Day 2 – June 13 – Snow on Ganda La

We awoke to the sound of our staff brushing snow off our tent. Our camp at 4400 meters was above the snow line and 5 centimeters (2 inches) had fallen overnight. We had breakfast and got a late start.

It continued to snow on and off as we climbed to the 5000 meter Ganda La pass over the Stok Range. Marcia and I considered ourselves acclimatized after ten days in Leh, but we were still out of breath. Even the horses seemed unhappy about climbing in the snow. But finally we all made it and dropped down the muddy trail on the other side.

We kept the day short by camping halfway down the valley. The snow stopped shortly after we arrived in camp.

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