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|13th September 2010, 18:01||#61|
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|13th September 2010, 18:12||#62|
We trudged on, and it was around 15:20 when we neared the end of the trail.
The walk back would take 15 minutes less, thanks to mostly downhill
Far away the path we came from
The parking lot view
This is the only section where two vehicles can pass!
We reached the camp and had some maggi and stuff(totally passable)
It was around few minutes after 4 we started the drive back.
A drivers view. Right after this the "narrow" stretch started, and the entire 40 minutes remaining were spent praying "Please no other vehicles!"
thankfully nobody was coming, and quarter to 5 we were on the road to kunzum
Beyond Kunzum lies Spiti. Its the gateway between lahaul and spiti, and sometimes get heavy snowfall even in early september, thankfully, all we got was sunshine
A rivulet on the way. Note the brown water. The mountain tops got heavy rain/snow in recent days
The first view of the spiti valley
It was getting dark, and Kaza was the target. From kunzum top it takes around 3 hours to kaza, and since it was already past 5 at kunzum, it was time to hurry
We took very few pics on the way
The setting sun
Darkness fell, and we crossed losar. Kaza was not far away, and thankfully, only one deep crossing, nothing we could not handle with ease
Finally around 8 in the night we reached our destination. unfortunately clouds were there, so no startscapes this time. Also there was not even a crescent moon to illuminate the landscape.
tomorrow, we will see whatever we can of spiti, and head back to lahaul. Talk about tough and go!
TO BE CONT.........
|13th September 2010, 18:31||#63|
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2000 years ago(or maybe more) there was a river called Yamuna.
It was big blue and had water which shone like diamonds.
The river smelled of life.
One fine day a man came.
He said, the water looks so clean. Let me take a bath in it.
IT was good. He was cleaned.
then came his village, and they also took a bath in the water.
They were cleaned.
Then came another man. His toilet was smelly, but here was a toilet so clean.
He decided to take a dump.
Then his entire village decided to take a dump.
The river was little dirty, but still clean.
Then came another man, who thought, my house is full of garbage.
Let me throw some in it.
And then his entire village threw garbage.
Hamlets became villages, villages became cities, and garbage dumps grew.
They all decided to dump it in the river.
And 2000 years later, there was no water, only a dirty nallah.
Please do not take bath in the Chandertal. Its still beautiful. I am hoping it stays this way 2000 years later too.[/quote]
Well said Bro.
|13th September 2010, 18:47||#64|
Morning was young, and the sun was shining. Today we were to go back.
Chatted up with a honda city riding group, who asked me to return via kunzum only. they were also planning the same as the road after Tabo was horrendous.
Well little did they know what road after losar was like. Still I wished them luck, and cautioned them. Did they make it or not, I have no idea.
For us, it was time for some calls. Harsh did not pick up his phone, so it was a call to trance_nut who suggested we see Dhankar from the base, and then head to Kaumic and then back.
Well first, the view of the Spiti Valley. ITs a baby ladakh kind of thingy
Wide angle Dhankar
Close up dhankar
In hindsight, it was a slight waste of time!
More shots from Dhankar area
Yaks and cows and buffaloes or whatever mixed
Another view of the Dhankar
A man made waterfall
The river spiti
The interesting thing we found was Rock formations. They are a lot more abundant here, than ladakh
TO BE CONT........
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|14th September 2010, 11:48||#65|
Spiti! - cont...
We continued on towards kaza.
A view of the river side, and dry cracks. Water had only recently receded from these levels. A month ago this whole area was in danger of flash flood
Another thing which differentiates Spiti from Ladakh is the greenery. while ladakh is seeing a lot of recent greenification efforts, Spiti is very green naturally
The road to Kaza
Another shot of the valley
Finally around 10:15am we were in Kaza. We decided that this was the right time to get fuel and food. After that we will go to Kaumic, and start our long journey back
Unfortunately, there was no electricity. The pump guy told us to have breakfast and stuff, and if electricity still does not come, they will try using the hand pump, which was not functioning properly.
I did have 20 liters fuel in the jerrycan, but it would be cutting it too short.
So we decided to eat.
No electricity... so it was time to do some hand pumping, and I got around 20 liters of fuel. Did not get the tank full as I doubted the quality.
