Himalaya is always one of the must-see destinations with almost tourists especially explorers. However, when visiting Himalaya, tourists also admire the beauty of landscapes in there as well as the secret land- Ladakh. Ladakh has much in common with Tibet as it is in the Himalayan range, Buddhist culture, and spectacular scenery and remains mysterious to visitors.
Ladakh is a mountainous region and an autonomous region in northern India bordering Pakistan which is the disputed Kashmir region and autonomous regions of China such as Xinjiang, Tibet. It is understandable that in this position, Ladakh has been a cultural, economic intersection for over 1,000 years. Apart from its historical importance, Ladakh is also located between the Himalayas and Karakoram, so it becomes more special. There are only two main roads leading here, but the snow-covered roads can not be walked for July and August each year. Furthermore, due to difficult access conditions, the Buddhist culture, traditions here are kept very careful. While neighboring Tibet is 10 times the size of Ladakh, it attracts 250 times more tourists.
In order to explore Ladakh, tourists have to spend a week to trek through Markha valley and stay at local people’s houses. You can begin your trip from the Zhingchan village which located far Leh 50km in the west and goes through two mountain passes at an altitude of 4,900 m with spectacular views in Shang Sumdo, 48 km south of Leh. Along the way, they quickly became accustomed to the sight of stone chorten towers that symbolized the Buddha’s presence. These towers are the place to pray, reflect as well as store the local Buddhist relics. The tower is often located in a sacred place, such as towards the top of a mountain or gate of a village which is considered as a place of positive energy to the people living around or passing through.
Furthermore, in the Markha Valley, trekkers can find a place to sleep overnight by following signboards outside the home and asking if they have room for the night. Homestay prices in Ladakh do not change much by season. Families will give you a place to sleep, serving local dishes like momos, tingmo and thukpa. In a family where the group stayed in Skiu village, the children played with their grandparents in the kitchen while their mothers were preparing tea and the breakfast was flatbread. Although some houses have modern equipment like solar lights, life here is still as simple as the last century: fields, mud houses, and people gather around the fire every night. The landscape of the Markha Valley is constantly changing. On the way to Hankar village, the group saw very clearly the snow-covered mountains and red rocks. In addition, over the Gongmaru Pass, there is a vast valley and vast green river, which shows the diversity of terrain in Ladakh.
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