Day 9, September 7, 2014
Hundar to Thikse
At last, we woke up to the Ladakh-blue skies!
The tent-bathrooms at Eco-Resort had piped hot water and a bucket-bath was in order. The 150 km drive to the next campsite, just a little beyond Thiksey, was a short one so there really was no need for a rushed morning though Vikas and I were ready, as directed, by 6 a.m. There didn’t seem to be anyone about as we ambled over to the dining area and prepared to sit down to rounds of tea as we waited for the rest to awaken. Preparations were on to get our breakfast-to-go orders ready but as Vijay joined us, we decided there was much wisdom in eating our paranthas hot. The 7 a.m. departure? Not bloody likely. Quite a few of us managed a hot breakfast before the whole gang was up and ready to roll.
Abhey decided we take an alternate route instead of retracing our way to Leh and thence to Thikse. This would take us through Warila. The sun shone bright and the sunshine-starved travelers took every opportunity to pause and enjoy the scenic drive. The convoy was less disciplined today with some of us taking out time to capture the scenes on our cameras, but the walkie-talkies kept us in touch. Pictures can hardly do justice to the majesty of the Ladakh Himalayas.
From Hundar to Warila, along the river Shyok