"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)

mountains

Altitude Revisited

The extreme and mountainous terrain of Ladakh means that its road network is limited.
Like most visitors, we were based in Leh, and had to return there after every excursion into the wilder reaches of region.

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And so, after our journey to the Nubra valley, we had to return to and re-climb the Khardung Pass.
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Halfway Descent

We descend from a morning high above the snow-line, to noon in a very different world.

This is the Nubra Valley, where all is fiercely arid yet almost bizarrely  colourful.

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 Pictures taken during our descent to the Nubra Valley, Ladakh


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


Doubtful Monotones

Picture taken on Doubtful Sound, South Island, New Zealand.
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Looking At You

Picture taken on the summit of  Doddabetta, 8,650 ft above sea-level, in The Blue Mountains of Tamil Nadu.
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