Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12th November 2015, 20:30   #61
Distinguished - BHPian
 
laluks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 5,805
Thanked: 7,799 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Day 3 : 22nd September 2015
Mana Village

Halfway through the trek guys are happy and tired
Name:  DSC_0724Edit.jpg
Views: 1352
Size:  462.3 KB

Our young man is never tired

Name:  DSC_0725Edit.jpg
Views: 1110
Size:  528.8 KB

Guys gauging how far the falls could be

Name:  DSC_0726EditEdit.jpg
Views: 1071
Size:  554.5 KB

Mountains silently watched us

Name:  DSC_0732Edit.jpg
Views: 1042
Size:  406.6 KB

Name:  DSC_0736Edit.jpg
Views: 1034
Size:  383.8 KB

We moved on
Name:  DSC_0737EditEdit.jpg
Views: 1010
Size:  571.9 KB

Name:  DSC_0747EditEdit.jpg
Views: 999
Size:  343.7 KB

Valley was opening up

Name:  DSC_0763EditEdit.jpg
Views: 997
Size:  534.8 KB

Name:  DSC_0764EditEdit.jpg
Views: 960
Size:  534.4 KB

Name:  DSC_0772EditEdit.jpg
Views: 980
Size:  298.8 KB


continued...
laluks is offline   (6) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 13th November 2015, 00:01   #62
Distinguished - BHPian
 
laluks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 5,805
Thanked: 7,799 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Day 3 : 22nd September 2015
Mana Village

Though tiring we continued on with the trek
Name:  DSC_0796EditEdit.jpg
Views: 957
Size:  541.3 KB

Mighty mountains watched over us
Name:  DSC_0800Edit.jpg
Views: 955
Size:  508.5 KB

Name:  DSC_0802EditEdit.jpg
Views: 948
Size:  416.7 KB

Name:  DSC_0812Edit.jpg
Views: 968
Size:  470.0 KB

Name:  DSC_0813EditEdit.jpg
Views: 969
Size:  497.9 KB

We sat down for a while resting our tired bodies and taking in as much as the beauty around
Name:  DSC_0809EditEdit.jpg
Views: 949
Size:  506.4 KB

Name:  DSC_0822Edit.jpg
Views: 936
Size:  422.1 KB

But we had miles to go
Name:  DSC_0817EditEdit.jpg
Views: 930
Size:  532.4 KB

Slowly but steadily we trekked on
Name:  DSC_0823EditEdit.jpg
Views: 947
Size:  547.1 KB

Name:  DSC_0829EditEdit.jpg
Views: 940
Size:  497.4 KB

continued...
laluks is offline   (5) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 13th November 2015, 00:18   #63
Distinguished - BHPian
 
laluks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 5,805
Thanked: 7,799 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Day 3 : 22nd September 2015
Mana Village

The climb was tough
Name:  DSC_0833EditEdit.jpg
Views: 954
Size:  584.2 KB

But we were gifted with the first sight of Vasudhara Falls

Name:  DSC_0836EditEdit.jpg
Views: 951
Size:  403.1 KB

Vasudhara Falls, the trek path, Alakananda River, Alakapuri(Balakun peak)
Name:  DSC_0838EditEdit.jpg
Views: 927
Size:  322.1 KB

Clouds were forming fast

Name:  DSC_0861EditEdit.jpg
Views: 916
Size:  396.8 KB

There is an ashram near the falls, it was locked when we went
Name:  DSC_0863EditEdit.jpg
Views: 940
Size:  544.4 KB


We were nearing the falls
Name:  DSC_0868EditEdit.jpg
Views: 922
Size:  607.6 KB

Name:  DSC_0876EditEdit.jpg
Views: 943
Size:  393.9 KB

Name:  DSC_0897EditEdit.jpg
Views: 908
Size:  601.7 KB

Name:  DSC_0900EditEdit.jpg
Views: 918
Size:  569.5 KB

Balakun peak
Name:  DSC_0917EditEdit.jpg
Views: 939
Size:  470.3 KB

continued...
laluks is offline   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 13th November 2015, 00:29   #64
Distinguished - BHPian
 
laluks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 5,805
Thanked: 7,799 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Day 3 : 22nd September 2015
Mana Village

Finally we reached Vasudhara Falls

Name:  DSC_0921EditEdit.jpg
Views: 934
Size:  384.6 KB

Alok wanted to have a shower
Name:  DSC_0929Edit.jpg
Views: 922
Size:  599.2 KB

In front of the 500 feet tall falls, Alok is now a reference
Name:  DSC_0930EditEdit.jpg
Views: 903
Size:  304.2 KB

