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    Posted: 07 January 2019 at 09:23
Last week I posted a landscape picture of a trip I made to Ladakh some 5 years back. Joe kindly asked me to put up some more pictures here on Dyxum. I got enthousiastic and picked out some pictures from my library.
Any feedback welcome

Trip plan was simple. My father and I would fly out to Leh via Delhi (India), rent local motorbikes and explore the Jammu&Kashmir state highest regions by the two of us. Taking 4 weeks to visiting places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri & Zanskar. Also by-passing the "Himalaya-Hubb-City" Leh several times.

Soon after arrival in Leh we found ourselves 2 Enfield 350cc motorbikes, brand new machines ready for their first customers, us! Complete with carrier-racks to fit our luggage + 2 jerrycans for spare petrol. Distances between civilisation would be far and wide spread. Finding homestay and fieldcamps along our way as only option for spending the night.
#1 Driverseat


Getting into Nubra Valley we crossed over Khardun La, dubbed "the highest motorable pass in the world". At 5359m / 17.815Ft a breathtaking place.
#2 MeetMyFather


In winter these places are cut of from the rest of the world by snow and ice. During the short summer months the valleys treats you, after many many hours of switchback corners, on some out-of-this-world views and sceanery. High altitude lakes reflect the blue skies like non other
#3 NubraValley


One thing that realy impressed me was the shapes and colours of the rock formations. Around every corner different shades of brown, orange, gray, red and purple made me to slow down or stop just to take it all in.
#4 50shadesOfHimalaya


The Ladakhi people are another aspect to visit this region. The hospitality they've shown to my father and me was just heart warming. Even on the most desolate places people came out to meet us and where interested in our story, asking about our family (back home). I had a some (polaroid) pictures of my family with me and this little insight into my life made them very willing to 'pose' for a picture.
#5 PictureOfPictures (this shot was actualy a winner on one of Dyxums contest)


The Road into Zanskar Valley is some 140KM of rough roads. A 2 days ride form any civilization, with multiple riverbed crossings, sleeping at high altitudes to finaly reaching the settlement of Padum. Not far from here sits a old Tibetian monastery, settled high up on the cliffs. Visiting the place gives you a small insight of how the monks have lived here, and still living here) for the last 8 centuries
#6 ViewFromKarshaGompa


Last week I posted a picture of local Zanskari woman. She was very kind to us and could not believe that my father was actualy older then she was. She told us her family lived in this region for many generations, she herself never set foot outside the Ladakhi region.
#7 Zanskari


Some sights are just too grand to even try to get it into a frame. You try, but utterly fail
#8 Nun&Kun-Glacier (highest peak(s) of the region)


Just before heading home after some 4 weeks we stopped by at the Taj Mahal. I recently read a artical that the mausoleum is in such a bad state there is fear that the place would colapse in coming decade if nothing is done (one of the minarets has already colapsed ). Shame cause visiting the grounds is impressive, very touristy, but impressive!


Most shots taken with Sony A57 + Tamron 2.8/17-50 (and some photostitch)

Edited by onsplekkie - 07 January 2019 at 19:41
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Maarten,
What a wonderful thing to see you've assembled this set of images from your great adventure of five years ago for us all to enjoy.

I don't know a lot about Ladakh, but my interest was sparked many years back when I attended an art exhibition by the late and very highly regarded printmaker Jörg Schmeisser, originally from Hamburg but who made his home in Canberra until his death in 2012. He was well known for taking his etching plates into the field and creating meticulous and complex studies including hand written notes about his subjects. I have one of his Ladakh prints on my wall at home.

Every one of your images is full of interest, from #1 with its "selfie" reflection in the rear view mirror, #2 with your intrepid father, #3 with that perfect mirror reflection along the lines of our last Photo Of The Week, #4 with those extraordinary strata and colours, the most engaging human interest evident in #5 which I remember as being a winner of some past Dyxum contest, #7 whose portrait last week sparked my interest in seeing more from you at this place, #8 with that majestic glacial valley, and through the Taj Mahal which speaks for itself.

Hope to see some more...
Many thanks for sharing.
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Wonderful vistas, superb images - documenting an obviously extraordinary experience of a lifetime! I am fascinated!



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Post Options Post Options   Quote onsplekkie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2019 at 22:39
Thank you all for your kind replies. Much Appreciated
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Well worth the effort of picking some pictures of this adventure. I like your selection very much and your explanations as well. Thanks for sharing!
 



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Breath taking images! Combination of crisp and extremely clear beautiful landscapes and story telling images of people and your narrative make this thread a real joy to look at.
Thank you so much for sharing these images.
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wonderful set, #4 looks like a geologist's playground
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Amazing travelogue! Breathtaking set of images!! TFS!!
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What an interesting trip to take and what a set of pictures to come back with!
#1 is pretty nice with the handlebars to give a first person perspective of the impressive view.
#8 is my favorite! What a terrifically beautiful image!

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