Reviews of Pang • 8
Brandy Nallah-Nakee La 15547 ft-Lachulung La 16616 ft- Pang 15100 ft, 56 km- This was perhaps the most difficult day with Gata Loops (a series of 21 hairpin bends covering a distance of 7 km), Nakee la, and Lachulung la, all in the same day. In the briefing that morning, we were told to brace ourselves for the challenge. After about 2 km of rolling terrain, I saw a board announcing the beginning of Gata Loops and claiming that we were at a height of 13780 ft. From there the 17 km climb- 7 km of Gata Loops and 10 km afterwards- to Nakee La began. The roads were blessedly paved and that made the climb easier. As you climb higher, the loops below are visible and they look deceptively flat. They are not very difficult but still when the board announcing the end of Gata Loops came into view, I was relieved and gave it a tight hug (sounds rather odd, I know). We reached Nakee la, gave the board a fleeting look and started our journey downwards because it was too cold to stay and click pictures. We had hot lunch at a dhaba at Whiskey Nallah and started the second climb to Lachulung la. It was a 7 km climb which was tiring only because it was the second one of the day. After Lachulung la, the road practically vanished and the 25 km climb down to Pang was a bumpy ride. This ride took us through valleys surrounded by towering, completely barren mountains. There was hardly any wildlife visible and any sound made by the passing trucks reverberated ominously. This ride seems intriguing and exciting to some and plain eerie to others. I, for one, felt a sense of thrill while riding in this seemingly mysterious stretch. We stayed at a Dhaba at Pang and the weather was friendly enough to enable us to sit outside before retiring for the night.
Since we were able to reach Sarchu before dawn, we decided to head for Pang. We reached Pang at 2300 hrs. I can say it with utmost conviction that this day was the most tiring day of the whole trip. We had some dinner and slept like a log with a body which seemed almost paralyzed with exhaustion.To be continued...Which is your most adventurous trip?Tell me in the comments section below.For more offbeat travel itineraries, join me on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
After a terrible day, we left Sarchu the next morning and reached Pang. Pang is just beautiful, our luck changed from there. Some wonderful weather, lovely people. We Stayed at Lyon guest house in Pang.
A useful stop till Rumptse!!
Pang, at an elevation of 15,000 ft., is moon-like. The unique sand structures standing mighty tall looked amazing and we stopped here at a dhaba for tea and food.
After Sarchu the route to Pang is extremely worst with water logs here and there. It is rocky. It covers 77 kms and it takes more time. Never try to travel this route if it gets dark, really dangerous. Tsarap River can be all the way long to Pang. Pang is such a remote area that no Postpaid network (of-course prepaid from other states never work in J&K Zone) works in this zone. There are no STD / ISD booths as well. Phone calls in case emergency has to be made from Army Camp which is few kms away towards Sarchu. Room Rent - 250 / Person (Not a Tent) Dinner - 60 / Person Morning Tea - 20 / Person
The landscape between Lachulung La and Pang is as dramatic as it gets, the colors varying from white to brown to black to at times even yellow and pink. Those high mountains let in just about the right amount of light creating a play which is simply poetic, specially at that time of the day. The tiny Lachulung river adds to the charm of the place, the desolateness of it all making it look almost post-apocalyptic.