(Season – November to May)
From the very outset of our Snow Leopard project our aim was clear – to follow the SLC India philosophy of leveraging tourism for conservation in areas beyond the Hemis National Park. The Ulley project proved that this could be done successfully. It was time to expand.
South of the Indus River and close to the ancient monastery town of Alchi is the large and prosperous settlement of Mangyu. This remote and beautiful village boasts a fascinating monastery and temple to Vairocana with lovely old, traditional Ladakhi homes built picturesquely up the slopes of the Zanskar range. The sheer cliffs, valleys with high rocky walls on either side and the broad central spectrum of Mangyu village make for a stunning habitat that is home to a rich variety of wildlife.
Here, in the heart of the village and a stone’s throw from the monastery, we have created a smaller and more exclusive Snow Leopard Lodge with the Numchung Pa family. The Mangyu lodge operates on a buy-out basis (the entire lodge must be booked regardless of client numbers) – which is perfect for small groups, families or friends. Or a perfect getaway for a couple looking for an exclusive experience in one of the most stunningly beautiful and wildlife rich winter landscapes in the world. From the grounds of the lounge it is even possible to watch herds of blue sheep, urial, ibex and on occasion the carnivores – Himalayan fox, wolf and the snow leopard. The monastery, linked to Alchi with its pre-Tibetan elements is well worth more than just a cursory visit; and being in a larger village allows you some insights into the lives of these warm and hardy villagers.
Wildlife viewing excursions are mainly in our own dedicated vehicles. However, we do encourage you to explore the landscape on foot – depending upon your fitness.
5 Rooms ensuite
The lodge Mangyu has a comfortable dining room and a lovely large lounge commanding great views out over the surrounding mountains
Note: Because of constant freezing temperatures, there is no running water. Hot and Cold water is constantly available in buckets. Toilets are western style with ‘bucket flush’.
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Rooms vary in size. They are all twin bedded with views and natural light. All rooms also have light fittings and plug points with baggage tables. At night hot water bottles are used to warm up your beds.
Morning tea and coffee is served either in your room or in the lounge depending on your preference.
Note: Water situation same as the main lodge.
Lounge furnished in local style and colours with good heating. Tea and coffee station with biscuits.
Comfortable dining area.
Note: Both main and annexe lounges have a/v equipment. Electricity: Mains power with generator back-up.
Heating: New design “Himalayan Rocket Stove” wood burners; electric heaters.
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