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Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Hemis November 7th 2015

Rumbak Valley - Ladhaki Loving From Leh, we drove one hour to the entrance of Hemis National Park, Ladakh. From the beginning of the Rumbak Valley, we began a hike towards our new home for five nights. About ten mules were transporting our belongings plus camping equipment as we hiked ahead into the valley. Embarrassingly the mules overtook us, and were clearly better acclimatized! Once at camp, we erected tents in the most stunning location I think I have ever camped. Before nightfall arrived, we hiked up a short but steep hill nearby to observe the surrounding jagged mountains, and to look for snow leopards…no easy task! The Rumbak Valley is considered the capital city of Snow Leopards, but has no real significance when there are only about nine of them roaming around this whole area! ... read more
The epic trekking day! Seeking the leopard!
My favourite vista!
Spotting Leopards...

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Hemis March 23rd 2015

Last night we transferred all unnecessary gear into one case and left it at the hotel in Delhi, we entered the car taking us to the airport at 4 am packed breakfast in one hand extreme cold sleeping bags in the other, we arrived at the airport in plenty of time for our early morning flight. The flight to the Himalayan city of Leh took a little over an hour and a half, the views of the mountain peaks projecting through the clouds were truly breathtaking. We were met at the city's tiny airport by Tharpa our guide who showed us to our hotel, the temperature is -8 degrees but the sky was clear and there was no wind so the cold was not too bad. Leh has a particular Tibetan feel about it, clean fresh ... read more
Hotel surrounded by mountains
Quiet but pretty
Jama Masjid

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Hemis October 14th 2013

Hey there, Une fois n'est pas coutume! Indeed, today (-60 days still) not much happened besides organizing and traveling, so I am posting a video that I shot yesterday (-60 days) at Hemis Gompa (Gompa = Monastery). So we had been warned, that at Hemis, we might not have a very good experience, because it is the biggest and most visited monastery in Ladakh. But on the contrary, it was very peaceful (albeit construction works going on) and we were very welcome. After that we were looking to organize our trek through an agency from Leh but without much success, also my hard drive starts to behave erratically but I could fix it in a cybercafe. For the rest see the other 2 videos.... ... read more

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Hemis November 1st 2011

Quelle journee benie! Le matin notre hotesse a fait comme d'habitude le tour de la maison avec le pot d'incence brulante en incantant son OM. Ca nous a mis sur la bonne voie. Nous sommes partis (en vrais touristes, en taxi) vers Hemis, a 45 km de Leh. Quel bonheur de voir le paysage du Ladakh: les montagnes arrides en roche beige, les sommets couverts de neige, la verte riviere Indus sautillant a cote de la route, les voiliers d'oiseaux dansant hypnothiquement entre les rochers, et soudainement l'apparition du petit village de Hemis et apres 3 tournantes bordes d'argousiers , le monastere d'Hemis. Le plus grand et plus important au Ladakh. Niche entre les montagnes, garde au nord par un Budha dore perche sur les rochers, au sud par un stupa en lapis lazuli, magnifique sous ... read more
Hemiss - cour interieure
Hemis- Budha en temple
Hemis - un the au Himalaya

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Hemis April 9th 2011

On our third day in Ladakh it was finally time for our first longer excursion. We were still quite groggy in the morning after yet another exhausting night; it seemed we were not yet fully recovered from the change of altitude. The thought of leaving the warm bed, now a fortress of blankets and jackets layered on top of each other like the Earth's geological strata, and setting foot on what must surely be ice cold tiles in the bathroom felt just as alien and uninviting as trying to walk on the moon without an encounter suit. Then there was the promise of hot water nagging in the back of my head, I just knew I would be in for disappointment on that front. But surely the hotel manager had reassured us that yes hot water ... read more
Kay during a quick photo break
Stakna goemba
Shaking off the winter...

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