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Old 23rd August 2012, 16:41   #181
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And finally the summit - this is what Sach Pass looks like


What was laluks sir trying to do? Sacrificing himself to the Madam Safari (for his love of old lady?)
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Old 23rd August 2012, 19:09   #182
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What was laluks sir trying to do? Sacrificing himself to the Madam Safari (for his love of old lady?)
That was a victory dance done by a person who have travelled through scary roads who just managed not to wet his pants
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Day 2
24 - July - 2012

We continued our onward journey to Sach Pass
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Looks like Christmas Father
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More glaciers as we proceed
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HVK Scorpio
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I walked towards the Second Gateway to Sach Pass
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Waited for the cars to arrive

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Look at the massive glacier
- these are sights of a lifetime for me!
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HVK Scorpio stalls in the rubble, Romin gets out to guide HVK to reverse all the way back to plain ground to gain momentum for the climb
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Waiting again for them to come
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HVK Scorpio climbing up towards the Gateway
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HVK Scorpio reaches the Gateway!

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Old 23rd August 2012, 19:52   #187
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HVK goes down to brief Agent Vinod about the strategy
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Madam Safari climbing up
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HVK walks back to the gateway
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Madam Safari and Agent Vinod at the gateway
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HVK taking feedback of the strategy
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Walls of ICE!!
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We drove towards Sach Pass
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We reached Bhoot Ground
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We move on

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Glaciers now have become a routine sight
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We drive past a lot of glaciers!
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We reached Sach Pass by 18:00 hours
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HVK goes to the temple at Sach Pass
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Sach Pass is kind of routine now!!

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The team at Sach Pass

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We drove on towards Satrundi Check Post

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Is he walking without shoes in icy water. Agreed shoes if wet will cause more issues in cold but still
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HVK Scorpio climbing up towards the Gateway
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1.Why did HVK's scorpio got stuck or lost momentum there? Tyres lost grip?

2. HVK seems to be driving too close to the ice walls (in last few pics in the quoted post) why? Whereas the safari seems to have done it, through the middle of the road.

3. Laluks and Megha ji seem to be not wearing footwear/hawais! Recipe for frost bite! Why not a boot?? any specific reason?

OT: my 500th post came in IPHE and 600th comes in Mughal roads

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Lalu, Amazing photographs! Looks like we are in some magical world, can't imagine we went through all this!
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SACH PASS TO BAIRAVGAD SECTOR


Descending from Sach Pass to the Chamba Valley was not easy:
- Lots of slush
- Foggy
- Raining
- Steep curves

Let us check some of Agent Vinod's Car Cam videos

(for some sinister purpose, I note that he has not un-classified the best ones where we cut through some scintillating water falls)








...and last year during the IPHE drive, can you imagine we did all these places you see in the 3 videos above in pitch dark after sun down, in deep fog too!

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Is he walking without shoes in icy water. Agreed shoes if wet will cause more issues in cold but still
Oh, they were barefooted most of the time, they are used to it, they have lots of experience trekking around in the Western Ghats region. In any case, neither the weather nor the water was very cold.


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1.Why did HVK's scorpio got stuck or lost momentum there? Tyres lost grip?
It was a steep slope.
There was rubble in the ascent, so could not gather full speed.
There were a few sharp large rocks in the road & I had to swerve to avoid hitting the under-carriage.
At one point, I was going too slow, I lost power & stalled.
I had to reverse down the slope to some level ground to start the climb again.
The Safari had the advantage of "looking over the shoulders of the giant", having seen me already do the climb. But he also managed to smartly go over the very rocks that I was jittery about & trying to avoid.

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2. HVK seems to be driving too close to the ice walls (in last few pics in the quoted post) why? Whereas the safari seems to have done it, through the middle of the road.
Me avoiding the rocks (and hence going close to the snow walls) & the Safari boldly going over the rocks.

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3. Laluks and Megha ji seem to be not wearing footwear/hawais! Recipe for frost bite! Why not a boot?? any specific reason?
Reasons mentioned above.
They liked it that way, no fear of frost bite, weather was pleasant all throughout.

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OT: my 500th post came in IPHE and 600th comes in Mughal roads
I have to do another trip to see your 700th!!????? So be it............
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