The first part of the ride was a comfortable rolling over the plains up to Sarchu. Then there are 21 Gata loops and for some reason they stopped counting after 21, as the road climbs on and on before it drops down to some river and climbs the final ~20 km to the difficult Lachalung La - stated as being above 5000m, but my altimeter doesn't show it. I was a bit earlier this time at the top and so had a good chance of enjoying the ride down the spectacular canyon and gorges of Pang (?) river. 1 km before Pang there were some tents where I chose to stay overnight.
Day 9: 101 km, 7h 50 min. Total 964 km.