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Old 19th November 2011, 14:11   #1021
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oh! what a test of team spirits and attitude!! Its nice to see some good souls(truck driver) coming forward to help. Good to see people working together. That shows how good TBHP means to us all. Hope any such thing didnt happen on the way ahead!
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Old 19th November 2011, 17:52   #1022
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HVK Scorpio
Aug 12, Bombay-Behror, 1402 kms
Aug 13, Behror-Rampur, 692 kms
Aug 14, Rampur-Chitkul, 144 kms
Aug 15, Chitkul-Pooh, 207 kms
Aug 16, Pooh-Kaza, 178 kms
Aug 17-19, Kaza, 291 kms
Aug 20, Kaza-Jispa, 236 kms
Aug 21, Jispa-Leh, 374 kms
Aug 22, Leh-Kargil, 343 kms
Aug 23, Kargil-Padum, 248 kms


Aug 24, Padum-Kargil, 275 kms

CHAPTER 5 – Will we have to build a Samadhi for the HVK Scorpio in the Suru Valley?

We lost 1.5 hours (530-700 pm) due to the landslide crossings, Scorpio getting stuck & its recovery. We were able to get the Scorpio back on the road before it went dark (it would have become very difficult after that!). None of the cars took any damage. The journey back to Kargil was longer than the onward journey the day before thanks to the delay at Rangdum due to the BolBolero Bolero problems and the HVK Scorpio getting stuck in the mud.

The short spell of rains did not recur and the road was dry, except for a few more "crossings" till the town Sankoo.
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Old 19th November 2011, 20:02   #1023
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Day 13
24th August 2011
Padhum - Kargil

A couple of videos from my side from HVK Scorpio.

The cloudburst and hailstones


After the cloudburst - Peaceful!
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Old 19th November 2011, 20:26   #1024
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Day 13
24th August 2011
Padhum - Kargil

A couple of videos from my side from HVK Scorpio.

The cloudburst and hailstones
The video shows you the hail stones raining down!
It was a scary experience driving at that time since the rain (before the hail storm) was so fierce that I thought my cracked-up windscreen will break up! And we were also apprehensive about what will happen to the road.


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After the cloudburst - Peaceful!
I guess the rain/ hail storm lasted 10-15 minutes, but the roads got flooded and as you saw, caused lots of landslides.
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Old 20th November 2011, 10:15   #1025
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Day 13
24th August 2011
Padhum - Kargil

After a leisurely breakfast and generous fills of Kawa, we decided to start our driving day by 07:15AM.

Altitude of Padhum
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Padhum has a helipad
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A chorten up the hill
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Our first destination for the day was Karsha Gompa. We drove towards Karsha Gompa.
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Some views
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Karsha Gompa perched up on the mountains
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You need to cross the river to reach Karsha Gompa
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Old 20th November 2011, 10:24   #1026
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We kept on seeing Karsha Gompa to our left
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Beautiful Padhum
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School Bus
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Karsha Gompa
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We reached Karsha Village by 08:00AM
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The climb towards Karsha Gompa
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Old 20th November 2011, 10:33   #1027
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By 08:15AM we reach Karsha Gompa
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No one wanted to go inside the gompa, they were watching the beauty from the heights
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HVK Scorpio at Karsha Gompa
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The beautiful views down
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Kids from Karsha
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We reached back Padhum by 08:30AM
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We continued on our journey back to Kargil
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Old 20th November 2011, 16:39   #1028
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Padhum - Kargil

Views from the drive
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Yak?
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Donkey - Looks like he's lost!!
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Old 20th November 2011, 16:45   #1029
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Padhum - Kargil

We drove on to reach the checkpost by 09:45AM
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The route started looking monotonous
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Yes! Indeed!
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We reached Drang Drung Glacier by 11:00AM

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Padhum - Kargil

Reaching Drang Drung Glacier
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HVK Scorpio just before reaching Drang Drung Glacier
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HVK Scorpio at Drang Drung Glacier
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The team arriving at Drang Drung Glacier
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Drang Drung Glacier, the team and our trustworthy 2WDs
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Colourful!
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Padhum - Kargil

Drang Drung Glacier
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We moved on towards Rangdum

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Colourful Mountains
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The road through the river bed
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All questions on Padhum - Kargil route about driveability can be put to rest!

Swifty at home in the treacherous Padhum - Kargil route
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Rangdum Gompa at a distance
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We reached Rangdum Gompa by 12:30PM
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It was here that the Army chap triggered some emotions by calling us "You Indians"

Rangdum Gompa Front
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Inside Rangdum Gompa
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It was all closed and we just left immediately

Rangdum Gompa from below
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We moved on to Rangdum where we have our 5 star restaurant for lunch, which serves tasty maggies


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Colourful mountains
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Some phone numbers for you
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Camps
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We reached Rangdum by 12:45PM.

The rain clouds slowly moving in on Rangdum
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The clouds are very clear with their intention
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We were there till 14:45hrs. Lunch was a very fast affair, but some repair works had to be carried out in BolBolero's Bolero.

Finally by 14:45hrs we moved on from Rangdum.


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We drove on. Clouds are ready to pour!
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Blasting work, Road construction is in progress
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Parkatchik Glacier
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Heat, cloudburst, Ice melt - weather is all goofed up here. God alone knows how its going to be in the future.

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We found this fellow again
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School?
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Another Glacier
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Spot Discovery Bolero contest!
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