At this moment, I knew Sarchu is not far and I knew its necessary to get there before sun goes down the horizon. I knew it would be more freezing after sunset. Luckily, with my warm hands I was able to drive properly enjoying the view.
On my right side, There were mountains covered with firm white shining snow and deep down in the valley there was a semi frozen 'Bagha River' with blue water and banks covered completely with snow. Well, I was enjoying this view and I didn't came to know how easily those 19kms passed.
'Suraj Tal', I saw it mentioned on a board. A completely frozen lake in front of me. Shining snow on it, It was around 4:30Pm and sun was close to go down the horizon. I didn't took any Halt at this lake but it was really mesmerizing. I moved ahead and kept on riding. Sarchu was still around 35 kms and I was in no mood to take a halt knowing that Baralacha Pass would fall up. There were two more water crossings to cover up. Both water crossing made my shoes wet completely. I just kept on riding till I saw the First camp. By this time I was not feeling my legs water was damn cold in those crossings and I was literally freezing.
It was 7:00 PM when I reached camps and I did not have enough energy left in me to ask prices of camps ahead. Someone told me that they were charging Rs. 1000 per head including snacks, dinner and breakfast. I was okay with it. I just parked my bike. Took my rucksack along with me in tent and left the saddles and my tripod stand on bike itself.
I was tired enough to do anything. I just put my helmet aside, put off my riding jacket, Kept my shoes out as it was wet and jumped to bed. As my legs were numb, I put my woolen socks on. Thankfully they gave a blanket and quilt which was good enough to make warm. I thought I would wake up for dinner. Later on, they provided everyone with warm pouch filled with water which was helpful for my legs.
I remember that last moment before I went out badly. I made blanket above bed and kept that warm bag on my finger tips of leg, a quilt above me and I slept till 6:00 AM in the morning. Th night I took my head out of quilt several times to take oxygen in properly and in morning, when I woke up, I came to know that temperature at night went down to -10 degrees Celcius.
Day 6: Friday , 01 June 2018 : Sarchu to Leh
Route: Sarchu- Gata Loops- Pang- Taglang La - Leh.
It always feels good to watch sun rising up in mountains bring warmth up. I was sipping my cup of tea when fellow riders woke up saying that they need to move ahead from here as early as possible as their head was dizzing. I had my breakfast hurried to my bike and warmed it up for the next ride and by 9:30 AM we were ready to leave Sarchu.
We moved on.. At Check Posts, I bought 2 bottles of water.
The next interesting that I knew would fall on my way was The Gata Loops and TangLangLa.