On 28th morning by 8AM we started our photography trip in search of scenic locations. Our first trip was towards Khardung La pas the highest motorable road in the world.
On the way the view of rocks and mountains, villages, Stupas and Gompas was spectacular. The journey was treacherous.
Though most of it is well laid roads it is adventurous travelling along the edge of mountains viewing the scarce vegetation and life in the valley below.
We were travelling in group of four to five members in each vehicle and there were eight Toyota Innova vehicles. Each vehicle is numbered and every group had a fixed vehicle and driver. The driver said it is mostly Innova and Mahindra Duster vehicles that withstand the travel on these roads for travellers. Military vehicles are a different lot. I just prayed God and had faith in my driver as he is a professional driver engaged by a tourist agency. He had travelled many times on these roads.
At one point I was really scared. That is when we were trailing behind a heavy vehicle that was carrying steel rods that were projecting outside the vehicle. Any sudden brake could cause an accident. But we smoothly crossed it over. There was another point of turning a where a vehicle crossed ours. Watching driver’s ability to move smoothly under difficult situation, I was fully relaxed and immersed in watching the scenery around.
We have reached the highest point (5359M above sea level) Khardung La pas by 10.30AM. It took more than 2hrs to cover 39Km.
Though it was sunny it was cold. We were asked to move soon as oxygen at this altitude is very less and we may have breathing problems. Though a couple of members had vomited on the way overall there wasn’t much problem.
Within an hour we started our journey towards Nubra valley.
Feature Image : Dr.Sukumar