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Old 20th June 2015, 08:17   #16
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13th June

We decided to go the Hunder Sand Dunes and Diskit Monastery in the Nubra Valley
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Wangyal gave us more classes on Nubra after breakfast
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The Wild Boars are seen on the move again
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The views remained exhilarating
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The Hunder Village, which acquired its fame for the sand dunes, the cold desert that surrounds it, Bactrian camels and its breath-taking natural beauty.
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Hunder Dok is the last place civilians can go. Beyond this to the Pakistan border is controlled by the Army
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People start treking from here to LEH!
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Hunder Sand Dunes
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This is a high altitude desert
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These camels are double humped Bactrian camels and were the main mode of transport when Ladakh was an important stopover, on the ancient trade routes with Central Asia. Now these camels as used for Camel Rides at Hunder Sand Dunes.
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Diskit Gompa, built in 1420 AD is a monastery which houses 120 monks.
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School for the Junior Monks at Diskit Monastery
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Maitreya Buddha at the Junior School below the monastery
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Prayer Wheels help spread the prayers as one revolves these wheels and walks around in prayer. Each wheels has prayers written on it and inside it
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WB Devaiah is at peace
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Prayer Wheels as we entered the Diskit Monastery
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Gateway to Diskit Monastery
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The Gompa. It is the oldest and largest monastery in Nubra
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The restored mural depicting the four heavenly kings
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The Monk at the Temple of Disket Monastery
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The various deities
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The remains of an anti buddhist Mongol demon who was said to have lived and killed near the monastery
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The butter lamp
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Entrance to the prayer hall
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Prayer Hall of the Maitreya Buddha
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Disket Gompa belongs to the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetian Buddhism
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In the prayer hall the Maitreya Buddha is flanked by places reserved for the Dalai Lama and the Rimpoche of Thikse, as Diksit is the sub-gompa of Thikse
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Locals make the climb to the temple
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The Monastery overlook the Disket village
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Lunch break on the way back to Lharimo from Diskit
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The road across the sands is seen in the distance
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Back to our resort
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14th June

The Nubra valley is known as the Valley of Flowers. The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges

Here pictures of beautiful flowers of Nubra

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Beautiful Sea Buckthorns in full bloom
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Wild roses
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Iris
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Sea Buckthorn and Roses
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White Sea Buckthorn
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The place we stayed was Lharimo North – deluxe cottages and camp on the bank of Nubra river, Kyagar village more popularly known as Tegar village, it is 110km from Leh, on the fabled Silk Route.

The camp has awe inspiring view of majestic Karakoram mountains surrounding it. Here are pictures from the Resort

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Nubra or Siachen River which flows from the famous Siachen Glacier
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Birds taking advantage of summer
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You can stay in tents too.
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Poplar is traditionally grown tree here
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Locals are very shy by nature
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Summer time is busy for growing vegetables.
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We had to pack up and be ready to leave in a short notice. Khardung La was being cleared of heavy over night snow by the army
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Some played Texas Hold'em
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While a few of us explored beyond the resort

The Maney Ringmo/Stone Wall along the traditional Silk Route leading to Central Asia
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The sacred Buddhist inscriptions were meant to take away evils from the lives of passers by when circumbulated clockwise
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Magpies birds are in abundance. The locals observe where they build their nests. If the nest are unusually higher up, they gear themselves for a harsh winter
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The face reflects how harsh life is in these parts. Wild flowers in the back ground
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The Samstanling Monastery nestles amongs the woods in Kyagar Village. The Coronation of the boy monk SARS Rimpochee was expected. He is said to be the reincarnation of the great Bakula Rimpochee
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Boy monks at the monastery
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News comes that Khardung La is open and we returned quickly to the Resort

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Excellent travelogue KPS!

It is evident from your writings that you guys were well prepared for the testing sojourn. Having served in that particular terrain, I generally observed groups of bikers and tourists landing up at high altitude areas without bothering to acclimatize properly and paying the price for the folly.

Admire the spirit of adventure in you guys for having undertaken a difficult mission of traversing unchartered and unforgiving terrain as Ladakh.

I am assuming that the trip to Pangong - Tso is waiting to figure in your subsequent continuation!

Keep them coming. Cheers.
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Our journey back to LEH via Khardung La

We reached North Pullu by 3.30 pm, only to be told that an army convoy is coming down and we had to wait
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Yaks for company
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The bikes were refueled the conventional way
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Some the unconventional way
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Over night snow fall was very heavy
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WB Devaiah stops for a photo op. You can see that the road conditions were not great
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WB Sachin on a good patch of road
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You can gauge that snowfall was heavy on the top
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WB Sachin on top of Khardung La
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The bikes are lined up for a quick departure
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After a quick photo op
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We start on our way down
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Only to encounter a road block. An army bulldozer had broken down
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The weather was getting bad
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The army fortunately allowed our bikes to pass through
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We did not waste time as it was late and we did not want to chance the weather again
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On our successful returned to LEH we had a great party late into the night. The next day we were leaving for Pangong Tso via Chang La




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I am assuming that the trip to Pangong - Tso is waiting to figure in your subsequent continuation!
Keep them coming. Cheers.
You guessed right Hunter3077, though it will not be this detailed
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15th June

