I walked up to the famous Nako lake which was a little ahead of the beautiful monastery that transported me into a different world altogether...a surreal experience, must say! We then drove towards Tabo - our destination for the day which was around 2 hours away...I was thrilled to know that this was a downhill drive into the plains; my breathing pattern was now getting consistent and I was slowly getting used to the low levels of oxygen.
The Nako monastery was also nearby so we decided to stopover before heading off to Kaza:Also on the way was Geyu Monastery which houses a 500+ year old mummy naturally preserved.Its not en route to Kaza; there is a slight deviation by taking a right turn, but should not be missed :Till now we had been traveling with a leisurely pace.But seeingThe mummy gave us perspective of value of time and we hurried to get back on route to Kaza.Some pics on the way to Kaza:
What seems like a dull place from the exteriors is indeed a very beautiful place and one should pay a visit to Tabo. Located 40 kilometres from the Indo-Tibet border, this place is home to around 9 temples, shrines and holy caves and is extremely scared and popular among the Buddhist community. This place is said to be founded by the King Yeshe Od who belonged to the Purang Guge dynasty and is said to have hailed from West Tibet. Tabo was set up straight at the crossroads of two trade routes that were used during the ancient times. The place is deceptive and is a beauty to behold for those who take their chances and travel here.
Day 2: Leh to Tilat Sumdo(Private jeeps) Depart from Leh early in the morning & arrive at Tilat Sumdo. From here the temperatures start dropping further in the night. Here we start our first walk on the Chadar. There will be a briefing session on how to walk on the chadar along with how to identify the right surface to walk. There are various risk factors associated with the way you walk on the chadar, hence it is important to take things slowely. Here we will setup our campsites & stay for the night. Camp at Tilat Sumdo