"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Winter Wonderland

Then suddenly we were there:
up in the high Himalayas.

Our route took us over the Khardung La Pass: at “18,380”  feet above sea-level, claimed to be the highest motorable road in the world.

While I was bemused,
Robin was ecstatic: he had never seen snow before!

This was a place of blindingly bright light, heavy military presence, snow-chains and a recent deadly avalanche.

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All experiences new to me, as well..

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Pictures taken on the Khardung La Himalayan Pass, Ladakh

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9 responses

  1. Did you have breathing/amosphere problems? This looks like a great (if cold) trip.

    May 15, 2012 at 1:32 am

    • We were certainly very aware of the altitude.

      At rest breathing was easy and natural but any exercise rapidly left us coastal dwellers out of breath!

      May 15, 2012 at 8:40 am

  2. No need to travel to the Himalayas – it’s snowing here.

    May 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    • Yours is English snow, and very likely “the wrong sort”.

      Ours is pure Himalayan snow: most likely, freshly blown from the summit of Everest..

      Dream on, young lady!

      May 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm

  3. Toffeeapple

    What an amazing place to be. Did you eat at the cafeteria?

    May 16, 2012 at 12:23 am

    • Not formerly.

      We had taken a full, cooked Indian breakfast before leaving our home-base in Leh, lunch would be waiting for us in the Nubra Valley, and the day’s itinerary was pretty full. There was just time for us all to enjoy a cup of hot, sweet, spicy tea, take a few snaps, then travel on..

      May 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

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