An adventure tour of Ladakh blended with pleasure trip of Srinagar and Pahalgam was accomplished with Dr. Ravi Pathak (my cousin), Dr. Kiran Pathak (my sister-in-law) and Sadhana Pathak (my spouse) at almost at the flag end of the season. A sense of accomplishment naturally emerged in our minds due to the difficult weather conditions and lower oxygen levels in the Ladakh Region. We all were somewhat concerned about maintaining our oxygen levels, so that we would not be affected by Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). On an average, Ladakh region will have about 40% of lesser oxygen molecules per breath vis-a-vis oxygen level at the sea level. With Dr. Ravi and Dr. Kiran, we all were relieved as any medical assistance was readily available in the trip. Fortunately, The season was also quite normal, bright throughout making our trip quite smooth.
Ladakh is a an Union Territory and is bordered by the Tibet Autonomous Region to the east, the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh to the south, both the Indian-administered union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Pakistan-administered Gilgit-Baltistan to the west, and the southwest corner of Xinjiang across the Karakoram Pass in the far north. It extends from the Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram range to the north to the main Great Himalayas to the south.
Fortunately, weather conditions were quite pleasant and favorable throughout the trip in Ladakh and Srinagar and Pahalgam and we could complete our trip without any hassle.
The following links show day-wise places visited on that day:
Day 01- Arrival in Leh and Visit to Local Leh Market
Day 02- Leh and Around Sight-seeing
Day 03 – Leh to Hundar Traval via Khardungla Pass
Day 04 – Hundar To Thang Village near Indo-Pak Border
Day 05 – Hundar to Pangong Lake via Diskit Monestary
Day 06 & 07 – Pangong to Leh via Chang La Pass
The tour was exciting in the sense that we visited Thang Indo-Pak Border which has wounds of Indo-Pak partition and Pangong Lake which came into limelight recently when there was confrontation between India and China across LOC (Line-of-Control). Other salient features were visiting quite a few monasteries and last but not the least at all is various and numerous views of the Karakoram Range, the Ladakh Range and the Zanskar Range. Also, the season was quite fine th
An exciting and pleasant tour which will be remembered for lifetime by all of us… !!!
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