The Zanskar valley remains cut off from the rest of India for 7 months of the year.  The tourist trails really only open in mid-June, but I decided we were going to tackle it a month earlyier.  Here's some more shots of what we experienced.

 Hiking up through Cathedral gorge

Hiking up through Cathedral gorge

 Sangay, my guide and the porters

Sangay, my guide and the porters

 Sangay making his way to the top

Sangay making his way to the top

 Finally found a place to rest

Finally found a place to rest

 Clinging onto whatever you can get hold of

Clinging onto whatever you can get hold of

 The flat valleys of Padum

The flat valleys of Padum

 Terraced housing and fields of the Zanskar valley

Terraced housing and fields of the Zanskar valley

 Would you cross a bridge made of sticks and stones?!

Would you cross a bridge made of sticks and stones?!

 Buddhist flags of good luck - "Om Mani Pae Mey Hun" 

Buddhist flags of good luck - "Om Mani Pae Mey Hun" 

 Kids play around the stoopas

Kids play around the stoopas

 We'd be offered cups of hot tea by shepherds

We'd be offered cups of hot tea by shepherds

 Standing atop Shingo-La pass, 5,064m.

Standing atop Shingo-La pass, 5,064m.

 Snowy peaks with no obvious way through

Snowy peaks with no obvious way through

 The weather closes in forcing us to continue further down the valley

The weather closes in forcing us to continue further down the valley

If you enjoyed these, have a read about part 1 and part 2 of the journey.

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