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Old 19th October 2012, 19:01   #121
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Default Day 10 - Continued

After passing on the message to the truck guy, I was hoping to reach DD glacier before the sunset. In the process, witnessed and experienced some of the best of Zanskar.

The roads dint help a bit,

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But, this sure did,

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Painting?

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What a sight!

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I would rather ride a horse than driving on this terrain!

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No matter which angle or side, it was just beautiful!

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Is there anything worth mentioning about the terrain? It will give you a severe back pain

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Shades of green and brown!

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Treat watching this!

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Some designer mountain!

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It was totally worth breaking the back to witness this beauty!

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Mini Pangong!

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Reached Rangdum around 4. Damn, this place is so remote.

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Spot the road!

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This is the only place to halt between Rangdum and Padum. I was so hoping the Dzire guys would make it till here!

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Checkpost!

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We left after a quick 15 minute break and I was desperate to see DD. So dint stop here nor at Penzila.

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Paradise!

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Its humongous!

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We couldn't stop admiring this beauty and lost track of the time,

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I dint tell her about this place and kept it as a surprise, but the Scorp getting something what I should have

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He kissed the most beautiful glacier!

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How I wish I could drive on this!

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Mackenna's Gold?

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We found this instead - Darang Durang! She was more than a treasure!

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Final pic for the day!

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It was close to 7 and we had another 60 odd Kms. Drove non-stop to Padum and reached at 10. We were lucky to have found a room at that time in such a remote place.

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Old 20th October 2012, 16:45   #122
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Default Day 11

Day 11 : 28th Aug

Route : The return to Kargil is the same route and the same sweet terrain

Its 6 in the morning and there was not a soul around in the hotel nor outside. Not surprising because it was damn cold. Went looking around for the guy incharge but found this couple, who had come riding all the way from GJ.

That's the hotel we stayed for the night

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Huge prayer wheel, right opposite the hotel

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On the way to a Monastery, we got the chance to see the Padum town

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Glorious!

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Had to walk down a few yards to take the pic of the town, but dint realize it was this far,

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Merciless terrain!

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That's the Gompa!

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But, unfortunately it was closed!

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We were there too early!

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Not too early for this,

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The Palace was closed too,

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We left Padum around 9 after breakfast,

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Realized what we had missed the previous night, within a couple of kms,

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Then, came across,

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The view was holy!

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Cute little fella,

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At times, it looks barren,

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Then out of nowhere, a beauty shows up,

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Old 20th October 2012, 19:48   #123
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Default Day 11 - Continued

Zanskar river- Dirty, yet stunning!

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Both enjoying the beauty!

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Now we know who is making this land barren!

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Another stop,

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another piece of glorious view!

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Goodbye to Zanskar!

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Zig-zagging the way to Kargil!

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Grouse!

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Oasis!

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Treasured memory!

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A dream..

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..come true!

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4th Pass of the trip!

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Final pics of the DD!

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Little beauty!

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Tough to bid good-bye to places like these!

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and final pics of the nun-kun glacier.

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Default Day 11 - Continued

Some crazy water crossings,

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Some like the one's we see in B'lore,

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Totally worth breaking your back and probably breaking your vehicle,

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to see stuff like this

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Blasting in progress!

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This was the crazy stretch the Dzire did some circus on!

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Good to go,

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Zanskar completed after a year's wait!

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Ah, I posed too early!

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Another blasting!

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Extraordinary!

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Last pic of the Nun-Kun!

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Reached Kargil around 8. That was almost 5 hours less than our onward journey. We went back to the same place, we had stayed earlier. Spoke to the Dzire guys, who were in Leh, exchanged our stories and we were all set to head to Leh the following day.
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Default Day 12

Day 12 : Aug 29th

Route : Kargil - Mulbekh - Lamayuru - Khalse - Leh -> 220 Kms

Though we enjoyed breathtaking views of Zanskar, the terrain did take a toll on our bodies. So, decided to leave a little late and ended up leaving only at 9AM. This stretch has to be the most popular, so won't get into too much of details, apart from what happened in Lumayuru.

