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Old 22nd July 2009, 17:23   #31
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Wow, fantastic pics lordofgondor. Congratulations of achieving a huge milstone, still a dream for so many of us.
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Old 22nd July 2009, 17:33   #32
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Balle Balle. Now thats what I call lehed. Esteem with your better half to Leh, mate you cant play with fire any more than that. But great going bro. Am here till I break the F5 key.
I read you bro, but playing with fire's our middle name. But to be frank, my wife has asked me to get a 4x4 SUV ASAP as she wants to do this trip again in one of those.

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Wow, fantastic pics lordofgondor. Congratulations of achieving a huge milstone, still a dream for so many of us.
Thanks sammyboy. As they say, if you dream hard enough, they do come true. As it did for us.
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Old 22nd July 2009, 17:46   #33
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Default Breathtaking Baralacha La!

Hey folks, more pics of Baralacha La. Hope you enjoy these:

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Cheers!
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Old 22nd July 2009, 17:47   #34
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[quote=lordofgondor;1396551] But to be frank, my wife has asked me to get a 4x4 SUV ASAP as she wants to do this trip again in one of those.



Bro, it would not be as memorable as the esteem trip believe you me but then with a 4X4 you will enjoy some of the sights that were hidden due to the low sitting posture of the esteem. Lolz
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Old 22nd July 2009, 17:56   #35
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Great! so you did it finally.
Brilliant landscape pics! Waiting for more.

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i love these snow walls and feel like driving thru them everytime i see one in pics.

man, when will i get a chance to do this.

Nice pics LoG, keep them coming

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Old 23rd July 2009, 11:11   #37
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Bro, it would not be as memorable as the esteem trip believe you me but then with a 4X4 you will enjoy some of the sights that were hidden due to the low sitting posture of the esteem. Lolz


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Great! so you did it finally.
Brilliant landscape pics! Waiting for more.
Yeah man, finally! And now that I am back, wanna get Leh'd again.

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i love these snow walls and feel like driving thru them everytime i see one in pics.

man, when will i get a chance to do this.

Nice pics LoG, keep them coming

cheers
First time I drove through them snow walls, it felt so alien. Like I was on some other planet or something.
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Old 23rd July 2009, 11:34   #38
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Default Day 3: Continued

After Baralacha La, it was a smooth sailing till Sarchu. The roads were in good condition, the weather was pretty pleasant, and techno was playing on the car stereo. All in all, we were in real high spirits.

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Reached Sarchu around 12 noon, and now were in a dilemma whether to stop there or carry on till Pang. The words of caution against staying at Pang given by Kumarji rang in my head, and it was decided that Sarchu was gonna be our halt for the day.

Drove down the road where camps were abound couple of times trying to pick one, but the problem was, none seemed occupied. Saw a Safari parked at one of the camps and decided to enquire there. The place was named Goldrop Camps and wife liked the color scheme they had, Grey & Orange. So it was settled that it would be our stay for the night. Bargained fiercely with the caretaker and decided on a rent that seemed fair to us. Famished that we were, an omelet & a maggi were soon ordered and promptly ravaged. Then it was time for a stroll around the camp and clicking snaps.

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The beauty & the beasts.

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Sunset @ Sarchu

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Drove down the road where camps were abound couple of times trying to pick one, but the problem was, none seemed occupied. Saw a Safari parked at one of the camps and decided to enquire there. The place was named Goldrop Camps and wife liked the color scheme they had, Grey & Orange. So it was settled that it would be our stay for the night. Bargained fiercely with the caretaker and decided on a rent that seemed fair to us. Famished that we were, an omelet & a maggi were soon ordered and promptly ravaged. Then it was time for a stroll around the camp and clicking snaps.
How much did you pay for the Tent?
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Old 23rd July 2009, 14:02   #40
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I am sorry mate but was it not supposed to be the other way around?




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And this mate takes the cake.

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How much did you pay for the Tent?
Initially the guy asked for Rs. 2000, but we ended up paying Rs. 1500. This included evening snacks & tea/coffee, dinner and breakfast. I thought it was decent cause other quotes I'd received were around Rs. 1800.

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Hey mate, when you get an opportunity, you grab it.
The sun sets so suddenly at Sarchu, one minute I was preparing my camera & tripod for pics and next minute it was gone! And man, did the winds pick up or what.
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Yes wind is a major issue on both sides of Baralacha la. Infact evenings at Patseo are an even major pain due to even narrower gorge. In winters it even hurts to breathe as the wind coupled with freezing tempratures makes your airways constrict. 1.5 K is decent for the place and the deal. Keep those pictures coming mate.
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Old 23rd July 2009, 15:05   #43
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Excellent Pics buddy.

I wish i had a Genie so i could ask for a 4 X 4 SUV and embark on this trip, till then i'll enjoy through this and all the other Leh Travelogues...
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lordofgondor you are responsible for me being non productive since last 1/2 hr. Every pic took 1/2 min at least. Awesome.... Mera Bharat Mahan !!!!
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Old 23rd July 2009, 15:45   #45
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Day 4: Sarchu – Lachung La – Pang – More Plains – Taglang La – Upshi – Leh

Woke up at Sarchu around 5:30 AM and man was it cold or what. There’d been no signs of MS for me, but wife told that she’d had some problem breathing in the night. Luckily we’d been on Diamox since Naggar, so her symptoms had been mild. I asked the camp guys to pack vegetable sandwiches for our breakfast, settled the bill and we were on our way by 7. Saw this marker near the Sarchu check point and knew we still had good ground to cover.

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But we also got the good news that the roads after Sarchu were in a good condition, with no major nallah, except the Kangla Jal to cross. I had heard lot of horror stories about Kangla Jal and wated to put it past us ASAP. But soon the scenery unfolding around us took that thought completely out of my mind.

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Came across this bridge named Twing Twing Bridge which was under repair that time.

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The process made us loose about 1.5 hours and I was again obvious that Kangla Jal was waiting for us. Struck a conversation with a few locals transporting a group of travelers in Force Tempo Traveller. They subsided my fears by assuring that the nallah is a whimper if you cross it before 4. Though I was a bit relieved by that, but still unsure. Again the charismatic views provided the therapy and all my worried vanished.

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Soon we reached Nakee La and saw these wierd placement of stones.

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Next stop Lachung La.
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