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Tom Phipps

Tom Phipps, retired senior Vancouver City planner, hiker, skate and Tele-skier enjoys the luxury of time to pursue a passion for trekking and cultural contact in the Karakoram, the Himalayan mountains of Pakistan, Pamir mountains of Tajikistan and Zanskar & Ladakh ranges of India. After 57 years of hiking in BC, the US and the European ranges, Tom now organizes and joins treks, plus offers advice on travel in Central Asia.

Trekking The Silk Road

Ladakh: Travel and trekking at 5450m – The Silk Road passes in the western Tibetan plateau mountain deserts of Ladakh. Monks, monasteries, historic Leh and it’s palace, nomads, yaks, villages and petroglyphs.

High, clear lakes on the Indian border where the Indus and Shyok (Nubra) rivers emerge from Tibet to flow into Pakistan. The highest drivable passes with Blue sheep, Himalayan Wild Ass, Bactrian Camels, but no Snow Leopard, sorry !

The mountains take me there but the people make me love it that much more.