Bringing you our next story from the Himalayas to keep you engrossed indoors as we enter the extension period of the lockdown in India which is a crucial phase in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is a story from our guests and editor on their experiences in the last decade during the Zanskar multi-adventure expedition we’ve been running since the early 2000’s:
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” – This quote stands true when you decide to plan a trip to Ladakh trip. Whether it is rafting in the thundering Zanskar river or trekking to one of its many high-altitude valleys, adventure in Ladakh always starts at Leh. Wandering in its streets transports you to 13th century central Asia.
Our trip began after an inspiring early morning flight over the Great Himalayan range with the sun reaching out to hit the mountaintops. An hour later one is nearly skimming Spituk Gompa on one of the toughest landings in the country. Brown & barren at 11,500 feet above sea level – Leh makes you feel lightheaded and tired. It takes about a day to acclimatize with adequate rest and maybe, a pill against altitude sickness.
When you reach Leh, you will be welcomed by fluttering prayer flags and brightly colored gompas. The Indus River meanders through there and sets a beautiful scene along with the rocky ridges and tiny mud-brick houses.