Fantastic view of the Kargil town,

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A rare sight of greenery,

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First road block,

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Mulbekh Buddha statue. The name is now changed to Chamba,

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Last sight of Greenery,

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5th Pass,

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Soon enough, the 6th

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Travelling in style,

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Spent a lot of time here, admiring the barren beauty

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He seems to be geling well with the region,

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We had a surprise in Lumayuru,

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I thought the vehicle had broken down,

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but realized a minute later that the road itself was broken down

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Went back around 4 Kms,

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Took the upper road. So, something new this year on this stretch

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The view of the moon craters was spectacular

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This was new too!

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Colors of Ladakh (and traffic too)

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Missed driving on that freshly tarred road,

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but the views quite made up for that

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Default Day 12 - Continued

Moonland!

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Long way down,

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Shades of the mighty with,

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dancing shadows of cloud

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As close as it can get,

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Well, we were soon going to be dancing on that,

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On top of the world!

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Amazing rock formation!

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Finally, something other barren

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Long break at Khalse

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Quite a hot day!

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Superb roads,

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but this is a problem,

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You can sit, sleep, dance and do pretty whatever you want on this road

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We had some company this time here,

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If its the first time, anyone is bound to do this

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Road to the top of the world!

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Beautiful Indus!

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Finally on end of the 12th day, reached Leh. Probably the longest anyone has taken to reach

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Fantastic so finally the Scorp reaches Leh. 12 days is pretty long, in fact I think for your travelogue you have taken 12 days

Any pics from the Dzire guys? Since they were a day ahead they got all the permits?
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.. I think for your travelogue you have taken 12 days
Kind of reliving those moments again through this log. Cherishing every day and every moment

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Here you go,

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That's quite a story. Coming up next.
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Day 13 : Aug 30th

Leh : Shanti Stupa - Car service - Permits - Shey Palace - Hemis Gompa

The previous day, after reaching Leh, Badari gave the car for service and was told it might take a couple of days as there were way too many vehicles due to the Ladakh festival.

During dinner, Badari said, he had met someone who would be going to Nubra and Pangong in a taxi and these 3 agreed to go with him. Well, it dint sound good to me one bit.

I suggested, that we travel together and was not happy with them going with some guy they met a day ago. For me it was more the fear about where someone might take them to remote place and rip them off. It might sound dumb but there was no way I was taking a chance, considering that these guys have a family back there and kids ageing 2 yrs to 3 months. Though I dint tell them this,I told them we would go together and that's it. I would remove all the luggage from the 3rd row and make space for the 6th guy to sit. The guys agreed and I asked Badari to call that person and tell him, they were not coming along.

I had a problem though - My plan was drive to Pangong and head to Hanle from there. Also, thought of attempting Marsimik La but with this change I had to drive back to Leh from Pangong and lose a day as well. Well, considering the safety and all the stupid thoughts that were running in my head, this was something I could let go. Also, another reason to come back

It was Shanti Stupa first for the next day and then head to the service center.

View from the Stupa,

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Prayer flags,

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We reached too early again, but dint have to wait for long, for it to be opened,

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Another view,

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Some flowers around,

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Peace at its best!

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Final prayers,

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Sati wants to get this tatooed. Looks cool ahn!

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Final pic,

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Goodbye to Stupa

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Fantastic log and photos Avi.
Came back after a long time on the forum -- just to check the progress you've made in the journey.
Finally, you are there - 12 days of majestic journey to reach Leh
The photos say it all and you've captured moments and captioned and narrated them so well, Keep more coming.

BTW - I have saved the Kargil War Memorial and Lumayuru photos. Hope you are ok. SALUTE to the brave men who faught tirelesssly and offered supreme sacrifice so that we can sleep in peace. RESPECT is the only word I can use.
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brilliant thread rated 5 stars. @ aviorp thanks for the pics, it like being there. Thanks mate
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Fantastic log and photos Avi
Thank you.

