This post is in continuation with Day 8 of the travelogue of one of my Ladakh rides. We reached Pang from Karzok on Day 8; and travelled from Pang to Manali on Day 9. Please click at the link below to read previous parts of this travelogue.
Journey So Far: Day 8 – Tso Moriri to Pang
As decided last night, by 6 AM we were all wide awake and ready to be on our way to Manali. We had already done plenty of sightseeing on the same road while we were going to Leh; so this time the idea was to just rush through and make it to Manali by evening. After a cup of tea and some biscuits at Pang, we thanked our hosts and started our ride for the day.
One thing that we did not anticipate on however was how cold it was going to be that early in the morning. This we realized within 15 minutes of the ride. Further we continued, more our hands started to freeze making it difficult to maneuver our motorcycles. Cold wind on our faces soon saw our eyes watering. Noses and cheeks went red, fingers froze but worst were our legs. There was just no extra protection against the cold there except for a jeans and a Thermal underneath. Our conditions were such that we were literally praying for the sun to come up.
Little after Pang came our first high altitude pass for the day, Lachulung La. We were crossing it a 2nd time in this trip; and this time it was our 15th high altitude pass.
Couldn’t help but savour the sun at top of the pass.
Next was Nakeela for a 2nd time. Now our 16th high altitude pass. By now the sun was shining bright in the sky; raising our spirits a little which were dampen by the cold early in the morning.
For most part of this day we just kept riding, with our minds set on reaching Manali and no breaks in between. We stopped at Sarchu to grab something to eat and continued on. Next break came at Chamba Dhaba, before Baralacha La.
Atop Baralacha La again, now our 17th high altitude pass.
Soon we were ascending Rohtang, which was our 1st high altitude pass of the journey and was now going to be the last as well. This time it was our 18th high altitude pass.
Shoaib, Sunny and I stopped for a photo session at Rohtang while Rohit kept riding on; reached Manali way ahead of us and checked into a hotel. By the time the three of us reached there, it was already quite dark.
We left our luggage at the hotels, freshened up and now it was time to do some shopping in Manali and find a good place to eat.
After dinner, we roamed around in Manali for a while and returned to our hotel to call it a day.
And thus ended the last day of a great trip. From here on, we all knew that it was just going to be a long ride to Delhi. This in a way was officially the last day of an amazing trip.
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Journey Ahead: Day 10 – Manali to Delhi
Some more details about the journey on this day.
Pang to Manali Distance
Manali is at a total distance of about 300 kilometers from Pang. Roads are a mix of good, bad and ugly but mostly good. If you did not spend much time sightseeing, this journey will take you about 8-9 hours in total.
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