Enormous glaciers beneath us shortly before Leh, tall summits at the horizon
(sadly not in the picture) must the giants of the Pakistani Karakorum.
Green valley of Leh in the mountainous desert.
Indus valley from top of one of the many monasteries.
Hemis - largest monastery that is well-known for its dance-festival in
Wooden balconies in Hemis.
Prayerflags on the top of Namgyal peak.
Buddha Sakyamuni, the historical Buddha, is often depicted in rural painting and
Green sidevalley, at its end lies the monastery Traktok
Large statue of Maitreya at Thikse monastery.
Door to a monastery.
Alchi is famous for the paintings in its monasteries. The rural paintings are
the last from the time when Kashmiri artists were spreading Buddhist teachings
with their amazing art.
The location of the village in the green oasis is equally stunning.
hHouse of a more affluent Ladakhi
Moonscape near Lamayuru
Zanskar map 3D.
The twin-peaked Nun (7'135m) and Kun (7'134 m) are the highest mountains in
Its glaciers run far down into the valley and end just across the river near the
Stunning meadows with dozens of different flowers.
Wide valley near the hamle of Yüldo. The chortens represent Vajrapani (black),
Avalokitshvara (white) and Manjushri (red) and announce that we have left the
Muslim-influneced part of Ladakh behind us and enter the predominantely Buddhist
Old Zanskari lady who leads the households of Yüldo.
The horses from Yüldo have a reputation of being the most suitable ones for
The wide valley of Yüldo is surrounded by steep walls.
The higest pass so far: from Penzi La (4'401 m) the glacier
Bardan monastery watches the entrance to the Lungnak valley..
Steep rockfaces and narrow valleys are characteristic of Zanskar, on the few
plateaus glacial water is used for irrigation.
Monastery Phuktal:one of the most stunning monasteries in the whole Himalayas.
The white buildings seem like a swallow nest clinging to the sheer rock faces.
Pyramid mountain looking out of the mist.
The small village of Kargiakh seems to be the most populated town south of
Fine rock carvings are often done during the long winters where people cannot do
any work outside the house.
Starting the ascent of Shingo La: The good weather quickly gives way to light
Fog and snow are getting stronger with every minute. After an hour we are lost,
one pony limps, the horsemen are crying, but luckily two locals with their yaks
have followed our path and pass us, leading the way.
Probably my most strenuous and least glorious pass I have ever climbed: Shingo
La, 5'051 m
Bridge before Zanskar Sumdo, getting the mules to cross it takes some time.
From Zanskar Sumdo it is an easy and enjoyable walk to Dharcha. The Manali-Leh
highway passes the village and we take a bus to Manali, regretting to have spent
only three weeks in the Indian Himalayas.