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Mountain Homestays

Leh, India
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About Mountain Homestays
Mountain homestays is a community empowerment initiative that focuses on promoting rural destinations by developing homestays in partnership with the locals. The focus is on reaching out to communities living in the remotest parts of the Himalayan belt in India, such as in Ladakh region in northern India, to promote sustainable and inclusive progress.
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Mountain Homestays - Sojourn with Local Copper Artisans of Ladakh

Artisans of Ladakh are experts of making copper artifacts for hundreds of years. Sadly, this art is fading away and is now left limited to a few remote pockets in Ladakh. Through this tour, we want to revive this dying art and also help in improving the livelihood of the villagers. We will take you to the last remaining four Himalayan villages where this art is still practiced. Try this art with your own hands as the artisans teach you this skill. Take back a memorable souvenir for yourself.
Stay at our beautiful village homestays which are powered by solar energy, and experience what it's like to live closest to the real Himalayan culture.
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7 days
from USD 459.87

Mountain Homestays - Unravel Ladakh’s Buddhist Heritage, Ladakh

Get ready for an experiential tour of Ladakh’s ancient heritage and local life as we take you to the most ancient monasteries of Ladakh and homestays of two beautiful homestay villages. Rinchen Zangpo (957 – 1055 AD), also called Mahaguru, was an 11th-century ruler and scholar in western Tibet. During his era, he initiated 108 temples inviting artisans from Kashmir who brought with them their unique style of art and painting. Thus, came into existence the most celebrated, and undoubtedly the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh; The Alchi monastery, Mangyu monastery, and Sumda-Chun monastery.

In this tour, you’ll also witness the astounding landscapes as you trek to the pristine village in the Indus valley where you’ll experience the authentic hospitality and culture of this region.
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7 days
from USD 459.87

Mountain Homestays - Visit the oldest hamlet of Zanskar Valley, Ladakh

Take yourself somewhere in the mountains – where water flows freely, where the birds sing the songs of freedom and caged around mountains doesn’t advertise captivity. Smelling the wild dandelions connecting to the earth, find yourself close to nature. Meet the home away from home, families unknown yet seemingly known.
Marling a Hamlet of some 8 families, is one of the many small hamlets scattered over the diverse valley of Lungnak region of Zanskar. this small village stands out from the rest, as this village is the first village which makes it literally the oldest village of Zanskar. The first inhabitants of Zanskar are believed to have settled here, The place which the nomads choose to settle.
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11 days
from USD 1,034.71

Multi-experience Tour - Archery, Copper Art and Apple Orchid Farm Stay

Tsogsty is a beautiful village in Hemis national park. The village has an apple, apricot, walnut farms and a water spring flows just beside it. The village has four beautiful houses in the middle of great views of mountains. In this village, you can also meet the copper metal artisans who still practice this ancient art. Experience a stay at this vibrant village.
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15 hours
from USD 31.62

Meghalaya – Pristine beauty of North East

Meghalaya is a place where the constant rain throughout the year has created wonders in its unique forms. Forests, mountains, and rivers have taken such a shape and scope that one really feels the massiveness of nature. Huge waterfalls, sacred forests, and caves in Meghalaya have been hidden from the world for many years. This journey is to explore this part of the world, meet people living there and spend time in nature.
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5 days
from USD 646.70

Discover the hidden monastery - Atitsey

Atitsey Monastery, in the region of Lamayuru, is a place whose roots of spirituality goes back to the days of Naropa, the Indian Buddhist Mahasiddha. Naropa was also a contemporary of Atiśa, the Tibetan Buddhist Mahasiddha. The sense of spirituality since back then has been continued till today. On this journey to Atitsey Monastery, we will stopover at a beautiful spot of the river confluence. The confluence shows the clear distinguishing colors of Indus and Zanskar Rivers. Unlike other monasteries, this site has a collection of unique artifacts. The day will be well spent traveling through beautiful landscapes, visiting and exploring the unique heritage. The experience would be entirely complete with a Ladakhi meal in the authentic Ladakhi setup. The monastery has recently been electrified by Global Himalayan Expedition using solar micro-grids. The infrastructure has helped the local monks to spend more time in monastery for religious practices.
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8 to 10 hours
from USD 186.82

Visiting timeless monastery - Sumda Chung

Get ready for an experience of Ladakh’s ancient heritage and local life as we take you to the most ancient monastery of Ladakh and homestay of a beautiful homestay village. After seeing a beautiful river confluence, we turn left from the Nation Highway-1 and enter the cluster of villages known for its art, heritage, and authenticity. A beautiful drive along the riverside will take us to a heritage that recently has been gone through restoration. It is such a heritage site where the rare artifacts are found and the structure is still in its raw and authentic form.
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5 to 6 hours
from USD 114.97

