DAY10 LEH TO KHARDUNGLAToday we planned for khardungla and we will will explore local leh like monastery ,shanti stupa, hall of fame etc we started our journey toward khardungla little scared as we all know it is highest motorable road we were on time we reached check post on time where we have to our id proof ,there is washroom facility in very poor condition means for ladies its not possible ,the roads toward khardungla is very smooth buttery But only the half the other half is hell off road but no problem we are here for this finally we reached khardungla from my point of view its not very hard to achieve roads are there ,facilities are there. kardungla covered with snow there in cafe, army check post and washroom hell dirty dont even try to enter you will die defiantly then we left after 30 minutes on the way to leh from khardungla you will spot the great view for photography we stop 2-3 place for photographs then we decide there have lunch in leh and move for pathar sahib and magnetic hills but then it was on our way back home so we went to hall of fame where all war and war equipment was there and there was parade every evening with 50 rupees ticket ,after that shanti stupa nothing we understand but we clicked the picture every where ,we want to try Hakka noodle and momos but our bad when we reach there it was already closed so we went to our hotel did packing because next morning also a big day we are going to pangong lake ,packing and other stuff was done then we went for dinner at 12 midnight and yes our bike was all ok thanks to that jugaadi engineer and old prefer the local and private service centre for your any kind of bike requirement because the authorised service partners are not good enough they just want to make money.
This day was extra long as it had more of travelling. I started in the morning at 9:00. I took the way via Khardung La to Diskit to reach Nubra. From the altitude of 11000 to 17000 in 3-4 hours, is bit extreme. But the picturesque view is definitely breath-taking.
We were all set for today. Waking up early has it great benefits & I again learned that today. After having a quick, very light breakfast at 6:15 am, we left our hotel at 6:40 am. As obvious based on past 2 days, I was scared for my breathlessness issue at that height so as a precaution, I took medication (Diamox)Ride was smooth + bumpy. We reached peak in around 1 hour 50 mins. We stopped there for approx. 30 mins.Weather:Sunny with shades of clouds. Temperature around 18°C when we started from Leh. At Khardongla, around 2-3°C.Road condition:Total distance covered – 38 kmsLeh city to border of Leh – Bad patch of around 2 kms just before we hit the ascent.Start of ascent to upto approx. 16 kms till South pullu, patches of narrow but fair condition road. Also this is where one’s permit for entry for Nubra valley/Khardungla is checked.Last 16 kms – Bad Road with patches of narrow spacesReactions:Panic Attacks/Shouting on Shamik for slowing down the car – 2 ????Scenery– breathtaking scenes of partially snow-covered mountains.Breathlessness – Few moments especially when I got out for loo twice & had to walk. Shamik could feel the impact of height too, but he as usual didn’t react much.Being finally at Khardoungla – Awesome!!