Young man joins the fun
Name:  DSC_0932Edit.jpg
Views: 897
Size:  628.1 KB

Name:  DSC_0936Edit.jpg
Views: 909
Size:  593.4 KB

On the other side, clouds were forming fast
Name:  DSC_0937EditEdit.jpg
Views: 892
Size:  326.9 KB

Alakapuri behind the clouds

Name:  DSC_0952EditEdit.jpg
Views: 896
Size:  360.2 KB

Team watching the surroundings
Name:  DSC_0982EditEdit.jpg
Views: 928
Size:  303.2 KB

Vasudhara Falls

Name:  DSC_0955EditEdit.jpg
Views: 941
Size:  387.6 KB

This is one of the last places Pandavas stopped on their way to heaven. It is believed that the water from this falls never fell on sinners. A silver coloured fall tumbling from a great height of about 500 feet.

To reach here you need to trek for 5 Kms. The climb starts at Mana Village (3200m, 10500feet) for 5Kms till we reach the falls at 3767m/12355 feet. We took over 2.5 hours for the trek up, as the scenery was beautiful and we took many breaks for photos. It is a moderate trek, and you get some steep climbs.

From here You get a good view of Satopanth glacier and Balakun peak from here. Balakun Peak is also known as Alakapuri(the home of the wealth god Kubera)


A silver coloured fall tumbling from a great height of about 500 feet
Name:  DSC_0955EditEdit2.jpg
Views: 912
Size:  400.0 KB

continued...
laluks is offline   (5) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 13th November 2015, 02:38   #65
Distinguished - BHPian
 
laluks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 5,805
Thanked: 7,799 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Vasudhara Trek Details


The map showing overview of the route and location
Mana Pass :  A dream come true-googlemap20151113_021903.jpg
The route which is further shown going north of Alakapuri is the Mana Pass road. It is already routed in Google and is in the public domain. The end of that road is Mana pass. It goes along Saraswati river. More of that on Day 04 log.

The elevation, distance and time graph
Mana Pass :  A dream come true-vasudhara-trek.jpg

By the time we reached Vasudhara falls it was 09:30AM. Considering that we started from the Mana Pass Board, it took us 6.7Kms and approx 3 hours. From Bhim Pul it is over 2.5 hours and 5.5 Kms. We reached an altitude of 3770m (12370 feet) near Vasudhara falls, starting from an altitude of 3110m(10200 feet). This readings are from the mobile and hence an error of +/- 250m is expected as later compared with Garmin.

The trek was a moderate one and at a relaxed pace onward if you budget 2.5 hours that would be more than enough.

Return took less, a little over two hours, again at a relaxed pace.



The GPS log
Vasudhara trek.kml
laluks is offline   (9) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 13th November 2015, 13:08   #66
Senior - BHPian
 
motomaverick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,838
Thanked: 864 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Awesome travelogue Lalu as usual. You seem to be favoring UK region of Himalayas more these days. It does have some very good hidden gems. Eagerly waiting for the Mana pass log.
motomaverick is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 13th November 2015, 13:43   #67
BHPian
 
FuelInjector's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: TN38
Posts: 374
Thanked: 257 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Quote:
Originally Posted by laluks View Post
We reached an altitude of 3770m (12370 feet) near Vasudhara falls, starting from an altitude of 3110m(10200 feet).
Excellent photos. Eagerly awaiting the next set.
how was the air there? any breathing difficulties? Any special medication needed at all?
FuelInjector is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 13th November 2015, 14:27   #68
BHPian
 
ant_vas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: bangalore
Posts: 167
Thanked: 175 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Quote:
How was the air there? any breathing difficulties? Any special medication needed at all?
At high altitudes the air becomes thin and people especially from the plains might get altitude sickness or AMS (acute mountain sickness) where you head will feel heavy and you will start feeling dizzy.

We being from Bangalore did face this problem. But luckily the trekking company had suggested us to take Diamox (125 mg initially in Delhi and 250mg as we when we reach the mountains). Before leaving to the trek we had a general medical and fitness test done by a doctor here in Bangalore and he said it is fine to take this tablet. This definitely did help us to cope with the mountain sickness.

