So on Day 5, we have reached till the petrol fueling station in Kaza starting at the Hotel Old Monk at 0800 hrs with a hope that they might open at 0830 which was their regular open time, being a govt. run fueling station, they came around 0900 hrs and started with fueling the two wheeler vehicles before moving to the four wheeler’s. Having waited for so long and to ensure that there was enough fuel, we waited to get the tank full & take an additional top-up before starting on our journey further.
One thing, that i have been advised and learnt while driving in the hills is
Check your vehicle tyre’s constantly
Ensure you have your tank fuel and a reserve is provisioned for
Plan for some food / snacks to tackle any eventuality
We started on our journey from Kaza on Day Six to our next most admired destination…. Any Guesses? yes, it is Chandratal Lake, also known as the Moon Lake over Chandra River.
There is one unique aspect about Chandratal, you need to cross the most dangerous road – Kunzum La Pass, the beauty of this route is, you would keep guessing if you are driving on a patch created by constant vehicle movement or on an actual road, you would not find even one small patch of good road and constant mud road which gets narrow as you go each step further that greets you.
Now, if you are travelling in the Himalayas, this is a common sight and while we were not prepared for the stretch from Batal Rd – Chandratal Rd – we managed the ascent to Chandratal Lake.
We reached our destination after stopping at Kunzum Stupas and visiting Kunzum Mata.
oh yeah, missed mentioning a experience here….
While we diverted to Kunzum Stupas, we stumbled upon one of the worst ascent in loose mud (if i can call it that) and even in the first gear, the mighty XUV500 could not manage moving ahead.. there was this couple who stayed at the same place in Kaza as we, and they spotted us and their driver came to rescue and helped me with guidance to navigate the patch.
Done with that, we moved on and reached this beautiful place – Kunzum Stupas.