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May 29, 2009 - Markha

Carry on down the valley, past yet more chortens and long mani walls. Just outside Sara where three valleys meet there are the almost totally deserted remains of a settlement, with a lookout point in the crag above. This used to be the heartland of a kingdom that ruled as far as west Tibet, and the whole valley is filled with deserted reminders of the this past. The landscape is bleak and the life here must be harsh, eking out a living from a soil usable for only a few months per year. By 1pm, we’re at our next homestay just short of...

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May 28, 2009 - Valley of the Chortens

Set out at 8.45, the valley narrowing into a gorge, spreading out into a rocky valley filled with ancient white chortens, reaching Skyu where we check out the gompa and rest up for an hour. As we enter the Markha valley proper, chortens stand in silent sentinel in the hills above us, no wildlife save for the occasional choker (partridge), the landscape barren, sandy coloured cliffs rising a km up on either side, pockmarked with holes; some of these are used as meditation caves by yogins. We get to our homestay at Sara and enjoy tea and...

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