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LADAKH REVISITED:JUN-JUL 2016 - FULL CIRCUIT ROAD TRIP

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by VahanPujari, Sep 18, 2016.

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    I did some research that time but unfortunately don't remember much. I think a few other brands looked at were Transcend, DV something, MX 01 or 04 or something etc.

    It could be heavier than pure dash-cams, though I don't know how much both weighs. In terms of losing grip due to weight, all I can say that in entire year that I've been using it, it's suction mount lost grip twice - both the times when the car was parked for longer time in extremely harsh sunlight in summer.

    While I was purchasing it, I read feedbacks from quite a few users that it shakes / vibrates in it's mounts. However, I haven't faced that issue at all.

    No noticeable heat observed.


    A 32 GB memory card records 5-6 hours of Full HD videos.

    I carried 3 no.s of 32 GB memory cards to Ladakh. They were more than enough to last a day and at the end of the day, I used to copy them onto an external HDD thro' Laptop

    When you are coming from Diskit side, at Khalasar, the left fork goes to Agham and the right goes to Khardungla. Once you cross Shyok, 16 kms away from Shyok is Durbuk where this route meets the usual Karu-Chang La-Pangong route.

    This route is the fastest and you can reach Pangong from Diskit in about 6-6.30 hours.

    Thro' Leh, it should take about 11-12 hours

    Thro' Wari La - Karu-Chang La alo, it should take about 11-12 hours.

    We originally planned to go thro' Wari La route (for its scenery) though HVK suggested Agham-Shyok Route since we missed Wari La in our previous trip. Ironically, in the previous trip, we wanted to do Agham-Shyok route but that time it was not pliable by a 2WD vehicle.

    Wari La route is more scenic and you can have another pass Chang La thro that route. However, Wari La route can get lonely, very lonely & deserted for no one goes there. It's not used by Army too. So, after having spent the night at Road at Parkachik in Zanskar, I decided not to go thro' Wari La as we had my Sis & BIL also with us. A group of 3-4 friends or better if you have 2 vehicles and Wari La route can be fun.

    To do Agham Shyok route in a Sedan or a Hatch could be very difficult. At places, it submerges with river / water streams & at quite a few places, its only rocks, stones, boulders. Till 2015, it was not possible for even 2WD SUV, even 4WD vehicles didn't have smooth sailing. But then next year, who knows? Looking at the pace at which BRO is taming such routes, it could be a possibility in a sedan or a hatch next year
    --- Double Post Merged, Sep 28, 2016 ---
    4th July'16.......THE DREAM DRIVE (Pangong - Chushul)

    The first few photos were taken from the hotel


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    @ VahanPujari, I love blue colour and can never have enough, but your pictures of Pangong lake fill the view with blue. Simply great!

    Thank you for the specific replies. More food for thought.
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    Should have taken those trails visible in the pic above. Because on the trail that we were in, just 20 Meters ahead, we got stuck in the sand!! After half an hour of various permutations of front-pushes, reverse-pushes, finally got out of it.

    In the 1st clip below, we chose a more "pakka" 'road' at 00:10 seconds!!

    As can be seen in the 1st clip, we sensed the risk as soon as the "road" ended into sand, we paused and evaluated which trail to follow. In fact that pause & the break in momentum may be the cause of the issue. May be, just may be, we could have sailed thro' if we would have gone thro' it without pausing.

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    Clip 2....Here we got stuck









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    And finallyyyyyy.......out of the sand................



    Ironically, in our first trip in 2014, we were afraid of Pangong-Chushul route. Quite afraid. They say that it was a lonely route, full of sands, no clear markings of the road etc etc. But, we crossed it easily then and thought hey what was the fuss all about.....only to know it during our 2nd trip!!
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    This was in 2014

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    ...And this is in 2016 (following pic). Same place, different times!!

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    Again, this was in 2014 (following pic)

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    ....and this is in 2016 (following pic). Same place....match the mountains in the backdrop!!

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    Bye bye Pangong!! From here it goes into neighboring country


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    On the way from Chushul to Hanle....


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    Hanle....

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    From the hill top of Hanle observatory...


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    Sunset hues from Hanle Guest House

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