Early morning at 7 AM we were back on the highway towards Sarchu then for Leh our Leh Ladakh tour final destination. I have read somewhere every adventure brings its individual uncertainties or fears. The only place where one can live without uncertainties or fear is ‘grave’. That’s how many individuals live: they only appear to be alive. They are breathing, they are doing their jobs, but it is not life. Life can mean only one thing and that is continuous adventure, always moving from the known into the unknown. Next check post was around 7 kms in Darcha, then after registration we moved forward on ascent route to Baralacha La via Zingzingbar. There are streams flowing across the road, in bad weather sometimes it becomes difficult to move ahead due to these powerful water streams but in our case we were bit lucky. The water in these streams is directly coming from glacial melts is ice-cold and one should avoid getting drenched in water-crossings on the highway. Post Baralacha La there is around 2 km of descent towards Bharatpur followed by around 40 Kms ride to Sarchu which at the height of 4300m is a military base and registration check post.
At such heights low air pressure (less oxygen) is a major concern. This causes several problem related to altitude including acute mountain sickness, headache, giddiness, queasiness etc. though we were carrying sugar candies, chocolates, energy drinks etc. but our goal remained to reach Leh as soon as possible. The whole Leh Ladakh region is having cold climate even in the summer month April-May we could feel the chill in shady areas of mountains also especially in nights. Though during daytime its comparative warm with clear sunshine, from Sarchu next registration post is at Pang which 80 Kms, then crosiing various other check post and dodgy roads of Tanglang La, Gya, Upshi and Karu we finally reached Leh at around 8.30 Pm. It is one of its kind happiness reaching a major checkpoint of our Leh Ladakh Tour.
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