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Jun 20, 2015 - 18 June 2015 - Sakti

Our options for this morning were a monastery visit, hot springs visit or a lie in. The monastery didn't get a look in with half the group opting for a lie in and the other half a dip in the hot springs. The hot springs group were up at the crack of dawn for an early breakfast then into the bus for a half hour drive. The Panamik Hot Springs were not exactly what we expected - though set amid magnificent mountain scenery, the baths themselves were inside, with women in one room and the men in another. But the water was so hot and relaxing we...

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Jun 29, 2012 - Day trip to Hemis Festival

Wiki Info Hemis 6-29 On the way to Hemis Festival Bonnie related the difference between the relationship of people to buses/bus drivers here vs in 'The 'WEST' as follows: In the west when shopping and the bus you must take comes you drop your shopping and catch the bus. Here, if your doing your shopping and the bus comes you finish your shopping while the bus waits for you. To Hemis Festival (see photos), lots of mini buses going when full, jammed, packed - very typical here! Passing on the way many monk- monasteries which we hope to visit...

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Jul 2, 2009 - Buddhist Festival at the Hemis Monastery

Today we attended the first day of the festival at the monastery at Hemis. The festival, which consists of dance dramas set to music of masked Buddhist characters depicting scenes from Buddhist lore, is considered to be Ladakh’s premier summer festival. This morning we arrived at the monastery shortly before 7 a.m. in order that we could secure a prime viewing spot. Unfortunately, the weather this morning was unlike any I had previously experienced in Ladakh. While we had experienced cold weather at some of the higher altitudes of the...

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Jul 1, 2009 - Homestay with Ladakhi Family in Hemis

Although we had just finished our trek here the day before, we returned to Hemis here from Leh in the afternoon for the festival at the monastery set to begin here the next day. As Hemis is a small village without much in the way of standard lodgings for tourists, tourists coming to Hemis stay either in tented camps set up for the festival or with Ladakhi families who rent out rooms in their homes to tourists. We stayed at the home of a local painter. The home is well built in traditional Ladakhi style out of mud, straw, wood and stone....

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Jun 30, 2009 - Trekking the Markha Valley - Day 7 - Shang Sumdo to Hemis

Today marked the final day of our trek. From a walking perspective, it also proved to be by far the least enjoyable of all of the days. For most of our short 3 hour walk today, we merely walked alongside a paved road to Hemis. This made for a very anti-climatic finale today when compared to the previous 6 days of the trek. While it would have been a nice walk on a trail, as the route took us through a winding canyon alongside a river for much of the journey, the paving of the road - while undoubtedly beneficial for the villagers of Shang...

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Jun 29, 2009 - Trekking the Markha Valley - Day 6 - Nimaling to Shang Sumdo

Last night we spent a freezing cold night camping in the valley at Nimaling (4,720 meters; 15,490 feet). The frigid overnight temperatures - likely exacerbated by my body's reaction to the high elevation at which we were camping - caused me to wake me up repeatedly. Eventually I put on long johns, rain pants, an extra fleece, my waterproof jacket and three pairs of socks. While this helped to alleviate the effect of the chilly night air, this did little to help me sleep soundly again before we had to get up this morning. Shortly after 8...

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Jun 28, 2009 - Trekking the Markha Valley - Day 5 - Tahungste to Nimaling & Side Excursion from Nimaling to Kang Yaze Base Camp

It is about 4:45 p.m., and I am sitting in the sun on my camping mat outside of our tent. We are camping tonight here in the valley of Nimaling (4720 meters; 15,490 feet), a gorgeous flat-bottomed valley. Views from here are spectacular. Today’s trekking consisted of 2 parts: the trek from Takungste to Nimaling this morning and the excursion we undertook this afternoon from here to Kang Yaze base camp, the base camp of a nearby high peak visible from our campsite popular with mountaineers during the high season. This morning’s trek to...

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Jun 27, 2009 - Trekking the Markha Valley - Day 4 - Markha to Tahungste

It is shortly before 2 o'clock in the afternoon. I’m sitting on a rock next to a stream with icy cold water. We finished lunch a short while ago here in the Tahungste Valley, where we are camping tonight. We hiked about 4½ hours today to get from our campsite on the outskirts of Markha to our current campsite here in the windswept valley of Tahungste (4150 meters; 13,620 feet). Today’s trail took us through beautiful valleys lined by high cliffs, scenic Ladakhi villages and past centuries old Buddhist chortens, mani and monasteries. We...

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Jun 26, 2009 - Trekking the Markha Valley - Day 3 - Skiu to Markha

This evening I am writing this entry again with the sounds of the rushing water of the Markha River as a backdrop. Today, however, we are at a campground on the edge of town just beyond the monastery in the village of Markha. Unfortunately, tonight it is not as tranquil as I might like, as a number of bell-wearing pack horses and mules are grazing within earshot, and the jingle-jangling of their bells continuously seems to pierce the night air. The pack horses and mules belong to the approximately 300 person procession of Buddhist monks and...

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Jun 25, 2009 - Trekking the Markha Valley - Day 2 - Ganda La Base Camp to Skiu

Dusk is quickly approaching as I write this entry from our campsite alongside the Markha River. We are in a lush valley at the bottom of a desert-like canyon, seemingly an oasis in the desert. If one saw a picture of our campsite he or she could easily presume, judging from the terrain, that the photo hailed from the American West rather than the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in a remote region of faraway India. A cool breeze is blowing, the sun is still shining - albeit its strength is quickly fading - and the temperature remains comfortably...

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Jun 24, 2009 - Trekking the Markha Valley - Day 1 - Jingchen to Ganda La Base Camp

A jeep from Footprints India, the trekking company with whom we booked our 7 day trek in the Markha Valley, picked us up from our hotel shortly after 8 a.m. this morning. After stopping off at the Footprints’ office in town, we drove out of Leh and to Spituk, where the paved road ceased and we continued on a 4WD road until we reached the trailhead at Jingchen. Some trekking groups spend their entire first day of trekking trudging along the gravel road to the trailhead at Jingchen, shortly after crossing into Hemis National Park. However, as...

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May 31, 2009 - The longest day

We set off from Hankar at just past 6am, a party consisting of me, Charlie, a donkey with a perfect barrel belly carrying our rucksacks, it’s foal carrying some grain, the driver/guide and a heavily molting black dog. The canyon soon open up into a wide inhospitable valley, silent save for the caws of crows, the warning whistles of marmots and the commands, grunts and occasional kick of the driver to his donkeys. The 6,400 metre peak of Kang Yaze looms on our right reflected in the pools of snow melt as we gradually ascend up this vast...

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