After passing through diverse elevations, temperatures, and wind speeds, we had perhaps acclimatized ourselves to this new environment. But the actual test of our endurance was yet to follow. Our destination for this day was the exquisite Nubra Valley, where we were supposed to experience a camp safari. Nubra was at relatively lower altitude (10,000 ft.) as compared to our previous stopovers but in order to reach this beautiful tri armed valley we had to cross the precarious Khardung La pass at 17,582 ft which is disputably claimed to be the highest motorable pass in the world. This place offers extremely low atmospheric pressure (500 hPa) and is sandwiched between two avalanche prone zones. Since Khardung La receives snow throughout the year, passing through this high altitude pass requires some bit of courage also along with exceptional driving skills which were undeniably possessed by our driver. So all we needed was a bit of courage which we thankfully had.
Our journey to Nubra began at 7:00 am and within half an hour we were ascending the stark bare mountains through the most gruesome road till date. While zigzagging along the highlands we also saw the traditional silk route which connected east and west of Asia and was comprehensively used by merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads, and urban dwellers for many years.