India (July-August 2019): A meandrous 24-day trek in the Kargil and Kishtwar districts of Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir

Leg 2: From Rangdum to Pishu (Part 3/3)

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Views of the itinerary in Google Earth:

[Reminder: Click here (kmz file) and open the downloaded file in Google Earth to access the GPS waypoints that I recorded during the trek: red pins for starts and finishes, green for camps, brown for passes, and yellow for other waypoints. Orange markers have been added by hand; they are not GPS waypoints.]


Left: View of the entire second leg, with only a subset of GPS waypoints. Right: View of the third part of the second leg, with all the waypoints.



Brief description:

We first crossed Parpi La (3900m), a minor pass immediately south of the Zingchan campsite. After the descent from the pass, the trail follows the left bank of the large Zanskar river, passing by the village of Hnumil, then reaching the village of Pigmo, where we set our next camp (WP #070). Pigmo is the home village of Dorje Tundup. On the second day we hiked to Pishu, an easy 3-hour walk. There we said good-bye to Dorje Tundup, who returned to Pigmo. We found a car to drive us to Padum (25km southwest of Pishu) that we reached early enough to buy fresh supplies for the last (and most difficult) leg of the trek. We spend one night in Padum and drove to Agsho village (WP #074), the start of the third leg, on the next morning.


Day 14: From the Zingchan campsite (WP #067) to Pigmo (WP #070)

Left: View toward the north from Parpi La (the Zingchan camp is at the bottom of the valley below the pass). Right: Prayer flags at Parpi La.


Views of the Zanskar river during the descent from the pass.



Hoodoo rock formations along the Zanskar river.








Reaching Pigmo, with the village of Zangla visible further way.


Houses in Pigmo.





Two women in Pigmo.




Day 14: From Pigmo (WP #070) to Pishu (WP #073), and by car to Padum.

More hoodoos between Pigmo and Pishu.


Houses in Pishu.


Storage of ″fuel″ for the winter: shrubs, yak dung patties, and pieces of twisted tree trunks.


Man in traditional clothes distributing tsampa among several plates prior to a puja (prayer ritual) in Pishu.


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