After having done the local tour of Leh and places of tourist interests nearby, we started our journey to Hunder in Numbra Valley via Khardungala Pass. The road was zig-zag and we could experience the real terrain of the Himalayas Ranges.
We visited the following Places
- Leh City & Glacier Photography Point
- Khardung La Pass
- A scenic bridge
- Shyok Axis War Memorial
- Eco-village Hotel, Hunder
Leh City & Glacier Photography Point is on the way to Khardungala Pass from Leh. One can views the Lake city from this terrific scenic point. One can enjoy breath-taking view.
Khardung La Pass is on the Ladakh Range, north of Leh, and connects the Indus River valley and the Shyok river valley. It is also the gateway to the Nubra valley, beyond which lies the Siachen Glacier. The elevation of Khardung La is 5,359 m (17,582 ft). The oxygen levels are really low here and tourists are advised not to spend more than 10 minutes. We also spent about 10 minutes at the pass and our breathes were heavy and oxygen levels were really down making head heavy. As we rapidly drove down the pass, the oxygen-levels also rapidly improved and we started feeling comfortable again.
The Karakoram Mountain Range is located in one of the most geologically active regions of the world. the mountains are mainly composed of different types of rocks like granites, phyllites, gneisses, and crystallized schists. The range is about 500 km (311 mi) in length and is the most heavily glaciated part of the world outside the polar regions. The range is characterized by long slopes, craggy (having a lot of steep rough rock) peaks, and taluses (steep slopes). A significant area of the mountain range is occupied by the cliffs and the taluses.
We stopped at a scenic steel bridge and spent about 30-minutes on this nice spot. The Border Road Organization (BRO) is constructing maintaining the roads bridges in this region.
Shyok War Memorial is built in honour of the martyr of Siachen warriors. There is also an Indian Army souvenir and refreshment shop. The memorial displays a list of more than 230 martyrs from SG, SSW and SSH and constructed by 11 Dogra Regiment
Eco-village Hotel, Hunder in hundar where we stayed is located in the Basin of Numbra Valley and provides decent accommodation in tents for tourists. the hotel is a family run ecotourism venture. The land has been planted with poplar, willow, apricot and apple trees, along with vegetable gardens. It has a stunning views of the Karakoram mountains.
Day 3 was marked by hectic travel to Numbra Valley with absorbing Views of Karakoram Mountains..!!!
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