Copper Artisan Homestay

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Stay at Copper Artisan’s Homestay in Hemis National Park

See Ancient Craftsmanship

Be a guest of a copper artist whose ancestors were invited from Nepal for the special craftmanship

Why we love this homestay?
  • Origin of the artistic handicrafts
  • Nestled in Hemis National Park
Sumda Chenmo Homestays

This is the village where those Tibetan copper jars, utensils, and prayer wheels are made! Villagers of Sumda Chenmo are the descendants of the most skillful copper artists who moved from Nepal to Ladakh. While continuing their traditional craftmanship, these artists have turned their traditional houses into homestays. With the mix of Double Bed, Single Beds, and  Ground-level Mattress set up in their homestays, these artists like to host the tourists in the best of their capacity. 

Homestay features
  • A free responsible traveller’s kit with a towel, toiletries, women's hygiene products and sanitiser and a local trail mix of sundried summer fruits and nuts!
  • Himalayan Tourism Information Server
  • Traditional, eco-friendly dry toilet
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Solar powered homestay with no power cuts!
  • First-aid
Your host - Dorjey (Village Coordinator)
  • Warm, authentic hospitality
  • Knowledge about copper art and culture
  • Languages spoken - Ladakhi, Hindi

Know more

Dorjey comes from a family of Copper Artists of Ladakh. His ancestors traveled from Nepal to make copper artifacts for the nearby monasteries long back in time. He and many artists like him are continuing this legacy. Dorjey and his family are wonderful hosts who always talk about their culture and traditions.

Enjoy the local food
  • Local specialities - Khambir and Thukpa
  • ‘Organic’ local food
  • Dining area with traditional display of kitchenware

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The hosts serve delicious local Ladakhi delicacies tweaked to suit all palates, along with a standard spread of roti, dal, rice, and vegetables. A true farm-to-table experience, all vegetables are organically grown in the village! Please inform us in advance though, if you have any specific requirements or allergies.

Places to explore
  • Copper art making in the village
  • Sumda Chun Monastery (2 hrs trek)
  • Hemis National Park Trail (2 Hrs trek)

Know more

The copper artists have their workshops in the village where you can learn about this traditional skill and also make one artifact for yourself. The Sumda Chun Monastery is the last motorable point to get to Sumda Chenmo. You can plan to visit the monastery on the way to reach Sumda Chenmo. The famous trail of Hemis National Park starts from Skiu village which is 2 hrs drive from the last motorable point of Sumda Chenmo.

What it includes?

Overnight stay
Village tour
Traveler’s kit
First aid facility

What it excludes?

Any personal expenses
Transportation to village
Additional Meals – Lunch, Dinner
Visa/Travel insurance
Room service fee

Is this Homestay right for you?

Are you choosing this homestay because you are on a vacation and need some time away from your urban life? Does living a village life in the mud house in the mountains excite you? If your answer is yes, this homestay is the place to find all of this in one place. You might not get the internet here but you will also not feel the need for it as you will be busy exploring the village life. The luxury here is living at the beautiful mountain destination, getting freshly cooked organic food at every meal, and having happy locals offering their warm hospitality.

Hear from communities

  • I became Mountain Homestay Host in 2018 and have hosted many travelers since then. Running homestay has been very beneficial for me and my family. The solar set up in our house not only is useful for us but even travelers prefer staying in our homestay due to the availability of this facility

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Photolalok
  • The astronomy training turned out to be a life-changing event for my village. I felt happy and proud while explaining the planets and the secrets of the universe to the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the Dark skies.

    Tsewang Dorjey
    Astropreneur - Maan
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Solo Traveller

Absolutely great experience traveling to this beautiful location. The homestay was comfortable and family very hospitable. We spent great time in the village and also learnt to make our own copper handicraft.

September 12, 2019


Solo Traveller

Incredible experience. Really an Un-Travelled corner in Himalayas, with clean rooms, great food and a brilliant host. The village is full of surprises. The local artisans make beautiful copper handicraft and showed is artwork that was truly vintage. A memorable stay that you gotta experience if you are going all the way to Ladakh.

August 25, 2019
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