We paid a fee of 50 rupees per person for god knows what and started our journey to Pangong. It was a smooth ride from there to first check post where we talked with a Tamil military man who filled our water bottles with warm water. He informed that from Chang La roads are bad and has full snow. We reached Chang La in quite some time where we had our Maggi lunch because that was the last point where we'd be getting food. We also clicked some pictures in the third highest motorable pass. Chang La had one or two small stream crossing and lots of snow. Roads of course were bumpy but it wasn't a bike killer so we didn't face much difficultly in crossing Chang La.
To head back to Leh today, we took the route via Chang La Pass. Another snow clad pass with teeth clattering cold. Or was it just me?!
Day 10Target: Pangong – Jispa(425 kms)Route:Same route where we came from till Karu .PS: As there is no Petrol Pump from Karu to Jispa, we had to plan to get the car topped up at Karu.Weather: Around 3-4°CToday was the day when plans were going to get changed, time for God to prove yet again that Man proposes & he disposes.We left really early, 5: 30am (without any bath & breakfast) as we had to cover a real long distance & given the feedback from a lot of people it was very difficult.
On 7th July, we set off from Leh at around 8 in the morning. We were heading to Pangong Tso (“Tso” means lake). At around 11, we reached Chang La at 17,688 feet of altitude , the 2nd highest motorable pass. Another beautiful snow covered area. As we crossed the pass, a completely white frozen lake came to sight. It might have been just a random lake, like the hundreds of unnamed lakes in the mountains, but it was beautiful.