Next morning, we started our day with Yoga and some basics of Kalaripayattu (the ancient martial arts). This was day 2 of our trip and we just had to cover about 86kms. We crossed Darcha, ZingZing Bar, Suraj Tal and Baralacha La to reach Sarchu.
Situated at an altitude of 16,040 feet, Baralacha La is a high mountain pass in the Zanskar region. You could get a peculiar type of headache because of the altitude. And to cure it, you could either take Diamox or just have another cup of Tea and relax! ????
Sarchu lies on the boundary of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Also known as Sir Bhum Chun, the barren grandeur of this place is similar to the Ladakhi landscape. The weather here was cruel to the core...the people and the tents were the victims of it! After dinner, we were strolling around, talking about love, life, human stupidities...and bumped into the brains behind WARMEE. A revolutionary self-heating pouch, WARMEE provides up to 8 hours of continuous warmth, without any external source of heating. The gentlemen gave us sample pouches and we were grateful to them for those pouches helped us survive the night.
"Sitting with a peculiar contentment sipping that hot gingered sweet tea. He nourishes himself with the warmness of dear sun from the cold mountains! Ready he is, for another journey higher up into the mountains, towards the white peaks of delight! Every sip of tea that he takes his heart fills with a joy of faith and trust in self. Squatting on that stone of highway, the road goes higher up towards the pass with eyes moving from peak to the glass. From glass to the cup filled with Maggi! Another cold wind and his ear must freeze, however, the glass and the cup save the exposed parts of this journeyman, let's go - journey man - let's go, it's time to head towards next stop."
You can read rest of the trip details here:
Day 0: http://resfebertales.com/an-ordinary-ladakhi-tale-day-0-an-intro/
Day 1: http://resfebertales.com/an-ordinary-ladakhi-tale-day-1-manali-to-jispa/
Day 3: http://resfebertales.com/an-ordinary-ladakhi-tale-day-3-sarchu-to-leh/
Day 4: http://resfebertales.com/an-ordinary-ladakhi-tale-day-4-leh-to-pangong/
Day 5: http://resfebertales.com/an-ordinary-ladakhi-tale-day-5-pangong-to-leh/
Day 6 & 7: http://resfebertales.com/an-ordinary-ladakhi-tale-day-6-7-leh-to-khardungla-to-tsomoriri-to-sarchu/
Day 8: http://resfebertales.com/an-ordinary-ladakhi-tale-day-8-sarchu-to-manali/
Day 9: http://resfebertales.com/an-ordinary-ladakhi-tale-day-9-in-manali/
Day 10: http://resfebertales.com/an-ordinary-ladakhi-tale-day-10-back-in-delhi-rewind/
About Trippy Travelette
A digital marketeer by profession, I was bitten by the travel bug when I was 18 years old. My Mother had gifted me an envelope that had to and fro rail tickets to Gujarat. I had studied in a boarding school in Gujarat and was more than happy thinking about the reunion with my girlfriends who were still there in Ahmedabad and Anand. I was travelling alone but being backed up both morally and financially by my mother, I was a bit relaxed. That trip was where I first experienced the urge to say, 'I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me." There was no looking back post this! I was falling in love with the idea of picking up the bag and leaving for the unknown! The travel experiences started becoming a reminder of human insignificance and frailty. Today, I am most particularly in love with Himachal Pradesh. The landscape, the culture and the people here have become a special part of my life. And you will see most of my travel experiences talk about the same. A complete tea addict, nothing gives me more joy than a 'pahadi chai' with some butter toast! Looking forward to exploring and exchanging awe inspiring stories. Happy Travelling!