Please, please do not take this medication without consulting your doctor. I mentioned it here just for your information.
ant_vas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th November 2015, 10:42   #69
Distinguished - BHPian
 
laluks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 5,805
Thanked: 7,799 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Quote:
Originally Posted by motomaverick View Post
Awesome travelogue Lalu as usual. You seem to be favoring UK region of Himalayas more these days. It does have some very good hidden gems. Eagerly waiting for the Mana pass log.
Thanks Motomaverick. UK is wonderful

Quote:
Originally Posted by FuelInjector View Post
Excellent photos. Eagerly awaiting the next set.
how was the air there? any breathing difficulties? Any special medication needed at all?
Badrinath and Mana Village heights at approximate 10000 feet are not much of an issue. If you are visiting the Badrinath temple or Mana Village alone, you walk (exert) very minimum. So it does not take much toll you.

However if you exert more, you get tired faster than the plains. As you go higher than these altitudes it becomes difficult due to the reduction in Oxygen. But even then if you are healthy person you don't need medication as such. If you feel that you're getting a headache, it could be a sign of AMS. Take rest and hydrate yourself, drink water / tea. Try to breathe in more.

Key here is to hydrate yourself. Drink more water and urinate more . This way your body is hydrated and also bit of compensate your oxygen needs. Also if you are planning a trek, its better to do some levels of minimum exercises every day till the trek to train your body and to keep your exertion levels lower.

In my case the exercises were simple like climbing stairs at office everyday with a target of a few hundred steps. My biking also helped.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ant_vas View Post
At high altitudes the air becomes thin and people especially from the plains might get altitude sickness or AMS (acute mountain sickness) where you head will feel heavy and you will start feeling dizzy.

We being from Bangalore did face this problem. But luckily the trekking company had suggested us to take Diamox (125 mg initially in Delhi and 250mg as we when we reach the mountains). Before leaving to the trek we had a general medical and fitness test done by a doctor here in Bangalore and he said it is fine to take this tablet. This definitely did help us to cope with the mountain sickness.

Please, please do not take this medication without consulting your doctor. I mentioned it here just for your information.
This may not be required if you have acclimatized before you move to higher altitudes. Diamox is basically a diuretic making you piss more

Our team never took such medications.
laluks is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 14th November 2015, 19:44   #70
Distinguished - BHPian
 
laluks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 5,805
Thanked: 7,799 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Day 3 : 22nd September 2015
Mana Village

In a matter of seconds the entire region was covered by mist
Name:  DSC_1026EditEdit.jpg
Views: 795
Size:  315.2 KB

Vasudhara falls fading behind the clouds

Name:  DSC_1029EditEdit.jpg
Views: 779
Size:  205.1 KB

It was time for us to leave, visibility was less
Name:  DSC_1033EditEdit.jpg
Views: 778
Size:  357.4 KB

Young man and Alok was not happy to leave

Name:  DSC_1035Edit.jpg
Views: 784
Size:  493.3 KB

Clouds were engulfing the area

Name:  DSC_1036Edit.jpg
Views: 753
Size:  429.6 KB

And we had to leave for sure
Name:  DSC_1037EditEdit.jpg
Views: 774
Size:  285.6 KB

Not before taking a few mementos

Name:  DSC_1056Edit.jpg
Views: 777
Size:  318.8 KB

Alok
Name:  DSC_1058Edit.jpg
Views: 771
Size:  489.9 KB

Our young man
Name:  DSC_1059Edit.jpg
Views: 778
Size:  232.1 KB

And we started our return to be safe
Name:  DSC_1060EditEdit.jpg
Views: 780
Size:  380.5 KB

continued...
laluks is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 15th November 2015, 19:45   #71
Distinguished - BHPian
 
laluks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 5,805
Thanked: 7,799 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Day 3 : 22nd September 2015
Mana Village

The long trek back
Name:  DSC_1062EditEdit.jpg
Views: 799
Size:  476.5 KB

Name:  DSC_1069Edit.jpg
Views: 777
Size:  423.1 KB

The clouds have covered the entire falls
Name:  DSC_1071EditEdit.jpg
Views: 757
Size:  454.9 KB

This was how it was an hour back
Name:  DSC_0863EditEdit.jpg
Views: 766
Size:  544.4 KB

The cloud cover added to the mystery of the valley
Name:  DSC_1075EditEdit.jpg
Views: 752
Size:  462.8 KB

Name:  DSC_1080EditEdit.jpg
Views: 745
Size:  400.8 KB

Mana Valley to me had a mystic beauty
Name:  DSC_1087EditEdit.jpg
Views: 749
Size:  458.1 KB

Name:  DSC_1089EditEdit.jpg
Views: 735
Size:  487.8 KB

Name:  DSC_1096EditEdit.jpg
Views: 746
Size:  430.7 KB

The thorny berry plant was looking beautiful
Name:  DSC_1086Edit.jpg
Views: 722
Size:  671.4 KB