Incidently, at 3700m this is the highest IOC filling station, higher than Ladakh.
After that, post 11am, it was time to head to kaumic. A narrow steep rocky 20kms climb to 4400m above sea level!
TO BE CONT.........
|14th September 2010, 12:09||#66|
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@tsk: where did you stay the night before Kaza? Or, did you stay at Kaza itself for the night and go to Dhankar the next day and return?
|14th September 2010, 12:31||#68|
Koumic - and the meadows
24kms from the main highway lies Koumic.
the climb up is steep narrow, and rocky. Nothing too major, but scary, because for almost 10kms you have sheer drops. You can see the entire valley as you climb up.
Midway you get a small village of Lingzi or langza , and then start the meadows with wildflowers.
We decided to do a non stop climb. No photography breaks, reach the top, and then slowly come down, enjoying the meadows.
It took us more than an hour to do those 22kms.
And finally little before noon, we were at Koumic
The meadows of Koumic
It was green, very green. Its odd to find so much green at 4500m above sea level. Infact, nowhere else, not even at Hanle have I seen so much green at this altitude.
We continued downwards on the narrow track, slowly savouring the sights.
The engine note was rough as the turbo struggled to suck in air. A common phenomena at such altitudes.
Almost midway down lies the village of Langza
There is a big buddha there
A close up of the village, with the typical Ladakhi/Spitian architecture
Near Langza lies a meadow, and around the meadow goes the road.
However, if you are adventurous, you can take the shortcut, a dirt track cut through the meadow. Its steep and slippery, but nothing for the white elehant.
The crest of this meadow offers some amazing views
the village and the statue
In the foreground is the dirt track, and far away it merges with the main dirt road
TO BE CONT.......
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|14th September 2010, 15:43||#71|
|14th September 2010, 16:27||#72|
Koumic - cont...
Picking up where I left off...
the meadow was very different. Two perfect tracks, with a center hump, and grass all around.
The white elephant, basking in the sun
Look at the angle of descent, when we climbed the meadow, the climb was even steeper. But with a 4x4, all this is trivial
From a different angle
Another safari pic
we drove down to the main road. Here is where the track joins the road
A view of the high peaks
another zoom shot. This place was truly amazing, and we could have spent the whole day here
But Manali was waiting... Time to drive on. It was almost 1pm, and we still had 20-30 minutes drive to the main road left.
It meant we would start from Kaza around 1:15, have lunch at losar, and hit rohtang only as darkness fell. Not a happy though.
We decided to drive not and not stop.
But then.... few minutes later I see a sight truly out of this world
TO BE CONT.......
|14th September 2010, 17:22||#74|
The flowers, the meadows -- And the valley view
Wildflowers. With lots of angry bees, well thats besides the point.
All I knew is that we had to stop and click, and stand and stare.
The track through the heavenly meadow of flowers
After spending some time here, we moved forward, and got our first valley view
See something familiar? Look again
Those of you who are addicted to google satellite images will know what I mean, those who do not, just look up kaza on google earth
What you see above is the most recognizable triangle in Kaza. Its actually a boundary wall
The road to kaumic, which we were descending now
Around 1:15pm and we were on the main road. We would cross kunzum shortly, and then Rohtang, and be in Manali by night.
For now it was drive and drive
The drive from Kaza to Losar and then to Gramphoo has some amazing sights, and one of those is the Kye monastery
A zoom shot with the panny
The rock formations
Green brown and blue, its so spiti
The road kept changing from bumpy to smooth, and we had a sense of urgency. We normally do not like whirlwind drives, but time was at a shortage. and after all it was a Chandertal trip. Spiti was a bonus
Kaza was left behind, and so were the amazing formations
Soon the rocky section started with cliffs and moonscapes
We were nearing Losar
A close look at the moonscape
TO BE CONT........
|14th September 2010, 17:29||#75|
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Breathtaking travelogue mate. Thanks a ton. Took me back to 2007 when i went to Keylong for 3 days. Unfortunately i had gone on work so could not explore. Hope to do it soon.
And as they say in the media parlance, u have given a very teasing "Coming Up" ... waiting eagerly for the update.
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