Detour to the Indus (via Tso Kar)
Due to the floods and mudslides in Ladakh, we were forced to change our route and add another 100 odd kilometres onto the trip. The route we had expected to follow would have taken us over 5300m Taglang-la pass, however once over this pass, some 20km or so of road had been completely washed away. We diverted around Tso Kar and crossed the 5000m Polo Konga Pass instead, passing high summer grazing camps and then dropped down to the swollen and flooded, murky Indus River. The nice thing about this route was that Carlos and I were able to see a new area, one that actually requires a permit, however due to the circumstances there was no other option but for vehicles to use this route. Once we joined the Indus River at Mahe we followed it for 150km all the way to Leh.
I live in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal which is great cycling country, within 10 minutes I can be bouncing along some of the finest single tracks in the province.
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