trip report by besthike editor Rick McCharles
After 2 pots of coffee in a totally empty campground, the first sight of my hiking day was … these.
The river valley continued rocky requiring many boulder hops.
Chockdo 3985m is a pretty place.
Well stocked with dung fuel for winter.
Unfortunately electricity has reached Chockdo. If I see electrical lines or motor vehicles, I quit hiking ASAP.
The homestays here actually look appealing.
Compared with yesterday, this descent was a piece of cake.
I was a little fried, but – like the horses – happy to be reaching the finish line.
At Shang Sumdo I found 2 jeeps packing up. One was already full. The other agreed to drive me back to Leh for $8.
I said goodbye to the Markha circuit.
And goodbye to Sergei.
He decided to walk to the highway. Then hitchhike to somewhere else. Somewhere with more trees. 🙂
Home sweet home. Hotel Chube in Leh.
Luke warm shower. Dosa and uttapam for lunch. 3 hours of internet. Then a celebration dinner with friends at Chopsticks, my favourite restaurant in town.
Astonishingly we watched professional wrestling on TV. It’s unbelievably popular in India.
See all my high resolution photos from this day on flickr.