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Padum to Martselang 09
The Landscapes of Ladakh has been compared to
the bleak surface of the moon. Images of the barren lunar vistas are
similar to those obtained of this trans-Himalayan region. But its ecosystem
is remarkably Vital. The trail takes you through a stretc remote even by
lofty Ladakhi standards. Because of his isolation, it is an excellent place
for viewing wildlife. With not less than sixty river crossing, the trek
also provides moment of great adventure.
Reach Padum by road from Kargil or the train from
Darcha. A short drive on a dirt track takes you to Zangla, the erstwhile
capital of Zanskar, thirty-five kilometers away from the headquarters. The trail
climbs through the village to the right bank of the Zangla stream and ascends
into the valley. Clumps of willow bushes are found. With no permanent trail on
either bank, you have to ford the stream at least twenty times. In around five
hours you reach the campsite of Zumlung Sumdo (12,400ft / 3,780m).
The climb begins just after the confluence on the left of the
valley. A two-hour ascent takes you to the point where the switch backs begin
and a three hour climb takes you to Charchar La (17,094 ft / 5,210 m), marked by
a chorten. The descent from the pass takes you on a gradual slope till the
trail meets the Zumling stream. In litle short of an hour the river enters a
deep gorge. The gorge is so narrow that the ponies have to be unloaded. The hill
across the side stream is an excellent spot for viewing the ibex. Another animal
not very difficult to sight is the blue sheep.
Follow the Zumling downstream after leaving camp. The hills on
either side are covered with willow; that makes it difficult to move on the
trail, forcing you to cross the river occasionally. As zumling is the
fast-flowing river, use a rope to cross the stream. In six hours, reach the
confluence of Zumling with the Khurna. Cross it to reach the Campsite of Tilut
Sumdo (12,500 ft / 3,810m) on a ledge just above the camp.
Follow the Khurna upstream on its right bank. The trail shifts
to the left bank within forty-five minutes as the river comes down to hit
against the mountain and swerves left. The crossing is difficult. Cross back
to the right bank in another forty-Five minutes and after a thirty minute walk,
leave the Khurna to enter a side valley. The trail climbs steeply through the
gorge and it's a bit of a scramble when it disappears. But the valley starts
widening and after two hours, the trail reaches a fork where two streams meet.
Leave camp early to cross Zalung Karpo La later in the morning.
The trail climbs up the valley as it curves right and reaches the confluence of
the streams descending from the Rubarung and Zalung Karpo Passes. The trail over
the former goes into the Markha Valley. Following the trail, going into the
valley on the right, you reach switch backs climbing to a huge slope. Avoiding
the trail going down from the pass, take the ridgeon the left for fifteen
minutes to reach some prayer flags. Descend steeply on the trail, following a
stream on its right bank till it meets another small stream.
An hour after leaving the camp
you reach a mane wall where the trail bifurcates. Take the one going up,
climbing steeply to the west ridge of the Kang Yurze with cairns and flags that
mark the Konka Wangpo La at 16,667 ft / 5,080m, and descend to a valley.
Long switch backs take you to the top
of Kangmau La (16,706 ft / 5,200m), the Pass of Red Clay. There are ochre and
maroon-coloured hills around. The Eastern Karakorams are clearer from this
point, with the Saser Kangri's summit dominating the range. A sharp descent
takes you down to the head of the Martselang Stream - another great area for
viewing blue sheep.
A short walk along the Martselang
stream takes you to Indus's banks. Alternatively vehicles can be brought up to
Sumdo for the drive to Marselang over a rough road. You have fared well on
atough road. You have fared well on a tough trek and maybe seen some rare
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