Death Valley National Park reminds me so much of Ladakh. The same barren, bleak landscape. It’s not for everyone, certainly not for those who want ‘activities’. This is down-to-basics. Cold nights, warm days (even during winters), sparse accommodation and few modern facilities. Overpriced accommodation and large distances of emptiness between areas of interest. No cars to be seen for miles, and endless fields of thorny shrubs for you to hike on wherever you look.
But in between this desolation lie patches of nature’s brilliance. The canyons, sand dunes, salt flats, craters, moving stones, high peaks, all in one place. One of the highest points in the continental US (Telescope Peak – at over 11000 ft. high) is viewable here, as is the lowest at -282 ft. It’s not a valley of flowers, or mushroom clouds wafting over green blooming forests, or snow on tree branches. It’s different, it’s harsh, but it’s oh so beautiful.