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PAD YATRA , LADAKH             JULY 2009                                         Monks and nuns follow His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, leader of the Buddhist Drukpa Lineage, who led a 400 kilometre walking pilgrimage known as the Pad Yatra , over the Himalaya's from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Hemis Monastry located 43kms outside Leh in Ladakh. The trek, taking six weeks and taking participants through altitudes as high as 5200 metres, attracted up to 600 followers including nuns , monks and foreigners. pic Graham Crouch