Day 11: 19 August 2013: Part 1: The Sunrise at Pangong

The morning, I had plans to capture the sunrise at Pangong. I wake up at 0500 and it is still dark outside with no daylight. I take this opportunity to freshen-up and around 0530, I come out of the tent to capture the sunrise.

Gradually, some light is visible on the other side of the lake, but there are mountains. Seems the sun would be visible much after it’s rise from here. Maybe I shall go to China to capture πŸ˜‰ The coulour of Pangong is absolute Blue…
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At around 0600 hrs, the sunrays hit the clouds and shower gold…

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And as a result, the Pangong is now changing it’s hues to Orangish..

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I capture a pano shot

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And look into the Pangong

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The sunrays are now showering the peaks on our side

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And just then the Sun becomes visible from behind the mountains and the dance of colours start

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The ice capped peaks are bathed in Sunlight and now they’ll start melting.

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Gold and White Gold

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And then Tony comes out of the tent

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While I keep capturing the dance of colours

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We get some “I was here pics”

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and get again busy chasing the colours and sunlight

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And we click some shadows too πŸ™‚

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And some random clicks including another set of “I was here too” clicks πŸ˜€

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The sun has now come out and so we go to pack our bags. We go to get the breakfast and tea when we notice the car bathed in Sun

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One last click of the mighty Pangong Lake (or is it?)

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A view of the tents’ setup

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And I notice the name of the settlement, Padma it is!

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We finish our breakfast and ask the guy managing Padma to click one group picture

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Having done this, we proceed. Today is a long run and we have to reach Tso Moriri by evening, so better to start early. The time reads 0715 hrs.

Next: Spangmik to Merak

Day 10: 18 August 2013: Part 5:Β The Pangong Tso in it’s full glory!

Little do I need to say about this majestic 134km long saline lake named Pangong Tso (Bangong in Chinese) which extends from India toΒ Tibet and is about 5km wide at the broadest point. The Pangong Tso changes colour at different points of time during the day and the marshlands around the lake is home to many birds including some migratory species. (more…)

Day 10: 18 August 2013: Part 2: Chang La to Tangtse

I had read somewhere that Chang La souvenir shop sold only K-top marked caps and merchandise. I thought to check and find out. One reason was also that I really wanted to get something which is hard to find. So I entered the shop and asked for Chang La cap. They said that it wasn’t available and all the merchandise were marked for Khardung La. I insisted them to again check and so they opened a metallic trunk and behold – they pulled out a Chang La cap! Got it for 150 bucks. πŸ™‚

Having done that, we embarked on our onward journey, marked by presence of ice on road side and peaks, cloud and fog everywhere and of course running streams on the road. Some shots… (more…)

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