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Old 20th November 2011, 18:35   #1036
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Day 13
24th August 2011
Padhum - Kargil

We reached Panikhar by 16:15 hours and took the byepass route.

Panikhar village
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HVK Scorpio at Panikhar Byepass
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We moved on
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Discovery Bolero was close behind
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Some more views
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Sheep
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We were thanked for visiting
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Day 13
24th August 2011
Padhum - Kargil

We reached the final checkpost by 16:45hours.

A beautiful kid near the checkpost
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We moved ahead towards Sankoo
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We saw a truck and a bulldozer
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Rain clouds were getting darker and darker
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And finally the inevitable happens. It just started pouring by 17:15hours. You can see the hailstones hitting the windscreen and on the bonnet in the video posted earlier. It was all over in 10 minutes. the second video shows the rains have stopped.

By 17:45hours we reached the place where we got blocked due to the landslides.

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Day 13
24th August 2011
Padhum - Kargil

Heavy rains washed down the mountains on to the road. It was slush and rocks piled up. I for once ran out of the scorpio to check the scene and to move away some rocks from the mud to let the Scorpio pass.

The middle of the pile seemed to be firm, I tried with my foot guaging the firmness of the pile. It was moving down at places. I did not want to check the left as it was very close to the river, so I moved to the right.

Before realising what just happened I tried to guage the right, my feet started to sink and soon I realised that I am sinking faster than I could react. Nobin and Anku was nearby. Anku was laughing his heart off at my plight!

I felt miserable. I wanted someone to realise that it was not funny any more. Nobin immediately asked me if I was in trouble and I replied in the affirmative. He just braved himself and moved ahead to pull me out, while his feet also sank. I fell forward so as not to sink any more and that really helped Nobin to get the leverage to pull me out.

With mud all around the body and in a state of shock I stood there for a while. Got myself back and tried washing myself in the dirty water that was flowing on the road. Got into a presentable state and moved forward helping the vehicles get through the mud. My shoes were filled with slush, with me feeling very uncomfortable about it. But I had to be available for the rescue mission and went ahead for it.

KSM Vtec, Jeep Captain and Nobin - Cool guys and sudden actions, that made the difference in the rescue mission a lot.

HVK scorpio went ahead on the pile and cleared two more piles and parked to the right and was waiting for others to catch up. But only when we went to the second pile did we realise that it was not not parked intentionally but he was in deep trouble with the right of the Scorpio sunk quite deep in the slush.

That was trouble, deep trouble.

The rescue mission of HVK scorpio is discussed in details so I'll not get in to that again.


Some pictures from my side

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The full scene
The River, the other two land slides and stuck HVK Scorpio
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Rescue mission with Discovery Bolero
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Rescue mission with Tata truck
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The rear right was also sunken fully
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By 19:00hrs the rescue mission was successful, and we moved on. There were more landslides ahead, and we cleared one by one carefully.

Finally we reached Kargil by 21:00hr, and the moment we got the room I rushed to wash myself. Hot water bath never felt so nice ever. Washed up the shoes and jacket and kept for drying. Lied down on the bed for a while and went to the restaurant for a well deserved dinner.

By 22:30hrs, crashed thanking my lucky stars for everything this day.

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Day 8: Padum to Kargil 24th. August 2011

DEDICATION – To all 2WDs who are driven like they are 4WDs

The first time I got to see the full IPHE team in action during the HVK Scorpio recovery incident! And what a team effort it was. Kudos to all of you guys!
A special thanks to the TATA dump truck driver and his assistant, without whom the recovery would not have been possible!

If anyone in the team, were to be asked what was their most interesting moment of the drive between Kargil - Padum - Kargil before 5:30 pm today, they would surely have said the view of the Darang Drung Glacier. Post 5:30 pm it was definitely the Scorpio recovery incident!!

After the recovery we moved on towards Kargil. No one was in a mood to click any pictures, as the only thing on everyone's mind was reaching Kargil without any further incidents! We crossed Sanku at around 7:15 pm. As was the norm this day, I was lagging behind the Scorpio and the Discovery Bolero! Fortunately due to the conditions of the roads improving after Sanku, managed to keep a decent pace. And the missing bushings were not causing too much of a problem on the tarred roads! We reached Kargil and Hotel D'Zozila at around 8:20 pm.

