The Little Tibet Experience
Today brings a late start, leaving the moing free for you to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and walk around the camp site, taking in the sights and the peaceful milieu where each tent opens out on to alfalfa pastures. Enjoy the view of the willow trees as the wind gracefully brushes the branches and the rustling sound of the poplar trees create an aura of unmatched beauty and serenity, making you unwind and relax.
Or, you may take an easy, invigorating walk in the vicinity of the camp through the lush farmlands of Nyerma, with insights into ancient knowledge of medicinal herbs, agricultural practices and religious life in the nunnery. Retu to the camp for your lunch. This afteoon following lunch, you will visit the famed Matho monastery.
The village of Matho is located at the mouth of a deep gorge running out of the Zanskar Range and across the river Indus. Founded in 1410 century by Lama Dunpa Dorje, it belongs to the Sakya Order. It is noted for its six-hundred-year-old thangkas and its conservation project of the monastery undertaken by local women and led by a spirited team from all parts of the globe. We then proceed on a gentle orientation tour of Leh. Our Leh City Heritage Walk ushers you to the labyrinth of by-lanes of Leh City under the gaze of the imposing 17th century nine storied Leh City Palace.
Our walk takes you through this last big frontier town where everything from daily needed rations to locally spun woolen clothing , rugs, yak fur and yak tail and ritualistic items can be sourced. The city boulevard
presents a cauldron of shops which sell Pashmina shawls, stoles to Tibetan handicraft items. A few scattered curio shops also offer traditional Ladakhi jewelry set with turquoise, jade and emerald. Your walk concludes near Chubi village where your vehicle will pick you up and take you to Shanti Stupa, perched upon a great vantage point over Leh, with spectacular views of this mesmerizing stone strewn landscape.
Bird Watching: If you are an early riser, may we suggest setting out on our optional bird watching session, with our camp naturalist, spotting and identifying a variety of birds indigenous of the trans-Himalayan region.
Séance with the Oracle: Drive to the Choglamsar village for a séance session with the village Oracle. [Note: This optional excursion will be confirmed a day prior subject to the oracle willing to give an audience].
Oveight at the Chamba Camp, Thiksey