After a relatively quick packed breakfast in Thikse, we headed off on another long drive to Tso Moriri, in the south-east of Ladakh. It took about three hours to get to our lunch destination, where we had, you guessed it, Maggi noodles (a safe option out here). After lunch I really needed to go & went in search of a toilet. Found one. Wouldn’t enter it, even with Geraldine’s scarf wrapped firmly around my mouth & nose. I felt some sense of ease when an Indian woman came up & also refused to go there – ok, so it’s not just a westerner thing. I searched out a little corner, dropped my pants slightly, then realised a man was filming me on his phone (f%$#!!!). Pulled them up, found another corner, dropped them again, then Hilde & Martin came around the corner!! Can a woman find no peace when needing to go! I finally went not really caring if I was being watched or filmed or whether it would end up on YouTube this eve.
We headed off & knew it would take another 5-6 hours often on bumpy 4WD roads. What we didn’t expect about 3 hours in was yet another snow melt across the road. The Indians love this kind of drama. 45 mins was spent between various drivers assessing the probability of crossing safely, until it the melt finally subsided quite a bit & we made the crossing without a worry. A few pics taken of the various vehicle crossings & we were on our way again.
The landscape was again spectacular. But try taking photos when the car is speeding along a bumpy road – not so easy, even when you bump the shutter speed up. After a whole day of driving, we finally arrived at Tso (meaning lake) Moriri just in time to capture the gorgeous sunset. The clouds were set so low over the lake (probably because we’re really high up here), & they were reflected almost perfectly on the lake’s surface. About an hour later, we witnessed this lovely cloud formation which would have been just across the border in Tibet. The cloud was mushroom shaped (not an atom bomb) & the orange colours of the sunset were held by the rain falling from the cloud – quite an amazing site.
As we are right on the Indo-Tibetan border, there’s really not an army presence here (compared to the Pakistani border), but we still needed to declare the photography equipment we had at the local Police checkpoint before finding our accommodation. Thankfully, we could opt for a small cabin – the deluxe tents aren’t so deluxe at this site. And, the hardest bed (& skankiest linen) I’ve had to date!!