Return to Zanskar

Thirty years after their first visit, two American college friends return to an ancient Buddhist monastery high in the Himalayas.

This remote location is called Zanskar, one of the most inaccessible regions on earth.

This almost timeless zone was once part of an ancient Himalayan Buddhist kingdom called Guge. Very little has changed here the last thousand years, until just recently.

Only a few hundred outsiders visit each year, but this is about to change. The first ever road through the region and up to the monastery is nearing completion.

To reminisce and see how things are today in Zanskar, we’ll explore the area with our two American guides and meet the people they met in 1986.

A question lingers on our travellers mind though, what do the inhabitants think about the dramatic changes?

It is a dramatic change where modern society opens up new doors. Doors where life is easier, with more food, greater options, education and better health care.

Incorporating these new options for the people of Zanskar however, will slowly assimilate their own ancient culture with that of a more modern one.

Return to Zanskar
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  • Release date2016
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Daniel Bull, Bryan Liptzin