Except the Shingo La pass, we had no pass to climb till Padum. Mostly it was going up and down, but not really hard climbs, really nice enduro ride in a beautiful landscape. Padum is a nice small village (though is the capital of Zanskar) but after 7 days being totally isolated from the outside world, which means, no cars, no electricity, just like nomads it was nice to see some civilization even it was in Padum limited. But after spending one full day there, and two nights we went then further to Pishu. The Parfi La pass was in front of us, and we had about 600 meters to climb but had then again a 600 meter descent, but it was much steeper (check the last picture, Thomas riding that trail down the stream, which is also the borderline from Zanskar and Ladakh). The nights where incredible, there are so many stars in the sky and the milky way is easily to see, as the light pollution is like zero up there in the Himalayas. Our cook and guide Manish was amazing, he was always in a good mood, and like a party animal. He let us forget all the hard climbs and the thin air on this altitude (average 4000 meters over sea level). Good lad indeed! The pictures you can see me in it those did Thomas :-).
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