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Back to “Little Tibet”. We were in Ladakh in 2009 and since then we were always dreaming to come back one day to this paradise located in the North of India, in Jammu&Kashmir. Not only the landscape but the local people make it one of our favorite places to relax and learn from the local culture. It is a gem hidden from the “busy, noisy and dirty” India protected by the Himalayas with no easy access and blocked for almost half of the year because of the hard winter snows.

 

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Ladakh and Zanskar still maintain the peace that has been removed long ago from our society or even from other Buddhist places like the occupied Tibet. Here you can still enter monasteries that are alive with monks doing daily activities, they are free to pray and practice their religion. To enter one of these monasteries always perched on top of mountains gives you a spiritual power difficult to explain, to attend the morning prayers gives you strength for the rest of the day, and the “tsampa” is always a good excuse to talk to the little monks serving the hot water for the “chai”. The whole picture gives you a total peace that is difficult to find somewhere else. This is what makes Ladakh different!


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Leh Palace 

 

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Shanti Stupa - Leh 


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Lingshed Gompa

 

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      Tiksey Gompa

 

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      Mandala

 

 

In terms of trek you can walk for days without seeing any “tea house” like in Nepal, just alone along the ranges of the Himalayas that are especially pure in this region. The Kingdom of Zanskar allows you to enter deep into the Himalayas crossing rivers and climbing passes well over 5,000mts


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      Zanskar Valley

 

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Haluma La (4'770m) 

 

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Padum - Zanskar 

 

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      Yalang Nyau La (4'950m) 


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      Tso Moriri - Tso Kar Trek

 

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Nomads and their yacks leaving the valley 

 

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      Tea time using the dry yack shit combutible to make fire


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      Drying cheese

 

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      Chapati time

 

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      Tso Kar

 


A visit to the high altitude lakes is also well worth: Pangong, Tso Moriri, Tso Kar over 4,000mts make an idyllic setting where we could just retire and open a little hut to welcome other visitors to this area so close to the forbidden Aksai Chin. One of these places on earth impossible to describe with words…

 

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      Pangong Tso

 

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      Tso Moriri

 

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