KSM-Vtec had already managed to wrangle a good deal for our accommodation and dinner from the Hotel! After everyone freshened up, we all met at the Dining room for dinner and sort of relived the whole day once again!

By 11:00 pm almost everyone was in their rooms and probably off to sleep! So was I!

What a day and once again WHAT A TEAM!

Total distance covered: 259 kms.
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Day 8: Padum to Kargil

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Wow what a recovery, awesome team work truely can be seen from the video, but Shibu was quick to jump into a towel i would say he was waiting for that (just kidding) Good work to everyone from what we saw from the pics & video.
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Wow what a recovery, awesome team work truely can be seen from the video, but Shibu was quick to jump into a towel i would say he was waiting for that (just kidding) Good work to everyone from what we saw from the pics & video.
Shibu was well-prepared and had his towel ready to be worn for such occasions (ow when he suddenly decided to take a dip in some cold water stream!).

The Jeep Captain Bolero had its tools easily accessible and everything from the tow ropes to other essential tools could be taken out in a jiffy.

All this towing came at a high price for the Bolero - it had done great service for the small cars in the Rampur-Kaza-Keylong sectors and now here too, and you could feel the clutch burn smell lingering in the air. That was indeed very sporty and a great service that the Bolero put in for all of us. Thanks, Shibu & Nobin, what a car and a pair!
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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


Aug 25, Kargil-Leh, 259 kms

The morning after…….
The cars licked their wounds from the bettering of the previous 2 days, especially the HVK Scorpio.
The brakes started making grating & screeching noises, maybe because of mud or stones that may have got into the brake discs or brake drums. I was worried that mud may have got into the brake drums and cause rust or slow down movements inside.
Happily, the Hotel D’Zojila parking lot was the Maruti Service Centre and we had ramps where we could examine the undercarriage thoroughly. I had also taken some bashing of the link rods and the bushes were coming off. Happily, there were no major gashes. The air filter had started making a wailing noise because the rubber at the clamp had ruptured a little. The air filters were terribly dusty.

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We were off from Kargil at 700 am, and refueling took some time (and I had to go under to repair the odometer sensor), but we eventually left at 735 am.

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The return to Leh was along the conventional Mulbek-Lamayuru route (we had gone to Kargil via Batalik) and 1 hour later, we stopped by at the Maitreya Buddha Statue at Mulbek, but not before going on some narrow messy roads with lots of miscellaneous traffic. TS and I debated whether the Mulbek marvel was indeed an ancient Shiva statue which must have got "transformed" into a Buddha, during those tumultous times of religious conflicts, such were the features of the statue.

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Everyone was in a relaxed mood after all the fun and excitement of the last 2 days. We started looking around and found so many things about the team. Whether BolBolero drinks more tea than he smokes cigarettes. Why did Jeep Captain not bring one of the 12-odd 4WD cars that he owns in India? How can Lalu be such so stoic a photographer knowing that he is an avid driver too? Does Yogen eat only Kur Kure? How does KSM-vTEC manage t move so fast despite his paunch? Isn't no_enthu_da looking so different when he wears full-length trousers? Mulbek also was a good tea halt apart from the Buddha.

The roads were excellent thereafter and each one was setting his own pace, with my Scorpio going quite far ahead of the rest of the pack, now also including the “Baby” Alto. The Khangral village does have a left turn that takes you to Biama on the Khaltse-Batalik road. 2 high passes – Namika la (12600 feet) & Fotu la (13500 feet) later, we descended into the Buddhist part of Ladakh again, leaving the Muslim Kargil region behind. Quite a lot of agriculture at this time of the year, soon the small valleys will be brown again. I passed the Boddhkarbu Army Camp – where I remembered having dropped an old lady who I picked up on my way from Leh to Kargil during my 2003 trip (she had severed her fingers while cutting crops in the field, and needed urgent medical attention, her daughter had thumbed us down and we had laid her in the back of my Matiz and taken her to the medical centre in the army camp).

