In 2017, Mountain Homestays will be bridging access for tourists to very unique villages in Ladakh. Some of these villages have never been visited and through tourism we are opening gateways to new opportunities. Tourism will be central in sustainable development of these villages through better livelihoods, preserving local handicrafts and legacy of tradition.
Introducing Mahé, one of the unique nomadic village of Ladakh. The villagers of Mahé are very poor laborers and nomads. Introduction of tourism brings in a new ray of light to this community. The house renovations of Mahé is the first step in this direction.
The nomads of Chanthang region migrate from one grassland to other with their herds of yak and sheep. Mahé is one such village of Ladakh, surrounded by lakes and offers an enriching experience of their nomadic lifestyle.
The village houses are in a bad state and deem an unhealthy life for the villagers. We intend to improve the condition of houses through this trip by renovating it.
Pick up from the airport and arrive at your hotel in Leh. Acclimatize yourself to the new environment amidst the picturesque Himalayan landscapes. This is required to get your body to adjust to the height and oxygen levels.
We get to see some interesting sights of Leh, some major attractions of Leh and a chance to understand Buddhism that is widely followed here and the Ladakhi way of living.
Our day starts with a visit to a prominent monastery of Ladakh, the Hemis Gompa.
From here to Mahé is a scenic 150Km drive along the Indus river stream. In the evening we visit the Mahé Monastery and also put together a plan for our renovation task.
We will do a full day activity of house renovation. Teams will be divided and tasks assigned to all. A fun filled experience with a meaning to it. A first step towards sustainable development at this village.
Tso Moriri Lake is famous among wildlife lovers. The lake is just 60km from Mahé and identified as a conservation wetland and a major spot to observe migratory birds like black necked cranes.
We will spend some time at the lake and return to Mahé in the evening to enjoy some authentic Ladakhi dinner, local folk songs and dance by the village women.
Just a few miles away from Mahé we get to see a high altitude lake - Yahey which is surrounded by grasslands. The nomads from Mahé graze their livestock here. There are many other lakes which can be accessed on foot where the nomads migrate to in the summers.
On our drive back to Leh we'll stop at Chumathang. Chumathang has natural hot water springs which is a unique geothermal site, one of the very few in Ladakh. We reach Leh by the evening.
Visit this highest motorable road at a height of 18,380 ft. The evening can be spent in shopping for souvenirs at the Leh market.
Airport transfer as per your flight schedule.