Welcome to Hemis
To escape the tourist crowds, stroll beyond the new school construction to a group of white chortens, then take the streamside footpath, finally swinging west to take the concrete stairway up to Gotsang Hermitage. Allow nearly an hour for the trip up, half that back.
Near the main monastery, the compact and timeless Hemis village is also worth a stroll. An extraordinarily long series of mani walls descends further towards Karu, passing an octagonal stupa-shaped building built for the 2016 Hemis Mela festival.