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Ladakh, I think for most of you it is a destination to see ones in you lifetime a Snow Leopard in the wild. If so than don't follow us. Our trip to Ladakh was focused on the Himalayan landscape, the Buddhist culture and birds/ mammals in the Summertime.



A magnificent view of two seven thousand: Nun & Kun 



Thiksay Monastery



Karsha Monastery



Dak-Thok Tse-Chu Festival



The hard live of Zanskari women



Monks during a Puja at Sani Gonpa



The audience at Naro-Nasjal festivals in Sani



Beautiful women with the traditional headdress called Perak



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I will be fascinated by this report. We visited Ladakh about 15 years ago, mainly focusing on culture and landscapes. I love your photos so far.



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Yes. I would go for Snow Leopards, but very interested in your report anyhow =)

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I hope @TonyQ that I'll be able to bring you a few memories back. @Amylovescritters thanks for your interest too. 

Unfortunately this will only be a report with a few pics here to show the beauty of Ladakh.    



The View into the Indus valley from Thiksay Monastery 



Maitreya - the Buddha of the future in the newly built temple (Thiksay Monastery)



Photo stop on the way to the village Shakti: the Chemday Monastery nestles picturesquely on the hillside



A bit outside of Shakti village - it is one of the possible ways to Nubra Vallay 



Moon Landscape shortly before Lamanyuru



View from Fatu La, the highest point of the Srinagar-Leh highways, at 4,108 meters above sea level  



Sunrise with golden colored mountains on the horizon in the Suru valley



The Parkachik glacier



Drang-Drung Glacier on the Pensi La - a pass of 14,000 feet, that is 4,267.20 meters



The view from the Stongday Monastery into the Zanskar Valley and the surrounding mountains was breathtaking



People of Zanskar







Naro-Nasjal festivals at Sani Monastery in Zanskar






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@Botswanadreams: What a refreshing trip report!! I am glad that it covers the landscape, people and cultural aspects. I will be looking forward to see more here..

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Gorgeous photos---I've dreamed of going to see the snow leopards but would hope to experience the culture as well...stunning...

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Thanks very much @xnegvx and @gatoratlarge for your nice replays. I think there is no problem to join one of the monastery festivals in the wintertime. 


An example:

"Spituk Gustor Festival is an annual winter celebration in Ladakh. It is the perfect occasion to cheer you up in the harsh winters. Gustor in the local language means 'Sacrifice of the 29th day' and is a traditional ritual to the monasteries of the reformist Gelukpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The two day festival is to be celebrated on 22th Jan to 23rd January 2020 in the Spituk Monastery. Held in the 28th and 29th days of the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar, the festival celebrated since the 11th century symbolizes victory of good over evil. The main purpose of the festival is for world peace, happiness and for the welfare of all beings."


Please be aware that the day changed every year to our calendar. There are a lot of websites showing the exact days for every year. So you can plan your snow leopard trip exactly around one of this winter festivals. You only would need to be very warm dressed because it is always outside.  

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I think it's time for a bit wildlife.



Our first mammal in Ladakh: The beautiful Long-tailed Marmot - you can't miss them in the Suru Valley. They are everywhere but most of the time a bit far.  


If you travel with CB Singh, the formal Guide from WWI, now with his own company "Comfort Bird Tours India" you can't avoid to look for birds the whole day. That is a very good thing. 



Eurasian Magpie bactriana - our welcome bird in the garden of Saboo Guest house 



Rock Pigeon



Hill Pigeon © CB Singh



Snow Pigeon



Red-billed Chough



Yellow-billed Chough or Alpin Chogh © CB Singh



Horned Lark (female)



Common Rosefinch



Great Rosefinch © CB Singh



Rock Bunting



Green Sandpiper © CB Singh



Black Redstart



Eversmann's Redstart or Rufous-backed Redstart



Black-headed Mountain-Finch or Brandt's Mountain-finch



A jung Horned Lark



Fire-fronted Serin © CB Singh



Domestic Yak - Wild Yaks haven't seen in Ladakh for a long time  


This is a selection from our first 10 days.

If you like more than please feel free to take a look at our homepage. This is the link Ladakh 2019.








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