thetravelingstach
Hundar Gompa - Hundar, Nubra Valley, Jammu and Kashmir, India: This is a view from some of the remains of the old Hundar Gompa (Monastery). The town itself is the last point at which foreigners can go as the Tibetan/China border is not to much further north through the mountains. We camped in gorgeous open-room tents in the lush green area below. It's a bit of a hike to get here, not as much because of the distance, but due to the steep terrain and thin air. To get to the valley you have to drive over one of the highest passable roads in the world ringing in at around 17,582 feet (on par with the height of Mount Everest Base Camp). The flatter area beyond the trees is actually white capped sand dunes. It's a wonder to me how these structures were built so high up on this steep Himalayan mountain side.