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Old 30th June 2020, 21:21   #76
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Dear Soumyajit,
An epic of a travel piece. Thanks for sharing it and, hats off to you, your wife and Sherdil.

While reading and post that also, I have been trying in vain to visualize some of the tricky moments that you have so vividly described like where you had to place stones in the river bed to create a path. The poise that you portrayed during those moments just blows my mind, much to learn and experience.

Your journey also helped me go back to some of my road trips abroad during the pre GPS days, where we used to spend weeks planning a trip and taking all the print outs of the route with marking the important points. Those were our maps, and the navigator-driver journey interaction was to experience. In my mind, the whole experience of putting those together and that a physical person calling out the turn to take and how long to proceed on the road before the turn cannot be experienced with the technology. The human touch.

Best wishes for more memories and adventures….


PS. By the way, I think I have seen your Sherdil up close
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That's an incredible journey and putting everything up beautifully to jot down all the experiences you had, made it a beautiful memory as a lifelong asset. And that little Huyandai Eon proved a reliable friend of yours. It needs courage and confidence to rely on such a small car and take it to the one of world's most extreme terrains and thankfully it never failed you. I appreciate both of you again for taking effort to write such a well detailed blog and sharing it with us. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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What a wonderful TL that too on an EON. I too own an EON 1.0L car. I have many fears about Ladakh trip.

Please help me in this regards. I may plan a trip in couple of years, though I want to retain the EON for atleast another 3-4 years, I am also thinking should I go for used car like Nexon or get a zoom car for Ladakh trip. Your suggestions are highly valued.

1) Is the ground clearance sufficient, did you scrape the under body in this trip.
2) What are the sections we should be careful at.
3) How did the car pull any water crossings, I see water crossings in youtube and gets more fearful.
4) If I go by Srinagar route should I not be worried about the car and ground clearance as this seems better route.

Let me know any other things to be careful about.

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An epic of a travel piece. Thanks for sharing it and, hats off to you, your wife and Sherdil...
..The poise that you portrayed during those moments just blows my mind, much to learn and experience.
Many thanks and I am glad that you liked the travelogue.

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In my mind, the whole experience of putting those together and that a physical person calling out the turn to take and how long to proceed on the road before the turn cannot be experienced with the technology. The human touch.
True. Small things like this brings out the vivid color of road trips and the associated memories!

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PS. By the way, I think I have seen your Sherdil up close
I see that you are based in Kolkata. Where exactly did you spot my steed?

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That's an incredible journey.... ...And that little Hyundai Eon proved a reliable friend of yours. It needs courage and confidence to rely on such a small car and take it to the one of world's most extreme terrains and thankfully it never failed you.
.....Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks a lot for your kind words!

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What a wonderful TL that too on an EON. I too own an EON 1.0L car. I have many fears about Ladakh trip.
Thanks. Feels good to talk to the owner of the same model. How is the 1.0L engine performing? Mine is a 814cc version. Do post a few pictures of your car.

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I may plan a trip in couple of years, I am also thinking should I go for used car like Nexon or get a zoom car for Ladakh trip. Your suggestions are highly valued.
EON should be good, but additional Ground Clearance would surely bring some amount extra confidence in those terrains. Whether EON or a used Nexon, depends on many factors such as whether you have driven in Himalayan terrain earlier or is it going to be your first trip, in which month of the year you are targeting to undertake Ladakh Road Trip etc. If this is your first trip, take utmost precaution. Ladakh or Spiti road trip is tough, and no matter if someone says the road has improved and many Nano, Alto or EON has completed the circuit, situation demands that you are best prepared for the worst. I would try and avoid rental cars, as you are not sure of the service history of the particular vehicle you are allotted and you would definitely not wish a breakdown due to a faulty mechanical component in a harsh and desolate location.

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1) Is the ground clearance sufficient, did you scrape the under body in this trip.
2) What are the sections we should be careful at.
3) How did the car pull any water crossings, I see water crossings in Youtube and gets more fearful.
4) If I go by Srinagar route should I not be worried about the car and ground clearance as this seems better route.
1. In harsh terrains like Ladakh or Spiti, there are places where we don't have much choice except scraping through. But the choice we have is the zone of the car we decide to scrape, and that's the difference between an informed choice and a hasty decision. Under unavoidable circumstances, I try to scrape the side skirting rather than the middle where the vital components of the car lie.

