Kashmir A himalayan adventure
Soon we were climbing steadily, and feeling it.
It grew colder and foggier.
Until we couldn't see much.
And then we were on the other side.
As we continued through the mountains, it became quite apparent how keeping the highway open is a constant battle against nature. Melting ice and rainfall is constantly eating away at the road.
Some parts felt more like a river than a road.
What a way to start the day
Whisky bridge. One vehicle at a time please.
Are we on Mars?
Best quality roads
We were parked about half an hour waiting for this truck convoy to pass, which had been stalled by a landslide for several days. The road just wasn't wide enough for both us and them.
The landslide that had blocked the highway for two days. Fortunately, it was cleared the day before we had to pass.
It's easy to see how a landslide could bury the road.
Most of the road workers were women.
Leh was a very charming place to visit, with very little of the hassle we had grown accustomed to in New Delhi, and beautifully situated between the mountains.
Our camp site the first evening, after an easy first stretch.
As we started our walk the next day, we saw a surprising amount of animals.
Reaching the campsite, an dark sky made us tie down the tent a bit more, while the girls went for a much-needed (chilly) bath in the nearby stream.
On one of the last days, we had our first run in with bad weather. We were about 30 minutes from camp when the thunder started, and soon after the hail came down. We ran through the storm until we reached camp, but the rain had started before they had time to set it up, so we opted for homestay instead, while we tried to dry our clothes.
It wasn't all bad though. They had beer!
We had surprisingly good and varied food on the trip, and it was quite amazing what they managed to fabricate with what they had available. Some of the food was local, and some was obviously adapted for tourists, like the pizza they made one evening...(!)
Plenty of room for 5-6 passengers
What could possibly go wrong?!
Road builder. Will never run out of work.
Keep to the right, please