Our amazing, yet tragic, five weeks in Ladakh, India. We helped sponsor an eye clinic for nomads at 5,000m, met the Dalai Lama, failed to do a trek but instead shoveled mud for a week. The five weeks that changed our lives forever.
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21 July – Melanie gets a Delhi special
23 July – We came to walk, but I had the runs
24 July – Meeting our fellow sponsors & travelers
25 July – Over the clouds to the Nubra Valley
26 July – Hanging out with monks & nuns
27 July – We meet His Holiness!
29 July – A king and a monastery
30 July – Monasteries & climbs
1 August – To Tsomoriri for the eye clinic
2 August – Day one at the eye camp!
3 August – Eye clinic and a calming practice trek
4 August – Eye clinic and a celebration of us?
5 August – Resting, partying and looking forward to our trek
6 August – Tragedy, uncertainty and anger
7 August – A convoy towards Leh
8 August – A convoy toward and away from Leh
9 August – Finally in Manali we shower!
10 August – Hanging out in Weedville
11-15 August – Planning our escape from Weedville
16 August – Transit day in Delhi
17 August – Finally back in Leh
18 August – Shoveling mud and bowing to royalty
20 August – Mud, monks & monasteries
21 August – Back to the hospital
22 August – More mud, more hospital
Justin’s excellent video of the eye clinic – Nomadic Eyes
A video of my photos from the whole trip
The Dalai Lama’s talk to Westerners