2. In Ladakh, I faced rough roads at :
a) Manali - Leh Highway
b) Agham - Shyok route
c) 7kms on either side of ChangLa

Remember, its not only rough roads, but also the altitude that causes health issues like AMS, specially on the Manali-Leh Highway where a significant portion of the journey is spent above 14K feet continuously, occassionally rising to 16K-18K feet in the high passes.

3. Water crossings are tricky in a lower ground clearance car. Take your time to observe other cars crossing over and judge your move. Its advisable to carry a stick to judge the depth of water and feel the presence of large boulders underneath, as the water is icy cold and the current of the water hides unwanted materials that could damage the car significantly. Take your time, make your path, and then slowly move through. Accelerating hard only displaces the already loose rocks underneath, and you end up getting stuck deeper. So, a first gear crawl along a predetermined path always helped me.
Remember - Reaching late to your destination is way better than getting stuck at a desolate pass where temperatures drop to -7 to -15 during the night.

4. Srinagar - Leh route is way better both in terms of road quality as well as lesser altitude. But the beauty of Manali - Leh Highway is unmatched and the former is not even 50% close.
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EON should be good, but additional Ground Clearance would surely bring some amount extra confidence in those terrains.
Thanks for your input and suggestions.

Eon was a very good car to me, in my 5 years of ownership I do not have a single problem to report. I also drive sedately and do not like to push the vehicle hard. I actually want to keep the vehicle for another 5 years if not for these kind of trips and the safety aspect.

I do not have any experience on the himalayan terrain but have confidence I can drive. My plan is atleast 2 years away with all the craziness settling a bit(Covid & Chinese hostility in Ladakh) may try in September month(read that there will be less water crossings in Sept).

We also wanted to start with few mild level treks in karnataka and if we think we have physical fitness then only will consider road trip to Leh.
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I see that you are based in Kolkata. Where exactly did you spot my steed?
Yes I'm too from Kolkata and we are related thru your coffee mug. Will love to meet once things settle out with this pandemic.
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One of the best travelogues here on Ladakh and Nice compilation of fantastic pics !!

And literally enjoyed every bit of the Excellent Narration.

Thanks for letting us have a Virtual journey of the much desired destination.


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One of the best travelogues here on Ladakh..
..Thanks for letting us have a Virtual journey of the much desired destination.


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Thanks for your kind words and I am glad that you liked the travelogue.

All - Here's an uncut video that I compiled on the stretch between lukung and Tangtse:

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Hi gearhead_mait,

I was looking for posts on clutch problems of i20 when I stumbled onto your Ladakh Travelogue. I was immediately hooked and read all the posts, starting from Kolkata to Ladakh to Amritsar to the two coffee mugs on the roof of your Sherdil. Fantastic trip and a splendid travelogue. Kudos to you gearhead_mait and your spouse.

I am myself an enthusiastic traveler and Birder. I have been driving since age 7 yrs (just between you and me ). Even at this 65 yrs age, I often drive out of town with either my i20 or Eon. Indeed, my driving license is 47 yrs old. I still do Kolkata-Shantiniketan-Kolkata regularly (I leave behind my driver). But I would never have had the guts to venture so far and into such forbidding territory like Ladakh in an Hyundai Eon with 800 cc engine and 13"/14" wheels. Hats off to you mate!

I have a few questions if you will please allow.

In the rarefied atmosphere of Ladakh, while steeply climbing upto the passes, how well did the engine pull? Could you drive in 2nd/3r gear or you had to downshift to 1st often?

On the proper expressways, what kind of speed do you usually maintain? Any noticeable fall in power or clutch heating or engine temp rise after say 4-5 hrs of continuous driving?

What engine oil and gear oil do you use?

You do a lot of night driving. Do you use different bulbs in your headlights or the stock Eon bulbs?

At one point you had mentioned that you were carrying a spare headlight. Why?

Apologies for so many questions but would be delighted if you could find the time to answer all that.

Have a good day and stay safe.
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