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This shot is taken on the Khardung La pass few hundred meters away from the Khardung La top. The day before we had crossed this pass into the Nubra valley and there was not even a hint of snow on the road. It snowed through out the night and in the morning we had the daunting task of crossing the snow covered Khardung La pass to go back to Leh. We waited in North Pulu for 3 hrs as the road was cleared by the Indian Army. As we were moving towards the top of the pass the drive became really treacherous. The back wheel of the vehicle was slipping now and then and it was veering towards the edge of the road. Our driver did not have steel chains to wrap around the wheels. So we had to stop innumerable number of times to collect sand and pebbles from the edge and road and then put them on the tracks of the vehicle. We had a hard and frightening time but that was well compensated by the breath taking natural beauty.
So if you visit Ladakh, before leaving Leh for Nubra valley please see to it that your driver has iron chains to travel on icy roads. The height of Khardung La top is more than 17500 ft, now that is the height of the base camp on Mt. Everest. Being quiet close to the line of perpetual snow, the weather at the top is very unpredictable and snow in the summer months of June and July is common.

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  • Copyright: Subho Banerjee (Subhogen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 411 W: 14 N: 908] (4065)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-10-13
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/7.0, 1/2000 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2013-11-22 5:16
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