Across Ladakh and Zanskar (July-September 2013):

8. Murobok to Hundar

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I had a few extra days after returning to Leh from the long trek. I used them to cross the mountain range between the Indus and the Shyog and Nubra rivers, with the same support team, except for a new horseman.

 

The start of the trek at Murobok a few kilometers north of Phyang, with a view of the Ladakhi mountains on the south side of the Indus.

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Approaching Lasermo La (pass #20).

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At Lasermo La (5550m).

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Descent in the snow on the north side of Lasermo La. As we reached the pass early in the morning, the snow was hard enough to support the horses and their loads.

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In the valley below the pass.

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Our camp in the valley.

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Water reflection in the morning.

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Our path followed the Thanglasgo river.

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The first major junction of two valleys (seen in the map above).

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Drawings of ibex on a rock.

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Further down along Thanglasgo river, there are a few hamlets like the one below (I believe it is Skarchen).

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Below the hamlets, the valley morphs progressively into an impressive gorge.

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The gorge finally ends into the Shyog valley at Hundar. An old fort (of which mainly a circular and a square towers remain) stands there above the Shyog valley. The white circular tower is visible in middle of the photo.

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A close view of the white circular tower.

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The square tower.

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Spectacular schist cliff above Hundar. This was the end of the short trek. From there we returned to Leh by car.

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Sand dunes in the Shyog valley seen from the road.

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Confluence of the Shyog and Nubra rivers.

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The impressive road up to Kardung La (pass #21).

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As one can imagine this road requires an amazing amount of hard and dangerous work.

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At Kardung La (5340m).

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The descent toward Leh.

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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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