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Old 6th October 2009, 11:29   #196
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Back in Leh, it was dinner time and for the first time,the entire team gathered at the Tibetan Kitchen in Leh Market for a grand dinner together. Rohit/Rajiv also joined us that night.

I am told that some in our team had a tough team drawing cash from the ATMs in Leh Market that day - the SBI ATM had long Qs and the J&K Bank ATM across was not working. One more reason why you carry as much cash as you can carry and forget modern technologies. And not to forget - they never heard of Credit Cards in Leh!
It was pleasure to meet all you guys on dinner.

BTW we carried more than required cash with us, so no ATM trips at all. In any case we managed the whole trip under 20K Rs (Hotel/Food/Fuels/Misc)

But those ATMs are all empty if you go early morning, even 7:00 AM is ok.

What I underestimated on, was batteries, so carry a full bag of them , you will not find it anywhere other than Leh

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In my understanding You are indeed demonstrating a true leadership example.

it would be a great feeling to have you as a leader in any team on such challenging journey.

hat's off to you.
I am deeply honoured, thanks a great deal. Maybe I had a little more experience of the guy who has been there before - plus being in the company of a well-prepared cohesive team.

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Kumar - Thanks for inviting us for the dinner and it was great to have met the entire team. I am enjoying this travelogue and photos posted by the team, the pictures are simply amazing.

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Pleasure was entirely ours, Rohit and Rajiv, it was good meeting you again, and your inputs ("gossip") helped us immensely
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BTW we carried more than required cash with us, so no ATM trips at all. In any case we managed the whole trip under 20K Rs (Hotel/Food/Fuels/Misc)
Commendable that you managed your entire expenditure within 20K. I also carry the entire cash required for the trip expenditure, plus 1.5 times that as buffer. Which means I alone had over 50K in cash, plus the others put together, we had around the same amount more.Nonetheless, I topped up cash at Leh too from the SBI ATM.

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But those ATMs are all empty if you go early morning, even 7:00 AM is ok.
We found cash and no Qs at the SBI AM at 615 am.

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What I underestimated on, was batteries, so carry a full bag of them , you will not find it anywhere other than Leh
Always carry a bag full of them - my GPS drinks up lots of batteries, although it runs most of the time off the car cigar lighter. We also have car inverters to charge the cameras and mobiles on the move.
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Commendable that you managed your entire expenditure within 20K.
And on top of that, we had a daily budget for hotel and at Kud, Kargil, Shanti GH-Leh and Diskit we had the luxury to take two rooms with in that budget
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And on top of that, we had a daily budget for hotel and at Kud, Kargil, Shanti GH-Leh and Diskit we had the luxury to take two rooms with in that budget
Quite commendable as our expenses came upto 70K Hyd - Leh - Hyd including 2 passengers boarding from Delhi.
Delhi to Delhi the expense was about 23K per couple or 46 K for the car.

Btw how many days and kms did you do?
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Quite commendable as our expenses came upto 70K Hyd - Leh - Hyd including 2 passengers boarding from Delhi.
Delhi to Delhi the expense was about 23K per couple or 46 K for the car.

Btw how many days and kms did you do?
Started 3:00 Am 12-Sep and back 20-Sep night, that makes it full 9 days

Total Km : 3200

Total Expense : 21,608 Rs

Dinner 840 Fuel 11355 Lodging 7035 Lunch 1340 Permit 280 Snacks 503 Tolls 255
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Total Km : 3200

Total Expense : 21,608 Rs
Please note that the above costs do not include the initial preparatory and food, medicines, etc., expenses. This is the total amount we spent (other than personal shopping) from the start of the trip (12-Sep) till the trip got over (20-Sep).
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Please note that the above costs do not include the initial preparatory and food, medicines, etc., expenses. This is the total amount we spent (other than personal shopping) from the start of the trip (12-Sep) till the trip got over (20-Sep).
Thought as much. My thing includes all preparatory items bought but doesn't include the car services.
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My share of costs for the trip came to around Rs 15,000.

