Route: Sarchu – Pang – Leh
I woke up at 6:30 am, after a very brief nap of 2 hours. I woke them up and asked them to get ready to leave this place asap. My friend was feeling very heavy and tired, but on the other hand Ruby was feeling great and was full of energy.
We had around a full day’s drive left to reach Leh. As promised by the local agent, the 4×4 was waiting for us at the parking bay. We had our black tea and got into the Safari. Our new driver was Tashi, who speaks very little. In the car, I was feeling very tired because of the sleepless nights and decided to take a short nap. Meanwhile my friend was feeling very tired and already fell asleep.
Ruby woke me up after a couple of hour’s drive, when Tashi stopped for a little breather at Upshi. We all had our ginger teas and biscuits. After a while we regained our energy back and continued our journey to Leh.
They say Ladakh is the only place in the world where you can get frostbite and sunburn at the same time, standing half-in & out of the shade. Trust me, it’s true. If you stand in the shade you will shiver and on the other hand the sunlight is intense. As there is very less atmospheric filtration, you can feel the radiation penetrating through your skin.
- Always carry sunscreen lotion.
- Sunglasses and Caps are handy.
We passed through the second highest pass in the world – Tanglang pass at an altitude of 5328 m (17,582 ft) and barren deserts, narrow bridges, dangerous roads and also had a glimpse of the highest military transit camp in the world at Pang.
Tashi turned out to be some driver, who took only 6 hrs to reach Leh where it usually takes about 8 hours. He drove through the desert and the plains tackling quick sands and bumpy plains effortlessly.
By 2.00 pm we reached Leh and our accommodation had already been arranged in Hotel Snow Lion in Sankar, Leh. Hotel Snow Lion was a very quiet, warm and cozy place. We went straight to bed as we all were tired because of the sleepless night at Sarchu. I woke up at 7 pm, when the local travel agent – Rigzin Dorge came to visit us. We had a very high voltage talk about the car they provided from Kullu to Sarchu. But we both settled down finding it as the fault of the middle agents. We had dinner at 8 and that’s all I remember about that night.
The Himalayan Road trip continues….