Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Keylong - Tso Khar

Day 1 : Keylong - Darcha

Short day, trying to acclimatize to the altitude. Rainy weather and fairly muddy road:

Day 2 : Darcha - Zing Zing Bar

The sky has finally cleared up and we cycle along the Bhaga river before the climb up Baralacha La, our 1st big pass (almost 5,000m).

First stream to ford:

Starting the climb up Baralacha La:

Beautiful tarmac where we had found some real rough road last summer, but it doesn't last long (up to ZingZing Bar)

Taking a break above Zing Zing bar

Camping spot

Day 3 : Zing Zing Bar - Baralacha La - Sarchu Plains

Climbing up Baralacha La :

Salutary rest:

Last few kms up to the pass on beautiful tarmac:

Passage between 2 massive snow-walls:

Last picture break before the summit:

Reaching the pass :

Going downhill, we are slowed down by some obstacles on the way:

Beautiful landscapes

Great camping in the Plains

Tests of videos :

I fixed a a compact camera (Panasonic Lumix LX3) onto the seat of the tricycle on a ball head and tried to film the road going down Baralacha La. The videos are too big to be uploaded on blogspot, so here are the links :

Day 4 : Sarchu Plains - Gata Loops

Early start (as usual) in a beautiful morning light:

Stop in Sarchu, the tricycle is very popular, as always:

"If you are married, divorce speed" (hum, double meaning here...):

Some bit of bad road:

Climbing up the des Gata Loops amidst the trucks, bad timing:

Nice camping spot once more:

Day 5 : Gata Loops - Nakee La - Lachalung La - Pang

Photos and story coming soon...
Here is already a video :

Day 6 : Pang - Morey Plains - Tso Khar

Mini-video made from 8 images

Waouh, that'swhat I call sand:

Some washing and servicing after a hard day!

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