Zanskar

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
18 Sept 06
Approaching Likir, Ladakh
22 Sept 06
Lamayuru
23 Sept 06
Namika La, 3836 m
24 Sept 06
Chorten, Mulbekh
25 Sept 06
River Suru and Nun Kun, 7135 m
26 Sept 06
Panikhar, Suru Valley
27 Sept 06
Parkachik Glacier, Suru Valley
27 Sept 06
Upper Suru Valley
27 Sept 06
Juldo
27 Sept 06
Rangdom Gompa
28 Sept 06
School at Rangdom Gompa
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
Stod Valley
29 Sept 06
Padum, Zanskar
30 Sept 06
Padum mosque
30 Sept 06
At the Mont Blanc Guest House, Padum
1 Oct 06
Bardan Gompa, Zanskar
1 Oct 06
At Bardan Gompa, Zanskar
2 Oct 06
Karsha Gompa, Zanskar
2 Oct 06
Monk, Karsha Gompa, Zanskar
2 Oct 06
Pilgrims from Leh at Karsha Gompa, Zanskar
3 Oct 06
Lunch at Juldo on the way to Kargil, in a taxi en route to Leh
6 Oct 06
Khardung La, the "highest motorable road in the world".
The sign says 18360 feet (5596 m); my GPS said 5373 m (17628 feet)!
6 Oct 06
On the Khardung La
6 Oct 06
Stok Kangri, 6153 m, from the Khardung La
6 Oct 06
View over Leh from the Khardung La
6 Oct 06
Khardung La road
6 Oct 06
Namgyal Peak, above Leh