Across Ladakh and Zanskar (July-September 2013):

3. Wanla to Kanji


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Entry into the spectacular canyon of the Shillakong river.

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Along the Shillakong canyon. This narrow canyon is about 12km long. The side walls are 2 to 4 hundred meters high. Hiking between the two ends of the canyon requires fording the Shillakong river several dozen times. The river originates in a large glacier (the Chomotang glacier) visible on the map above. Fording is easy in the morning, but becomes increasingly difficult in the afternoon.

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Highly textured rock wall in the canyon.

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Our camp on a small platform above the river mid-way along the canyon, with Dorjee Tundup (my team′s horseman) repairing wood horse saddles.

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The Shillakong river in the afternoon when we arrived at the camp, and in the morning when we left it.

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More rock walls above our camp.

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At the end of the canyon starting the ascent of Yogmi La (pass #7).

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View from Yogmi La (4720m) toward Kanji (north-west).

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View of Yogmi La from the small settlement of Dumbur.

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Our camp at Dumbur.

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Re-shoeing one of our horses along the way.

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Kanji village.

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Other trek sections:

1.    Phyang to Nurla

2.  Nurla to Wanla

3.  Wanla to Kanji

4.  Kanji to Dibling

5.  Dibling to Zangla

6.  Zangla to Zara Chu

7.  Zara Chu to Padum

8.  Murobok to Hundar



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