Woke up early & got ready in sometime. Alissa was most excited among all of us because Pangong TSO is our destination today & she was waiting for it from the day we landed in Leh.
There are 2 routes you one can take to reach pangong directly from Nubra.
- Hunder (Nubra Valley)–Agham–Wari La–Sakti–Chang La Pass–Durbuk–Tangste–Pangong (Distance is 300 Kms approx.)
- Nubra Valley–Agham–Shyok–Durbuk–Tangste–Pangong (240 Kms approx.)
Generally people follow the first route rather than the second one because of high risks involved in it. The route consists of major landslide prone areas while plenty of sections has no road left but only dirt terrain. In addition, you will see the shyok river on road at some patches. Apart from this, the route is completely isolated and so it is almost impossible to find any help in case of emergency.
Rigzin decided to take the second route which runs along the shyok river. We too were already aware of the risks involved in it and even after this were ready. Rigzin was confident because he already contacted a driver who was coming from Durbuk on this route.
Nubra to pangong
We started around 9AM and after crossing the Khalsar we met with that taxi driver. Rigzin talked to him for 10-15 mins, he asked about the road conditions and decided to continue on this route. Can you imagine, this is the only taxi we met from Nubra to Durbuk and after that we only traveled on the entire stretch.
Its not advisable to travel alone on this isolated road as you can’t find any help if your vehicle get stuck somewhere. But we did it and let me tell you that this is the best and most scenic route ever in our journey. This was an extreme adventure for us even entirely a different experience.
We crossed river and various frozen streams on this route. Sometime the car moving so high up in the mountains and other time all of sudden you see shyok river in front of you on the road and trust me..adrenaline rushes high in the blood that time.
Well, it took us 4.30 hours to reach Tangste.
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