Klöster und Feste

Lamayuru (Yuru Kabgyat) - Hemis Tsechu - Shashukul Gustor - Phyang Tsedup - Karsha Gustor - Korzok Gustor - Trak Tok Tsechu - Sani Nasryal - Diskit Gustor - Thikse Gustor - Chemre Angchok - Padum Gustor - Spituk Gustor - Likir ( Dosmoche) - Stok Guru Tsechu (Orakel) - Matho Nagrang (Oracles)

Samstag, 28. Juli 2012

Trak Thok Tsechu (Ladakh) 28-29th July 2012 & Sani Naro Nasryal (Zanskar) 1-2nd August 2012

Please check the dates locally, since the dates of festivals in remote areas of Zanskar and Changtang might be changed due to auspicious/inauspicious dates, absence of Head Lama and similar reasons WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE.

Knowledge in Ladakh, e.g. Leh, especially in the Tourist Offices is poor, so try to find a local of the places who definetely knows the festival, goes there himself or at least has friends and/or family in the villages who can confirm the festival dates.

Make sure to check, double & triple check BEFORE YOU GO. Otherwise you might spend a lot of time & money in a remote area ONLY to find out that there is NO FESTIVAL taking place.

Still you can then enjoy the drive, landscape and scenery around you which are spectacular in themselves in the Zanskar & Changtang regions.

Don't forget to take the neccessary permits (and enough photocopies) for Changtang, since Shashukul at least lies in the restricted areas near Panggong Lake and the chinese border.

For Zanskar you only need to bring your passport to show at the different check-points coming close to the border regions with Pakistan.


Thomas Wilden


  1. Some background information & details about the festivals and their Mask Dances will be provided after some time.

    Thomas Wilden

  2. Some detailed information about the Monastery of Trak-Thok

    Translated by word it's meaning would be "top of the rock".

    The monsatery is situated south-east of Leh, following the road towards Manali for 35km reaching Karu and taking the road left going up the side valley passing Chemre up to the village of Shakti where the monastery (old & new gompa) is situated.

    Trak-Thok gompa is the only monstery of the Nying-ma-pa order in Ladakh, literally the "old" order, from times long gone when buddhism started to flourish in Tibet.

    The Nying-ma-pa's are especially honoring Padmasambhava, the great sage and magician, who got called to Tibet to fight the demons and who later on hided many holy texts & scriptures in the wilderness in order to be found by Tertöns of the Nying-ma-pa order in the future.

    The monastery of Trak-Thok was constructed around the cave, where Padmasambhava supposedly meditated during his time, passing through Ladakh on his way towards Tibet.

    If you are visiting the old gompa, try to find the monk with the keys, otherwise its mostly closed.

    The cave might be locked and not accessible for visitors.

    In the courtyard you will find a board with some more information about the monasteries history.

    Mask Dances are conducted 2 times per year, once during summer, Trak Tok Tsechu in August, when you can see Padmasambava and his 8 emanations (forms) during the masked dances.

    Second festival will be towards winter time in november or december.

    Local buses from leh are available, but only limited, dont miss the last one.

    On the way there or back you can visit the Monastery of Chemre visible on the conical hill as well.

    Don't try to hike from Trak Tok to Shey because you have to follow the main road and the distance is just to far to be convenient.

    If there is noc bus, try to hitch a ride with a local vehicle.

    Absolutely don't get stuck without no trabport, because down to Karu (mainroad 35 km to Leh) the distance is 12 kilometres to walk (!)


    Thomas Wilden