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Gaurav Chopra

zestbiker-if there is a SPIRIT,I ride it
The place where i stayed in Sankoo deserves special mention-Goba guest house -lovingly run by the Goba family provided me and Madhu with exemplary hospitality.
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The Goba ladies -the younger Mrs Goba is the main caretaker of the place.
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Mr Ahmed Goba-the owner -whose day job is as a Head Constable of J&K police in Kargil-a thorough gentleman.
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Some blooms in the garden
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Views to the east from the guest house
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The place where i stayed in Sankoo deserves special mention-Goba guest house -lovingly run by the Goba family provided me and Madhu with exemplary hospitality.View attachment 763931


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The Goba ladies -the younger Mrs Goba is the main caretaker of the place.
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Mr Ahmed Goba-the owner -whose day job is as a Head Constable of J&K police in Kargil-a thorough gentleman.
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Views to the east from the guest house
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nice t'log with visual treat of wallpaper worth photos !!!!
 

Gaurav Chopra

zestbiker-if there is a SPIRIT,I ride it
The day is 5Oct2018-today is the day when i get to finally meet the long elusive Umba La pass.And what a beauty it turned out to be-this ride was total solitude-in the nearly 66km ride,we did not come across a single soul on the road-so i was kinda thankful that Madhu was riding with me as this was his recce of this competitive stage in the Raid de Himalayas in which he was participating .Umba La route existed for centuries as a shepherd route but was made into a proper motorable road during and after the Kargil war of 1999 as the enemy shell the National Highway 1D from beyond the mountains.
From Sankoo ,the road turns up right into the mountains and the furthest village is at a distance of 9-10kms and after that you are all alone with nature.Umba La turned to be two passes in one in the sense you climb up one top(Sankoo side),then ride down into a valley and then climb up another top (Drass side) and then down to Drass.We had the good fortune of seeing snow on both the tops-and man ,was it cold-with a storm front chasing us all the way down to Drass were we encountered rain.



The climb starts
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Leaving habitation behind
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Stopping at the top no.1-Sankoo side-the road visible at the back.
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The wide range we still had to cross
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Riding down into the valley
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Water frozen on the road
Here the wind started and with it came dark clouds-and the cold
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The valley floor had this small semi frozen stream
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The climb up again
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A break in the cloud cover-and a stop to re adjust loose bungee cords.
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Frozen water on the road
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First look of Drass below
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Absolute barren beauty
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Dried lichen and moss
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A look back at the mountain we rode down from
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Meeting civilization again
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Madhu mounting his steed after admiring the views
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One final bye bye to the Umba La
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Crossing this river bring you unto NH1D -proper Drass town-these being the remnants of the old bridge
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Sand mining going on the river bed
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Bidding adios.
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Madhu and myself had started from Goba guest house in the morning at 10am and reached Drass at 2pm-4hrs for 66kms.We had our last meal together at Drass and bid goodbye's-with Madhu riding to Lamayuru and myself starting on my return jouney to Ludhiana in the slight dizzle prevalent there.

At Ghumri ,snow flurries started to fall and accompanied me till Zozi La from where drizzling kept up till Srinagar.I stopped for the night at Qazigund at a guest house next to the Qazigund bus stand.Started from Qazigund at 7am and was in my house in Ludhiana having coffee at 5.30pm after passing through a horrendous 3 hour traffic jam at Ramban.
All in all,an awesome soul fulfilling trip,safely done By God's Grace-Amen.
 
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Sbhu07

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Beautiful travelogue.
Can you please brief the approx travel time from :
Kargil- Rangdum
Rangdum- Padum
Padam-Umbala- Drass.
Also, the road conditions.
We plan to go by compact SUV.

Thanks!!
 

Gaurav Chopra

zestbiker-if there is a SPIRIT,I ride it
@Sbhu07

Kargil- Rangdum-130kms -approx 4 hrs-i took 5 hours
Rangdum- Padum-100kms- 3.5hrs -i took 5 hours
Padum-Umbala -Drass -12 hrs -i did Padum-Sankoo and then Sankoo-Umbala-Drass-Zozila- Qazigund next day

Kindly note that the Umbala route is TOTALLY barren and best to do it early in the day.
 
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