Saturday, September 15, 2007

Rishikesh to Leh, by Qualis, Tata and Truck.

After hanging out in Rishikesh for a few days, getting in one high water day on the Ganga we loaded up all the gear for the season up in Ladakh into the Qualis, Tata, and Pickup. At 4am we loaded up and headed off to Manali. From Manali we would then make our way over a couple of high passes. Now the total length of this drive was just over 500kms. Not that far by most driving standards. However this being India the drive would take us, with chai and food breaks a little over 50hrs over three days.
The scenery on this drive is phenomenal. On this drive you head over a couple of high passes. The largest being 17512ft.
After leaving Manali we camped at Sarchu that night at 15800ft. That was interesting due to the fact a few of us had small bouts of Altitude Sickness. Wouldn't recommend camping there.
Other than that it is a great way to get to Leh if you have the time.

Roasted corn a nice snack to eat on the way.

The convoy lined up at the crossing from Uttranchal to Himachal Pradesh.

Mani stone.

Well dressed man on one of the passes as we had a bit of entertainment watching trucks try to make one of the corners.

One of the road crew protecting herself from the dust and sun.

In between the two high passes on the section of road that is like a desert.
Photos by David Prothero.


Anonymous said...

Ran into your sister and her husband, who told me about this blog. And I found it! Great stuff. Rest assured I'll be pointing some of the current students to it...and if you remember my email, drop me a line. Mr T

Rafting Life said...

Mr T,
Don't have your e-mail at the moment. Drop me a line at Hows the Tourism classes going these days? Talk to you soon.

Anonymous said...

Hat Dave, great photos. Was your 2nd trip on the Zanskar better than the first?
Where is your next river?
Cindy, USA

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