Even crows are beautiful at Mana
Name:  DSC_1093Edit.jpg
Views: 738
Size:  570.2 KB


continued...
laluks is offline   (5) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 15th November 2015, 19:58   #72
Distinguished - BHPian
 
laluks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 5,805
Thanked: 7,799 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Day 3 : 22nd September 2015
Mana Village

It was very nice to see the mighty mountains playing hide and seek with the clouds
Name:  DSC_1098EditEdit.jpg
Views: 729
Size:  284.5 KB

It was just wonderful
Name:  DSC_1099EditEdit.jpg
Views: 716
Size:  283.8 KB

Another look
Name:  DSC_1102Edit.jpg
Views: 730
Size:  365.4 KB

Mana Valley
Name:  DSC_1103EditEdit.jpg
Views: 736
Size:  463.9 KB

Name:  DSC_1107EditEdit.jpg
Views: 739
Size:  563.3 KB

Name:  DSC_1111EditEdit.jpg
Views: 743
Size:  454.6 KB

A wild berry
Name:  DSC_1114Edit.jpg
Views: 731
Size:  387.6 KB

The rocky path

Name:  DSC_1118EditEdit.jpg
Views: 735
Size:  492.0 KB

Mana Valley and Alakananda River has etched some deep impressions in me
Name:  DSC_1120EditEdit.jpg
Views: 726
Size:  459.2 KB

continued...
laluks is offline   (3) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 15th November 2015, 20:17   #73
Distinguished - BHPian
 
laluks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 5,805
Thanked: 7,799 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Day 3 : 22nd September 2015
Mana Village

Mana Village.
Can you see the road above the village on the mountains? That's the route for the adventure we have been daring for all these days
Name:  DSC_1155EditEdit.jpg
Views: 836
Size:  504.9 KB

Saraswati River flowing toward the Sangam at Keshav Prayag
Name:  DSC_1159EditEdit.jpg
Views: 756
Size:  441.7 KB

Name:  DSC_1163EditEdit.jpg
Views: 737
Size:  464.4 KB

A memento
Name:  DSC_1168Edit.jpg
Views: 742
Size:  543.9 KB

Saraswati River

Name:  DSC_1169Edit.jpg
Views: 766
Size:  292.6 KB

This was the last coffee house when I visited in 2012. Now we have another one near Bhim Pul. He had to delete his board and repaint it as well. Now no claims on the board.
Name:  DSC_1170Edit.jpg
Views: 733
Size:  399.2 KB

And we have a post box for post franking collection hobby (y)
Name:  DSC_1172Edit.jpg
Views: 746
Size:  226.2 KB

After successful completion of the trek we bid adieu to Mana village and went back to the room at Badrinath. After yet another hot bath, I joined the team feasting on a great lunch. Soups, rice, dal, phulkas, the spread was to die for. And getting it served hot hot, my mind and tummy was satisfied fully

By then Tilak has got all the last bit of formalities cleared for our adventure to Mana Pass. After lunch we were asked to assemble near the Last Indian Village board at Mana waiting for clearance from the ITBP personnel to take that right turn and the sixty odd kilometers to the Pass.

We were excited beyond words. Finally the dream is becoming true. I thought I had rumblings in my tummy and goosebumps all around

continued...
laluks is offline   (3) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 15th November 2015, 22:14   #74
Distinguished - BHPian
 
laluks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 5,805
Thanked: 7,799 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

Day 3 : 22nd September 2015
Mana Village - Ghastoli

The right turn, the dream
Mana Pass :  A dream come true-dsc_1372.jpg


We assembled near the board by 14:00 hours. ITBP brethren came to us and requested us to handover any form of cameras, even if it was a mobile to them. We were asked to switch off the mobiles and cameras and place them in a rucksack provided by them.

I was very disappointed. I came all the way here to click pictures of this great adventure and to tell a story. ITBP brethren told me about what has happened before and how they were briefed by their higher authorities about the complete ban on photography in this sector. I was reminded that it was one of the prerequisites for granding a permission in this sector. I felt sad and equally angry about earlier teams for whatever they have done. Any ways now for me I have to hand over my cameras .


The permission stating the same
Name:  IMG20150924WA0004Edit.jpg
Views: 717
Size:  163.7 KB


But that's in our nation's interest. My pride, glory and silly achievements are nothing in front of that great need. ITBP brethren were very courteous and friendly while they did their duty diligently



Suddenly the weather turned bad and it started pouring. I felt we were being blessed from the heavens in our adventure.


