The Apple Orchard Homestay

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Stay near the hidden heritage site

Live organic village life

Live in a village that grows organic Apples, practices ancestral artistry and preserves their cultural roots

Why we love this homestay?
  • Grows organic fruits and vegetables
  • Home of Ladakhi copper artists
Tsogty Homestays

Tsogsty is a beautiful village in Hemis national park. The village is surrounded by apple orchids, apricot and walnut farms, and a water spring flows just beside it. The village has four beautiful houses in the middle of the colourful barren mountains. In this village, you can also meet the copper metal artisans who still practice this ancient art. Experience a stay at this vibrant village.

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 - Rigzin Dolkar (Village Coordinator)
  • Warm, authentic hospitality
  • Knowhow on village's cultural roots
  • Languages spoken - Ladakhi, Hindi

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Tsogty Homestays is a village homestay and Rigzin Dolkar is the local coordinator to manage the rotation system in the village. The host families mainly practice agriculture and copper art-making that is exclusive to this region. They take pride in their culture and happily share their traditional knowledge & lifestyle with their guests.

Enjoy organic local food!
  • Local specialities - Organic apples & Apricots
  • ‘Organic’ local cuisine - Chutagi
  • Dining area with traditional 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.

Explore the unexplored!
  • Sumda Chun heritage (30 mins drive)
  • Hemis National Park trail (1.5 hrs drive)
  • Copper artisans’ village (2 hrs trek)

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The built-heritage site of the Sumda Chun Monastery is just 30 minutes drive away from Tsogty. Visit it to see the unique, towering statue of Vairocana, and the paintings and relics from the earliest eras of Tibetan culture. The village is situated in the Hemis National Park—the starting point of the most popular Markha Valley Trek is 1-1.5hrs drive away. The copper artisans’ villages—Sumda Chenmo and Chilling—are also nearby.

What it includes?

Overnight stay
Breakfast, Dinner
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 need some time away from your urban life? Does living in a mud house in the mountains truly excite you? If your answer is yes, start packing your bags now! You might not get uninterrupted internet here, but you’ll be far too busy exploring the most breathtaking, most unseen corners of the trans-Himalayas, to miss your Twitter feed and news updates. The greatest luxury here is spending your days under a bright, blue sky at a beautiful mountain destination, getting freshly cooked organic food for every meal, and swapping stories with locals, who open their doors and hearts to you!

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Sumda Chun
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Photolalok
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with 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

If you want to experience local tranquility in a very simple home-stay in a traditional village – this is your place to be! …take a guide with you, to assist with translation, if you want to learn more about the village, its people and culture. Transportation easiest arranged via Gaganpreet as well.

July 15, 2019

Sunitha Shah

Family Traveller

We were 8 adults and 8 children, All of us had the best moments in this place. Village in itself is so peaceful and beautiful! Villagers served us healthy and tasty home made food with affection , In fact they allowed us in kitchen to learn their cuisines, Vegetables were so fresh because they were grown in their own farms organically. Rooms, Beds and blankets were neat and clean. When ever we requested for hot water it was there in the very next moment. To express in one sentence We could feel the right meaning of ‘Athidi Devo Bhava’ :-). Thanks to GHE ( Global Himalayan Expedition) for such a innovative thought of village home stays and local experience. Children in our group are now more aware of what is tourism and how it is supposed to be!

June 14, 2019

Samran Hannah

Group Traveller

We were then arranged to live at Tsogsti Apricot Village instead. The place overlooks the Zanskar River and valley and is very close to the confluence. When we reached there we, we couldn’t believe where we were. This green patch in the middle of the mountains in a desert. It was heaven on earth. 6 of us were divided into 3 homes and each host was so loving and hospitable.

June 4, 2019
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