In the footsteps of the ancient travellers…crossing the Khardungla Pass

Khardungla pass is considered to be the highest motorable pass in the world although that claim is disputed. However at 18380 feet no one can deny that it certainly is one of the most difficult terrains. Once you reach Leh you can see the peaks towering all around you. If you ask the locals they will point you towards Khardungla. From my window I can see the road going towards the pass. It is one of the mountains which is snow covered almost the whole year. The snow starts melting around June and remains like that till about September. This is how we can tell when summer starts and winter sets in.

If you come to Leh in November or December you will find Khardungla all covered in snow.The roads, which are difficult to travel on in summers, becomes slippery with ice and frost. There are also chances of an avalanche.

Leh was an important stopover for traders crossing the Indus valley. From here they crossed the Khardungla pass to move towards the Nubra and Shyok valleys. These valleys are so named after the important rivers Indus, Nubra and Shyok rivers.It is only along these river beds can you see some greenery because otherwise the Ladakh region is a dry and arid desert.

So come visit Khardungla in summers but be prepared for bad roads, aching backs, low oxygen which will cause dizziness and breathlessness.

And while you are there clicking pics on the top you will feel the chill factor. You will feel the biting wind and the extreme cold. Please do go to the Maggi Hut. The history of Maggi is written there and believe me at that point of time a hot, steaming bowl of Maggi will taste no less than “amrit”.

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