About Open Ladakh:

Open Ladakh is located in the Himalayas in the city of Leh (approx 3500 meters altitude). Leh was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh.

Open Ladakh offers several journey programs. If you want to know more specific details about retreats or other information, please contact us. If you are in Leh we suggest you visit the Open Ladakh office in Leh.

Meditation program:

  • Daily meditation and yoga classes
  • Weekend and week long trekking meditation classes
  • Week long yoga courses
  • Workshop and noble discussion on basic Buddhism and meditation and its relevance to the 21st century
  • One to one discussion on personal issues

Adventure tours:

  •  Trekking to all major trekking routes
  • Expedition & mountaineering to the most challenging peaks
  • Rafting
  • Mountain bikes tours
  • Winter Chaddar trek (frozen river)

Cultural tours:

  • Visit to historical ancient monasteries and palaces
  • Jeep safari to highest lakes, Nubra valley, Zangskar valley and many more
  • We also arrange home stays and cultural fieldtrips
  • Audience with Rinpoche (Reincarnate teachers), Lhamo (Oracle), Amchi (Traditional doctor)
  • We also arrange Buddhist pilgrimage tours to India,Nepal, Tibet and other south east Asian countries

For more information on the current activities, please see our Programs.

About Vivek:

Dhammacari Tsewang Norbu Vivek, an international spiritual / meditation teacher, is the founder and president of the International Fellowship of Buddhist Youth Ladakh, (IFBYL) a new Buddhist youth movement, dedicated towards true human development programs. He is also the proprietor of Open Ladakh, the alternate travel company, dedicated towards promoting spiritual journeys programs.

He also renamed his home in the Himalayas of Ladakh as Dhamma House, in Northern India, where he teaches Vipassana meditation, and Buddhism workshops. The Dhamma House family consist of Vivek’s sister Dolma, his wife Ant and their two sons, Anon and Anatta.

After concluding his studies he started teaching in Ladakh, and also established Open Ladakh, where he leads meditative journeys into the high Himalayas along with Buddhist workshops and retreats. Recently his teacher, recognizing and appreciating his commitment to the propagation of the Dhamma, bestowed upon him the title “DHAMMACARI” the highest title given to a lay Buddhist practitioner. This also means that he is officially recognized as a lay Buddhist teacher.

Today Vivek divides his time between ladakh and teachings abroad in various countries around the world. During the winter months he also runs an English program called Speak Easy – an English speaking and personal development program for the local youths.

He also works for Siddhartha Culture and Welfare Society, as the international secretary for their Siddhartha High School project.

His vision is to set up Dhamma House as the resource center to run his regular programs of meditation, human development programs etc.

Video presentation of Ladakh:

If you wish to learn more about Ladakh and what the region has to offer, watch this movie created by Vivek (15 min).

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