Y I Patel wrote:Gapshan
In the map above, follow Saser Pass to the east. One route from Saser Barangsa (called Saser Polu in the map) goes eastwards towards Murgo (Murghi in the map), and then to DBO. This was the traditional summer route of caravans. Now take a look at the other route that goes Northwards and then eastwards from Saser Barangsa towards DBO. This was the original winter route of caravans. It goes up the Shyok River valley, and enters Depsang Plains near the Apsaras Peaks (Northern Siachen Glacier is to its west). Gapshan is located on this route, close to where the Chip Chap river enters the valley and becomes Shyok River.
Gapshan is of enormous strategic importance as an alternate and well protected gateway to Depsang plains...The engineering challenges to building a road here are similar to those faced on Saser Pass, where BRO has been trying to build a road for 20-30 years! However, if those challenges are overcome, India will have a secure and unassailable route to Depsang Plains, DBO, KKP and even the northernmost parts of Siachen Glacier.
Sir, that is exactly what I alluded to in my earlier post. Thank you for providing the history of this route - I had no idea. My thought was purely based on looking at the satellite photos.
yensoy wrote:I am thinking we need a new road to DBO/SSN from Saser, along the eastern bank of Shyok, then following Chip Chap and thence to the DBO road near Polu memorial. The first part of the road from Saser along Shyok till the junction with Chip Chap needs to be done double quick - there appear to be tracks in the Chip Chap area leading to DBO road.