Day 4 of our trip and we were off to Pangong! It was also Mohit’s birthday – the reason why this trip was planned at the very first place! And what a way to celebrate! At an altitude of 14,270 ft… no network… no traffic… few wandering souls… under a blanket of stars!
On the route to Pangong, we crossed Chang La (17,590 ft) which is the third highest motorable road in the world. The name literally means ‘Pass towards the South’ or ‘Pass in the South’. It is the main gateway for Changthang Plateau and also has the world’s highest functional research station, established by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). We stopped here for Tea and Maggi. A little farther from the pass, there were 3 Army trucks swept away and brutally crushed by an Avalanche that had hit the area few months back. Rescue efforts were carried out but the locals told us that the soldiers couldn’t be saved. Chang La is considered as one of the deadliest roads and is also regarded as a driver’s worst nightmare!
We then had to cross a Naala that was approximately half a kilometer long… It had caused a bit of a jam already! After a long wait and a little bit of difficulty, we crossed the stream. We reached Pangong around 9pm. We had planned to stay at Shambala Tents but unfortunately it was occupied. We then headed to Wonderland Tents. After dinner, we walked till Pangong Sarai to sit near the lake. The sound of the water hitting the rocks…the silhouette lining of the mountains…the sky full of stars…the constellations arranged themselves just so we could have a better look at them…shooting stars daring us to make a wish… The view was nothing short of magic! We laid down and kept staring at the sky…able to feel every minute detail but unable to express it…
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