Ladakh is one of the best places to trek independently in India. There is very little regulation except near the border areas, it is easy to find places to stay in villages, the people are friendly and the scenery is spectacular.
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Having spent 6 years continuously traveling I've met a number of people on around-the-world and gap year trip, and I've learned a lot from my own experiences about long term travel. But when I hear people planning the trips or meet people in the middle of their trips I find many of them missing out on what I find to be the most memorable and rewarding experiences of long term travel. I’m sure all of them enjoyed their trip, but I think often in trying “maximize” their time people miss out on the really unique experiences. Here are a couple of my observations and things to think about if you’re about to head off for a long trip. Hopefully you will avoid some of these often made mistakes on your trip.
I've often complained about the dearth of good maps of the Indian Himalayas. A new article in The Mint newspaper profiles Depi Chaudhry (full article from The Mint here) launch of a digital Indian Himalayas map for trekkers. The digital version appears to still be a little bit "in the works" but the plan is to incorporate GPS route data of popular treks into accessible digital maps complete with counter information.