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Old 7th December 2008, 11:41   #16
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17. Baralacha : The sun was going down

Same place on 2nd October and what a difference
Delhi to Marsimek la:From 750 feet to 18640!-100_1799.jpg
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Old 7th December 2008, 11:44   #17
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OT: isnt it possible to cram the pics between my text? The manage attachment function doesnt seem to help
Yes you can. First upload pictures and then use the "attachment icon" on top of edit box to insert picture one by one after wrting text. There is an how to also somewhere on the forum.
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Old 8th December 2008, 12:02   #18
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sudev: Infact, while returning from Leh, we had mild snowfall enroute Tanglang la. Days after we came back, it snowed heavily in that area.
Day 3 coming up..
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Old 8th December 2008, 13:46   #19
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Hey, the parking lot in vashishth where your bikes are parked looks like the parking lot of the Surabhi hotel. Is that where you were staying? It has a great rooftop restaurant called world peace cafe, been there many times.

Seems like a memorable trip.
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Old 8th December 2008, 14:16   #20
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^ : Spot on. We loved the roof top cafe/restaurant. We sat, rather, lazed around indoors on the floor mats and watched a movie on the Big LCD tv. My choice of place for anyone visiting Manali
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Old 22nd December 2008, 17:45   #21
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DAY3: SARCHU - LEH

From around 7000feet on the 1st night, our bodies couldnt acclimatize to 14000feet at Sarchu. I was in bad shape. The night was bad – l almost puked, went poo poo in the semi open attached loo at 2am with a torch light, woke up to a severe headache and somehow had breakfast as I had to take Diomax pills.
I hadn’t been in touch with my folks back home. They must have been worried and hence I left first for my next halt at Pang, 80km away. The initial roads seemed good and I covered ground fast. Riding does make you feel better as I discovered. AMS symptoms started reducing. And then I came across the much talked about Gata Loops



Numerous hairpin bends and reduced speeds, I wanted to stick to my time line of 2hrs/80km for Pang. The roads after Gata Loops became bad. Narrow, with undulations, it was hard maintaining an average speed of 40km/h. I had to stop often for drink/pee stops to as to keep AM S away.
Rode through Nakeela…(15500 claimed, around 16200 on GPS)


…and Lachungla (16600feet claimed)


I was still riding at super high elevations, but was feeling much better (due to riding?). Finally reached Pang in 2hours and headed to the Army camp. They have satellite phones but the timing for calls was somewhere in the evening. I requested and told them my story – thankfully, they were kind enough to let me make a few calls back home.
I went out and rode to a line of dhabas (we refer road side food joints as DHABAS) and ordered breakfast.



By the time I was done with food, others came in. I waited and we all started together for one amazing place : THIS---






These are called the MORE PLAINS (more is pronounced as moree). Stretchin for miles and miles, there are numerous paths leading to the same place. It would be a nightmare to be here at night

Nature's creations:


Yours Truly


We took one of the many paths and started our ascent to the might Tanglang la which is the highest pass on the Manali-Leh route.



The pass is claimed to be 17582feet and my watch showed confirmed the claim quite well!





At 17582 feet, being tired doesn’t help. AMS symptoms were back and we decided to ride fast to lower altitudes. The initial few km were bad, but after that some of us literally flew to Rumste for a water break.





We stopped later at Karu as well (the road from here leads to Marsimek la – 18640 feet). We reached Leh by early evening. Finally. After three days! The hotel was quite a place – away from the noise of the town in a serene environment with playful canines for company. We decided to rest in the hotel with a peg or two of rum (old monk). Tomm would be one special day…
The view from the hotel

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Old 22nd December 2008, 17:59   #22
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Simply awesome!

JAI HIND!!!
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Old 23rd December 2008, 09:03   #23
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Is it me or the pics are missing from post of Dec22??
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Is it me or the pics are missing from post of Dec22??
Same here
cant see any pics
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Old 23rd December 2008, 11:14   #25
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Weird. i can see them!
I uploaded them with the attachments, then copy pasted the IMG link between my post.
Here are the pics once again...
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Yep now I can see the pictures.
The dhabha on the left behind the marker serves excellent piping hot momos.....perfect anti-dote for those coming shivering down from Tanglanla

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Hey Nice Travel Man... I wanted to do this year. But my friend went to US so could not do this trip :( How about accommodation there ? Why don't you update the Accommodation and Rates Thread.
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When the Leh trip happens Marsimek La is definitely on agenda
I wonder if the road gets too narrow for 4 wheels, since I am yet to see a 4 wheel travelogue for the same.
Moreover I am told getting permits for Marsimek la is very difficult... Is it true?
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Sudev: we were tempted to step into the restaurant, but preferred to ride to Karu for a snack break
sowmya: We stayed at Hotel Surbhi, Vashisht (next to manali). Rs 400 for a room with balcony, tv, hot water. The best part was the 'world peace cafe' roof top restaurant
tsk: At places it does. The Army trucks' tyres have dug in deep at places. The safari will for sure touch its underbelly. Permits arent too difficult - however, convincing the guys at the last ITBP post is difficult
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bunny to use attachments inline, first upload the pics to team bhp.
After you upload, you can click on attachment icon at the top of where you type.
There you just select the attachment you place inline. Therefore its important to remember the order of pics you uploaded.
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