13 Years Old Herbie On Way to Ladakh

jitenderpathania

Globetrekker
While descending from K-Top we need to stop again at North Pullu to show our permits for Nubra valley. There are some road side restaurant there and we opted for a brunch as it was already 11.30 AM.

After half an hour break we continued our journey towards Hunder the destination for the day
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Finally we managed to reach our GH accommodation in Hunder around 2.30 PM

We paid Rs 2400/- for a room with extra Bed + Breakfast & Dinner. Contact Number +91 94698 44843

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After a dose of Maggie and some tea, we quickly headed to the much talked about sand dunes for Nubra Valley with the very famous Double Humped Camels.

We spent around 2 hours near the sand dunes. It started to get windy in late evening. So we decided to return to the GH.

As this area only has electricity from 7 - 11 PM for 4 hours, so had to take a timely dinner which was complete veg ( No Non Veg options in most of the GH).

Before going to bed a call back home was made from the phone of GH owner as he had BSNL mobile and only BSNL works here.

I leave you with the below pictures of the Sand Dunes area and Double Humped camels.

Cheers !!
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jitenderpathania

Globetrekker
CHAPTER EIGHT – THE BLUE PANGONG –HUNDER TO MERAK


ODO READING – 1085 KMS - 1280 KMS (195KMS) - 21 Sep


We got up early around 7 in the morning only to find that couple of other guests travelling towards Pangong had already left. On discussion with the GH owner and some other guests we got to know that Pangong Tso is only about 160 kms via Agham Shyok route and easily doable in 5 - 6 hours and mostly those people start early who have to travel back to Leh after visiting Pangong. This information came as a relief to us and we finally decided to leave around 9.30 AM after the breakfast.

As per our calculations we would reach the lake latest by 3.30 PM. But this was a big miscalculation as our destination for the day was Merak, which is another 35 kms away and is a complete dirt track which does take some time to cross. Lets see how the journey progresses :rolleyes:


Another view of the sand dunes on our way back
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Looks like we need to show our permits again. :lol:

Took a lot of effort to get him off road :p
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Shyok river stays with us for most part of the journey
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Looks like a village on the other side of Shyok
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Time for some road inspection to manage smooth Clearance for Herbie
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The Road conditions after this were mostly very good with some small bad patches in between. Have a look
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The weather gods were smiling with good sunshine although it did turn cloudy by late evening
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The journey continues with the vistas of the Agham Shyok Road. One of the most scenic drive we had.
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Next update soon

Cheers !!!
 
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raman mittal

Raman Mittal
CHAPTER EIGHT – THE BLUE PANGONG –HUNDER TO MERAK


ODO READING – 1085 KMS - 1280 KMS (195KMS) - 21 Sep


We got up early around 7 in the morning only to find that couple of other guests travelling towards Pangong had already left. On discussion with the GH owner and some other guests we got to know that Pangong Tso is only about 160 kms via Agham Shyok route and easily doable in 5 - 6 hours and mostly those people start early who have to travel back to Leh after visiting Pangong. This information came as a relief to us and we finally decided to leave around 9.30 AM after the breakfast.

As per our calculations we would reach the lake latest by 3.30 PM. But this was a big miscalculation as our destination for the day was Merak, which is another 35 kms away and is a complete dirt track which does take some time to cross. Lets see how the journey progresses :rolleyes:


Another view of the sand dunes on our way back
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Looks like we need to show our permits again. :lol:

Took a lot of effort to get him off road :p
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Shyok river stays with us for most part of the journey
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Looks like a village on the other side of Shyok
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Time for some road inspection to manage smooth Clearance for Herbie
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The Road conditions after this were mostly very good with some small bad patches in between. Have a look
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The weather gods were smiling with good sunshine although it did turn cloudy by late evening
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The journey continues with the vistas of the Agham Shyok Road. One of the most scenic drive we had.
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Next update soon

Cheers !!!
Superb shots...
 

