Day 10, September 8, 2014
Thikse to Jispa, 800km
It was still dark when I walked over to the dining tent at the camp and grabbed a cup of tea. Two camp-helps were busy preparing sandwiches for our breakfast-to-go. The sun rose and lit up the camp and its surroundings – what an idyllic setting to watch the light and shadow patterns the clouds cast on the mountains as you sit by the gently flowing stream. But, we had a lot of road ahead of us today, and four mountain passes to cross. Soon everyone was up and about.
By 6:30 am everyone was at the parking. We had the usual morning briefing by Abhey and then we were off. The water crossing was worse with all the back and forth of our SUVs and it was the turn of the Ertiga to get stuck. We followed. For all our early start the water-crossing cost us a good half hour. Some of us needed to refuel; them SUVs are such diesel-guzzlers! Our petrol car was giving us unbelievable mileage even in the hills (13-14 km/lt of petrol)! The rains had played spoil sport and we had missed out on some of the highs on this trip. We were going to see how the roads were and if all seemed well, add a short detour to Tso Kar. Tso Kar, while no competition to the exquisite Pangong Tso, is an alpine salt lake with its own charm. It is home to a variety of birds as well as Kiangs, the Himalayan wild ass. Read the rest of this entry »