The Curious Case Of Chilling With Brad Pitt In Benaras
It was spine-chilling cold and still dark....
Thrilled, Chilled and Enthralled at Anantagiri Hills!
A cup of hot tea in the chilling weather was everything we needed before the trip....
Tilat Sumdo via ChillingWhile we got used to the subzero temperatures and higher altitude, we also got in touch with the other team members who had registered for the trek through adventure nation. Next morning, a Tempo Traveler came and picked 23 of us from Leh and transported us to the starting point of our trek called Tilat Sumdo via chillimg.It was an amazingly scary yet exciting journey of almost 4 hours from Leh to Tilat Sumdo that descends into the Zanskar valley and reaches where Zanskar meets river Indus at a place called Nimmu. Well we made our own gang on the ride itself which lasted for the rest of the trek. A fun filled group of over-the-top-expressive-abusive-energetic bunch of chaps and the list goes like vidhaan aman and shantanu. The bus driver was more of a dirt rally driver than of an actual. One WRONG TURN and it could be dead end deep into beautiful valley. Couple of site seeing spots enchanted us with the serene beauty and silence around. We clicked few pictures at shantistupa and at the confluence of Indus and Zanskar (Point Nimmu ;) enslaving the memoirs forever. Camping spot is on an elevated level field at the junction of the confluence and thus began our much awaited journey on Chadar- the frozen Zanskar river.We made almost 45 degree steep descent into the valley to lay our first steps on the frozen Zanskar and started walking like penguins. For my wife it was the first sight of ice in any form apart from refrigerator and whisky glass ☺ We started taking small walks near the camp site and were excited to see different forms of chadar. The first few steps were scary but in a short while we got a hang of it and started skating like pros! Not much before I knew what was coming, established in our camp 1 tents we were ready to watch a game of footy on the ice sheet right next to our camp. I couldn't resist but to skate with my wife for some time and participated in a so called footy with the group mates and had flat fall on ice while trying to save a stupid goal????. Baammm was the sound and next I saw was my head bleeding and the blood drops falling on the white ice sheet was making me crazy, nonetheless I just managed to save my eye,got away with a big scar (making it a memoir later) just above right eye. Quick action taken by my personal paramedics (my wife☺) helped me Dodge further damage.It was a spectacular sight to behold of milky way right above our tents and some of us started spotting constellations in the night sky.We went back into our tent and slowly slipped in to our two good sleeping bags provided to protect ourselves from dying cold. Alas! Useless they were to protect us from cold, somehow we managed to hit the sack out of sheer tiredness oozing of literally every part of our body.