2004-09-09

Ladakh: Day 5

Mountains & Monasteries itinerary:

"Today we travel over the Khardung La — 18,360 ft, the highest motorable pass in the world, into the fertile Nubra Valley having fairly large villages, well kept monasteries and surrounded by snowcapped peaks. Fed by the Shyok River, this wide valley with an average altitude of about 10,000 ft has a warmer climate than the Indus Valley of Leh. Falling on the ancient caravan silk trade route to Central Asia, the village of Kyagar and Panamic were important stopover points with Panamic being the last point to stock before the long journey across the high passes to Central Asia. Our destination for the day is the village of Kyagar where we'll have a chance to visit the Samstaling monastery."

These descriptions sound like the ones from Mission Impossible. Should I post them or will they self-destruct? In any case, I'm glad Eric has that helicopter rescue insurance. We should all have that, really.

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