It was frozen and it was beautiful, I have never seen frozen lakes in my life. We didn't spend much time there as we had to head towards Nathula as early as possible and Changu Lake can be viewed in return journey. So without wasting much time we headed towards Nathula.
We had stopped at a small distance from Nathula to change vehicles as per the clopping system. We were supposed to take a different vehicle and share it with a middle aged couple. They had not arrived yet so we had to wait there. We were at an altitude of somewhere between 13500-14000 feet and were subjected to heavy winds and cold. We could see an army camp down the valley and it was at a distance of about 1-1.5 kms away from us. They were doing their routine practice and we could hear gun shots clearly despite of such a distance. Movies clearly don't get the sound of gun shots right.
Finally the vehicle arrived and we headed towards Nathula pass. On arrival an army officer told us to leave mobiles and cameras back in the vehicle. So we left them in our bags and headed towards the stairs. It was really windy and at the same time the sun was really harsh. The weather was cold and at the same time my face was burning due to sunlight. Nature can be weird at high altitudes.
We had to climb a few stairs, there is a huge difference between climbing stairs at sea level and climbing stairs at 14,500 feet. A lot of people were facing difficulties in climbing stairs and some of them felt sick and had to sit down and take rest. I felt a bit of discomfort in breathing while climbing stairs but it was not much of a problem. On reaching the top we saw a wire fencing which was the international border between India and China and there was a Chinese building next to it. There were Indian soldiers near the fence talking to people and controlling the crowd from going to the other side. I could see the same Chomolhari peak which I had viewed from plane. Had a brief chat with a soldier and he said that the today's weather today has improved a lot and it's much better than the past eight days, the weather which is harsh for us is pleasant for the soldiers. I wonder what kind of weather would be harsh and it's unimaginable how they must be facing it and still perform their duties. We shook hands with them and thanked them for protecting us.
There was a canteen and we ate some momos and had tea thereafter headed back towards our vehicle and clicked whatever pictures we could