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Came back after a long time on the forum -- just to check the progress you've made in the journey
Thanks for following. Appreciate it.

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Finally, you are there - 12 days of majestic journey to reach Leh . The photos say it all and you've captured moments and captioned and narrated them so well, Keep more coming
It was quite a journey. Thanks again. Half way through, lot more in store. Cheers.

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brilliant thread rated 5 stars. @ aviorp thanks for the pics, it like being there. Thanks mate
Thank you so much. Lot more to come.
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Me and Badari went to the service center and dropped the other four near the Palace,

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Few pics inside the Palace,

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She was bored,

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So they went doing, what a girl loves doing,

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One of the ATM's in the Leh town. The other one is the SBI

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We both were busy taking care of our beloved possessions. While he was getting cleaned,

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She was getting her eye fixed. The headlight broke into pieces during their drive back from Panikhar to Kargil, hence the headlamp assembly had to be removed.

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That's the Lehling nawang center. We spoke to guy who was getting the Dzire fixed and requested to deliver it asap. After persisting him for a long time, he agreed. Got both of them ready by 12 and went back to our rooms.

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Finished our lunch, got the permits and headed to Shey Palace. Got a pretty decent parking spot.

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Wow!

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Quite a climb-up!

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Prayer wheelz!

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The sunset gave a splendid look to these,

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View from the top,

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After spending sometime here,

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We went to Hemis, which is around 40Kms from Leh

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Live to 'Drive' Ladakh, sounds better?

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After a long time, we took a snap together

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Left around 6 and reached Leh at 8.

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The following day we were heading to Nubra, however Badari did not want to take his car. He read something about a Dzire doing Chang La and that guy mentioned they had a lot of hits. So, Badari decided that we will go together as originally planned, though he got the car. So, we spoke to the owner of the hotel and requested him to take care of the hottie. With minimum bags packed, we were ready to leave.

Nubra and Pangong, coming up.

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Day 14 : Aug 31st

Route : Leh - K-Top - Khardung - Khlasar -Diskit - Hunder - Thoise - Changmar - Turtuk - Changmar - Thoise - Hunder - Diskit -> 297Kms

Before beginning with the day's event, something interesting happened in the DC's office, while getting permits. I probably wrote all the places I could think of to get permits but was told, they have stopped issuing permits to Chusul and Marsimik La. The reason : Some bikers entered the Chinese territory accidentally and that caused a lot of problems. For M'la there was a confusion on who needs to issue the permits.

We left Leh around 6 in the morning and some fascinating views during the initial climb to K-Top,

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No snow this year.

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Last year!

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K-Top was so barren..

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..compared to last year

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Not a soul around,

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It was like celebrating Diwali here the last time,

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It was very cold, though the sun was out

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The cameras were put to rest,

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and it was time to pose!

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This is the new board. Its tough posing for pics in that cold

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This Yellow board is gone.

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Spot the 6 Differences

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Had to be content with this,

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after seeing this,

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Did make the best out of what we got,

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Age doesn't matter, you'll end up doing this for sure

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Quite a decent size!

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Sliding, climbing, throwing, well pretty much everything we did

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This was the only white background for him this time,

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Default Day 14 - Continued

The road till Khardung was quite muddy and slushy at places. However, the roads are good after that. Reached Hunder around 12.

First, we stopped at Diskit - Sand dunes

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Hunder!

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That's massive!

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Mirror!

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These guys are huge!

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All set for a ride in the hot sun!

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He was proud that he found the biggest of the lot!

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Cute fellas,

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Long walk back after a rough ride!

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He was missing a company,

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Oh, we so wanted this,

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Even these guys wanted some,

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Ah, he got some company - brother from another state

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On the way to Turtuk,

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This place is so remote and beautiful

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We left Turtuk around 5 and reached Diskit at 7. Few pics enroute,

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And stopped to admire this beauty. A full moon!

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This is what Badari did with his 70-300

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