We started our 160 kms journey from LEH to Pangong Tso via the Chang La Pass. The average altitude was around 14000 feet
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We take the Manali Road and deviate at Karu
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Road to Manali is tarmac
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We pass the Shey Monastery
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We take a deviation at Karu
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The landscape is very barren
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Climb becomes dramatic in this vast landscape
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You get a sense of the road
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The first army check post at Zingral at around 15500 feet
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The Madras regiment which was posted here was excited to see us South Indians. Harisha from Coorg ensure we got hot tea and biscuits
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No praise is enough for the spirit of the workers of the BRO. They work in such harsh conditions
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We leave behind the army camp at Zingral
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As we climbed higher toward Chang La
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Chang La conquered. WB Vikram and Prasad stand proud
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WB Vikram has his moment in the snow
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WB Devaiah is happy that we had good ride up
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Great views here
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WB Prasad and Devaiah stand for the customary photograph
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The Madras Regiment soldiers on the top were very happy to see us and greeted us very warmly. The check post at Zingral had wired that a group of South Indians were on their way up
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Complimentary tea by the Army is a real welcome in the cold
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The Soldiers asked us the take the blessings of Chang La Baba before we started our journey down
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We started our journey down behind schedule as we had spent a good amount of time enjoying the army hospitality and chatting
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It was a long descend from Chang La
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The road was slippery and the weather was very cold
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Threat of landslides always exists
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There was not a soul in sight
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Such patches were difficult especially when the pot holes were partly frozen. The cold water numbed your feet
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Partly frozen streams on the way to Pangong Tso
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We had a steady ride through the barren landscape
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We passed wild horses
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Winding roads to Pangong Tso as we reached Tangtse Valley
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Police check post at Tangtse
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We took the opportunity to have our lunch near the Tangtse Check Post
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The Himalayan Marmot are actually large ground squirrels were seen as we rode on
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The roads were very basic as headed toward the China border and Pangong
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The lake is within our reach
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Our first view of the Pangong Lake with WB Ranju Bellippa
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Our journey to the lake continued
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Finally, the Pangong Tso( Lake )
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It is situated in the Indo China Actual line of control. It is 5kms at it's widest and is 183 kms long with 2/3 in China. The lake is at 14270 ft.
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Our stay was in a mix of tents and well built rooms
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The brakish water does not support aquatic life except a few crustaceans and worms which migratory birds feed on. The lake is frozen in winters despite the salinity.
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Had the clouds not covered the sky we would have witnessed the extraordinary blue of the lake
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The water is amazingly clear
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Due to the cloud cover, unfortunately the direct sunlight was in the distance
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WB Vikram tastes the water
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Our resort is seen from the lake
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In the setting sun
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We are a happy lot!
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There is a restaurant in the barren landscape. As you would guess, it served only Maggi
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WB Devaiah takes shelter from the biting cold as he waited for his hot Maggi
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The hot meal surely felt good and it showed in WB Sachin's face
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After hot meal some decided to explore towards the China border
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As we headed towards the China border we came across pashmina goats and lone shepherd from the Spangmik Village, which has only 7 families
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The goats in a beautiful setting
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Since we were not allowed to go further towards the China border, the Wild Boars decided make use of the fading light to take some pictures. Seen are WB Ranju Belliappa, Cariappa and Prasad Chinnappa
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In honour of the Enfield. Seen are WB Abhin, Ranju, Sharma (mechanic), Cariappa, Prasad & Kiran
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There was a small island which allowed a great photo with the lake surrounding the Boars
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It was getting and the Boars returned to the resort around 7.45 pm
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16th June

Some of us wake up early to witness the sunrise
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Sun rise at 5 a.m
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Morning at Pangong Tso
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Some had stayed in the tents
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The tents were very thick and were quite warm
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WB Devaiah catches the morning sun outside his tent
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By 7.30 am we are back on the road back to LEH
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We had the last view of the lake
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Photo Op for the Wild Boars
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By 9 am we were at the Police Check Post at Tangtse
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We started our climb towards Chang La
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Last of the frozen lakes
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Back towards LEH; on the last leg of our trip
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The road was very slippery and challenging
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WB Devaiah points to the place where a biker was killed two days before
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You can never be too careful here
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Here is video of WB Cariappa and WB Devaiah heading down Chang La. You get a sense of the road


Back on the plains by around 12 pm
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We successfully reached LEH by 1.30 p.m. The Wild Boars are happy but at the same time relieved that we had such a successful trip. Seen are WB Sachin Devaiah, Devaiah, Vikram and Cariappa
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17th June

We end our trip on 17th June and catch our flight to Delhi onward to Bangalore
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Locals dressed in the best to receive a high ranking Buddhist monk at the airport
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I would like to thank my fellow Wild Boars for this wonderful trip and the excellent cooperation and coordination amongst the team members made this a trouble free and enjoyable trip. Special thanks to Deleks our tour organizer

The altitude, weather and the conditions did take a toll on us, but it was worth every minute

Ranju Belliappa
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Vikram
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Prasad Chinnappa
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Kiran
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Abhin Patel
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Praveen Devaiah
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Sachin Devaiah
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Santosh Cariappa
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and yours truely, Subbaiah
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Amazing write up and travelogue.. To be at the top of the world and that too with friends... And that too on bikes... Is a lifetime experience to cherish. I can almost imagine this tale being recounted several times besides a fire on cold winter nights to your grandchildren... A full phive shtaars to the trip
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