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Friday, January 1, 2010

The Ladhak Odyssey 8

Part 8
Epilogue : The Return


Crossing Chang La 5425 m (17,799 ft) one last time
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Roads start to deteriorate as we push towards Taglang-La...with an ever present danger of landslides
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Our primary destination is Pang
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Taglang-La climb - at 17,852 ft is said to be the second highest motorable pass in this world
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Prayer flags at Taglang-La
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The famous Moore plains ( approx 15,400 ft ASL ) Towards my right a sand whirlwind is beginning to form speeding our departure - still we were caught in the sand storm
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Sand mountains of Ladhak
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cool cloud formation
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Pang - at a height of approx 15,600 ft is the highest transit camp in the world - Camp consist of few parachute tents in addition to an army base
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Surrounded by sand mountains on all sides , Pang can not only give you a claustrophobic feeling , but at the same time intimidate you - need to experience it to understand it
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Made a crucial decision to push for Sarchu - if we fail to reach Sarchu before night fall then things could be bad - very bad !
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Ashok and Ajay replenishing our water supply
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Through one of the most challenging ....
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and intimidating section of our journey
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driving through this terrain we realized how small and powerless we were against the mighty Himalayas
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" The Land is so barren & the passes so high that only our fiercest enemies or our best friends would want to visit us". Ladakhi Saying
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Forget crossing , don't want to be around when this stream swells up
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With dying daylight we finally made it to Sarchu. At approx 14,100 ft second highest transit camp on on Leh-Manali route
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The temperature went sub zero last night and freezing winds howling against our tents through out the night gave us some anxious moments
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Have we reached Heaven ....at last !
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Amazing view of the great Himalayas - ( Himalay ki Godi mein )
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The Splendor never ends ...
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neither does the danger
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its always present in a different form.
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on Cloud # 9
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a wonderful place
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Gods must have really taken their time to create this place
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but don't let the beauty make you careless
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True heroes who navigate these unforgiving terrains with an heavy load and a cabin exposed to the elements. Cheers to our truck drivers.
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Walls of pure solid ice
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Hats off to BRO for making the impossible - Possible - 3 cheers to BRO
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in a bliss
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I just touched the sky and went above it too !
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Keylong - the first signs that the journey is coming to an end.
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What wouldn't I give to stay forever under this towering Himalayan range.
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With happiness and sadness we head towards Manali - the last crucial pass (the Rohtang 13,200 ft asl) lies between us - however Rohtang now seems insignificant when compared to what we faced and experienced on this memorable trip......... So long.........
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This journey ends here , thanks for traveling with me

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