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Journey to Ladakh

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Journey to Ladakh

From Delhi to Leh The flight from Delhi to Leh is a wonderful one hour flight over the snowy peaks of the Himalaya. Sitting on the left the views are bester and you may see K2, sitting on the right makes for a more exciting landing. Coming in to land you appreciate that Ladakh is a high altitude desert, grey brown mountains with rare threads of tiny green valleys. Of course, once you’re in the landscape it’s full of colour -  greens, purples, ochres but from a distance all you see is a maze of mountains and valleys - no such...

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Ladakh: Kanji to Hanupatta over the Yogma La

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Ladakh: Kanji to Hanupatta over the Yogma La

Trekking over the Yogma La, Ladakh Previous: Buddha Statues at Kanji After lunch we say goodbye to the golden fields and harvesting villagers of Kanji. In 2012 we walked in the opposite direction and I anticipate an easy two hour stroll through a gorge and across pasture with meandering streams to an idyllic campsite among stone walls. False memory! The walk takes several hours and a cold wind takes the pleasure; the walk seems long and uninteresting even though the landscape is getting more dramatic. A late afternoon river crossing adds some interest and is easier than it first appears. Nonetheless I'm pleased to reach camp, our long slog over the Timti La two days ago has...

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LITTLE TIBET: Photographs from Ladakh and Zanskar

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LITTLE TIBET:  Photographs from Ladakh and Zanskar

Images of Ladakh and Zanskar here and in store. View these and more in our Travel Photographs section. You can watch a video of some of our travels in Ladakh and Zanskar here. Ladakh and Zanskar are Buddhist enclaves in the high Himalayas of Northern India, between Kashmir and Tibet. Buddhism arrived over 1000 years ago and the cultural similarity with neighbouring Tibet earned it the name Little Tibet. Until China annexed Tibet in 1950, Silk Road caravans came with salt and wool to be traded in Leh, Ladakh’s main town. The remoteness of Ladakh - the name means Land of High...

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Buddha Statues at Kanji, Ladakh

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Buddha Statues at Kanji, Ladakh

The old village of Kanji is one of the reasons for planning this trek. We came here in 2012 at the end of a long trek from Zanskar and always wanted to return. It's a delight to explore the old lanes; the village is quiet, most people are in the fields gathering the harvest. 
The old gompa is very small but it was carefully restored a few years ago and has interesting statues of Avalokiteshvara and Tara and a couple of decent mandalas painted on the walls.

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Trekking in Ladakh, over the Timti La to Kanji

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Trekking in Ladakh, over the Timti La to Kanji

One of those days where things don't go to plan. The paths are blocked by rockfalls, progress is slow, we finish the last three hours by the light of iPhones and arrive several hours after sunset.

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