Ladakh HH

Our Approach

By opting to stay at a Himalayan Homestay, you help local people generate income from tourism activities in their area. This income helps in important ways:

It offsets and compensates livestock losses to snow leopards and other predators

It helps local people earn from wildlife tourism and increases their stake in conserving wildlife

It helps communities change their attitudes towards snow leopards from viewing them as pests to regarding them as valuable assets whose presence draws visitors and provides economic opportunities

It reduces human-wildlife conflict and promotes coexistence

It generates funds for communities to protect their mountain environment. These funds are created in a unique way: 10 percent of all homestays’ income goes into a ‘village conservation fund’, which is used by villagers for tree planting, garbage cleaning and maintenance of their cultural heritage such as mani walls, chortens and sacred juniper stands.

This fund inspired an incredible example of community conservation, where the Ulley and surrounding villages voluntarily freed 16 sq miles from livestock grazing for the betterment of traditional pastureland for the endangered Ladakh urial and Asiatic ibex.

 

HELP TO PROTECT LADAKH:

Following these simple Do’s and Dont’s will help preserve Ladakh’s pristine environment and unique culture.

  • Avoid buying plastic mineral water bottles as much as possible. Instead, carry your own bottle and refill it with spring- or solar-boiled water where available
  • Do not leave any litter along trekking routes or campsites and carry garbage that is unavoidable back to Leh, Srinagar or Kargil for recycling
  • Don’t use plastic bags, they are banned in Ladakh
  • Keep all pollutants away from streams and lakes
  • Where available, use solar showers for bathing
  • Take special care to not disturb wildlife
  • Do not disturb breeding waterbirds on lakes and other wetlands
  • Do not drive off-road, especially near high altitude lakes like Tsokar and Tsomoriri, as this greatly harms ground-nesting birds, small mammals and reptiles
  • Respect the sanctity of holy and historical sites; take off your shoes before entering a monastery
  • Do not touch the statues or frescoes in monasteries and refrain from smoking on the premises
  • Do not use flash photography inside monasteries; the flash damages the colour of the centuries-old frescoes
  • Take home happy memories, leave only footprints behind!

BEAUTIFUL VALLEYS OF LADAKH

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SHAM VALLEY

Sham, literally meaning lower part, forms the lower Indus Valley. Contrary to its English meaning, it is very authentic! This valley is the most accessible part of Ladakh owing to the national highway (NH1) running through most part of the valley. It is also known for its rich cultural heritage, especially the monasteries such as Alchi, Lamayuru, Likir and Ridzong. Sham has unparalleled natural beauty such as juniper and poplar groves, forming oasis in the cold desert.

Rong Valley

RONG VALLEY

Rong, represents the upper reaches of the Indus Valley or the upper parts of Changthang is pierced with narrow gorges and vertical cliffs. Rong literally meaning gorge in Ladakhi, opens up to the vast stretches of the Changthang plateau that hosts the important lakes like Tsokar and Tsomoriri.

The mighty Indus, which originates in Tibet, meanders through the Changthang, then traversing through the Rong Valley. Here in, picturesquely located are the Himalayan Homestay sites just over an hour’s drive east of Leh.

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Zanskar Valley

ZANSKAR VALLEY

Zanskar lies to the east of Kargil, is an enchanting and yet home to some of the last few isolated valleys in the Himalayas. Zanskar means the land of white copper (Zan-copper and kar referring to white or snow). Zanskar is a long narrow valley tied between the mighty Zanskar range and Greater Himalayas. With an average of 3950m asl, the only motorable road to Padum, Zanskar administrative centre is from Kargil.

 

"The income (from homestays) stays with local people and the education provided helps conservation measures and the environment."

Rinchen Wangchuk -Snow Leopard Conservancy