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We will pick you up from the Leh airport and transfer you to your eco-friendly homestay in Leh (11,500ft). You will be resting today and acclimatizing yourself to the High-Altitude environment amidst the picturesque Himalayan landscape. This day is called the Acclimatization day and is required to adjust your body to the low oxygen levels of this altitude.
Before you step into the villages of Ladakh you would acquaint yourselves with the Ladakhi culture, heritage, and lifestyle. You will visit Shanti Stupa and Leh Market today. Come back and rest in the same homestay.
Sumda Chun village is at a height of 3500 meters from the sea level and to date is only accessible by a trek of about 4 hours from the nearby road. Sumda Chun Monastery has been attributed to the period of Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo (957-1055) and is believed to be one of the three temples founded by him in one night along with Alchi Monastery and Mangyu. The team will stay at Homestay at Skiu village. Sumda Chun has been electrified by the Global Himalayan Expedition in 2017.
Today you will have a hands-on experience of farming with the villagers Farming at high altitude requires different skillset and precision. It is an exposure to know how life still exists without technology. The locals get only two to three months of the year for seed sowing and irrigation. Learn about these traditional techniques and participate in some activities like archery and cooking. Spend time in apricot farms with a villager and know about how the crop is cultivated, best season, and recipes of apricots. The night will be spent in the homestay where you may request the owner to share some mountain stories.
We will start a trek to the village Sara today. The journey will take you to one of the most beautiful paths in the world. You may learn ancient trekking and surviving techniques from our local guide. An authentic Ladakhi food will be waiting for you at Sara. You will rest and freshen up upon arrival. Our guide will take you to the village tour. You may again opt to work on farms with villagers. The night will be spent at the homestay at Sara.
Trek back via Skiu village situated on the banks of the beautiful Markha River. The villagers here are always busy with their cattle and farming activities but happily make travelers part of their routine. They would be more than happy to cook some special local food on demand. Don’t forget to check the local flour mill at the entry of the village.
After breakfast, drive back to Leh and go to the homestay in Thiksey. After freshen up, visit the famous Hemis monastery and Shey palace today. Hemis Monastery is a Himalayan Buddhist monastery (gompa) of the Drukpa Lineage, in Hemis, Ladakh, India. Situated 45 km from Leh, the monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the past. The original palace, was built near the Shey village by Lhachen Palgyigon, the king of Ladakh. You can visit the Leh market towards the evening and come back to the homestay.
On the last day, the tour ends post breakfast in the homestay. One can fly back or keep exploring Ladakh for next few days.