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Zbalung – The Invisible Village

8 Days


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A unique workshop at the intersection of travel, art, culture & impact. The workshop has been planned over a week, keeping aside adequate time for acclimatization, and four days of complete immersion in Henasku. Our time in Henasku will be spent in semi-structured sessions, with mentors and project leads. We will break into smaller groups who will each participate in research and cultural inquiry, and conducting architectural study in the village.

Total duration: 8 Days
Tour starts: Leh
Tour ends: Leh
Style of Trip: Workshop
Max Altitude:
Difficulty: Easy
Stays: Home stays / Guest House
Food: All Meals
Group Capacity: Max 15 min 10

Day-wise Program


26th May, 2018 (Saturday)

- We will reach Leh by noon. This day is critical for proper acclamitization. Lunch will be at the hotel, and the evening will be spent visiting the Central Asian Museum and Leh market. 


27th May, 2018 (Sunday)

- We will leave for Henasku early morning. The journey will include a 2-3 hr drive and a 45-60 mins hike. 
- We will settle in our home stays and spend the day getting to know our hosts. 


Cost – Rs 29,999/- per head 

Cost Includes

- All travel arrangements ex Leh 
- Stay in homestays for 5 nights and hotel in Leh for 3 nights
- All meals on all days, except during transit i.e. lunch on 27th May, 1st and 2nd June. 
- All arrangement for local activities as mentioned in ‘Schedule’
- Team leads and mentors
- Stationary kit
- Basic first aid kit 
- GST @5%

Cost Excludes

- All meals during transit i.e. lunch on 27th May, 1st and 2nd June as well as any other small meals (snacks etc)
- Any extra expenses of personal nature 
- Any extra expenses arising out of a change in the plan due to bad weather, or unforeseen circumstances 
- Any medical expenses
- Any other expenses not listed in ‘Inclusions’

Fixed Departure dates

Trip specific information

- Basic stationary will be provided. However, you will have to bring your camera, laptop etc for the documentation work. 
- Phone signal is limited. Postpaid connections work in Leh, but only BSNL will work in the villages.
- There will be limited access to kirana/ medical stores, especially during village stays so please stock up on your supplies in Leh itself.
- Please do not litter, and refrain from carrying too many plastic bottles. 
- Please do not treat your homestay accommodation as a hotel or guesthouse, you will be a guest in someone’s home so please respect their privacy and personal space. 
- Please respect the local culture of the place and the villagers.
- You will have comfortable mattresses and warm bedding to sleep on. 
- You will be using the traditional dry-pit toilets of Ladakh during the villages stays – it may seem uncomfortable at first, but it will be a once in a lifetime experience you will remember forever! 
- You will experience first-hand the warm and welcoming culture and hospitality of the locals – make the most of this experience, take as much from it as possible and remember to leave a bit of you behind ?

Trip Essentials

- A light jacket and a pullover for the evenings
- Cotton t-shirts and clothes in breathable fabric
- Hiking pants 
- Comfortable and sturdy hiking shoes
- A good sturdy day back-pack
- Medicines 
- Toiletries kit, especially sunscreen, moisturizer and lip balm
Power bank

Booking & Cancelation

Booking a trip with us – How it works?

For scheduled trips, you can directly send a booking enquiry by clicking on Book Now next to each event. Send in your basic details asked for in the booking form. We will get back to you with the detailed itinerary, trip essentials and payment details.

Booking a trip with us is a two-step process.

Step 1:
Pay 10% in advance and secure your seat. You are required to send us a confirmation email with the copy of the bank payment slip to

Step 2:
In order for us to secure your booking, pay the remaining 90% prior to the date of departure. Upon payment, you are required to send us the following details by email to

- Scanned copy of the Medical fitness certificate attested by a certified medical practitioner
- Scanned copy of Payment slip from the bank for payment of 90% of the booking amount.
- Please specify if you need a mule/porter so that we can arrange for one in advance. You can make the payment once you are here
- Specify if you want a single room for yourself. The cost will be communicated to you upon request

Upon receiving these details, we will confirm your booking and the receipt of our payment by email. You can correspond with us over the same email id for any further queries. We are happy to help!

- Booking is secured temporarily upon payment of 10% of the amount
- Bookings will be confirmed after the 90% payment is received prior to the date of departure.
- For bookings made within less than 15 days of the date of departure, the full amount must be paid in advance.

All payments must be made by (online) bank transfer/cheque/demand draft to the following account:

Account Name: Roots Ladakh
Account No: 35030436859
Account Type: Current
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: Kargil
IFSC Code: SBIN0001390

Cancellation – How it works?

For scheduled trips, we reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrolment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate or because of our concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants.
If the trip is cancelled due to inadequate enrolment, you will be intimated at least a week in advance. We will cancel the trip if the group size is less than six, one week before the start of the journey.

In case of voluntary cancellation, send us a notice by email to with the subject line “Requesting cancellation --”

- 75% refund if cancelled >40 days prior to departure date 
- 50% refund if cancelled >30 days prior to departure date
- 25% refund if cancelled >20 days prior to departure date
- 0% refund if cancelled  >10 days prior to departure date 
- No refund will be granted on cancellation is done within one week of the date of journey.
- No refund will be granted for portion/portions of the journey not performed by the traveller.
- No refund will be granted in case of non-performance of journey due to external and natural events.
- The refund process will take at least 10 to 15 days working days.
- In the event of any dispute, the matter shall be resolved under the jurisdiction of the District Court, Kargil.

Terms specific to scheduled trips:

- If the remaining 90% is not received 15 days prior to the date of departure, the booking will be considered as cancelled and will be made open for other interested participants. The 10% advance will be retained as a cancellation fee
- A full refund will be made for trips cancelled by us due to inadequate enrollment

Services included in the cost is subject to the individual trip. You can refer to the trip itinerary details to see what services are included in the cost. Following are the services that are usually excluded from the cost unless specified in the particular itinerary:

- International & Domestic flight fares
- Travel Insurance
- Accommodation in Srinagar/Leh
- Taxi from Leh/Srinagar to Kargil
- Monument/monastery and Museum visit fees.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry.
- Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
- Tips to porters, camping team, driver, guide, etc.
- The cost incurred due to change/extension in the itinerary due to roadblocks, bad weather condition, flight delays, vehicle breakdowns, etc.

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