Jullay! My name is Gyatso.
I was born in Leh, Ladakh. As a travel planner, I started planning and supporting experiences of traveling to Europe, such as Italy, France and Germany in 2002. I also worked as an art director for various NGO activities and 4 films.
Based on my background, I set up the Hayan Himalaya Trek & Tour Company, in 2011 with my wife. It is a registered company in J & K tourism and ALTO (travel agency association) and specializes in Indian national package, European trekking field, and Korean trekking field.
Hayan Himalaya believes in....
Harmony within Mankind
When you take good care of the organic relationship with the customers who ask for the trip, the people who do the work on the field, and the local villagers, the traveler can travel more safely and satisfactorily, and also enjoy the rewarding work.
Harmony with Nature
The Hayan Himalaya team has been running the I LOVE LADAKH campaign for many years. This gave the local Ladaki a chance to look back, cherish and care for the natural environment of Himalayas, a place of life and a tourist attraction for visitors.
A drop of history about Hayan Himalaya
Hayan is a Korean word which means white & Himalaya is the my home in Ladakh. Called the "Hermit Kingdom", Ladakh is a land of snow carved peaks, translucent lakes, barren terrain, mystic culture and Buddhist monasteries.
Ladakh is geographically located in the hills of the Himalayas in the northern part of India. The average altitude is over 3500m, surrounded by snow capped mountains and high head. It dries to an altitude of desert terrain, and the temperature of the winter night falls to -40 degrees. Approximately 8 months (3 months for Janska), depending on the weather, is accessible by land, and flights are available year-round.
The name LADAKH is derived from the Ladakh Ladags, which means "land of the head" (La; dags; land). You can guess from the name that it is a region with a lot of peaks. It is also known as Little Tibet, The Land of Lamas and The Roof of the World.
Today, Ladakh is considered to be the best preserved Himalayan region in Tibetan Buddhism and culture, but the harsh natural environment has limited outsiders access to it and has led the locals to believe in co-operation, harmony and religion. In the past it served as the central trading hub for the Silk Road linking Asia and Europe and this is a factor that attracts foreign tourists today and is currently being militarily protected by the Indian government as it shares the border with China and Pakistan .
The famous Thiksey Monastery in Leh, India which is architecturally similar to the Potala Palace of Lhasa, Tibet.
Trekking expedition with Hayan Himalaya Trek & Tour Company
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Climate in Ladakh
Ladakh is a dry area with average annual precipitation is 15cm. Most of the precipitation falls to as snow.
However, due to the changes in the global environment, the amount of precipitation is increasing. In 2010, the heavy rains (about 3 hours in the middle of the night), was the biggest natural disaster in recent history which caused a lot of damage.
People & Lifestyle in Ladakh
The people of Ladakh are called Ladakhis, and the Ladakhi language is used. Most of the population living in the center of Ladakh is following Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism and the majority of Kargil population in the western part of Ladakh is Muslim.
People are naturally honest, simple, and passionate. Even if people follow various religions, they have a good relationship with each other. The roles of women and men are different, but we maintain the same status and respect each other.
The size of the Ladakhi village is determined by the size of the glacier, and rural life is an important part of the cooperation between the seasons and people. Plowing fields, sowing seeds, and harvesting fields is done with neighbors. The morning frost stops and the seeds are sown in May, and the crops are harvested in September. Farming is only possible in such a short period of time. Cultivated crops are limited. Potatoes, turnips, carrots, onions, beans, tomatoes and spinach are the main crops. Grains grow barley and wheat. Rice has recently been coming from outside and is gradually becoming a stock. Turnips, carrots and potatoes are harvested in autumn, buried in the soil and stored, and tomatoes and spinach are sun dried to prepare for winter. Apricots, which are the only sweets, are eaten as a snack during the winter, dried in the summer sun. When you go to Ladakh lowlands, flowers, walnuts and apricots are also grown.
Livestock are cattle, sheep, sheep, goats, donkeys. The cows are for milk and cheese. The 'dzo' is used for farming. Sheep and goats provide meat and fur, donkeys are means of transport. In recent years, the development of roads and the demand of tourists have consumed chicken, but it is not a common livestock farming in the Ladakh house.
Ladakh food has a unique food culture that combines the geographical characteristics of the Himalayas, culturally Tibetan Buddhist culture, and all three characteristics of India in a territorial way.
In every village, Passohn is a group of 15 to 20 households under the village, who are responsible for conducting large events such as weddings and funerals, and trusting and mentally believing in the same as blood relatives.