A Tourist’s Tale of Winter in Ladakh

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  1. avneet

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    Any other setting you did apart from the CPL. Loved the way detail came out from mountains and clouds. :)
     
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    Loved the update. Specially the snap above. Quick question, did you drive along pangong toward chushul or the tarred route via erath?
     
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    Beautiful captures YS. :)
     
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    Really good Photos YS! Keep posting more..
     
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    Awesome log with mesmerizing pictures. Please do continue.
     
  6. Yogesh Sarkar

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    28th December 2011, Tangste - Pangong Tso - Man

    Got up at around 6AM, well actually I had a really disturb sleep due to the rajai falling from top of the blanket every 10 minutes or so and then the other group waking up at around 4 in the morning and creating a slight ruckus.

    Rigzin came by a little later and I learnt that the drivers too had the same problem and had been awake since 4, thanks to the other group. Also learnt that the diesel had frozen in the night, so he needed to not only warm up the spare diesel by placing it over the kerosene stove, but also keep the Scorpio warm, once started.

    Came downstairs and finally had something to eat after a day of fast, albeit it was only plain paratha with pickle. Sai and Anand had decided to join us as well and although yesterday their driver wasn’t really sure whether or not he would be able to cross the frozen stream en route to Spangmik, with another vehicle i.e. ours in tow, he was relieved and wanted to give it a try.

    At around 8:30AM, we finally bid Tangste goodbye and headed off to Pangong Tso and reached Lukung, without any fuss. While the drivers looked for diesel, we got our cameras out and started walking along the Pangong Tso coast and shooting photographs. Pangong Tso for a change felt warmer than Tangste and hadn’t yet frozen, apart from a little ice buildup on the shore and ice pieces floating on top of it.

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    Rahul and I at Panngong Tso with the Scorpio, shot by Rigzin

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    Around 45 minutes later, we decided to move on and soon enough encountered the frozen stream from where Sai and Anand have had to turn back at night. Rigzin tried to tackle the patch, but it turned out to be softer than what he had expected and Scorpio after crossing around half of it, got stuck. At this point both the drivers got off from their vehicles and started pouring sand on the road to get enough traction for the wheel. While Rahul decided to help them out, I decided to shoot this video.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmmyHCJy5dc]Crossing Ice on the road to Chushul - YouTube[/ame]

    After we got through, it was time to get the Qualis of Sai and Anand out, which was stuck in an even worse place!

    Around 15 minutes worth of breaking the ice with the shovel, placing sand on the ice and eventually Rigzin taking the command of Qualis, we finally managed to move on and cross Spangmik.

    However, our troubles were far from over as even bigger frozen streams lay ahead and soon enough, we came across the really big one.

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    Since a vehicle had already passed over it and broken the hard ice, even Rigzin wasn't confident of crossing the stream from here, as there was a serious chance of the ice breaking and the cars getting stuck...

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    now this is getting scary! :eek:
     
  8. mindless wanderer

    mindless wanderer with age, get a cage!

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    HEAVENLY pics!!!!
    Cheers
     
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    Must have been a scary experience! Marvelous pics Yogesh, really out of the world!
     
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    asheshb Perfection, is it worth?

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    waiting for the next post :shock:
     

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