The Double Dash (Nakee-la & Lachalung-la passes)

Himank, the Indian road agency are so polite, we were about to start the 37km double pass taking us up to 5060m: 'inconvenience deeply regretted'.
The first part entails snaking your way up into oxygen thin air along the '21 gata loops' taking you to the first of 2 false summits
Taking the last of the 21 loops, this rock outcrop frames Cath, the 'dot' quite nicely!
The first-ascent-ers enjoy the success of summiting the Nakee-la just under 5000m
Strange broadleaved flowers provide a roadside attraction/distraction
A disheartening 200m descent and then another 7km slog will eventually get you to the top of the 'real' pass, the Lachalung-la (5060m) (Dots: Leeanne & Dale powering on)


Jon sucks up his last breathes to get him through the final 200m
....while James sensibly masters the art of 'truck-surfing'
Flags congratulating Cath and Shelley at 5060 metres above sea-level