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Pick up from the airport and arrive at your hotel in Leh (11,500ft). Just rest today and acclimatize yourself to the new environment amidst the picturesque Himalayan landscapes. This is required to adjust your body to the low oxygen levels.
We drive around to some interesting sightseeing attractions around Leh and spend some time in Leh market. Take a visit to the largest monastery in Ladakh, the Hemis Monastery. Visit the Thiksey Monastery and Shey Palace to admire the stunning statues of Buddha.
We will drive today to Tsogsty, a beautiful village inside the Hemis National Park. In this village, you can see the work of local copper artisans who have been doing this art for centuries. Also, try your hands-on archery and see local apple and apricot farms.
We drive to our second copper artisans’ village, Chilling. Chilling is the last remaining major hub of copper handicrafts with at least 10 artisans who do this work full time. Meet the experts of copper handicraft and learn about the history of this beautiful handicraft which is centuries old. There is also a local museum where there are old artifacts and tools for display.
We’ll drive to Rangdoh to start our trek to our third copper village, Sumda-Chenmo, which is about 11Km hike. We’ll trek at a comfortable pace with sufficient breaks in between. The trail is alongside a river stream through a beautiful valley. Total trek should take 5-6 hrs and we should reach the village by evening. Stay tonight at our homestay in Sumda Chenmo.
Sumda-Chenmo is our main village which has 4 copper artisans who still practice this ancient art. We will do a study of this art interacting with the artisans, learning the techniques and the tools and also try making a copper artefact. Sumda-Chenmo also has ancient Buddha statues that date back to 11th century. These wooden statues were excavated in 2008 by a team of Archeologists.
After trekking down till Rangdoh we’ll visit Sumda-Chun, an ancient village that has lost this art. The village is also home to one of the most ancient and beautiful monastery. After interacting with the villagers and visiting the ancient monastery, we’ll drive back to Leh. You can spend rest of the day exploring the Leh market. You can buy Pashmina and other local crafts from the market.
We’ll drop you to the airport as per your flight schedule. Or one can keep exploring the beautiful land of mountain passes.