We reached Tso Kar in the afternoon.
The water of Tso Kar is crystal-clear and brackish. There is a dusty trail on the edge of the lake.
As we drove around the lake, a herd of about 11 Kiangs galloped across the trail ahead of our vehicle, They stood in a line, alert and watching us from a distance. After sometime, they adjudged us harmless and dispersed to forage. The wetlands on the water’s edge had plenty of waders.
Next morning we took the Leh-Manali highway driving across the large plateau called the More Plain, to reach Pang.
Pang is a cluster of tents in summer where bikers rest overnight on their drive to Leh.
The tents at Pang offer the basics of life to the traveller, including a cot and blankets at Rs.100/= per night.
Lachulung La at 16,616 feet is the last of the high altitude passes en-route Manali.
The air is chilly and sheet ice glistens under the midday summer sun at the pass.
Landslides on the mountain roads are constant reminders of our struggle against the forces of nature. Road repair crews from the nearest Border Roads Organization (BRO) staff lines appear almost from nowhere to clear debris and keep roads motorable. Once again, hats off to the BRO and its incessant efforts, that we managed to adhere to our travel plan.