A WALK FROM TURTUK (NUBRA VALLEY) to LEH to MANALI

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Total distance walked: 1250 Kms

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4 WEEKS 600 SOMETHING KMS 6 HIGH MOUNTAINS PASS GATA LOOPS MOREY PLAINS AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS
Mountains are most powerful and all the time it made me like feel negligible tiny particle.
The walk comprises of uphills, and downhills, concrete roads, sand stony roads, rainy nights, cold nights, starry nights, colorful sunsets, foggy and sunny sunrises. All these experiences I will be able to describe only in some time as for now my body hurts almost everywhere and my mind blocked from all the beautiful experiences i had lived for the past few weeks.

love life , love adventure, love escaping

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For many years of my life, i was dreaming about traveling to Ladakh not by walking though but i never wanted to go on a noisy Royal Enfield as well (no offence to bikers; they were super helpful all the time).
I hear people doing all kind of preparations for the Leh Manali journey whether it was a bike journey or bicycle ride. What me and Monja did for the preparation? We wanted to do something else like walking in the Tibetan Himalayas which is not possible for a million different reasons. So, we chose an alternative easier route, we thought then it was an easier route but it was not an easy walk; especially with heavy backpack worth 15+ kilo. How did we plan? We decided to reach Leh by plane, thought we will buy the map and find one of the end and start walking from there. At the right moment, one fb friend, Izhar told us to start from Turtuk which is at the Indo Pak border. Turned out to be a beautiful recommendation. 9:10 AM of August the 8th was the time when we started our walk from Turtuk. We had walked only 2 km and have already lost our way. We walked back and then on the road along the Shyok river. The tent we had bought turned out to be the worst tent ever. We walked on the road until Hunder which is a beautiful village with sand dunes around, small water streams in every street and delicious organic food from people’s own personal gardens.

the purity of soul lies in the love for nature

From Hunder to Phyang we chose to take the trekking route where on the very first night we had the luxury of attending a Ladakhi wedding ceremony, a very simple ceremony where zero food is wasted and people take no dowry. Men and women both are allowed to drink under the same tent and later on people dance on Ladakhi and Bollywood songs. From the second day, we saw no villages except a few shepherds and wild hairy yaks and we were walking above 4,000 meters all the time. On the evening of the second day trek, we met Michael and Birgit who were doing the same trek and they have a team of superfriendly people with them. Rigzen, their guide and a 28 year old local guy of Nubra Valley now a dear friend is such an amazing guy who has done some amazing work for his village was one of many happy souls we met on this walk.

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