Ladakh

Markha valley and ascent of Stok Kangri - August 2006

 

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Day 4 - More acclimatizing: A walk to the north of Leh

Today is another remarkably hot day and we will be walking a little more instead of being driven. More acclimatizing! We follow the western side of the valley towards a village called Gompa, just a little north of Leh.

 

We walk along fields, irrigation canals, a small free flowing torrent, dark green grass then back through habitations to finish down by the road coming down from the Khardung La.

One thing that I find particularly amusing are the way willows are cultivated (wood is scarce and a precious commodity in Ladakh), using old cans to protect them from animals (and may also to make them grow straight). See the pictures in the middle of the page.

 

The afternoon is devoted to packing our stuff for the start of the trek tomorrow, deciding what to leave in Leh and what to take as well as last minute small purchases

 

 

 

Fields

 

A wall made from the traditional mud bricks

 

 
 

Lots of lizards everywhere

 

 

Lots of lizards everywhere

 

 

My son Lukas standing between two stupas

 

 

Walking on soft green grass

 

 

Willows

 

 
Willows with animal protection

 

 

Fields and desert

 

 

Freshly repainted stupas

 

 

A large prayer wheel

 

 
A young girl with a young cow

 

 
 

Fields, poplar trees and the ever present Stok Kangri in the backgorund

 

 

A row of stupas

 

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