The trip to Tsomorori will be etched in the mind for ever. 200 kms from Leh and about 8- 10 hours journey by road, the final destination being at altitude of about 15500 ft, we take Diamox Tablet for High altitude sickness. Just a little while after consuming these tablet, My wife starts with severe hick ups withe nausea, we reach Upshi, and take a turn. The road now is among stark mountains with the Indus flowing around. But her condition deteriorates and she is badly shivering and Vomiting. We cover her with everything we have.
From the loose soil, the landscape changes on to huge rocky mountains, and fortunately we chance upon a Army Camp. Immediately she is wheeled in and administered oxygen for an hour along with Rantac and Avomin injections by two lady Doctors in a Army Hospital in wilderness. I can never thank them enough.
We decide to carry forward, but not without trepidation, The journey gets on to us, for many a mile we are the only tourist travelling-many choose to skip this leg of Ladhak, Alas they don't know what they miss We now encounter some beautiful yellow patch vegetation in and around and reach Chumanthag - the hot water spring,. She rests in the SUV , oblivious to the surrounding and we have our lunch and proceed to Mahey bridge.
A turn here changes the land scape again, now its sandy and dusty track withe loose grave all around. We are alone in wilderness and she starts vomiting severely and I am genuinely scared. I chance upon a ITBP camp. Here again we are welcomed with hot tea and administered injection. Tsomorio is only miles ahead,
And the first glance at The lake is surreal, what I see ahead is some thing I can't imagine, She Is sick and I am not interested in photography, We do not stop the vehicle, reluctantly I take the camera and shoot some images.
This is the first image. Surreal and unbelievable spread.
The Chautaqua Continues......