As we finished our journey in Hampta Pass, we returned back to Manali as our trip to Leh–Ladakh was about to start. The valley is one of the biggest biodiversity hotspots, with many of the places unscathed by Human activities. The Mountains and the beautiful valleys will leave one mesmerised for the rest of their lives. I personally can’t thank enough DBT and Team Foldscope for giving such an opportunity.
This is the route map for Leh journey from Manali
The photos are enough to surprise and mesmerise you folks at the same time, it’s really fascinating to notice that there’s very little vegetation in the region, especially lichens, Although I found some lichen growth in a place called Sarchu (32.9070162 N 77.5812849 E; 4278 m above sea level)
But the search didn’t end at that place, we further traversed towards the north of the region and reached Leh via various passes with subsequent increase in altitudes. We couldn’t find any Lichen growth in the region.
We further traveled north of Leh towards Nubra valley(Coldest Desert of India)
But the only route is via Khardung La Pass (Highest Motorable all-weather road in the World)
While travelling we experienced all types of weather in the place. The temperature at the top was around -10 degree Celsius. It’s not advisable to stay too long at the top as there is very less amount of Oxygen per Cubic meter. As the altitude increases, the pressure and temperature drops significantly.
Wait for Part 05, there are still more places to visit.