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.
Why choose a homestay?
By opting for himalayan homestay, you help local people generate income from tourism activities in their areas. This additional income helps in many ways:
- offsets livestock losses caused by Snow Leopard and other predators.
- supports local conservation actions that protect natural and cultural heritage. (10% of the homestay proceeds go to a village conservation fund that supports activities like garbage management tree plantation, better animal husbandry practices, restoration of cultural features like mani (stone) walls )
The three trekking routes :
-The relatively easier Sham route takes you along the vittages of Tarutse, Yangthantokpo, Ulley, Hemis Shukpachan and Ang. (You can also access part of the route by road.)
-The trekking route through the Hemis National Park goes through Rumbak and Urutse, over the high Gandala Pass, down to Shingo, Skyu Kaya and across the Zanskar river to Chilling.
-The Zanskar route commences after a drive to Padum and takes you through arsha, Pishu and Pidmo, along the Zanskar river.