Route: Leh – Chang La – Tangtse Valley
After breakfast, me and Ruby packed up our stuffs for an overnight stay at the Tangtse valley, from there we will be visiting Pangong Lake the next day. Mean while Shah was getting ready for his local sightseeing at the lower altitudes. He opted for Hall of fame, a monastery tour and the Leh view point at 13,000 ft.
It was a 5 hour drive to Tangtse valley, through the third highest pass in the world – Chang La (17,800 ft), most of it on a rough and dramatic mountain road. Chang La wasn’t the highest pass, but it was definitely the coldest. There was snow fall when we stopped there for a cup of tea. There was an army check post, a tea shop to greet visitors with complimentary tea and a temple full of prayer flags. After Chang La, the road gets a bit more narrow and dangerous with avalanche warning at every 200m.
We also drove through the running river called Pagal Naala or “The Crazy Stream”. Thankfully we crossed all this safely and reached our destination – Dotguling Guest House in Tangtse Valley. Dotguling GH was the only guest house in the area, surrounded by green fields and the rocky mountains with a small stream on the side. I was relieved to see a military hospital right opposite to the guest house. As far as I could see there were only a couple of houses on the road side and six or seven scattered around the valley, and a small grocery shop which calls itself a super market and a mechanic shop.
The day was complete with us sitting on a huge rock in the middle of the green field gazing at one of the most romantic sunset ever. The dinner was served at 8, with soup, fried rice and momo. I made sure that my camera battery is full and the memory card empty before I went to bed.
- Be prepared for some snow fall in Chang La.
- Complementary tea is available at Chang La, Have it!
- Take a walk around Dotguling Guest House and the surroundings, it’s very refreshing!
- Get some good sleep. It’s required to enjoy the next day.
The Himalayan Road trip continues….