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Ladakh 2010

Rahil flew to Leh with his Mom and Dad on July 26, 2010. It was his second trip to Ladakh, the previous one occurring in June of 2008 (see http://www.pbase.com/csw62/rahil_in_ladakh_2008).

Highlights included a trip to Pangong Tso, an 80-mile long lake located 14,270 feet above sea level on the Indo-Chinese border. The weather was perfect, and Rahil had a blast wading in the water, throwing rocks, and finding tiny crustaceans. To get there he ascended Chang La, purportedly the third-highest motorable pass in the world at almost 17,600', where he spent most of his time eating snow of various shades.

Other highlights included another trip to Leh's donkey orphanage, to the Holy Fish Pond at Shey, and to the Tikse gompa. He also made his first visit to LAMO's newly renovated facility directly underneath the old palace; see http://www.lamo.org.in/ for more information on this fantastic ngo. And he and his Dad watercolor painted together for the first time.

For video of:

Rahil watercolor painting in the Golden Dragon hotel, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suGU0JB6XzM

Rahil shouting "Landy Fish!" at the Shey Holy Fish Pond, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CySyicNqzco

Sunset at Pangong Tso, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuVZM1-EbMA

Rahil throwing rocks into Pangong Tso, with a special shout-out to Grandma, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jtA41zHpsA


With prayer flags at Chang La.
With prayer flags at Chang La.
Atop Chang La (Chang Pass), 17,586' above sea level.
Atop Chang La ("Chang Pass"), 17,586' above sea level.
At the 8th century (?) Tathagata rock carvings near Shey.
At the 8th century (?) Tathagata rock carvings near Shey.
(Same place, but from 2008.)
(Same place, but from 2008.)
Moon at Sunrise Pangong Tso (29 July 2010)
Moon at Sunrise Pangong Tso (29 July 2010)
Care for something, sir?
Care for something, sir?
Creating Dad's favorite new painting.
Creating Dad's favorite new painting.
Pangong Tso Sunrise View (29 July 2010)
Pangong Tso Sunrise View (29 July 2010)
With Dad at the Oriental Guest House in Leh.
With Dad at the Oriental Guest House in Leh.
Intimidated by donkeys at the donkey orphanage.
Intimidated by donkeys at the donkey orphanage.
(Not too scared in 2008!)
(Not too scared in 2008!)
Leh Golf Course from overhead (26 July 2010)
Leh Golf Course from overhead (26 July 2010)
In the kitchen of the LAMO House, 300+ years old.
In the kitchen of the LAMO House, 300+ years old.
Yuck!
Yuck!
Dog with Odd Collar.
Dog with Odd Collar.
Chillin' in Leh Bazaar.
Chillin' in Leh Bazaar.
Pangong Tso.
Pangong Tso.
The fish-feeding group in 2010.
The fish-feeding group in 2010.
(and in 2008).
(and in 2008).
Rahil and Samchuck at Tikse (31 July 2010)
Rahil and Samchuck at Tikse (31 July 2010)
Wild rose bushes at Pangong Tso.
Wild rose bushes at Pangong Tso.
Atop the LAMO House.
Atop the LAMO House.
In the doorstep of the LAMO House in Old Leh.
In the doorstep of the LAMO House in Old Leh.
Rahil at Pangong Tso (28 July 2010)
Rahil at Pangong Tso (28 July 2010)
Two pals (2010)
Two pals (2010)
Two pals (2008)
Two pals (2008)
Painter.
Painter.
With Uletokpo Wanchuck.
With Uletokpo Wanchuck.
Pangong Tso Boulders (29 July 2010)
Pangong Tso Boulders (29 July 2010)
Do Not Urine Here.  Leh.
Do Not Urine Here. Leh.
Pangong Tso tent.
Pangong Tso tent.
Road descending from Chang La
Road descending from Chang La
First view of Pangong Tso (28 July 2010
First view of Pangong Tso (28 July 2010
Road crew near Chang La
Road crew near Chang La
At the donkey orphanage in Leh.
At the donkey orphanage in Leh.
Current favorite toy.
Current favorite toy.
View of Leh from LAMO House
View of Leh from LAMO House
Hee haw!
Hee haw!
At a large stupa under renovation in upper Leh.
At a large stupa under renovation in upper Leh.
Upper Changspa in Leh.
Upper Changspa in Leh.
Shey Palace (2010)
Shey Palace (2010)
Shey Palace (2008)
Shey Palace (2008)
Checkpoint on the way to Pangong Tso.
Checkpoint on the way to Pangong Tso.
View from Shanti Stupa at sunset 27 July 2010
View from Shanti Stupa at sunset 27 July 2010
Rahil and friend at Tikse.
Rahil and friend at Tikse.
Road to Chang La
Road to Chang La
All shades of snow are delicious!
All shades of snow are delicious!
Pangong Tso Sunset (28 July 2010)
Pangong Tso Sunset (28 July 2010)
Chang La.
Chang La.
Pangong Tso
Pangong Tso
Mail box in Tangtse, a small village on the way to Pangong Tso.
Mail box in Tangtse, a small village on the way to Pangong Tso.
Typical truck near Chang La
Typical truck near Chang La
At 14,000', already half-way to the sky.
At 14,000', already half-way to the sky.
Urine site?
Urine site?
Still adding karma.
Still adding karma.
(Adding karma (2008))
(Adding karma (2008))
Rahil in LAMO House (27 July 2010)
Rahil in LAMO House (27 July 2010)
Sharing favorite toy with Oriental Guest House denizen.
Sharing favorite toy with Oriental Guest House denizen.
(Same pal, but from 2008.)
(Same pal, but from 2008.)
No shortage of water at Pangong Tso.
No shortage of water at Pangong Tso.
Chief attraction:  snow.
Chief attraction: snow.
On the shore of Pangong Tso.
On the shore of Pangong Tso.
Leh runway (31 July 2010)
Leh runway (31 July 2010)
In front of the hotel at Pangong Tso.
In front of the hotel at Pangong Tso.
Part of the rock carvings at Shey.
Part of the rock carvings at Shey.
(from 2008)
(from 2008)
Better view of the Shey Holy Fish Pond.
Better view of the Shey Holy Fish Pond.
Enjoying the passing view.
Enjoying the passing view.
At Pangong Tso.
At Pangong Tso.
At Tikse.
At Tikse.
At Tikse in 2008.
At Tikse in 2008.
(2010)
(2010)
(2008)
(2008)
Sunset View at Pangong Tso
Sunset View at Pangong Tso
Lunch time at Bon Apetit in Leh.
Lunch time at Bon Apetit in Leh.
Resting.
Resting.
Wading at Pangong Tso.
Wading at Pangong Tso.
Sullen walk through Old Leh.
Sullen walk through Old Leh.
Buckled up.
Buckled up.
Watching for Landy fish? (2010)
Watching for Landy fish? (2010)
Watching for Landy fish? (2008)
Watching for Landy fish? (2008)