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Ladakh-June'2014: Full Circuit ->Zojilla-Suru/Zanskar-Leh-Turtuk-Pangong-Hanle-Tso Moriri-Rohtang

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  1. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

    Day 12, 23rd June'14:

    Hanle is right there at top alongwith Rangdum, Pangong & Tso Moriri in terms of sub-zero temp's and the freezing cold at night. However, the home-stay was superb and they had fresh new blankets :) In the morning, we had home-made breakfast - Omelette & Paratha.

    Visited the Hanle space observatory in the morning and left at about 8.30 – 8.45 am. Went back by the same route Hanle – Rhongo – Loma and then proceeded to Nyoma – Mahe – had light lunch / snacks at Puga Sumdo. Crossed Namshang La & Tso Kiager on the way and reached Tso Moriri at about 3.30 – 4 pm. Spent 10-15 minutes at an excellent spot just 2-3 kms before Karzok village. The shades of Tso Moriri are the nicest here. I felt that Tso Moriri has more shades/ colors visible than Pangong.

    After Checking into the tents, drove on the banks of Tso Moriri a bit ahead of Karzok. Secluded place. Several view points. Spent some time there but the chilly wind has already started in full flow.

    I felt Tso Moriri to be the coldest, even colder than Rangdum/ Pangong. This could be due to the fast chilly wind blowing though. The tent guys gave us the hot water rubber bags in the night to keep alongwith body under the blanket for warmth !!

    Hanle Space Observatory

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    On the way from Hanle to Loma....


    Don't be too confident !....that Fuel pump has been non-functional for years....In this entire circuit after Leh, the next fuel pump is at Tandi after 850 kms

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    Purple Shades.....

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    Tso Kiager

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  2. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

    ....contd....Day 12:

    The First view of Tso Moriri

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    Lovely shades of water

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    Emtying the remaining Jerry can!

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  3. pv_krish

    pv_krish Regolare

    Grande Punto 1.3 90 HP
    Amit, Did you touch the water to feel how it is?

    The beautiful shades of green in the water is mesmerizing.
  4. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

    Ice Cold !!

    Dunno how Anushka Sharma dived in it (Pangong) in the movie Jab Tak Hai Jaan ! :confused::eek:

    Someone who tasted the water said that it's salty.
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2014
  5. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

    ....contd....Day 12:

    Tso Moroiri contd....

    From our tents at Karzok village (Tso Moriri), we went a little ahead after crossing the village and spent some time at a serene place on a hill...

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    Aaj Blue hai paani paani paani paani.....


    On hill top.....

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    Wallpaper 1 ......


    Wall Paper 2 ......


    Wall Paper 3 ......


    Wall Paper 4 ......


    Wall Paper 5 ......


    Wall Paper :p....naah ... Open air relaxation tool :p


    Late evening sunlight on mountain tops

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  6. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

    Day 13, 24th June'14:

    Started from Tso Moriri at 7 – 7.30 am. Our scheduled stop was at Sarchu as we were advised that there are at least 5 dangerous water crossings between Sarchu and Jispa which would be overflowing in the afternoon. But I always had reservations of staying at Sarchu unless absolutely necessary. Kept a target of reaching Sarchu by 3 pm. If late than 3 pm, stay at Sarchu else explore ahead.

    Crossed Tso Kar, Morey Plains, Lalchung La, Naki La, Gata Loops on the way to Sarchu. The roads are quite good after Debring. Reached Sarchu at 3 pm, proceeded ahead. Kept asking cars coming from Manali side about road conditions.

    Where we spent the previous night in freezing cold.....


    Early morning hues at Tso Moriri

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    Beautiful little Tso Kiager again.....

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    Polakongka La


    Such were the roads till Tso Kar

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    Tso Kar

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    Sand Formations: Zoom it to see more clearly

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  7. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

    Grande Punto 1.3
    Wallpaper for few days -

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  8. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

    .....contd...Day 13:

    Most amazing sand formations... Isn't it?

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    Lachulung La Pass


    Somewhere between Lachulung La & Naki La


    Roads designing mountains

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    Gata Loops start......

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    Google "Ghost of Gata Loops"..... Interesting story

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    Gata Loop Ends.....

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  9. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

    .....contd....Day 13:

    We continued our drive towards Sarchu. It's still 2.30 pm. We can make it to Sarchu within our scheduled time and can proceed to Jispa based on the feedback :) We asked several of the cars and taxi's coming from opposite direction about the condition of road and water stream. Got a positive reply with *mark that a couple of water streams are bit dicey.

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    Approaching Killing Sarai


    Started climbing the amazing Baralacha La Pass. It was full of snow and beautiful !

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    Ice walls

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  10. Amit Rox

    Amit Rox Amatore

    Punto Evo 1.3 90 HP
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