Sunset from the top of Gata Loops   51836
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1 Direction Nakeela
2 Mountains of Baralacha
3 Old footpath
4 Direction Sarchu
5 Tsarap river
6 Whisky bridge
7 Last-but-one Gata loop
8 Gazebo


Location: Top of Gata Loops (4700 m)      by: Pedrotti Alberto
Area: India      Date: 10-08-2015
After crossing the Himalayan watershed at the Baralacha La, the Manali-Leh highway descends down to the tiny village of Sarchu. Consider that "down to" amounts to quite a relative concept, since the lowest height attained in this phase is 4300 metres. After Sarchu, and after crossing the scenic canyon of a side river, the road follows for a while the Tsarap valley, which is then suddenly abandoned via the famous Gata loops, a long series of clambering switchbacks clamped to the mountainside. With a further winding upward traverse it reaches the 4932 metres of Nakeela La, which is only an anticipation of the first five-thousander of the route, namely, Lachlung La, 5082, which comes after the depression of Whisky Nalah, hosting in summer a tiny tent settlement.
The present panorama is taken right after the top of the Gata Loops, few dozens of metres after a little gazebo which has been built as a shlter for panorama friends. As you may infer, we were late that evening, and we reached Nakeela already in the darkness.
Documenting all this by means of panoramas will take a certain time, but interested researchers, if any, can already help themselves with the GPS track, already endowed with a basic photographic apparatus:


Eine faszinierende Bergwelt, sehr schön die Lichtstreifen am Anfang.
2016/02/19 07:44 , Friedemann Dittrich
Die schon von Fried angesprochenen Lichtstreifen und der Regen (?) weiter rechts sehen genial aus!
2016/02/19 08:25 , Jens Vischer
Impressive tour. Thanks for the additional impressions on wikiloc. How long did you need for acclimatization in order to travel extended sections by bike each day? Cheers, Martin
2016/02/28 10:15 , Martin Kraus
Acclimatization is automatic when you ride the highway in the most meaningful verse, namely Manali to Leh. The first climb, from Manali (1960) to Rohtang La (3960) is already significant in that respect. Then you ride a couple of days in Lahaul, constantly between 3000 and 3500, and there you become fit for the upcoming 4800 to 5300 m passes.
Cheers, Alberto.
2016/02/29 20:28 , Pedrotti Alberto
Great atmosphere!
2016/04/08 23:04 , Wolfgang Schmähling

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