Winter Heritage Odyssey

Unlike any other outdoor experience, Markha Heritage Odyssey is not just about going on an offbeat track. But it would take travelers to places that are still untouched. These heritage sites are situated in the pockets of Markha Valley and the surrounding area and still hold very important cultural significance. Known only among locals, these places can be visited by travelers as well to see the real cultural practices and heritage in its most raw form.
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7 days
from USD 833.52

Journey to the last village of India

In the high lands of Ladakh, there are several hidden places, customs, and natural wonders that are not very popular but they have been part of the local community living there. This tour takes one to such places, spots, and practices where the uniqueness of the destination can be seen and experienced. The communities living in extremely remote regions have recently received the basic facilities such as electricity through Global Himalayan Expeditions' electrification expeditions and that triggered further tourism development. This tour makes arrangements at these authentic homestays and contributes to local income generation.
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5 days
from USD 1,005.97

Farmstay – Farming in Ladakh

The extreme north of India, where the high altitude cold desert of India is situated has its own ways of farming. In such harsh terrain, communities prefer their traditional methods over any modern agricultural techniques. The village infrastructure, local food, and lifestyle has been developed in a certain way to cope up with the harsh climate and terrain. They grow their organic food, store it for a year, and happily share it amongst each other and guests.
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7 days
from USD 1,240.04

Best of both the worlds – Buddhism and Astronomy

The culture of a newly developed tourist destination – Ladakh – can be considered as the oldest culture of the planet. The roots of the existence of Ladakh go back to neolithic times and Buddhism goes back to the 2nd century. But to date, the region has been cherishing its century-old heritage and inculcating modernity only if it doesn’t harm their ecosystem. One of that modernity is Astronomy Sessions at the lakeside. This tour makes one see how the place and culture looked like in the century-old era as well as brings in modern technology to enhance the experience.
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7 days
from USD 1,308.70
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Shelly M wrote a review Feb. 2020
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I am very glad I took the chance and booked this trip. Sumda Chung is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. A small, very old monastery, tucked away in the remote mountains, everything was covered in snow and ice when I visited, but the skies were clear and sunny and the atmosphere completely still and pure. The journey there alone was worth it - past the frozen Zanskar and Indus rivers, surrounded by the most incredible mountain beauty. Mountain Homestays were also really organised and helpful. They replied quickly to all messages and made every effort to ensure everything ran smoothly. This isn't always the case in Leh (!) so I'm very glad they were so kind and thoughtful. They are also a social enterprise, so the proceeds go towards improving conditions for rural families. All in all, I can completely recommend both this tour and Mountain Homestays. If I visit Leh again, then I will be sure to do more with them as they really stood out as being so helpful. Can't recommend it enough!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from mhmountainhomestay, Manager at Mountain Homestays
Responded 21 Feb. 2020
Thank you very much, Michelle. We are glad you enjoyed your trip to Ladakh with Mountain Homestays.
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Manjit wrote a review Nov. 2019
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An excellent time staying at the homestays of Village Tsogtsy. Mountain Homestays provided us with best arrangements inspire off season. The rooms were neat and clean and warm. We got to try archery and interacted with the copper artisans. Must t do o if you visit Ladakh
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from mhmountainhomestay, Manager at Mountain Homestays
Responded 21 Feb. 2020
Thank you very much, Manjit for your review. We are glad you enjoyed staying at Mountain Homestay -Tsogsty and got to experience archery and know about the local copper culture. Thank you again for the recommendation. Happy travels!
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Tashiya de Mel wrote a review Sep. 2019
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When I first began researching my trip to Ladakh, I was overwhelmed by the number of tour groups offering personalised travel packages. Once I came across Mountain Homestays and learned about the work they do, I was convinced that I could travel responsibly with their expertise. I am extremely thankful to Gagan, and his team for putting together the perfect itinerary. Everything from logistics, to accommodation, meals, and guides was all perfectly curated by their team. As a solo female traveler, I felt completely safe during my travels. My guide, Spalzang, was extremely knowledgeable about the local environment, culture, and wildlife and turned out to be one of the best travel companions. Thanks to Mountain Homestays, not only did I get to experience the true essence of the mountain regions, I was also able to make a positive contribution towards women’s empowerment, livelihoods, and the sustainability of the Ladakhi environment and community. I couldn’t recommend them enough!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from GHE_Connect, Manager at Mountain Homestays
Responded 3 Oct. 2019
Dear Tashiya, Thank you for your review. We are glad that you had an authentic and enjoyable experience with Mountain Homestays. We appreciate your respect towards local environment and community. Again, thank you for your recommendation. Happy travels! - Team Mountain Homestays
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