Kargil to Rangdum (towards Zanskar Valley)
We got up, had our fill of breakfast and left towards Zanskar. The Aim was to reach Rangdum. We’d dropped off most of our luggage at the hotel and just carried the essentials. A few kms from Kargil it was good Tarmac road, till the Zanskar Valley Check post. The game absolutely changes from there.
When they say No roads, they actually mean that up in the mountains. We’d not seen terrain like this before, riding on it was a different game altogether. It was was super sandy in places, loose rocks in places and then there were patches with flowing water on rocks in the direction opposite we were heading to. None of us had taken on these before, but the fear only helped us get through with more concentration.
I cannot type a lot about that terrain, i can only describe it as the most difficult I’ve seen yet. But equally as much fun. I haven’t enjoyed riding a motorcycle as much as I did in this part of the trip, no roads throughout.
After a couple of hours we were closing Rangdum, I had suddenly found myself gasping at the view, something I’d only dreamt of seeing. Wild horses galloping across the landscape in all their glory. Being an animal lover, this sight was breath taking for me. I just stood there for a couple of minutes till I could take in all of this view, bit by bit.
Once we reached Rangdum, we found ourselves a homestay. Small and cozy. We all ran in cause it was getting really windy and cold, but I realised I’d forgotten my jacket in the pannier for which I had to go back, and that’s when I saw the whole valley glow. It was truly the golden hour. Everything the sunlight touched had turned golden and I’ve absolutely no words to express the beauty of that moment.
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