Leh Trip N ALTO …. Yup!! —- Part IV

Table of contents for Leh Trip N ALTO . Yup!!

  1. Leh Trip N ALTO …. Yup!! —- Part I
  2. Leh Trip N ALTO …. Yup!! — Part III
  3. Leh Trip N ALTO …. Yup!! —- Part IV
  4. Leh Trip N ALTO …. Yup!! —- Part V

Khardung La is a high mountain pass situated 37 km by road North of Leh. This is the “Highest Motorable Road in the World”. The sheer scale of things in the Himalaya is mind blowing. No picture can truly capture what one sees.

Highest Motorable Road
Highest Motorable Road

Day 7 : Khardung La Pass

Beautiful Morning, after our breakfast we started our journey towards “The Highest Motorable Road in the World” and after a thoroughly enjoyable drive, we reached Khardungla in good time (We saw “Marmik”, Leh Rodents jumping around here and there). The first 24 km, as far as the South Pullu check point, are paved, but once you cross the North Pullu check point about 15 km beyond the pass and the roadway is primarily loose rock, dirt, and occasional rivulets of snow melt. We heard that 18 men lost their lives while building the road.

Khardungla Tiger (My Lill Alto)

Khardungla Tiger (My Lill Alto)

Khardung La 2

Khardung La 2

According to an Army document, “A glaciated patch of hard frozen ice 500 metres ahead of the pass was spanned by a 110 foot Bailey bridge launched by the Border Roads Organization. It became the highest bridge in the world. It was also unique in that its ends rested on hard ice. After being repeatedly swept away by avalanches, and being re-launched, this path was finally overcome by constructing a wire crated stone masonry causeway in 1994.”

K-TOP 18380 Ft

K-TOP 18380 Ft

BRO : You are on the Highest Motorable Road in the WORLD

BRO -You are on the Highest Motorable Road in the WORLD

At this Altitude, its recommended not to exert yourself much, but the nature all around force you to go beyond your limit and experience it. We spent around 30 minutes there, (I had already started feeling breathless) and then started the journey back towards Leh. Earlier the plan was to visit “Nubra Valley” and come back but due to snowfall and bad weather, we thought better to come back and reserve this for our next trip : ).

Two things that you will notice 1) Marmik (Leh Rodent) and 2) Khardugla Frog …. interestingly created by painting a Frog like Stone… See Yourself

Khardung La Frog
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Khardung La Frog

Day 7 : Pathar Sahib Gurudwara

We rolled back to opposite direction and drove till Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, 25 km out of Leh, constructed and maintained by Army. This is most un-gurudwara like in its outward appearance and resembles a mini Army camp. Although the Ladakh’s culture and religion is deeply influenced by Buddhism, the existence of Gurudwara ‘Pathar Sahib’ adds to the region’s religious history and identity.

Inside the Gurudwara

Inside the Gurudwara

Gurudwara 2

Gurudwara 2

Day 7 : Magnetic Hill

The next Stop was around 5 KM further (although we could have covered these two while coming to Leh) to the Megnatic Hill and parked our Alto, turned off the engine, released the Brake and found vehicle moving uphill for a good 10ft without any external assistance (Experience it to believe it!!!)

Two Cute Visitors @ Magnetic Hill (Experience in Truck??)

Two Cute Visitors @ Magnetic Hill (Experience in Truck??)

ALTO @ Magnetic Hill

ALTO @ Magnetic Hill

Day 7 : An evening to remember

Driving through a picturesque landscape, about 30 kms west of Leh, we finally reached the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar river 4 km before Nimmu village (The confluence of the Indus (green water to the left) and Zanskar (brown water to the right) rivers) The swift-flowing Indus and Zanskar rivers also offer rafting enthusiasts excellent venues for white-water rafting in Ladakh. We were told that the frigid waters of the Zanskar at seven degrees Celsius and a series of grade 3 and 4 rapids offered participants a different experience altogether.

Indus-Zanskar Confluence

Indus-Zanskar Confluence