Taglang La donned in colorful and fluttering Buddhist prayer flags.
Tanglang La is one of the five passes and the highest on the Manali to Leh road. At an elevation of 5,328 metres or 17,480 feet is considered as the world's second highest motorable road.
However claims are that this data is inaccurate and is not measured as per the modern and updated GPS or SRTM standards.
One of the Devil on Wheels member states with supporting data that Taglang La is the 12th highest motorable road in the world and Khardung La which is considered the highest motorable road in the world finds the tenth place in this article.
Article link: https://devilonwheels.com/top-12-highest-motorable-passes-roads-world/
Check out all the top 13 motorable passes in the second image (courtesy: Dheeraj Sharma, DoW)
Three Zanskari locals share a cave with photographer Sankar Sridhar at night, braving the smoke of a bonfire and real chance of getting singed. As a small token of their hospitality, the locals offered Sankar to sleep near the mouth of the cave where the air is fresh, and his companions slept deeper in the cave which was smoky from the fire which slow burnt through the night. Image credit : Sankar Sridhar @sankar.sridhar
Taking refuge in a natural cave or under a large boulder is a welcome break on the difficult Chadar Trek. This is time to make some tea and cook some food. Worn out - and often wet socks - are dried out near the fire and everyone rest their tired legs. The simple meal will be followed by sharing stories and a shared cigarette. Image credit : Sankar Sridhar @sankar.sridhar
Wild rose (sia) and sea buckthorn bushes line the higher reaches of the gorge through which the Zanskar River flows. Tundup, wearing protective gloves and padded knees, brave the prickly thorns to collect firewood. Earlier, when the Chadar Trek was done only by locals, cutting of local flora was a forbidden act. Firewood was gathered only from naturally fallen branches. Image credit : Sankar Sridhar @sankar.sridhar
Sankar Sridhar took this photograph of the last sunlight on the surrounding mountain peaks as evening set in on Zanskar. He shot this while he was on firewood collection duty, a crucial task which every able bodied trekker is expected to perform. The firewood is used to light a bonfire to keep warm in the freezing winter nights on the Chadar Trek. Image credit : Sankar Sridhar @sankar.sridhar
Frozen bubbles visible through the translucent ice on the Zanskar River. The local population always considered the river sacred and were wary of guardian spirits. They believe the spirits should not be made angry by desecration of the river. The sticks they carry to tap the ice were blunted and shoes were made with yak hide soles so they tread softly on the ice. Nowadays trekkers were heavy shoes, often army made, but one should tread on the river lightly, giving it the respect it deserves. Image credit : Sankar Sridhar @sankar.sridhar