Across Ladakh and Zanskar (July-September 2013):

5. Dibling to Zangla

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The path along the Oma Chu river between Dibling and Zingchan is often difficult and somewhat dangerous. The river crossings are never easy and the sides of the valley are steep with narrow or no trails.

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Reaching Zingchan settlement.

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Enjoying chang (fermented barley) in Zingchan.

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View toward the north from Parpi La (pass #10, 3900m).

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Views of the Zanskar river toward the north ...

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... and toward the south from a small promontoire above Parpi La.

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Along the Zanskar river.

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In Hanumil village.

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The rather grim village of Pigmo.

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In a house at Pigmo.

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Foot bridge over the Zanskar river at Pigmo.

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View over Zangla village and Zanskar valley from Zangla fort.

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At the nunnery of Zangla.

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Harvesting green peas in Zangla.

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Fort of Zangla.

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On the way to the fort.

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A close view of the fort.

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The roof of a chorten near the fort. The four concentric square box-type layers seem to be a remnant of Zoroastrian culture. They represent the four Zoroastrian elements earth, water, air and fire, the latter being the highest, as it is touched first by the sun′s rays. The same pattern also appears in the roof of homes in the Pamir.

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A ′wolf trap′ near Zangla fort. In the winter people put dead animals in the circular hole. Hungry wolves jump into the trap to eat the animals, but cannot get out. I have seen several such traps during this trip.

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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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