The Trans-Hiamalayan region of Ladakh and Zanskar sits in the extreme northwest of India, sandwiched between Pakistan and Tibet and blocked from the life giving monsoon rains by the Greater Himalayan range. It was here that Tibetans fled when the Chinese liberated their country, and it was here that I was told Tibetan culture was still intact. Desert peaks leading to handing glaciers soared above irrigated valleys, with monasteries carved into the sides of mountains and an outdoor paradise, this was the objective for the summer. But as always seems to happen, my time was more an experience within myself, an experience that helped to bring clarity to my own life at a time of transition. I will not be back.