When I visited in 2017, I trekked through western Ladakh. We crossed high passes, witnessed snow leopards playing with cubs and ibex running on slopes. I came back with the wish to go again during winter 2018. I planned for a 17 day trip, with the dream of exploring further in the west towards Lamayuru. This time i will try to cross a pass at 5000M(16,000 ft) and stay at some very remote villages. I will be staying at my guide’s home in Likir to start with, which I last year found in Airbnb. His name is Stanzin. He is a local and an expert climber. We have been in touch and have become good friends. He lives with his family - Wife and three children. His father visits often.
Visited Likir monastery next which dates back to 11th century and is on the hill top . After few steps took rest for sometime as low oxygen content was causing breathlessness but finally reached on the top . Sight of 25 feet gold covered Lord Buddha Statue was mind blowing . It was already very windy and chilly on the top and sudden snowfall lowered the temperate further .Multilayered woolens and jackets were helping me to survive in such a weather .
Day 2: Get acquainted with the city and visit the places around
Just after dropping of a nurse on her way to Leh from Alchi at Likir, we went to pay a visit to the Likir monastery. Taking lifts as a mode of transport is very common in and around Leh, very safe too. The place just does not seem capable of anything bad! As we headed towards the monastery, we were the only ones there at the monastery while all the monks played cricket at the school nearby! The Likir monastery is big and houses a great statue of the Buddha. The views are totally worth the small detour that one needs to take to reach here.
Likir Monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and was established in 1065 by Lama Duwang Chosje, under the command of fifth king of Ladakh, Lhachen Gyalpo (Lha-Chen-rgyal-po). The monastery has a 75ft long Maitreya Buddha statue.