The Dream Motorcycle Expedition - Day 16-17
Sep 17, 2012
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Leh – Pangong Tso - Leh 220 kms

Enroute to this 140 kms long salt walter lake situated at 14500 ft altitude, Pangong Tso is flanked by gigantic peaks over 19700 feet high and is a must visit for photographers!

The lake is shared between India and China with 40 kms in India and the rest of it angling into Tibet.

We charted our way through a lesser known pass called Marsimik la which is 200 ft higher than Khardungla pass. As per the data Khardungla was considered the highest motorable road in the world till 2003, when Marsimikla was either discovered or recorded or probably made motorable. Tourists do not get permit to go to Marsimikla.



At the 1st police check point we were informed about very heavy snowfall the previous night on the 17,586 ft Chang La pass. They recommended us to turn back but we took our chances. 17586 ft makes Chang La the 3rd highest motorable road in the world after Khardungla and Tanglang La pass which we had already covered.



The Army even serves free tea at Changla pass and has a small souvenir shop at the top. The army guys told us they got a staggering 3 feet of snowfall in the night. Salute to them, since the road was cleared using earth movers in a matter of less than 2 hours.



We spent the entire evening, night and the 1st half of the next day at Pangong Tso. With a view to die for, this lake cannot be expressed in words. You just have to be there to experience it and breathe in the magnificence of this natural wonder!



Like a scene right out of the movies, we encountered this particularly fascinating snow smoke which covered the roads. With a scenic descent from Chang La pass towards Leh, this leg of the ride was extremely pleasurable.



With such views abound, we promised to ourselves that we would get our families here to witness the brilliance of nature!



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