Keylong – Patseo

Attention to detail. I especially love the flowers, such amazing varieties in an often seemingly barren landscape. Setting off from Keylong we headed toward the base of the Baralacha-la pass just under 5000m.
We followed the glacier speckled valley along fabulous roads gradually increasing in altitude eventually leaving the trees below us.
Gemon village - villagers take full advantage of the short summer, tending to cheerful gardens full of poppies, dalias, zinnias and vegetables of course. I appreciate the way many uses are found for the scourge of the region: plastic, however unfortunately most ends up in the rivers or down the side of steep banks. Much to our support teams surprise, I insisted we dispose of all our waste in Manali (where it was bought), which meant carrying it all the way to Leh and back.
Lucky little Pinsu and his pappa, in Gemon
The region had received unusually high rainfall this season, only too apparent from this flooded river in Jispa. We were lucky that missed the rain, 2 spanish cyclists reported rain everyday on the M-L route and had only been 2 weeks ahead of us.
Our 'old' dhabba haunt that we visited twice last year at Darcha.
Asha and grandma were there to greet us once more with lovely mint honey tea. She said there had been too much rain this year and the season was very quite. Notibly there were also very few trucks and jeeps on the roads.
Leaving Darcha and heading to Patseo - stunning views all round.
Roadside entertainment
Our campsite near Patseo, just below the Baralacha-la pass
Our cosey dining tent where 3-course dinners were served up like magic every night. Tonight we started off with some freshly fried Pakora and hot chips pre-dinner snacks, followed by vege soup, Matter paneer (cheese pea curry), fenugreek rice, green beans, makhani dal, chapatis and cherries for dessert washed back with lemon-ginger-honey tea!
Stunning himalayan flowers, these pinks often give mountains slopes a red hue from a distance and only grow above 4000m.
Mosses, almost illuminous, grow lushly around fresh water streams that feed high altitude wetlands.

Bridget Ringdahl

Pedaling has been natural to me since the tender age of three. Cycling is practical, fun, it gets you to the corner café, across countries, continents, keeps you fit and is by far the most efficient and environmentally friendly transport option around, being virtually carbon neutral.

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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2 thoughts on “Keylong – Patseo
  • dr.jyoti parkash

    very happy to see & got a new idea for my group members to stay in patseo thanx..

  • dr.jyoti parkash

    kindly give me any phone no.at patseo so i can arrange food n stay for my tour mates Thanks

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