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Aug 10, 2009 - Lachalang La and on to Lato

Slept well and managed to get out of the zippered up tent for a 3am pee. Moon and stars were spectacular. "This is a challenging day indeed" the write-up from 'Red Spokes' says! Had a 10 km ride to the start of the 20km uphill to Lachalang La at 17,580 feet. Tom W. and Michael raced today (Tom doesn't seem to have any difficulty with elevation, although he did have a headache at the top). The scenery was changing as the day went on............ At the summit we had box lunches in a dhaba and I didn't want to leave! I was knackered at the...

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Jul 22, 2009 - Good-bye India!

More than 4 months after my arrival in Mumbai (Bombay), we are leaving India this evening on a redeye flight from Chennai (Madras) to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia and a gateway city to much of Southeast Asia. We are currently at the airport in Chennai (Madras), but we have already taken two other flights in India today just to get to our final flight out of India: Srinagar to Delhi and Delhi to Chennai (Madras). And now we have to catch an overnight flight. Quite a long time in the air and in transit at airports! Just getting...

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Jul 21, 2009 - Dawn 'till Dusk in Srinagar

Well, it is around 10 in the evening. As we fly out of Srinagar tomorrow, this is the last night I have to enjoy the comfort of the veranda here on The Mount View houseboat on Lake Nagin, so I am doing just that now. It is peaceful and quiet here on the water now, though the song-like calls of muezzins from the minarets of several local mosques continue to pierce the night air occasionally. We've had a great couple of days in Srinagar, but I am also looking forward to our impending change of venue. Today we packed quite a bit into our...

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Jul 20, 2009 - Checking out Srinagar

Dé·jà vu… Once I again I find myself sitting out on the veranda of The Mount View houseboat. It is only around 6 o'clock as opposed to the far later hour last night, but the sensation is the same. This veranda is a soothing place with its congenial atmosphere and comfortable chairs. An added plus: the houseboat’s owner Ayub stocks Kingfisher beer, so i’m nursing one of those as I write this. All in all, really cool... Today we chartered a jeep with a driver as well as a guide - well, referring to _______ as a “guide” is probably a...

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Jul 19, 2009 - Arrival in Srinagar in the Kashmir Valley

It is late in the evening. I am sitting on the covered veranda of the beautiful houseboat - The Mount View - where we are staying here on the shore of Lake Nagin in Srinagar, the main city in the Kashmir Valley. It has been a very long day. While i'm tired, it feels great to be here. The Kashmir Valley - occasionally still referred to by its somewhat antiquated name of the “Vale of Kashmir” - is world famous for its scenic beauty, but is even more infamous as the primary source of the ongoing 60-plus year bitter dispute between Pakistan...

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Jul 18, 2009 - En Route to Srinagar in the Kashmir Valley - Leh to Kargil

We left Leh at around 7:15 this morning to begin our 430-something kilometer trip to Srinagar in the Kashmir Valley. Rather than take one of the many shared jeeps and buses available for the long drive, as there were a number of sights we wished to take in en route to Srinagar, we chartered our own jeep and driver for the 2 day trip. Our first stop was at the ruins of the monastery at Basgo. This UN World Heritage sight today lays in large part in ruins, as the restoration process of the centuries old monastery at Basgo is far from...

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Jul 17, 2009 - Leh

In Leh, Pascal and Sameer went rafting while Jean stayed at the hotel to rest. Rafting in the Himalayas was unbelievable. Mountains were purple and green, it was very surreal. The rafting itself was easier than expected, Quebec rafting is more difficult but the experience was for sure worth it. We also visited some monasteries were monks live. Jean visted the Leh Palace and Gomand Stupa.

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I Love India 2009

Jul 16, 2009 - Lakang over the ShingoLa to Zanskar Sumdo

Time left 07.10 Time at ShingoLa 09.30 Arrived at Zanskar Sumdo 16.30 Songs in my head - Across the Universe by the Beatles and Saturday Night Holocaust by the Dead Kennedys Rupees spent 370 Wake up very cold and stock up on some food for what promises to be a hard day. I also realise that I don't know where my money belt, which had my passport, some money and my credit cards are, and I recall with ice in my stomach that I'd emptied my bag at the homestay in Tanze, so do the same here to try and find it. I find it in the last place I look,...

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Jul 16, 2009 - Jeep Safari to Tso Kar Lake

We left Tsomoriri Lake this morning at around 8 a.m. to begin the long drive back to Leh, albeit via a different route which would take us past Tso Kar Lake. Tso Kar Lake is a much smaller lake in Ladakh, and in my view, one whose scenery pales in comparison to the visually stunning Tsomoriri Lake. As we neared Tso Kar Lake, our jeep got stuck in the sand upon taking a detour along the side of the road as a road crew was doing construction on the main stretch of road. Our jeep proved no match for the soft sands on the side of the road, and...

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Jul 15, 2009 - Jeep Safari to Tsomoriri Lake

Today we shared a chartered jeep with 4 Israeli women fresh out of the Israeli army to Tsomoriri Lake in the far southwest of Ladakh. I had mistakenly thought Tsomoriri Lake lay about 4 hours drive from Leh, but the drive actually took closer to 7 hours. This is by my standards a long way to go just to have a look at a lake. Tsomoriri Lake, however, is quite beautiful, and while the first part of the drive contained familiar scenery, as we neared the lake, both the natural and cultural scenery grew much more dramatic in character. Several...

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Jul 15, 2009 - Tanze to Lakang

Time left 07.00 Time arrived 14.45 Song in my head - Buried Bones by the Tindersticks Despite the rain, never so glad to leave a homestay, and end up eating the last of my muesli bars to make up for the lack of breakfast. All the hills are covered in cloud coating me with the lightest of drizzles, the bouldered landscape scattered with chortens and farm houses, the only sounds the cries of birds and the dim roar of the rivers. Gomanjduran looms out of the mist, and I stop in Kargiak for some breakfast. When I emerge from the farmhouse 45...

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Jul 14, 2009 - Whitewater Rafting the Zanskar River

Today I went white water rafting on the Zanskar, rafting the 28 kilometer stretch between the Ladakhi villages of Chiling and Nimu. As we are heading to Tsomoriri Lake in the far south of Ladakh tomorrow for an overnight trip, and as we are leaving Ladakh towards the end of the week to go to Srinagar, Vikki opted to stay in Leh to tie up loose ends. The stretch of river today included a number of Class III rapids, but as the water was bitter cold, it was cloudy and a fierce wind blew occasionally, me and the other rafters - 30 tourists in...

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