Khardung La is now behind us. With all that snow and ensuing traffic snarls, crossing this mountain pass at 5,600 metres has taken a good part of the day. It is late afternoon as we enter Nubra Valley, and things are already looking better. It's warmer here in the valley at 3,000 metres, there are more trees, and the river Shyok is now a steady companion on this journey. It's easy to imagine the travellers of the old silk route heaving a sigh of relief as they left the treacherous Khardung La behind on their way up north. For the ones on their way to Leh, I can imagine that they postponed the crossing for as long as possible, especially if it meant leaving Nubra Valley in springtime to take on the snow at the top!
|Picturesque, serene Nubra Valley|