Raid de Himalaya – The Incredible Journey Ends
Continuing from where I had left... There was no spare tyre at our disposal even now and the distance to cover was huge. Driving slow and steadily was the only option we had. We arrived at Pang after crossing Nakeela Pass at 7 P.M and took permission from the Army check-post to go further. It was dark and we had a decision to make. Should we spend the night at Pang and leave early morning for Leh? The logical mind was saying yes, considering that we had to cross a notorious Pass (Tangla-la) and Moore Plains at night with NO spare tyre! Our heart was saying that we should leave. Ultimately we followed our hearts (except one person who decided to spend the night at Pang) and headed towards Leh. One more drawback of leaving at night was that we would cross Tangla-la and Moore Plains during night, which meant no photographs of the beautiful landscapes :(.
We reached Tangla-La at around 10:30 P.M and then started the descent towards Leh. Next we crossed Moore Plains with much difficulty, we could only cross Moore Plains by following existing tyre tracks! Without any visible markers on the road, Moore Plains becomes scary at night. It is very easy to drift in the wrong direction. Anyhow after crossing Moore Plains, we felt kinda safe. The road conditions had improved and Leh was not very far. Just as we entered Leh at 4 A.M and turned at the entry round about - BAM! We had the third tyre puncture! Thank God, at least now we were safely in Leh. What did we do then? We just parked the car at a nearby petrol pump and slept in the car :).
After a few hours, when the Sun had risen, we got the puncture repaired and bought a new spare. We had now missed capturing even the Leh leg of Raid de Himalaya. The only option left with us now was to head directly to Rangdum. Rangdum was the last leg of Raid de Himalaya. We left Leh at around 1 P.M after having lunch and taking some pictures. I must say that the route from Leh towards Kargil is extremely unique and beautiful. The roads were pretty much smooth throughout and the views were majestic and amazing. On the way we crossed some passes, saw the amazing Lamayuru Monastery, saw the amazing Tiger Hill and met two brave women from Holland, who were cycling all the way from Leh to Kargil! We reached Kargil at 8 P.M, filled up our tanks and at 9 P.M we were back on the road towards Rangdum.Continued on the next page