Leh Trip N ALTO …. Yup!! —- Part V

Be soft on my curves – sign – road to chang-la pass; it’s among the highest passes in the region after Khardungla. The glacier was the last melting pieces of the season and we walked under it for some Kodak moments. This was more Snowy in comparison to Khardungla….. But the Best was yet to come.

Unbeatable Pangong Tso

Unbeatable Pangong Tso

After a long gap of more than 6 months I finally managed to write and share our experience of last few days experience of our Leh Adventure.

Day 8 : Mighty Chang-la Pass

Next day morning we all geared up to visit Pangong and to go to Pangong, a permit is needed since the area is close to China border. We got it arranged through our Hotel people (A 7 day permit is usually arranged by a travel agency for 150 rupees or so.)

Pangong II

Pangong II


Pangong III

Pangong III

We started around 6 in the morning and drove down the Manali highway past Shey and Thikse after which the we took a left turn. We stopped at a junction where the road forks – one of them going towards Hemis and the other towards pangong – and had breakfast at a small roadside shop.The mountain road starts about 20 km away from Leh and passes above Solang valley.

Road to Changla

Road to Changla

The weather looked fine and we were happy to go. However as we started to climb up the mountains there was a steady light snow fall which became more persistent as we climbed up and up. A thick blanket of mist enveloped the pass and and icy winds kept blowing.

Snowy Morning

Snowy Morning

Alto was constantly in 2 gear to climb the elevation. We stopped there briefly to take a tea break. The temperature was in the minus perhaps -10 degree C.

Road ... Where

Road ... Where


The Changla Pass or Chang La Pass (el. 5,360 m (17,590 ft)) and is on the route to Pangong Lake from Leh. It is named after the sadhu Changla Baba, to whom the Pass temple is dedicated. The small town of Tangste is the nearest settlement. The Changla Pass is the main gateway for the Changthang Plateau situated in the Himalayas. The nomadic tribes of the region are collectively known as the Changpa or Chang-pa. – Wikipedia

ChangLa Baba

ChangLa Baba

I also requested army personnel posted there to get some clicks with me.

I m Honoured

I m Honoured

After spending some time we left for Pangong as we wanted to return to Hotel on time and with Alto we were not sure of whats coming up and never wanted to take unnecessary risks.


Day 8 : Pangong Experience

The high point of the trip was the drive along Pangong Lake. It’s famed for the color of the water which is a very striking shade of blue. We traveled along it for quite a while before we stopped. We chose the spot quite at random.

Pangong Tso IV

Pangong Tso IV

Once we reached the lakeside we were in no hurry and kept stopping along its banks to enjoy the lake and take shots. As we kept driving along the lake its colours kept deepening and I can guarantee that no photograph can reproduce what it does to your senses when you’re there in person.

Pangong V

Pangong V

The lake is over 130 km long they say, although none of the books we had were in concensus on the actual size. It is a huge lake though, and only one third of it is in India with the rest of it being in China.

Pangong VI

Pangong VI

The return journey was also beautiful with spectacular views. We slowly crawled back towards the foot hill and Leh. The clouds were hanging so low over the hills creating a magnificent vistas all around. They were a sight to behold indeed.

Pangongo VII

Pangongo VII


Day 9 : Back to Delhi


“time flyes when you are having fun!!!”

Apart from adventures, there was something about the pure and re-vitalizing about this trip. Limited accessibility combined with limited telecom connectivity make it an ideal getaway from the grind of daily life and professional stress.

Lastly, one thing that has been helping us along past the various checkpost (in Srinagar and Anantnag…. Cerfew area) is the fact that the ALTO has Gurgaon number plates. On occasion, we would see cops coming forward to flag us down, and then letting us go after a look at the number plates.

17 Comments

  • Nandan says:

    Glad that you not only completed the Leh trip in mighty Alto but also finished the series for us :-)

    How much time did it take on the return leg, and any tips on where to halt for the night.

    Commendable.

  • SKoli says:

    Thanks Nandan, Yes it took long to complete this…. It took us three days ( as we also visited Katra) in our return trip. Can you guide if somehow I can upload my Itinerary (.xls) as it has all the relevant information about the complete trip (including Kilometers, Staying Options, Contact Nos. etc.)

    • jatin says:

      Hi ,

      can you please send the .xls file to my mail id(jatinmehndiratta@yahoo.co.in)?

      thanks in advance.

      stay well

    • Arun Kumar says:

      HI

      Can i get the .xls file for reference .

      Arun Kumar

    • veena says:

      I am planning to visit Leh Ladakh in August 2014 by Ford Fiesta. We all drive.

      Me, my sister and son will be going.

      Srinagar – Leh – Manali – Delhi

      could you please send me itinerary the xls file pls.

      thanks
      veena

  • VJ SHARMA says:

    Inspirational series !!

    Thanks for sharing… Nice pics !!!

  • Naresh kumar says:

    very nice trip…

  • Ram Dhall says:

    Grand finale to the brilliantly written series (and of course, the pictures that said it all). For the more adventurous travelers, this series would be almost a complete guide to Ladhakh and the places en route.

    Pray you keep on sharing your other experiences too.

  • SKoli says:

    Thanks Ram Sir….. N yes that was the intention…..

  • JS says:

    mindblowing pics….which camera??

  • Aman Deep says:

    Hey Shalini,
    It was a great experience reading about your journey, it would be great if you could share the idea of expenses on this tour.

  • Punit Bhasin says:

    Hi Guys,
    Going thru your post seems like being to Laddakh in my own car. A well-written and ably illustrated account is almost like a small dream. You guys are adventurers as well as courageous. All the best!!!

  • ajay15111968 says:

    Hi, v r going to Leh on 8th Aug. Any cpl in the game. if intd pls write ” ajay15111968@rediffmail.com

  • Sonia says:

    Hi, it was great reading the articles, it was like I was a part of the journey itself. Thanks for sharing the experience with us.
    We are planning a trip to Srinagar- Leh in late September this year. Will it be too cold and snowy at that time? We’ll start our journey on 26 Sep and back on 2 Oct. Any suggestion on clothing selection and other things?

  • gautamadhikari says:

    hi mam… again asking for a favor. Can i get the .xls file for my trip reference… its drgautamadhikari@yahoo.co.in

    thank you

  • Guru says:

    Hi Madam,

    Could you share your xls file for my reference. I am doing the trip this August.

  • Guru says:

    Hi Madam,

    Could you share your xls file for my reference. I am doing the trip this August.
    my email id is lehroad2015@gmail.com

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