Leh was crowded just like any other city. So, next morning, instead of exploring Leh, we started towards Pangong Lake. Enroute, we (and everyone) were hit by heavy snowfall at Changla pass. The cold and the slippery roads made it near impossible to ride. Thankfully, there are high altitude army camps at the pass and we, among many, rushed into one of them. The soldiers were very warm and receptive. They served us delicious raisins. Sitting in front of a diesel air heater and eating raisins was the last thing we expected at that height.After returning from Pangong Lake, we started our journey back home via Manali. We took night halts at Pang and Kelyong respectively and reached Delhi on the third day.
We also passed through the Changla, a high mountain pass and the world's 3rd highest motor able road at approx 17000 ft height. It was cold there which made us to put our warm clothes. Its not advisable to stay more than 20 mins due to less oxygen level. Roads are difficult till lake with many ups and down full of debris.
This is the second highest motorable pass in the world after Khardung la. It was pouring snow outside, still we made it a point to capture some pictures.
En route, we take a halt at the Druk White Lotus that you will remember from the climax scene of the 2009 film, 3 Idiots. Spend a few hours soaking in the beauty of the place, impersonating Rancho (if you're dramatic like that), and clicking some memorable pictures.As we reach Leh, you can spend the rest of the day at leisure.Overnight stay at the hotel."
Get Ready for the Final Adventure of the trip - The Pangong Tso. Start at 5 am in the morning from Leh and set foot towards the mighty Lake. The first image that pops into one’s mind when thinking of Ladakh is of the lake that has been immortalized in Bollywood movies such as Jab Tak Hai Jaan, 3 Idiots. During summer, a vast amount of migratory birds make their temporary abode in the vicinity, including Bar-Headed geese and Brahamini Ducks. The lake is at about 220 km from Leh.You will experience the most diverse landscape on this route. It starts with some green mountains, steep terrains, snow clad mountains that will lead you the one of the highest motor-able roads in the world - The Chang La Pass (17,688 ft). You will sure shot see snow around. Personally, I enjoy a bowl of the hot Noodles a lot at the Changla Cafe.