Ladakh Eco Trips was established to conserve Wildlife and to promote Community Based Tourism in Ladakh in general and Zanskar region of Ladakh in particular. Ladakh Eco Trips is an initiate of Tashi Tundup who worked with Snow Leopard Conservancy India-Trust for 8 years. After graduating from Jammu University, he was saddened to see that wildlife in the region was on the brink of extinction because of Poaching and also due to overgrazing of pastures. When he returned to Zanskar being aware of the inextricable links between wildlife and its role in the survival of the local, he formalized a plan to start organizing wildlife and cultural trips to boost the livelihood of the local, introduce travelers to the real Ladakh and preserve the fast dwindling wildlife.
What Is a homestay?
Homestays offer you a unique opportunity, to stay with and share the, culture of Ladakhi people in remote villages, while trekking through rugged habitat of the endangered Snow Leopard. It allows you to enjoy the rhythm of life in hamlets where farming and livestock herding has been the way of life for centuries. These homestays are offered along trekking route in Sham, Hemis National Park and Zanskar.
Bound by the Karakoram in the North and the great Himalayas in the South, Ladakh is a mountainous desert located at altitudes ranging from 9,000 ft to 25,000 ft. Situated at the western edge of the Tibetan Plateau, the Ladakh landscape has been modified and sculpted into its spectacular shape by wind and watererosion over the millennia. Despite the rugged terrain and difficult climatic condition the people of Ladakh exhibit a natural joie de vivre and warm disposition. Their customs and lifestyle are a continuum from the past and the cultural traditions are vibrantly alive and colourful.
The village of Basgo lies at a distance of 43 kms from Leh. There are 36 households in the Tunglung area which lies above the larger village of Basgo. Five households here offer you the experience of Himalayan Homestays. The name Basgo (bull head) originates from the presence of a large boulder,. shaped like a bull’s head.
The Basgo Castle served as a great fortress against many intruders during the 14th-15th century and is popular amongst the folk lores of ancient Ladakh. The fortress houses a 48 clay statue of Maitreya Buddha in the Chamba Lakang temple and a 28ft copper guild statue of Maitreya Buddha in the Serzang Lakang temple. Below this temple lies the Chamchung temple which is built in the shape of a mosque by the muslim queen, Gyal Khatun during the 16th century.