Zanskar

Summer 2006

Zanskar is the coldest and remotest inhabited place in India — ideal for a summer holliday! So in September 2006 I flew into Leh (in Ladakh) for a cycle ride into Zanskar.

After a false start (due to sickness) I cycled from Leh to Padum and then got a jeep back to Leh. While waiting for my flight home I went for a ride up the Khardung La (5359 m).

I stayed in Leh (3 nights), Likir, Leh (2 nights), Alchi, Lamayuru, Mulbekh, Kargil, Sanku, Parkachik, Juldo, Upper Stod Valley, Padum (4 nights), Kargil and Leh (3 nights).

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15 Sept 06
The Padma Guest House, Leh, Ladakh
16 Sept 06
Leh
16 Sept 06
Leh
16 Sept 06
Namgyal Peak, above Leh
17 Sept 06
Leh Palace
17 Sept 06
Leh Palace
17 Sept 06
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Leh
17 Sept 06
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Leh
18 Sept 06
Srinigar-Ladakh Highway
18 Sept 06
Indus river, Srinigar-Ladakh Highway
18 Sept 06
New road to Padam (incomplete)
18 Sept 06
Approaching Likir
21 Sept 06
Alchi
21 Sept 06
Alchi
22 Sept 06
Alchi
22 Sept 06
Yapola Valley
22 Sept 06
Yapola Valley (road not on map)
22 Sept 06
Lamayuru
22 Sept 06
Lamayuru
22 Sept 06
Lamayuru
22 Sept 06
Lamayuru
23 Sept 06
Lamayuru
23 Sept 06
Fotu La, 4108 m
23 Sept 06
TV relay station, Fotu La
23 Sept 06
View west from Fotu La
23 Sept 06
Namika La, 3836 m
24 Sept 06
Mulbekh
24 Sept 06
Mulbekh
24 Sept 06
Chamba Statue, Mulbekh
24 Sept 06
Wakha river, near Mulbekh
24 Sept 06
Pashkum
24 Sept 06
Srinagar-Leh Highway
Photo: Facebook, 201224 Sept 06
Hotel Siachen, Kargil
25 Sept 06
Suru Valley
25 Sept 06
Sanku, Suru Valley
26 Sept 06
Panikhar, Suru Valley
26 Sept 06
River Suru and Nun, 7135 m
26 Sept 06
Kun Peak, 7077 m
26 Sept 06
J&K Tourism Alpine Hut, Tongul
26 Sept 06
near Parkachik
27 Sept 06
near Parkachik
27 Sept 06
near Parkachik
27 Sept 06
Parkachik Glacier, Suru Valley
27 Sept 06
Parkachik Glacier, Suru Valley
27 Sept 06
Upper Suru Valley
27 Sept 06
Upper Suru Valley
27 Sept 06
Rangdom Gompa
27 Sept 06
Juldo
27 Sept 06
Juldo
28 Sept 06
J&K Alpine Hut, Juldo
28 Sept 06
Rangdom Primary School
28 Sept 06
Rangdom Primary School
28 Sept 06
Juldo
28 Sept 06
Pensi La, 4491 m
28 Sept 06
Pensi La, 4491 m
28 Sept 06
Darung Drang Glacier
28 Sept 06
Darung Drang Glacier
28 Sept 06
Upper Stod Valley
29 Sept 06
Upper Stod Valley
29 Sept 06
Stod Valley
29 Sept 06
Padum
30 Sept 06
Mont Blanc Guest House, Padum
30 Sept 06
Mont Blanc Guest House, Padum
30 Sept 06
Padum mosque
30 Sept 06
Gompa
30 Sept 06
Pibiting
30 Sept 06
Pibiting
30 Sept 06
Pibiting Gompa
30 Sept 06
Pibiting Gompa
30 Sept 06
Pibiting
30 Sept 06
Karsha Gompa, from Pibiting Gompa
1 Oct 06
Bardan Gompa
1 Oct 06
Bardan Gompa
1 Oct 06
Bardan Gompa
1 Oct 06
Padum
1 Oct 06
Padum
1 Oct 06
Padum
2 Oct 06
Karsha
2 Oct 06
Karsha Gompa
2 Oct 06
Karsha Gompa
2 Oct 06
Karsha Gompa
2 Oct 06
Pilgrims from Leh at Karsha Gompa
2 Oct 06
Karsha Gompa
3 Oct 06
Lunch at Juldo, in Norbu's taxi en route to Kargil and Leh
3 Oct 06
Rangdom Gompa
6 Oct 06
Khardung La, the "highest motorable road in the world"
The sign says 18360 feet (5596 m); my GPS said 17628 feet (5373 m)
6 Oct 06
Khardung La
6 Oct 06
Khardung La
6 Oct 06
Khardung La
6 Oct 06
Khardung La
6 Oct 06
Stok Kangri, 6153 m
6 Oct 06
Khardung La road
6 Oct 06
Khardung La
6 Oct 06
View over Leh from the Khardung La