Total fuel costs for 7,300 kms came to Rs 21,000 (my share is roughly 1/3rd since we had several persons travelling in different sectors), Toll cost Rs 2,300, and car repairs during the trip around Rs 1,700. My Hotel & Food costs amounted to Rs 8,000 (or approximately Rs 500 per day) for the 16 days we were on the road.
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Our team Dinner at Leh
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Is that chopsticks, right in the Leh market area?.
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Is that chopsticks, right in the Leh market area?.
The Tibetan Kitchen in the Leh market.

Has lovely car parking lot for at least 7-10 cars.
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Day 8, September 19th, 2009
Leh - Kardung La - Diskit - Hunder - Diskit - Sumur - Panamik - Sumur -Diskit

Today for the first time since start of this trip all seven vehicles will join the convoy. It was fun seeing all the seven vehicles tailing each other. White scorpio and the Pajero always had a sense of urgency in their driving. Nevertheless we were always able to catch up with them.

Khardung La -18380ft.

We left Leh by 6AM and Kardung La was the first Target, which is around 40Km away.

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We reached the South Pullu Traffick Check Point (TCP) by 6.45Am. We showed our permits and continued to khardung La. Roads were good and we were climbing effortlessly.

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After some monotonous and unispiring driving we reached Khardung La, and every one was like - only this much?

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September 19, 2009 7.45AM, thankfully the weather conditions and road conditions ensured that we had an easy climb to Khardung La at 18380ft, the highest motorable pass in the world.

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Glenn with his Road Runner at Khardung La
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Glenn and GK with Road Runner at Khardung La
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Raj and his Pajero at Khardung La.
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Me too
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But none of our GPS recorded the height as mentioned. My GPS was showing between 5300 and 5400m.

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I have also confirmed with HVK that his GPS also did not measure as much as 18380ft. Question - how is the height of a mountain pass measured? Is it the height of the road at the highest point, or is it the peak of that mountain? I am confused.


This guy was very happy to speak his local language with us.
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Memorial to the soldiers who built the roads at Khardung La
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World's highest parking lot
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The highest Souvenior shop in the world!!
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Some views at Khardung La
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After all our cars walked the ramp and photagraphic session over we rolled down to Nubra Valley. The other side of Khardung La where we descendedd to Nubra Valley had patchy roads. I guess if we were to have climbed up from that side, it could have been a bit demanding.


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Day 8, September 19th, 2009 Continued
Kardung La - Diskit

The other side of Khardung La where we descended to Nubra Valley had patchy roads. I guess if we were to have climbed up from that side, it could have been a bit demanding.

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Road Runner wondering how the rocks got that colour.
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Liz proves her point. She can climb mountains! (read stones )
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A giant frog shaped rock. Vishal is shocked!!
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Nubra valley has the beautiful Shyok and Nubra rivers. Even though the valley looks a lot dry, it is here that mostly apples, apricots, barley etc. are grown. You can see the Leh Berries (Sea buck thorn bushes) all around. You need a permit to visit Nubra valley.

At North Pullu again we showed the permits and moved on. We saw quite a lot of soldiers ready to go to Siachen here.

We passed khardung,which is predominantly a Yak herding village and Khalsar. At Khalsar the road forks - left follows the banks of Shyok river and will take you to Hunder and Diskit. The right follows the Nubra river and goes to Sumur and Panamik.

Some views from Shyok river banks on the way to Diskit

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The Beautiful Shyok river
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The ladies are shocked at the beauty of Shyok river. It seems like they can't handle anything more beautiful than themselves.
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The convoy as usual minus the flying Pajero
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The team at Shyok river
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Views of Shyok River
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First view of the sand dunes on the way to Hunder from Diskit.
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Dear Laluks

I am speechless after seeing the photographs
if photographs are so amazing, how would be the real place.

i am delighted to see the photographs , but at the same time very depressed that i can not go to Leh/Ladakh the way you guys have gone

so i need to be content with this travelogue for time being
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