jitenderpathania

Globetrekker
It is really difficult to choose which pictures to share when you have close to 5000 stored in your pen drive :p

Below is the next dose before we finally reach the Pangong Tso

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This looks like one of the water crossing when the glaciers are melting. Thankfully it was completely dry now
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A small breather for the little one
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Next pit stop Durbuk where the road from Leh to Pangong via Changla meets.
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Stopped in Durbuk for a maggie lunch and some Tea. Changla is somewhere up in the mountains in the background
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On the way to Pangong Lake
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Finally the time arrived we all had been dreaming of for the last one year. It was one of the best views I had seen in my life.

You get the first small glimpse of Pangong about 4 kms before you actually reach it. We reached this spot around 3 pm, and the sky was scattered with white clouds.

The first view of the lake........
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We were finally about to witness this "eighth" wonder, something that we had meticulously planned.

Pangong is a brackish water lake, and a large part of it is under Chinese territory. It is surrounded by barren mountains, but the beauty of the lake lies in the play of light. You can literally see the waters turn from light blue to emerald green to purplish to azure in a matter of hours and even the mountains go from brown to red to grey in the various shades of light. Off season is the best time to visit (like we did), with virtually no crowds, no litter and lots of peace and tranquility.
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Time to pose with the little one. She has performed much more than our expectations. We are at the Pangong with a 13 years young car, with out a single hiccup.
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It was such a wonderful feeling to be there that by the time we realized we have to move ahead it was already 5.00 PM.
We quickly decided to move ahead. Crossing Spangmik.
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Below pic will give you some idea of the road onwards.
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By the time we crossed Man village it was already more than 6.00 PM and we had not met a single soul on road for the past one hour.

We were not even sure if we are on the right track as we could see another road a little higher on the mountain side. But as per the information we had gathered, we had to stay on the track which runs along the Lake.
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We saw a biker coming from the other side. Stopped him thinking might get some info. The reply was " I was going to Merak as well. But could not get a glimpse of any village for the next 10 kms. So returning back to Man. " He advised us to do the same and left.

We were in a total fix and lost another 10 minutes in discussion. This was the time we panicked a little bit. It was almost dark. Below is the last shot of the day.
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After much discussion we agreed that no way we are turning back. It was decided to trust on Google offline maps that we had downloaded specially for this stretch.

We continued our journey in complete darkness and isolation for the next 45 minutes. There was no sign of any village exactly as the biker had told.
But suddenly after a curve we could see lights at a distance. We all cheered to it and increased our speed to finally reach our destination around 7.30 PM.

The clue is Merak village is located behind a big mountain curve. So you don't get to see it till the last km.

Surprisingly the GH owner had still not received our whatsapp for booking as there was no Network. But it was our lucky day so we managed to get a cozy room with extrabed + Dinner and Breakfast @ Rs 2200/-.

We had a finger licking dinner and some hot coffee afterwards to end our long and adventurous day.

TIP - Please start early from Nubra valley if you are planning to travel ahead to Pangong in a single day as photo breaks will take a lot of time. Night driving not advisable at all.

Cheers !!
 

skysat2005

Super User
Lovely updates flowing in.

Man to Merak is really tough track with lots of sandy patches. Since there are multiple tracks running parallel to each other, getting confused which one to take and getting stuck in sand is really painful there. We had lots of huffing and puffing while stuck with our bikes there way back in 2014.
How is the condition now?

Looking forward to Merak -Hanle section.
 
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jitenderpathania

Globetrekker
Lovely updates flowing in.

Man to Merak is really tough track with lots of sandy patches. Since there are multiple tracks running parallel to each other, getting confused which one to take and getting stuck in sand is really painful there. We had lots of huffing and puffing while stuck with our bikes there way back in 2014.
How is the condition now?

Looking forward to Merak -Hanle section.
Thanks skysat2005.

The condition have not changed much. The only difference I feel now is with more people using that route the main track is a little more prominent.
 
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