Adventures of ladakh
We reached jispa around 10 pm and hitched a mountaineering dormitory for our night stay to get acclimatize to the altitude,this day was a mixed experience but overall nice without being aware what is waiting for us the next day. to begin on the note why my title starts with 2 mirrors, there is a thief in jispa who steal mirrors of bikes, cars and he is stealing a lot in the last few months so the next morning we geared up reached 5 kms ahead of jispa and came to realize that we don't have mirrors,we were in a lot of shock and we returned to the dorm started interrogating the incharge and whole scene got created over there ;I always blindly trusted the honesty of himachal but the world is changing pretty quick I guess ,there was a very heated argument with the locals;Anyways we informed the police assistance and carried on towards leh so that we don't ruin our time as it was getting late the treacherous part starts now we had already wasted 2 hours in that incident and there came the blissfull roads with their own taste.We were carrying on towards our magical journey and then came the 11 streams of glacier water bottomed by huge slippery stones ,we got through them ;this was the first test and then came zing zing bar and the mighty baralacha and my friend got an attack of AMS(altitude mountain sickness) ,we wanted to reach pang that day but could not make it ;we somehow managed to reach sarchu he got seriously ill i gave him a diamox(med for ams) with some glucose , iwas too breathing heavily we took a halt at sarchu in a tent(500rs),he fell asleep soon after ,i ate some maggi, bread omelete and also went to sleep.This day was real test for us sense of hopelessness and many other things piled up but we got through. so began our final 250 kms with lots of hours wasted in the morning ,my friend got better with some honey lemon tea and we decided to continue ;these 250 kms were the most cherished ones through himank border ,gata loops,upshi,karu,pang we reached leh finally;the stretches were a little more curvy in this part through deserty terrains but the road from pang till upshi was breathtaking a huge thanks to indian army and border roads org for that;the tarcoal roads as smooth to ride an enfield over 100 gives you goosebumps;we stayed in otsal restaurant in leh it was a good one and a kind of homestay with 600rs per day what else you need. friend got better in leh after some beers and butter chicken;this day we decided to explore whole of leh the market,shanti stupa and khardungla which was 40 kms from leh ,as we got more acclimatize we did not feel the air pressure and reaching to the highest motorable pass was some sense of achievement,actually reaching leh is not that important but this journey is amazing and will you speechless spellbound and i do not have any word porn left, we took a good nap in the hotel as the next day obviously was booked for pangong. this day was booked for pangong and to tell you reaching pangong is another journey soulfully different than reaching leh via manali,we had already covered all the highest passes of india but pangong is about another 200 kms from leh which will leave your back paining after 6 days of rigorous biking reaching pangong is alot tiresome and takes a hell lot of time but when you get the first glimpse of the lake your tiredness fades away and you can watch pangong changing its colours through the clouds and sun all day, i suggest a night stay is must. after spending the farewell night to leh the next morning we headed towards darcha and this time we knew the roads better so we reached quickly on our round trip on the return covering almost 350kms. we reached manali the next afternoon around 2pm after spending a night in darcha in a small cafe tent with some algerians .MANALI TO LEH can be summed up as one of the the most thrilling,arduous,treacherous,magical journey through virgin mountains untouched by any civilization,high altitude terrains with low on oxygen,a must in everybody's bucketlist ,it will forever change the free soul inside you;these 1600 kms on a royal enfield were the most cherished ones in my life.what else can i say- I LOVE NOT MAN THE LESS BUT NATURE MORE.PERIOD....
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