Dauntlessly enthusiastic souls remain seated in the dining mess all ears. “It’s been 4 days since the previous batch has left for the trek and they are now stuck in the Tib cave as chadar has completely broken on either sides. They can neither move forward nor come back! We are monitoring the situation. This isn’t an easy trek and if you think this is going to be a leisurely fun trip then forget about it. You have got a last chance to decide” The trek captain said. There was no utterance of a single word. The entire room was hushed except for the sipping sound of the tea which had turned cold in minutes.
Yet again he said “Good let’s do it. Don’t worry we have trek leaders who are capable of handling these rescue operations and if there is something that is not in our hands then we have our Indian Airforce with us, there is nothing that they can’t do” This was the goosebumps moment for me and I just smiled with pride..
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“The temperature at Leh is -6 degree celcius” announced the pilot just before the touch down. It was noon yet the temperature was subzero. The glacial wind enveloped us as the cabin crew opened the exit doors. The mountain ranges and the snow peaks seemed right next to me. It was a divine sight which left us speechless.
Begining of the Trek: Tsomo Paldar to Gyalpo
The first day of the trek was mild and it was around 3.5 hours of trek post lunch covering 12 km. The river that flows through the valley is frozen on either sides and sometimes completely like a snow blanket. The valley is surrounded by partially covered snow peak mountains. The challenging part was learning to walk on the frozen zanskar river.
It takes some time to get adjusted to the gumboots as the glacier is slippery. “Walk like a penguin they say!!” We had few falls but rose again and continued to walk. Though the temperature is very low, walking produces heat. You don’t feel that cold while walking.
Trek Day 2: Gyalpo to Tib Cave – 25 km
“You never have lived until you have almost died.”
Heaven seemed so close!
Trek Day 3: Tib Cave to Nerak 20 km
Rescue operation: Heroes in Action!
Trek Day 4: The U turn
Trek Day 5: Now -30 degree is soothing we say!
Day 6:- Back to Base camp!
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