Ladakh: 9 Memories of Deep Himalayan India

Dan at Gongmaru La Pass, Layers and Layers of Mountains - Ladakh, India

Ladakh: a place we had dreamed about for well over a decade, a visit packed with expectations. What made this place remarkable wasn’t quite what we expected.Imagining Ladakh for all of those years, we focused on the landscape. Sure, Ladakh as a setting for just about anything did not disappoint. The physical beauty was more stunning – and more consistently so -- … [Read more...]

Buddhist Temple at Likir Monastery, Ladakh [360-Degree Panorama]

likir monastery

While traveling, we often find ourselves focused on the present. This is a good thing. Then, something helps us appreciate the history, the roots of where we happen to be. This too, is useful because it provides perspective.Likir Buddhist Monastery in Ladakh, at almost 1,000 years old, is one of those places.For much of our visit to Likir Monastery we were … [Read more...]

Stay Open, Stay Safe: 5 Unconventional Travel Safety Tips

Dan vs. the Bull - Boudhanath, Nepal

For all our readers that ask around the question, "How do you balance safety and openness on the road?" A few thoughts.The U.S. State Department Travel warnings are shaking the news once again. Apparently, many people are wondering whether to cancel their travel plans. We’re getting notes from family and friends asking us to be careful. And we’re currently in … [Read more...]

Crossing Gongmaru La Pass, Ladakh [360-Degree Panorama]

Ladakh pass

Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags greet us as we reach Ladakh's Gongmaru La pass. All the residual fatigue from climbing up to 16,800 feet/5,130 meters seems to evaporate once we've reached this place, our goal. It's been six days in the Markha Valley and we've been up and down -- and up again.We have to remind ourselves not to move around too quickly up here, not to … [Read more...]

Trekking Ladakh: On Top of the World in the Himalayas [360-Degree Panorama]

Ladakh lake

Five days into our Markha Valley Trek in Ladakh, India. We were on our way to Nimiling, a summer hangout for local shepherds (with their flocks of sheep, goats and cattle/yak hybrids called zos) and the overnight base camp for our final ascent to Gongmaru La Pass (5,130 meters/16,800 feet). That morning we endured and enjoyed our share of steep climbs, losing … [Read more...]