Ponies at the Zarlung Karpo La, Karnak | Photos of Ladakh
Photograph of ponies at Zarlung Karpo La, Ladakh
As we ascended the last 5 metres of the rounded pass of the Zarlung Karpo La it was if a curtain rose in a cinema to suddenly reveal this whole spectacular vista.
One of the most beautiful of all mountain passes in Ladakh, the name Zarlung Karpo La means white pass; the ridges opposite are dusted with white mineral deposits and to the right of this photo the landscape looks down into the deep valleys of Zanskar. The clouds were scudding rapidly across the sky although there was no wind on the pass.
Someone had written with large white stones on the grey ground the words Free Tibet.
The photograph was taken as the pony men started to lead the horses down to the valley below.