This is the day everyone of us are waiting for. The D day, where we will be crossing the most awaited bhabha pass and reach spiti valley.
We were served some breakfast at 2:00 am. But, I wasn't able to eat anything. I was eagerly waiting for the pass. The uphill to the pass was right in front of us for the two days . It is almost 3Kms of steep ascent to reach the pass. We started trekking towards the bhabha pass cross over and by the half distance, my lower part of the right lung started aching. It took us good amount of time to reach the bhabha pass.
The moment everyone of us reached the pass, it was an heavenly feeling. The sense of adventure and accomplishment made me forget about all the hardship took to reach the point. At an altitude of 4,909 meters we were able to watch a panoramic view of all the mountains around us. The lush green landscape has turned into snow white and there was no vegetation around.
My adrenaline was pumping and to add the excitement, we started rappelling down the steep ascent for few hundred meters from the saddle point.
The things take a great dramatic turn in the terms of landscape from the saddle point.
The steep descent consists of slippery mud,glacier,scree and moraine. It's quiet difficult while descending with scree and moraine.
After a 3 kms of descent, there comes a river crossing which took around 60 secs to cross the stream in the chilly water. I have crossed the stream bare foot and I couldn't feel my feet for 15 good minutes. They were totally numb.
By now we are in the spiti valley. We ate our lunch here and took a little rest until everyone can feel their feet.
Rain shadowed spiti has totally different landscape apart from the earlier locations. It's brown everywhere. After this point it's a gradual descent with moraine and scree.
We have reached Mangrungse campsite after a 5kms trek. Tasty chowmein was served and I was already hungry. 4 of us ate in the same lunch box carried and I slept for 30mins straight out of tent until one of my tent mate woke me up.