An insulated water bottle or a 750ml flask is crucial to stay hydrated throughout the course.

Cold Weather Gear

Be prepared for cold weather conditions by bringing a warm fleece jacket, windproof shell jacket and pants, down jacket for extra insulation, and warm gloves (thin for working in ice and thick for added warmth and protection). Pack warm socks, a beanie to keep your head warm, and thermal underwear for layering in extreme temperatures.

Additional Gear

Consider bringing hiking poles for added stability and support during challenging terrain. A raincoat will protect you from unexpected showers, and if you have your personal climbing harness and helmet, it’s recommended to bring them along. Don’t forget to pack any prescribed medication you may need during the course.