Before handing over my phone, I clicked Fortuner waiting for our drive ahead.
Name:  20150922_145126.jpg
Views: 705
Size:  395.4 KB






DISCLAIMER : FROM THIS POINT ONWARD PICTURES ARE SOURCED FROM INTERNET USING GOOGLE SEARCH FOR IMAGES WHICH ARE ALREADY IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. IT IS USED HERE ONLY TO AID THE STORY TELLING. COPYRIGHTS BELONG TO THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS AND IS ACKNOWLEDGED UNCONDITIONALLY.






Weather had turned nasty by now and it was heavy downpour. It was not the best of the time to even attempt this sector.

By 15:30hours, we were ready with all clearances and we rolled ahead

This road takes us to Mana Pass

Name:  DSC_0163.jpg
Views: 715
Size:  83.0 KB

Mana Village as seen from this route
Mana Pass :  A dream come true-img_1049.jpg

The bridge en route over Saraswati River
Mana Pass :  A dream come true-pass_10.jpg

Saraswati River rushing under the bridge, this flow comes out through the orifice in the rocks near Bhim Pul and the last tea shop in Mana Village
Mana Pass :  A dream come true-p1020855.jpg


In reality it was dark and was pouring heavily. The route after the bridge was full slushy with steep climbs and sharp turns. Momentum was the key. I could feel Thar sliding at the rear in the curves. We were in the rear wheel mode and not yet 4x4. Bikers would have found it very entertaining though dangerous.


In about 2.5 hours we reached Ghastoli. There is an ITBP outpost here and we were received by them. We showed our permits and they were eagerly waiting for us. It was pouring one drop to a bucket by now. It was cold and dark. There were no lights.


If it was not raining and dark, this would have been the surrounding at Ghastoli
Mana Pass :  A dream come true-p1020837.jpg

Mana Pass :  A dream come true-p1020838.jpg

And a board about the road ahead
Name:  DSC_0264.jpg
Views: 708
Size:  53.2 KB


ITBP brethren took us to a shed for the labourers and showed us around there. They advised us not to pitch our tents in the heavy rain outside and to use the shed in whichever way it was comfortable to us. We were very happy to have got the shed, as it would act as a barrier from the chilly winds that were blowing by now, and also from the heavy rains.


By the time we started pitching our tents inside the shed, we were served hot tea by the ITBP folks. Very courteous very friendly folks. By now a senior came to us and asked politely about cameras. We said we have all deposited our cameras at Mana Village and we carried none with us. He was thankful to us and again reiterated about the history of why and how their officers are strict in enforcing the ban on photography.

By 19:30hours we have done with our tents and sleeping bags. By now the cooking started. Dal and hot hot rice. Wow. What better than that. By 20:30 we were all having hot hot rice and dal. I had very liberal servings and with a great tummy settled in my sleeping bag.

Sleep was not coming easily. The howling of the winds and the wetness due to rains, and to add to that I felt I was getting a headache. I had crazy thoughts, the last thing I wanted was AMS hitting me now. I closed my eyes and prayed to get some sleep. Thankfully I dozed off in a while.


Tomorrow is the D Day. With no signs of the rains stopping it was definitely turning out to be much more than what we had asked for.
laluks is offline   (3) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 15th November 2015, 23:03   #75
Distinguished - BHPian
 
laluks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 5,805
Thanked: 7,799 Times
Default Re: Mana Pass : A dream come true

The route map
Mana Pass :  A dream come true-mana-ghastoli.jpg

Ghastoli is at an altitude of 3982m (13065 feet)
Mana Pass :  A dream come true-ghastoli.png

Mana is at 10134 feet. It was nearly 20Kms to Ghastoli and we took 2 hours plus in the heavy rains and low visibility and slush. Almost 20Kms, and approx 3000 feet climb.


Disclaimer : Google has the routes and is in the public domain.
laluks is offline   (3) Thanks Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Yamaha RZR.. dream come true DeepakMenon Motorbikes 52 28th March 2017 21:30
Dream Come True. The Skoda Octavia vRS!! Update: 59,712 kms HAFI Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 76 13th September 2014 23:07
Been Leh'd & back: The dream come true! lordofgondor Travelogues 174 30th August 2013 17:43
Dream Come True - Our Dream Machine Diesel 2.2 VTT @ 35,000kms kdeepakk Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 58 24th July 2010 14:39
NVIDIA Ion platform - the car PC dream come true randomgyan In-Car Entertainment 35 17th September 2009 18:44


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 20:49.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks