Ladakh - return journey to Leh from the Nubra Valley

by John Wilson November. 19, 2019 155 views

The views on the return trip from the Nubra Valley to the city of Leh, Ladakh brought new perspectives that made the retracing of steps well worthwhile.

Leh Castle.

Leh Castle.

The return journey took us back past spectacular Diskit monastery.

The return journey took us back past spectacular Diskit monastery.

Diskit.

Diskit.

The barren landscapes had occasional patches of vegetation with hints of autumn colours.

The barren landscapes had occasional patches of vegetation with hints of autumn colours.

More beautiful reflections in the valley.

More beautiful reflections in the valley.

Remote Hindu temple.

Remote Hindu temple.

Tiny settlements by the Nubra River. It's an incredible contrast to come direct from the intensely populated Delhi to the sparsely populated Ladakh as we did.

Tiny settlements by the Nubra River. It's an incredible contrast to come direct from the intensely populated Delhi to the sparsely populated Ladakh as we did.

Back into yak country, though I understand this might actually be a dzo, a cross between a yak and a cow.

Back into yak country, though I understand this might actually be a dzo, a cross between a yak and a cow.

We heard that this remote Tibetan Buddhist temple has been visited a number of times by the Dalai Lama.

We heard that this remote Tibetan Buddhist temple has been visited a number of times by the Dalai Lama.

More yaks.Watch your step! It's a long way down guys.

More yaks.Watch your step! It's a long way down guys.

I did mention in an earlier post that I think I might have found the most remote `washroom facilities' in Asia. If they're not, then at least they can claim the best view.

I did mention in an earlier post that I think I might have found the most remote `washroom facilities' in Asia. If they're not, then at least they can claim the best view.

Heading back up the Khardong-La Pass, the `highest motorable road in the world'.

Heading back up the Khardong-La Pass, the `highest motorable road in the world'.

Overtaking on the Khardong-La Pass. You take the opportunities when they arise. And we learnt even when they don't arise you still take them.

Overtaking on the Khardong-La Pass. You take the opportunities when they arise. And we learnt even when they don't arise you still take them.

One last look at the Himalayas from the perspective of Khardong-La, 5600 metres. In Ladakh prayer flags are always to be seen at such key areas.

One last look at the Himalayas from the perspective of Khardong-La, 5600 metres. In Ladakh prayer flags are always to be seen at such key areas.

Over the pass and heading back to Leh.

Over the pass and heading back to Leh.

The city of Leh is there in the distance. The road winds down the left.

The city of Leh is there in the distance. The road winds down the left.

Below the snowline and getting closer to Leh.

Below the snowline and getting closer to Leh.

Leh Castle in the foreground as we descend into Leh.

Leh Castle in the foreground as we descend into Leh.

And back to Leh. A small city, barely more than a town, with an incredible Himalayan backdrop. So what a fantastic couple of days we had over the Khardong-La Pass and into the Nubra Valley, some one of the most spectacular places I've had the privilege to visit.

And back to Leh. A small city, barely more than a town, with an incredible Himalayan backdrop. So what a fantastic couple of days we had over the Khardong-La Pass and into the Nubra Valley, some one of the most spectacular places I've had the privilege to visit.

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Heike 2 months ago

This beautiful landscape makes me speechless. It's stunning! Wonderful photos.

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John Wilson Replied to Heike 2 months ago

Thanks Heike! The sights in Ladakh are truly amazing.

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Jim Fraser 2 months ago

John some spectacular views and images. The colours against that stark background really sets them off. The Yak's didn't look to have much to eat around there and with the wonderful sanitation facilities I am surprised there are not a lot more tourists. I assume the plumbing was all working well and up to date.

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John Wilson Replied to Jim Fraser 2 months ago

Thanks Jim, yes, I was a bit puzzled too about what the yaks were finding to eat amongst the rocks.

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Benny Law 2 months ago

These mountains are so majestic and awe-inspiring. Did you feel any discomfort from the decreased oxygen in the air?

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John Wilson Replied to Benny Law 2 months ago

Hi Benny, altitude sickness is a real thing and can be dangerous (we heard stories of tourists dying from it recently) but we heeded the common sense advice we had read, ie to acclimatise slowly in Leh, take it easy, limit physical activities, stay hydrated and to avoid alcohol and caffeine. It all seemed to work well for us and we had no problems at all, though we were definitely aware it was harder to walk uphill at the more extreme altitudes.

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