trucks fording large nullah in the canyon before pang - manali to leh road (india)

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Large Nullah in the canyon before Pang - Manali to Leh road (India)

Nullahs are water streams crossing over the road, usually near passes.­ They grow larger in the afternoon, with the sun melting the snow, and they can be dangerous.­

This one is located in the beautiful canyon about 10 Km west of Pang (before Pang).­ Three heavy trucks got stuck in the soft gravel, blocking the way for other trucks and causing a major traffic jam for trucks heading to Leh.­ The nullah is behind (not visible on this photo) and I have already crossed it.­

There was quite some water in the Nullah, but it was not a problem to cross with the motorbike.­ The soft gravel was harder to negotiate.­ The best way is to keep speed, but driving a heavy bike on unstable ground is quite hard.­

We heard from a direct witness that the next day, a French guy tried to cross this Nullah when the water flow was much larger, and he got swept with his motorbike and fell into a nearbye waterfall.­ He was seriously injured or killed.­ If you know more about this accident, please post a comment.­

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Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India