Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Day 14, 3 July, Nubra Valley via Khardung La

Today, we had to collect the permit from the agent. After morning breakfast, I went to the agent around 11 am. The agent had arranged them but he missed to add Tso Moriri in the list and it was for 4 days only instead of 7 days.
We could start at 12 pm. First stop was at Khardung La around 40 Kms away from Leh.
Road conditions were pretty good for first 30 kms although it passes through mountains. Only the last part of 10 Kms till Khardung La was in bad condition. However, the ride was full of excitement and as usual the scenery was awesome.
We reached the Khardung La summit at 1.30 pm.
It is the world's highest motarable pass at the height of 18380 Ft. We spent some memorable time at the top, played in the snow. Probably, the temperature was under 0 degree Celsius. Then we moved towards the Nubra. Driving around the summit was pretty much hard because of the road conditions & low temperature. Our bodies were shivering & hands were frozen.

Around 3 pm, we reached at south pullu. Here, one has to submit the permits. Also, we had our lunch although it was not so much tasty.
Next, we passed by Khardung village then Khalsar. Here, we came across the Shyok river valley. It offers magnificent vistas of the wide riverbed. Soon, we were at the bifurcation one leading to Diskit and another leading to Panamik.
Road from here was a straight line for next a few kms. By the time, we were getting the glimpse of the famous sand dunes formed in the riverbed. Around 6 pm, we arrived in Hunder. We decided to spend the night at Hunder instead of Diskit as Hunder is close to the sand dunes desert.
Soon, we found a good guest house called Snow leopard GH at an affordable price of 300 Rs.

After putting out luggage inside, we immediately went to the sand dunes area as we had enough time to check out the area. Here, one can take double humped camel ride. It reminds us the old silk route days. Then, we came back to the room. At the time of dinner, we had company of another group from Canada.
We had some good chat along with the dinner. Mr. Ali Kazmi and his group were pretty excited to know about our experience. It was really nice time we spent with them.
At night, we decided to head towards Leh directly after visiting Sumur and Panamik rather staying overnight at Sumur.

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