Day 12 (23rd Sept’2017) – Nyoma to Hanle and Hanle to Sumdo (205 Kms approx.)
Today I’ve covered Loma, Rango, Hanle, Nyoma, Mahe villages to reach Sumdo Village.
I got up at 7:00am and wanted to start an early ride towards Hanle. But It was a cold, chilly, Cloudy morning at Nyoma. There were rainy clouds, with no sunshine.
It rained in the night and was drizzling a bit in morning. So I had some Tea and awesome hot Parantha’s made by the homestay lady. It was so sweet of her coz she made it only for me and told me, that its a long way to ride and I will not find any dhaba/shop there, so I should eat nicely.
Then I started my ride around 8:20am &I reached Loma Village around 9:00am, showed my permit papers at the Military post and crossed a river bridge towards Hanle.
From Loma village, Hanle was around 50 kms ahead. Then I crossed a small village Rango around 9:30am.
After riding 3-4 kms ahead, the famous road to Hanle started. It was so amazing, straight, long tarmac road. There was Sand across both sides of the road. Complete Barren land.
The ride was really something different, smooth, clear black road, high mountains both sides of the road, sand across all over, scenic views, different shades of the mountains, a little sunshine coming through the rainy clouds….just so perfect.
Finally, I reached Hanle at 11:00am and climbed up to Hanle Astronomical Observatory situated at a hilltop. It was an amazing, achievement feeling with beautiful view around. I met the guy who was taking care of the place and took me inside the observatory to show the telescope. The telescope name was Himalayan Chandra-2, he told me few things about it. They open the telescope shutters in the night, when the sky is clear & focus on the stars and other astronomical units for research. It was so thrilling and exciting to be there.
I have also seen Hanle Monastery from a distance, which was located at some other hill.
After spending some time, I started my return journey around 11:45am, as I had to reach back to Nyoma and move further. I again followed the same route and experienced the clear beautiful views of that place. By this time, the sun has come out and the weather was much clear than morning.
I’ve experienced the cold sand storm Or I would say small sand tornado’s (Swirls). Later, while coming back, just 7 kms before the Nyoma village, I met with a dark thunder storm & heavy rainfall. Fortunately, there was a small shed at the roadside where I took shelter and saved myself from the rain. It was almost dark like evening at 2:00pm in afternoon.
Somehow in little drizzle, I came back to Nyoma village by 2:45pm. Then I took my luggage from homestay, had a cup of tea and started riding again by 4:00pm towards Mahe.
The weather was still not very clear, however I continued riding in that drizzle and reached Mahe village around 5:30pm. Again I couldn’t find any place to stay there. One local person suggested me to go to Sumdo Village, which was approximately 14 kms ahead of Mahe, on Tsomoriri route.
It was almost dark and the roads were not at all easy, mind it !
Then, I decided to ride ahead, switched-On the extra lights and reached Sumdo village by 6:20pm.
It was cold, chilly and dark by then. I searched a homestay and kept my luggage there. It was not a homestay I would say but kind of place where they keep there kettles & sheeps (Gou-shala). But I had to stay there, coz there was no other option.
There I met one other guy staying at the same place, who was riding on Bycycle (Yes he was a cyclist) from Chennai. Later, we both had dinner by 7:30pm and slept around 10:00pm. It was really a small village with no electricity. People end their day by sunset and sleep almost by 9:00pm