Diary from the mystic land of Ladakh

Indian Traveler and Photographer Bharat Baswani shares photos and thrilling stories

Bharat is a seasoned traveler and a very talented photographer from India, he spends most of his time in travelling and clicking in the Himalayan region. He also conducts and leads guided tours to North India with The Tiger Safari.  This July he traveled to Ladakh again, lets see what he has to say about this trip and check some of the photos as well.

“I set off on the week long Lamayuru-Padum trek in Ladakh in the month of July. In the journey I survived a landslide and a brutal rockfall by barely a few minutes. It rained every night and the ferocious winds wanted to blow my tent away and they almost succeeded in doing so. Rains and landslides resulted in silty streams making it hard to find water for drinking and cooking. Crossing a pass every second day was a bit demotivating with all those grey clouds filling up the skies. It was one of the harshest and ‘driest’ experiences so far. But I managed to steal some nice views and good moments.”

A storm brewing up in Leh. This year monsoon has been unusual for Ladakh. It has been raining way more than it does every year.

Leh Palace on a cloudy evening

Rock formations at Lamayuru aka the Moonland

Rock formations at Lamayuru aka the Moonland

Photoksar village | On the first day of the trek I walked from Lamayuru till Panjila and then hitched a ride till Photoksar as the walk was along the unpaved road and on top of that it was raining cats and dogs!

Campsite near the base of Singge La (5050 m.) | Got a brief period of sunlight after continuos overnight rains. Enough to dry the tent fly and enjoy the breakfast. And the clouds took over again.

View enroute to Singge La

Gongma village

Near Hanuma La | A very beautiful scene to see from a distance. The same clouds resulted in wild winds at night that almost caused havoc. My tent fluttered vigorously and it felt like it was going to blow away any moment. I used both my hands to support the walls of the tent pushing against the furious gusts of wind. A very rough night that was.

Occasional glacier crossings| The walk down from Hanuma La was long but beautiful. It was all by the river and on the riverbed. There were several stream crossings and sometimes encounter with small glaciers.

The narrow trail enroute to Jingchen campsite. The trail was a mixture of loose soil and rocks with steep fall very deep into the valley. There was no room for error.
Parfi La (3950 m.) can be seen in the centre of the frame.

Bizarre rock formations (probably a result of snow/water erosion) along the bank of Zanskar river.

The silent town of Padum

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