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Tra­di­tional Ti­betan events take place all year round. Monks of­ten par­tic­i­pate, play­ing the Ti­betan horn, or dungchen, for ex­am­ple, which they do at the Hemis Monastery fes­ti­val; while the most com­fort­able time to visit Ladakh is dur­ing sum­mer, those pre­pared to brave win­ter’s fre­quent be­low-zero tem­per­a­tures and snow-blocked roads will be re­warded. Fes­ti­vals con­tinue, of­fer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­ter­act with lo­cals usu­ally be­decked in their finest cos­tume; it is also a junc­ture when school-go­ing chil­dren of no­madic tribes re­turn to help their fam­i­lies with live­stock, which may be preyed upon by snow leop­ards. Head out on sa­fari to try to catch a glimpse of the re­gion’s elu­sive big cat. Last year, au­thor­i­ties re­moved the snow leop­ard from the list of en­dan­gered species—fur­ther en­cour­age­ment to vis­i­tors to sac­ri­fice warmer climes in favour of an in­creased chance of sight­ing one of these ma­jes­tic crea­tures

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