Difficult sleeping with Israelis making noise outside until 3:30am! Finally fell asleep and then overslept, fast getting up and out in dark, no electricity. Luckily we had arranged a taxi so got to bus aok. Then of course, a couple Indians were late and we waited for them! Finally left at 5:30 ... 15&1/2 hours later we arrived in Kyelang ! It was a beautiful ride but after the first (highest @16,680') pass I had a headache the rest of the day even though I drank all my 1 &1/2 liters of water! I'm just not good with altitude although I did adjust to Leh at 11,500' but breathing always was difficult when I attempted moving too fast.
Today we crossed 4 passes all at least 14,000' and 2 over 16,000! See photos. The sky remained mostly sunny all day which made the mountains even more impressive. Where we are staying is quite basic for the 500 rupee price...tents, bath is in the main hotel - a squatter- and food is all you can eat but only choices are rice, dah, some veggie gruel, and chapati... tea is extra @ 20 rupees! Much of the slowness was due to constantly having to negotiate past Indian oil tanker trucks - Bon counted over 80 and that was some time after we noticed them and did not include many while she dozed! Likewise, there were quite a few cargo carriers with the same difficulties passing (but not many private cars or jeeps).Wiki Info ChapatiWiki Info DalWiki Info Keylong
Very tiring day considering all we did was sit in a bus, for me it's the altitude, Bon is having to deal with her shoulder and possible hair line bone fracture.