The mountains paths, passes & Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh & Zanskar, northern India.
This year, 2020, because of Coronavirus we won't be able to go trekking or see our friends but this blog brings together all our previous blogs about Ladakh and Zanskar.
Images of the Buddha in the Himalaya 1 describes part of our 12 day trek through Karnak in southern Ladakh in 2007. One of our most popular photos "Ponies Descending from the Zarlung Karpo La" is from that trek.
Images of the Buddha in the Himalaya 2 continues the account of that trek.
Cashmere Shawls and Himalayan Goats refers to trekking in Spiti and Nepal as well as Ladakh. The photos are mostly from a 2010 trek behind the Stok mountains in Ladakh. This was the year that a cloudburst caused devastation in Leh and many of the mountain trails and led to the terrible floods in Pakistan downstream of the Indus river that flows through Ladakh. The goats were at Hanupatta in 2008.
Trekking in Ladakh and Zanskar was written after our spectacular 2016 trek from Zanskar to Phuktal, sTongde, Nierak & Hanupatta and is a reflection on life and change in this remote area. The photos include the Dalai Lama, who was giving a teaching, spectacular landscapes and our friends from previous treks including Tsering Dolkar and her in-laws in Hanupatta.
Karsha Monastery, Zanskar | Trekking in Ladakh. Karsha is the largest monastery in Zanskar and we've been there on three occasions. This blog is mostly concerned with our first visit in 2008 when we saw the rehearsals for the masked dance festival but it also contains our most popular photo - of Karsha monastery and the mountains across the Zanskar valley.