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Gallery Ladakh - Likir to Tingmosgan


Leh and Indus Valley

Likir to Yangthang

Yangtang to Hemis Shakpachen

Hemis Shackpachen - Temisgan


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View from Delhi to Leh out of the right side towards the east - Garhwal Himal and Nanda Devi must be somewhere there.

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The old fort and monastery of Leh are a reminder of the town's central location in the Silk Route's southern branch.

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The only Shakya monastery in Ladakh is situated on a ridge connected to the dark ranges.
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In the fertile Indus valley, dozens of monasteries were built on commanding positions.

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Mathok monastery stands out against the monsoon clouds that make it over the Ladakh range.


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Likir monastery is situated 2 hours west from Leh and my starting point for the easy three day trek.

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Assembly hall of Likir monastery.

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A few minutes outside of the village, view towards the Zanskar range.

Fox on the way to the first pass. 
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Woman of Sumdo takes a break from working in the barley field.

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Yangtang is a pretty village 4 hours after Likir, and a good place to stay for the night.

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Barley is the staple diet in Ladakh, and women work in the fields most of the day.

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Inside the village, narrow alleys lead to the center where the monastery forms the middle of the small town.

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Prayer wheel in front of the monastery.

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Courtyard and meeting point, the dozen houses of Yangtang are built .


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Ghost trap over the entrance, a common sight in remote villages.

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The morning sun brings out the stunning colours.

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Gentle walk between barren hillsides along the creek.
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Vegeration along the Wuleh Tokpa surprises with its colours.

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Colourful flowers bloom in the the fields.

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Two hours south, in a hidden sidevalley, lies the large Gelugpa monastery of Rizong.

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Novice monks learn English, math, Tibetan and Buddhist philosophy.

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Climbing up the pass, looking back to Rizong valley.

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Kids in Hemis Shakpachen who helped me find a place for the night.

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Family running the guesthouse in Hemis.


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Chorten after Hemis indicates the way.

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From top of the unnamed pass, the next (and final pass of Lago La) is already visible.

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Tourists on their way up to Lago La, the climb is actually shorter and easier than it looks from a distance.
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It's usually easy to make out the trails, this one leading up to the last one before it goes gently downhill to Ang. 

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Looking back from Lago La towards Hemis and the unnamed pass which I crossed just half an hour earlier.

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After the two hour walk in barren landscape, the lush valley of Ang seems like an oasis.

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Local farmer in Ang who takes a short break from work in the fields.

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A nun from Rizong nunnery is visiting friends in Ang.

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The gompa of Timosgang comes in sight first, the village lies at the bottom of the valley between fields and trees of apricot, apples and walnut.

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Wide fields of Temisgon are a sign of its prosperity.

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 The young generation uses motorbikes and cars, their grandparents still live very traditionally - spinning wool is a traditional "past time".