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The roads were capable of taking hgh speeds for someone who likes to fling his car around the twisties now that they have widened and relaid most of the Kargil-Leh highway. Incidentally, this highway remains open throughout the year. Military movements were also high and from time to time we had to pause to let long military truck convoys (measuring some 40-50 odd trucks) pass by.

Down the Hangaroo Loops (or Jilebi loops) to Lamayuru, the magnificent gompa perched atop a hill overlooking the moon-scape. Foreign tourists milling around and arrogant lamas and restaurants sucking up to them, isn’t that a familiar sight wherever the White Man goes in India? The Scorpio gang decided to have lunch at Lamayuru, even as the rest of the gang did not catch up with us even after 1 hour.

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I had decided to move ahead to reach Leh fast so that I could attend to some urgent repairs to the car today itself (as per original plan, the next day was "rest" day), so after we left Lamayuru at 12 noon, it was quite a high-speed drive all the way till Khaltse where a traffic jam delayed us somewhat. On reaching Magnetic Hill, we tested out the optical illusion – yes, the phenomenon of the car being pulled up a slope by magnetic forces is actually not a magnetic force but an illusion of a upward slope when it is actually a downward slope – just for the fun of it.

We reached the M&M ASC at Leh at 330 pm, and immediately started essential repairs. No major problems were found, but I decided to re-grease the front wheels anyway. By the time the rest of the gang arrived at 630 pm, we were already done and I went away to attend to a small puncture which was ultimately found to be a damaged valve (presumably because the tyre had sunk into the quicksand at Sankoo the previous day). We found a competent mechanic who is adept at fixing tubeless tyre punctures too and by the time it started getting cold, we were heading fro the hotel – this time the Jorchung Guest House. Before that, we went to Santhi Guest House where our luggage was stored with DB/SS. Disappointing experience with Santhi Guest House – despite not staying overnight, they levied that night’s room rent on DB/SS although they had already decided to move with us to Jorchung GH.

Jorchung Guest House,Sonam 01982-242491/07298794156, off the main market, is a lovely quiet place run by Sonam, his wife and father and has good car parking space, is very quiet and rooms are nice and clean. In fact, we had the place all to ourselves that day. I had to return to the Main Market t pick up our fresh permits (for the rest of the Ladakh circuit) that had already been arranged by AK.

All Photos are taken by either TS or JP
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Just wondering how you maintain this log book, do you remember everything and enter at the end of the day or as and when you get time, i guess you also use gps which you said you had 6 of them

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Just wondering how you maintain this log book, do you remember everything and enter at the end of the day or as and when you get time, i guess you also use gps which you said you had 6 of them

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Log book is written on the move by either my navigator (in this Ladakh trip, most of this by Lalu) or by me myself. It is ahndwritten (because I am an old-fashioned old man) and later transcribed to an Excel file. The Garmin and Vision Tec GPS devices run all the time and I click waypoints whenever I think the landmark (like a petrol pump, turning, etc) merit marking in the log book. The GPS data and car camera data are downloaded every night (except in high altitude places when we did not use lap tops).

My driving log book is a simple school note book:

MMI - I have one, but I use it to check its mapping data. I never ran it in Ladakh, because I knew its contents anyway (am not saying why!)

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The return to Leh was along the conventional Mulbek-Lamayuru route (we had gone to Kargil via Batalik) and 1 hour later, we stopped by at the Maitreya Buddha Statue at Mulbek, but not before going on some narrow messy roads with lots of miscellaneous traffic.


The roads were excellent thereafter and each one was setting his own pace, with my Scorpio going quite far ahead of the rest of the pack,

The roads were capable of taking hgh speeds for someone who likes to fling his car around the twisties now that they have widened and relaid most of the Kargil-Leh highway.

it was quite a high-speed drive all the way till Khaltse where a traffic jam delayed us somewhat.

The changing Kargil-Leh highway via Lamayuru


Shot using the Car Camera

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