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August 17, 2017

Keylong to Leh

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — admin @ 9:13 am

Manali to Leh Highway

We started off from Keylong at 5 in the morning. I found my seat, stowed my luggage and we were on our way. There were some nice spots along the first part of the way, especially around Tingpa. I would stay there instead of Keylong in the future. It is much nicer next to the river.

Workers' camps at new Baratpur
Workers’ camps at new Baratpur

Our first stop was Dacha, where the police checked out passports. We had some breakfast and we were on our way again. After the first pass at Baralacha La, we stopped again at the camp just down from the pass.

Lake at new Baratpur
Lake at new Baratpur

At these camps, tents are set up over summer to feed the travellers. They are called Dhabas and serve food and you can camp there over-night.

Dhabas after Baralacha Pass
Dhabas after Baralacha Pass

Before the last pass there is a big flat area called something like the Meroo Plains. There is no water and a few goat herds were grazing, along with a couple of donkeys scattered here and there.

meroo plains
Meroo Plains

A river valley
A river valley

The road winds up and down the valleys then up the mountains via switch-backs.

Very steep track
Very steep track

I could not believe this goat track on the side of this very steep mountain. Not for me!

Striated layers
Striated layers

The layers of rock were twisted and turned everywhere. There has been immense movement in these mountains.

Traffic Jam
Traffic Jam

We had a traffic jam at one point. We had to wait for about an hour while it got sorted out. Everyone just pushes in and no-one waits there turn. The shared taxis are very aggressive and pushy.

Chaos at a stop
Chaos at a stop

There were lots of traffic along the highway. Cars, shared taxis, mini-vans, motor-bikes, trucks and buses. After the last pass, we winded along through this river valley to Upshi where the last police check point was and we finally got our passports back. Another hour or so and we arrived in Leh in darkness and dazed and confused had to find a hotel to have a well-deserved rest.

2 Comments »

  1. great pics Steve, keep them coming

    Comment by lawrie happ — August 17, 2017 @ 9:22 am

  2. thank bro.

    Comment by admin — August 17, 2017 @ 5:03 pm

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