Tuesday 2 September 2014

Day 8 : Hunder (Nubra Valley) - Khardung-La - Leh

Day 8 : Event (Aug 22)
  • Got up and we three folded the tent and packed our riding luggage
  • Started from Hunder after breakfast (push started the bike)
  • Stopped at Diskit to see a mechanic named Padma
  • Waited for almost 45 minutes for him to open his garage (as it was too early for a sleepy town)
  • Got the battery charged using a Solar Cell, took an hour of waiting and then another hour to charge
  • Moved to Khardung-La and then down to Leh
  • I had a skid on my way down from Khardung-La due to my high downhill speed and a sand trap, but nothing major happened except some bruises and a small cut
  • Stayed at Leh for the night
  • Thanks to Murali for providing these cool shots of me crossing the water body. Thanks a bunch, buddy, your kind help is much appreciated!!:)
Hunder (Nubra Valley) - Khardung-La - Leh

Road condition:
Same as Day#7

Same as Day#7

Fuel Stops:

Sunrise at the campsite.

This stream was the source of water for our camping needs.

Murali and Sameer get up.

Waiting outside Padma's garage at Diskit.

Arrgghh the climb till Khardung-La again! While returning from Nubra Valley, to reach Leh.

After a wonderful experience returned back to Leh crossing the breathtakingly beautiful yet treacherous route.

Night Halt:
Place                : Leh
Accommodation : Reeyork Hotel, Near Police Station Area (Same as Day#6)
Cost per room    : Rs 900  (Got ground floor room, which was colder than upstairs where we stayed the first time around)
Room Capacity   : 2 + 1 additional mattress
Other Details     : 
- Bikes parked inside hotel's main gate
- Simple rooms with hot water facility, but not available all the time
- For the shower I needed hot water, rest all chores were manageable in cold water
- Food quality and taste were not bad, and the cost of food was almost the same as outside (so when feeling lazy it makes sense to order here)
- Owner/Odly-acting-like-owner was a stingy guy and was trying to make money out of everything
- Leh is the district and I found it has the most modern conveniences, so for any needs, it's a good idea to roam around in the market

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