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Old 8th March 2012, 18:36   #1861
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Sirji, the most obvious question : Are you planning this year too?

Your opinion on :
1. Will August 1st week be a good time to visit Chandra Taal?
2. Will there be heavy snow during Aug in Spiti?
3. Any pre-cautions/advice to cover Tso-Moriri/Hanle?

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No, I have no plans to drive to Ladakh this year.

Yes, August is a good time to visit Chandra Tal. But you can never predict anything in the Himalayas. We found ourselves unable to do so during our trip in the 3rd week of Aug because of sudden snow fall, so keep your fingers crossed Snowfall is not normal in August, hence your chances of getting to Chandra Tal & rest of Spiti are very high.

Hanle - make sure you get your permits for the entire route which you plan to take mentioning all check posts. If going from Leh direct, then mention Mahe, Loma & Hanle. If going from Pangong, mention Merak, Chushul, Loma & Hanle. If all places are not mentioned on your route, you may be turned away at the check posts.

Tso Moriri - the last 25 kms approaching Karzok is all dirt track with no clear path after the Tso Kiagar Lake, hence do not be late, do it in full light, else you could get lost trying to find the correct way.
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Old 9th March 2012, 21:27   #1862
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Day 21
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Key Long - Sach Pass - Chamba

There's a helipad near Udeypur for those who have a birdie
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Some views of Udeypur as we drive on
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Another Bridge
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We reach a fork. This is for the next exploration
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Views Around
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YP shooting something interesting
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Good traffic for the place!
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Old 9th March 2012, 21:38   #1863
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Chandrabhaga flowing along
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Deodhar ?
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Some info
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Another bridge
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Colourful
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Now we have people getting interested in the convoy
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Old 9th March 2012, 21:48   #1864
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OMG - the start of the things to come
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HVK waiting for others to catch up
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Greenery
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The road ahead
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A small obstacle for us
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Chandrabhaga still with us
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They are really amused
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Old 9th March 2012, 22:09   #1865
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Swifting around!!

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HVK waiting for the swifts to catch up
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The road ahead
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Chandrabhaga around us still
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The track looked tricky
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But HVK Scorpio made it in the first attempt
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Old 9th March 2012, 22:32   #1867
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The swifts had a tricky time here. The flowing water and slipping gravel made the track quite difficult.

Let the series of pictures tell the story

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AP's turn now

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And thus we moved on!
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Only to be stopped at the next obstacle
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First Swiftie cleared the obstacle
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Second Swiftie in action
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Time to move on
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The route is very very exciting to state the least
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A Bridge and a Waterfall
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Greenery
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What roads!
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I even stopped by to enjoy these
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Another obstacle
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BolBolero clearing it
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Waiting for the swifts
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HVK Scorpio
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Got BHP?
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The swift has arrived
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Let the pictures tell you more
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KSM Vtec enjoying his private waterfall
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Look at that smile
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The story of the Swifts struggling up the slope is very well expressed in Lalu's photographs!

The slope looks innocuous enough but:
- It was very steep
- The stones were cascading down with every turn of the wheel
- The water flowing down was adding to the slippage
- The Swifts simply could not get a grip on the slippery surface and the wheels kept spinning as though they were trapped in slush
- Clutch plate burn was a distinct possibility and the Swifts had to exercise utmost caution not to damage their CPs
- We tried first climbing up on the same tyre tracks, but that did not work
- Then we shifted a few of the larger stones here and there, some out of the way, others to provide some dry surface to get traction
- Ultimately, the Swifts had to stick one wheel on the outer drier part of the "road" and use their full power to virtually "churn" their way up
- We had to keep away from the cars since they were chucking up stones in their wake

I am sure KSM-vTEC has more to say about the driving techniques he used!




The problem with driving is that your eye is always on the road, you miss such beauties. I cannot imagine that I drove through such a bridge. Thanks, Lalu, for this photo!

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The Second Swift story in pictures

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