On our second day in Ladakh we decided we'd do a longer, but still local, walk as we were still getting used to the altitude. We decided to walk first to the Donkey Sanctuary behind the Silver Cloud, and then walk on to the Shanti Stupa.
The Donkey Sanctuary is for donkeys that have been rescued from mistreatment or end-of-career abandonment. I'm guessing many of these donkeys have been used for trekking (carrying all the luggage) but there were also some baby donkeys there.
The walk from the Donkey Sanctuary to the Shanti Stupa started off lush and green, but very soon the road became quite barren. I found it quite a tough walk up to the Stupa.
The Shanti Stupa was built by Japanese monks to promote world peace. We could see this stupa from our room in the Silver Cloud and also from our balcony. It was lit up quite beautifully at night.
We walked down into Leh from the Shanti Stupa. It was 500 steep steps down!