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1 KARAKORUM (Saser Range)
2 Camels
3 Shyokh valley
5 KARAKORUM (Saltoro range)
6 (To Siachen glacier)
7 Nubra valley


Location: Dunes of Sumur (3125 m)      by: Pedrotti Alberto
Area: India      Date: 22-08-2015
This picture shows the confluence of the Nubra valley into the Shyokh valley. The place is remarkable because it also hosts an area of sand dunes where it is possibile to spot some of the few authentic camels remaining: I mean, two-hump Bactrian camels, whereas in the vast majority of the world nowadays only dromedaires are to be found. There was no way to include the animals in the 360°, since they were jealous of their privacy while resting in the shadow of some trees. Yes, shadow, because - believe it or not - at times an unexpectedly burning sun gazed out of the restless clouds.
Another remarkable feature of this "Konkordiaplatz" is its location between Himalaya and Karakorum. This is the point where the contrasting realms of Hima-alaya, "the abode of snow", south, and Kara-korum, "the black scree", north, find their ideal meeting place. As the Betracher sees, it is not my intention to tear the veil covering these names, with all their mysteries and all the awe inspired by them. Namely, as you see, my picture actually shows little more than clouds!
The name Nubra is itself magic for people interested in High Asia. Here the merchants coming from the Indian plains took a last rest, and possibly also a bath in the hot sulphur springs of Panamik, before tackling the potentially deadly 5500 m passes of the Karakorum, the only way for them to join the Silk Route between Khotan and Kashgar.
Nowadays these epic undertakings are no longer possible. Namely, civilians cannot go past Panamik, whereas only the numerous Indian army convoys can ride further 100 km to the so-called Siachen Base Camp, located at the beginning of, and named after, the glacier which outside the polar regions is second only to Pamir's Fedcenko.
Indeed, one cannot forget that this Konkordia (...) is located more or less at the border of nuclear powers, namely, India, China and Pakistan. Actually, during your daily going you meet more than one detail reminding this. Photographing camels here, for example, is possible and welcome. Incidentally, also Buddhist people are always glad to be photographed. This remembers me to note that, hidden by the dune with the two seats, on the other side of the valley there is the Diskit gompa with its new 32 m statue of Maitreya Buddha, consecrated by the Dalai Lama in 2010.
But just ten kilometers away, pointing the camera at the highly strategic bridge over the Shyokh river, giving access to the whole of Nubra, could take you straight into jail.


...geniale Landschaft - auch auf den Spuren der Seidenstrassen. Toll!

2015/10/06 00:13 , Jörg Engelhardt
Ja, dort kann einer schon Samarcanda, Bokhara und Khiva auf der anderen Seite sich vorstellen! (Vielleicht dann keine Tagestour...)
Noch mehr wenn er am Abend, zum Einschlafen, Hopkirk liest: «The great game. On secret service in High Asia»...
LG, Alberto.
2015/10/06 00:21 , Pedrotti Alberto
Extremely interesting, and too bad that the whole region is more or loss on single "Pulverfass"...
2015/10/06 08:18 , Jens Vischer
Jens: typically, Ladakh is known for its blue skies, since the Himalaya acts as an effective barrier against the monsoon.
However, this sommer was anomalous. In July there had been heavy floods, that is why we found many roads in so poor conditions. For example in Nubra we only reached Sumur, even 4WDs abandoned the idea to reach Panamik because of the terrible state of the road.
In August we had only one day and one night (the one before this photo) with light rain, but often it was more cloudy than predicted by guidebooks.
Cheers, Alberto.
2015/10/06 09:54 , Pedrotti Alberto
Your descriptions are always a pleasure to read. KR Wilfried
2015/10/06 10:28 , Wilfried Malz
Un panorama favoloso ed una descrizione all' altezza del panorama.
2015/10/06 21:13 , Giuseppe Marzulli

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