Leh: stairway to heaven - Ladakh / India

Before starting Your trek in the Indian Himalayas, You may have to stay a few days in Leh - Ladakh in order to acclimate Yourself to the high altitude (3600 m). If You are lucky enough to enjoy the capital of Ladakh without the massive presence of trekkers and retarded post-hippies, You will appreciate the quietness of a multisecurial city and its discreet stupas, the narrow streets, the gardens of the Old Town and - more than all - the extreme kindness of its inhabitants.

tips and facts:

+ where to stay:

You will find plenty of guest-houses in Leh but none of them is like Greenland: a family run guest-house on Changspa Road, surrounded by an ecological garden. Friendly, clean, ... one of my prefered place on earth! Changspa Road + 91-1982-253 156

+ Having a coffee at Lala's cafĂ© in the historical center of Leh. The building has been restored by the Tibet Heritage Fund and is the starting point of walks discovering Leh. Sankar House. +91-1981-250175

+ Don't buy bottles of water but fill Your can with clean water at Dzomsa on the Main Bazaar or on Changspa Road. These shops provide also more ecological solutions and products (washing, soap, juices,...) and are run by a local women comitee. +91-1982-250699

+ Try to reduce the environemental footprint of Your stay on the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas by using public transport, prefering homestay using solar energy, bringing home Your segregated wastes (batteries, plastic,...), reducing the consumption of clean water.

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