Day 1 : Night ride to Tsomoriri Lake
We hitchhiked our way to Tsomoriri lake on an army vehicle.
The going was slow. There was a lot of snow as we neared a pass enroute to the lake and the truck slid off the road more than a few times. To make matters worse, It even broke down twice. Luckily there were mechanics on board and they took care of the repairs.
All these delays meant that was was dark when we reached the lake. I couldn’t spot the camping spot where we had planned to spend the next few days. To make matters worse, the truck was going towards the restricted Chumur area and we had to find a camping spot soon before they kicked us off the truck.
Luckily we spotted a few sheep pens by the side of the road and got off there.
Water is the main problem while camping in Ladakh. You need to be near a clear stream or a hand pump and we had neither. But there was snow all around and we can melt it for water.
It was dark and cloudy when we arrived. But soon the clouds cleared and the bright moon shone through. The lake was fully covered by snow but still we could see it glow in the moonlight. It had a distinctly different color and glow from everything that surrounded it.
It was a perfect night. Hopefully the first of many.