We reached Leh airport by 6 am. As it is an army airport, its checking procedures are quite different from the metro city airports. The airport is crowded with more army men than civilians and tourists. Check-in luggage is checked manually and segregated and loaded into the flight. Once the luggage is tagged and put on the conveyor, it goes outside near to the boarding porch. After a while, one attendant called the passengers one by one and ask to verify the luggage. We had to go out to the porch and confirm our luggage. We gave a thumbs up to the responsible attendant and came back to the waiting lounge. After a while, we boarded the flight and reached Delhi by 9 am. We left for Kolkata at night.
In this trip, I stayed at an elevation of more than 11,000 feet; crossed the world’s two highest mountain passes and clicked more than 500 photos that I have never made on any trip. Although occasional breathlessness and bone chilling cold sometimes made it almost unbearable, but at the end of the trip, it's all worth it.
The memories of this trip that I took about 9 years back, is still vivid in my mind. It is those memories that always keep me motivated. And since then every year, I found myself at least once in the lap of the Himalayas to feel the crisp mountain air and behold the beauty of Mother Nature.
Day 0: Kolkata to Delhi
Day 1: Delhi to Leh (11,500 ft.)
Day 2 : Leh sightseeing
Day 3 : Leh to Nubra Valley (10,000 ft.) via Khardungla Pass (18400 ft.)
Day 4 : Back to Leh
Day 5 : Leh to Pangong Lake(14,270 ft.) via Changla Pass(17,586 ft.)
Day 6 : Leh to Delhi to Kolkata
Things to keep in mind :
1. Prepaid SIM does not work in Leh -Ladakh. So always take Postpaid connections. BSNL postpaid connections are better.
2. Start taking the Diamox medicine 2 days before the date of the journey.
3. Drink lots of water to keep hydrated yourself.
4. Take sufficient woollens and thick jackets.
5. Take rest for acclimatization.