Winter festivals in Ladakh
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One of the great peculiarities of Tibetan Buddhism is the great number of religious festivals. Each monastery celebrates its own festivals every year. During the festivals, special rituals are conducted, offerings are given to divinities during dance rituals called Chams, which all the villagers attend and enjoy. These dances, which aim to teach the people about Buddha’s doctrine and to overcome internal obstacles, last sometimes for a few days. These festivals become occasions for villagers to gather, meet, celebrate and sometimes to court. They wear the most beautiful clothes and jewellery, and relax and have fun.
In Ladakh, the largest part of the religious festivals takes place in the winter which is called the time of festivities. We propose you attend some of the most prestigious ones in Ladakh.
Our program: we visit Leh, a civilization at the crossroads, attend to Buddhist festival in the Indus valley, and walk on one of the most ancient parts of the Caravan Road connecting Kashmir to Tibet.
The short (4 days) and easy (the altitude doesn’t go above 4000 m) trek leads us on one of the mythical parts of the Silk Road. We pass through many villages surrounded by majestic snow mountains and visit some monasteries perched on rocky headlands and get immersed in the Ladakhi world thanks to home stays.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY ON REQUEST
DATES - WINTER FESTIVALS 2015
From 6 to 7 February 2016 : Festivals of Leh and Likir *
From 16 to 17 Feb 2015 : Festival of Stok *
From 21 to 22 March 2015 : Festival of Matho *
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel in central Delhi. Overnight at hotel .
Day 2: Flight Delhi - Leh ( 3500 m )
Early in the morning, fly from Delhi to Leh, passing over the majestic Himalayas. Transfer to the hotel in Leh. First contact with the "Little Tibet" and its altitude. Afternoon rest. Overnight in guest house * .
Day 3: Leh ( 3500 m )
Warm-up day: visit Leh. Overnight in guest house *.
Day 4: Indus Valley (3500 m)
Visit Shey , Stok and Matho . Overnight in Leh guest house *.
Day 5: Indus Valley (3500 m)
Discover the eastern part of the Indus Valley and monasteries Tikse , Chemre and Hemis . Overnight in guest house * in Leh .
Day 6: Leh - Lamayuru ( 3400 m)
Departure to the west of the Indus Valley. Visit the monasteries of Phyang and Alchi . We continue to Lamayuru . Overnight in guest house.
Day 7: Lamayuru - Khaltse - Temisgam (3500 m) [2/3 hour walk]
Visit the extraordinary Lamayuru monastery and drive towards Khaltse . Start trekking. Climb to the Bongbong -La ( 3650 m) across a beautiful desert landscape. Then head down to the village of Tea. We continue our walk towards the oasis of Temisgam (3500 m). Visit the village. Overnight homestay.
Day 8: The Temisgam - Mebtak - Skupachan Hemis (3600 m) [ 4/5 hour walk]
We reach the village of Ang before taking the neck of Mebtak La (3720m ) . Follow a long descent to the village of Hemis Skupachan . Visit the village. Overnight homestay .
Day 9: Hemis Skupachan - Tsermangchan La ( 3750m ) - Yangtang (3500 m) [3/4 hour walk]
Climb to the Col de Tsermangchan La ( 3750m ) , then down to Yangtang (3500 m). Visit the village . Overnight homestay .
Day 10: Yangtang - Rizong - Yangtang (3500 m) [3/4 hour walk]
We walk in a deep valley that leads to the Rizong monastery perched in a fantastic site. A nunnery located about 1/2 hour from Rizong may be an excursion for those who want it. Return by the same route. Overnight homestay .
Day 11 : Yangtang - The Charatse - Likir - Leh ( 3500 m ) [3 H walk]
Climb to the Charatse -La ( 3650 m) and then descend to the village of Sumdo , where we have lunch . In the afternoon, climb to the Pobe -La before visiting the monastery of Likir. End of the trek . Back to Leh by road. Overnight in guest house *.
Day 12: Leh ( 3500 m )
Free day in Leh. Overnight in guest house *.
Day 13: Leh - Delhi
Very early morning flight from Leh to Delhi. Transfer to the hotel in the center of Delhi. Overnight at hotel .
Day 14: Delhi - International Airport
Free day in Delhi (an extra day has been added to the program as contingency in case of a delay of the Leh- Delhi flight, which mainly happens due to weather conditions). Transfer to the international airport in the evening.
* Program can be changed according to the festivals you wish to visit.