A drive through the town of Shey is one of the most rewarding experiences in Ladakh. Here, the morning sun blesses the willow and poplar lined roads, resulting in lateral streaks of soft light falling on the ground. Accompanying this are bird songs and the sight of irrigation canals running merrily along side the road. This pleasant feeling sets you up nicely for what Ladakh has in store, up ahead, on the road to Pangong Tso.
The Chang La connects Leh, or rather the entire Kashmir region with Tibet, as in the old days. Today, one won’t be able to cross the borders due to obvious reasons.
Snow blankets the upper reaches of the pass completely.
The ascent is steeper on the Chang La and hence, one reaches the top faster. On a brilliant day like this, soft powdery snow adds to the visual delight atop the pass.
There is snow at all times of the year on these stretches and hence, the vehicle has to wade through streams of ice cold water. Not long after the descent, which is even more steeper than the ascent at Chang La, one is knocking at the doors of Tibet – the gigantic Chang Thang plateau !