My visit to Ladakh was in response to the family of the girl (Tenzin Angmo) that we sponsored. We were invited and urged to visit them in their Buddhist community in Ladakh. It worked out that I was the only one that could go, so in July of 2008 I went.
The above photograph was taken on the roof of their family home (which sadly was destroyed in a flash flood in 2010).
I flew from Arcata to San Francisco to Seoul South Korea where I spent a week, and on to Delhi. From there I flew over what I call the “front range” of the Himalaya to “the worlds highest commercial airport(10,800′)” in the city of Leh where Thupten (the father of Tenzin Angmo) met me. I spent the first 24 hours acclimating to the altitude.