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Old 22nd June 2010, 18:15   #91
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Let's hope the terrain stays the same, rugged and inhospitable at least for the next few years.
Amen to that!

Make it another 3-4 years so that I can reach there!
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Old 22nd June 2010, 18:16   #92
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Default Day 8: Chushul and Rezang La - Lest we Forget

Chushul. The name is very common. Few have been there. Very few. Few people live there.
From a factual point of view chushul is just another border village on the china road. But there is a lot more to any place than just facts.
Chushul and Rezang La are the places which nobody should forget. For its here countless of our soldiers died in the 1962 war.
They repelled waves after waves of Chinese Soldiers, and were finally overrun. They fought till the last man. Nobody lived to tell the tale. But some tales do not need telling. The blood on the ground speaks. And this region has seen a lot of blood.

As we moved on towards chushul, the vibrant colors gave away to the the desert browns
We crossed a minor pass
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The Changthang desert<br /> <img src=Ladakh and Changthang : The Wilderness Chronicles-906342680_anrtoxl.jpg <br /> <a href=Ladakh and Changthang : The Wilderness Chronicles-906342642_rjm5ixl.jpg <br /> <a href=Ladakh and Changthang : The Wilderness Chronicles-906339315_ahzxkxl.jpg <br />
After a few minutes there, we moved on.<br />
In a desert, water bodies and rivers become a source of life. It was no different in Changthang, probably one of the coldest deserts in the world<br /> <img src=Rezang La - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 22nd June 2010, 18:21   #93
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Got it! I remember now that we did NOT pass Shyok when we did Chang-La - Pangong.

So the route that you took was essentially all the way along Shyok river, right? When did this route come into commission?
Actually this route came into commission in May. However bridge broke, and route went out of commission. But with bridge made, it will become a proper route
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Why oh why did Pangong end so soon, request you to post some more pics of it.

Indeed you have seen & thankfully now shown us what very few have seen. Let's hope the terrain stays the same, rugged and inhospitable at least for the next few years.
LOL I have posted so many pics!
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Hi Tanveer,
Superb travelogue sir! The photos and the accompanying text makes for very interesting and informative reading.
I am leaving for Ladakh on the 4th of July from Bombay via Srinagar. I have the Zanskar Valley, The Nubra Valley, PangongTso, TsoMoriri in my itinerary. I will be returning via Manali.
Going through your travelogue, I am very much tempted to follow your route from Deskit to PangongTso. But since this is my first time around these parts and I don't have a 4wd vehicle, I probably should not take the risk of attempting this route. Maybe next year, when the road is more or less more done up or I have a 4wd vehicle!
Am very much hooked to this thread, and waiting for more of your photos and write up.
You have a bolero? In that case no issues.
There were 2 trouble areas
1. Landslide. -> BRO men said they will clear it in 2-3 days. So by 4th July it should be okay
2. Broken bridge -> Again 2 weeks was the time frame. Work was on at war footing.
So do take this route.
If you cannot make it, backtrack 5kms, and head over to Wari La and then go to Pangong. You will lose 3 hours atmost
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Amen to that!

Make it another 3-4 years so that I can reach there!
LOL
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Old 22nd June 2010, 21:51   #94
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Default Day 8: Chushul to Loma

As we set out towards Tsaga, we saw some weird looking "structures". Probably Changpa religious symbols or something. Made of horns of dead animals
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The terrain was same as before. Wherever there was water, there was life<br /> <img src=
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An unimpeachable narrative, with stupendous visual treats, can’t wait to read on....
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Amazing thread; I am glued to it Keep going dude... A dream come true for any travel lover. The amazing snaps portray heaven to us sitting far frm it.
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Default Day 8: To Hanle!

After Loma, the 80 odd kms are wonderful tarmac, barring the last 20, which are a maze of tracks. You can follow the "road", but then you will loose all the nuts and bolts in your vehicle, as well all your joints, such is the quality.
So best bet is to follow the offroad tracks.

Anyways, we will cross that bridge when we come to it
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Mind blowing photos and places which you have visited Tanveer. Amazed to such a beauty in our own country. Hope it remains the same and doesn't get spoiled by mad tourist rush.
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Default Day 8: Hanle!

And finally, hanle was near. you could smell it!
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Default Day 8: The night... only in Hanle

Many people wonder, why on earth would somebody make a telescope in the middle of nowhere, in such harsh conditions?
Well the answer lies in the skies here.
Hanle has one of the cleanest skies in the world, and hardly gets any precipitation. Its another matter it had snowed here the day before, but normally, its supposed to be dry, and very cold. Even vapor levels in atmosphere are low, leading to exceptionally clear skies.
And where there is a clear sky, there is a tripod.

Here, I present you the skies of Hanle
A long exposure
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Amazing thread; I am glued to it Keep going dude... A dream come true for any travel lover. The amazing snaps portray heaven to us sitting far frm it.
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Mind blowing photos and places which you have visited Tanveer. Amazed to such a beauty in our own country. Hope it remains the same and doesn't get spoiled by mad tourist rush.
Thanks for your comments people. I do not think that the wild regions of ladakh will get mad tourist rush any time soon.
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Wow.. your pictures are superb. They even beat swiss alps. I really wonder if our neighbours forget differences and give way to planned tourism in this region, europe would be marooned. Good that they have not done this in one way though, as, if the growth is unplanned(see what leachers have done to other beautiful hill stations in india), this heaven would loose all its beauty and virility.
I heard an interesting fact from 1 Armyman who happens to be my good friend as well. They say army is planting saplings and trees here. And the effect here is so immediate that it has started to change climate at some places in a small but visible way. It now rains at some places it never did before. Hopefully nature accepts this kind human gesture and does it for good.

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hi TSK,
what is this nitrogen ritual that has taken place at 5pm?
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5pm they put liquid nitrogen in the CCD of the telescope.
I took pics last year
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Default Our journey so far

We had come from Pangong to Hanle, via the shortest route possible. Only around 215kms!
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