We woke up early and got ready for our next destination.
After the fast paced journey on the Moore plains, we found ourselves in third highest pass encounter in Ladakh, Tanglang La (17,582ft). Final few kilometers to the summit of the pass, roads were in a bad condition and the steepness coupled with lack of air takes a toll on vehicles performance. But once we reached the top, we were greeted with spectacular views; in fact from Tanglang La we could clearly spot the complete path to the pass for miles on both directions.
Descent from Tanglang La for first few kilometers was in a bad condition; however after that the roads were smooth and with the altitude decreasing, our spirits were starting to pick up and we felt rejuvenated by the time we reached Up.
We took a small break for a cup of tea/coffee at Upshi. Near the checkpost, we registered ourselves and took some permit near shop for visiting Tso pangong and Tso Moriri, Korzok and Khardung pass. I filled that permit forum and submitted our details and covered a distance of 20kms from Upshi to Karu.
From there we moved for Tso Pangong Lake. There was only one nearest petrol pump at Karu but we forgot to fill petrol in our bikes after 15 Km realized but now we did not have any option so leaving everything on destiny,we moved further and waited for other bikers. There was an adventures day of my life,we had seen nothing so far except barren land.So we moved further and now met highest pass Changla baba pass, there was a temple of Changla baba, DRDO center and army station but road’s condition was bad.
After that road was down so now for saving petrol we got your bike in natural. After sometime we reached Tangtse, it’s another Indian army station, We stopped there and they offer us black tea with raisin. I gossiped with army officer and after exchanging smiles and talks, we continued our journey. Now the time was around 4.30 PM, Tso Pangong was from there around 60kms.so we moved fast but still we were worried about petrol. After one hour ride In between we saw a biker while he crossed us and we stopped him. He was alone rider, came from Faridabad to visit Ladakh .We told him about our problem then he decided to gave us 1 liter petrol, that was our first time when we realized the cost of petrol. After giving petrol he said us, go back towards Leh now because you’re already late and would not reach there on time. We said him thanks and then he moved for Leh and we moved for Tso Pangong because we were not gone there for returning back.
We reached near Tso Pangong Lake at evening, but before that we slipped on a rough road but didn’t get hurt. At that time we laughed more suddenly I saw, petrol was falling down from tank and immediately stopped laugh and picked up bike.
Now we faced a waterfall falling on the road, but there we saved from fast flowing water. We took precaution I am off the bike and started walking there and the one who was riding it crossed it very slowly so that it didn’t get slip. After that around 7 PM we reached Tso Pangong Lake. That view I can’t explain in words.
Now I believe that that time I was in heaven, there was too much cold so first we searched place where to spent nights and saw camp, tents and finally we decided to stay at Martsemik camp and it was very beautifully made by Leh local peoples.
Because in our mind was next day adventure, our main requirement were petrol because we didn’t have enough petrol for going back to Leh so regarding it we talked to local people there. They sold petrol there but took double money for that.
August 19, 2014