Day 6: Trekking start from Basgo to Likir
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The architecture, too, is different from anything I've seen so far: stone walls and rugged houses with flat roofs that seem to have bushy undergrowth piled on top of them. (I never worked out if these rooftop toupees were fuel stores or a form of insulation.)
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After another early start of the day and chewing away at breakfast while trying to wake up we left the Mountain Edge hotel for a five day trekking.
The group was accompanied by trekking guide Dadul and his sidekick Jimmy and at we started a trek that theoretically would last 4 hours. However, taking into account the many necessary breaks to catch our breaths, we would not reach our dest
Food was well taken care of. Dadul handed out apricot nuts and at , having made our way across half of the plateau, we consumed the contents of our lunchboxes at a group of sheltering rocks. The high mountains that could be seen from this spot were showered by rain, but fortunately the weather gods smiled down on us, giving us cloudy weather and cools breezes, perfect for a day of walking.
As mentioned we arrived in Likir around , being welcomed by the crew with tea and cookies. After the whole group had arrived the colourful tents that the crew had already set up were divided and more tea and fried vegetable snacks followed.
For the die-hards among us (including yours truly) there was one more activity planned. Although tired five of us would not want to miss a visit to Likir monastery and accompanied by Dadul we left at and arrived around five o' clock after an exhausting climb over the roads and stairs of the monastery that was beautifully located on a hill at the end of the valley. This Klu-kkhyil Gompa was headed by a brother of the Dalai Lama and featured a nice museum full of old thangkas and other old objects. We visited the assembly hall and the hall of protectors where Dadul asked a monk to bless his prayer flags he was planning to place at one of the coming day's mountain passes. The highlight however was the enormous 10 year old statue of the Maitreya Buddha at the roof.
After this interesting visit we went back to the camping site, 200 meters lower. Upon our arrival the cooks had finished dinner for the group and we were treated to a delicious soup, French fries, Dhal, rice, vegetables and salads. Most special of all was the cake with text 'Jullay, have a nice trek in Ladakh' which the friendly 6 man crew had baked for us. After dinner and some cups of tea it was time to get some sleep. This had been another exhausting day and bit by bit everybody disappeared in their tents.