At the risk of choosing a favourite in this astonishing place, I would like to describe about a place which made me come alive. This was a trek to Dhankar Lake in Dhankar Village. My fellow travellers and I were already informed that the lake was about 2 miles from our homestay in the village. The entire mountain desert was in front of us. As we were going to trek in the late morning, it was warm. Initially, we all started the trek together but got segregated due to different energy levels. I was way ahead of everyone. My previous treks might have given me the relevant edge. As we were climbing the steepness of the mountain, my friends were soon out of sight. From this moment, my real pleasure began.My 360-degree view had trails, sand, steepness, big stones, brown mountains, vast empty barren lands and beyond all that was a river flowing deep down somewhere. With great empty land came amazing silence which was only broken by my heavy breathings and the strong wind. The curves and zig zag paths with bright sunshine made me realize that I may had entered the movie 127 Hours! Usually, I do not even think of praising anything or anyone but in here my mind was involuntarily just uttering “wow”. My each step thanked me for leaving my job and coming to this trip. Refilling the water bottle from the hot water springs made me realize that my traveling life is the one and only smooth phase and its going strong. I didn’t believe that breathing and opening eyes could be this much fulfilling. After an hour of solo trek and possibly the greatest one hour of my life, I reached the lake which somehow seemed bluer than the clear blue sky. Whoever planned the view at the lake must be what we call as God. My feet were touching the lake, eyes went beyond it in the desert and heart further beyond it into the snow-capped mountains partially visible. However, my mind had crossed the barrier of anything till then leaving me with an unreasonable and undefinable smile.This post was originally published on Orange Souls.
If you are in this part of the Himalayan region, you must indulge yourself in trekking to get the complete feel of the place. There are many such places where hiking is the only way to reach and the views you get to see are indescribable.
We reached by 3:30 pm .We immediately started our trek to Dhankar Lake as people said it required 2 hrs to trek one side. We started fast with only water and cameras, tripod in our hand bags. The trek was on a steep trailing cold dessert mountains. We were exhausted and had no clue how further we need to travel to see the dhankar lake. The air at such heights were scarce and trek made it more suffocating. Had many stops to reach the lake. It took us 45 minutes to reach the lake. We the tired souls were elevated by the view. The lake is a beautiful site. There is a good amount of crystal clear water in the lake and it spreads over a large area. It is surrounded by the barren hills from the sides,but still there is a plenty space left on the bank of it giving an impression of a perfect camping site. Beyond the river valley, snow-capped peaks of Himalayas are clearly visible and their reflections in the lake water frame the perfect pictures for a photographer. Ran for few meters and sat by the lake side. The air was too cold. We immersed our foot in the lake and came out right away. The water was chilled and our feet became insensitive. Walked around the lake . Started our trek back to the monastery. Reached by 6:00 pm. There is a small temple being build by the local people on a side of the lake. There is a pole with lot of prayer flags on the other side of the lake.
Day 5: We headed fro our hostel in Kaza to Dhankar and then to Tabo where we’d be spending the night. As our first stop, we explored the beautiful Dhankar village and headed up to the Dhankar Monastery. Words can’t describe the peace we felt in the walls of the monastery. We then trekked up to the Dhankar Lake which took us an hour while locals take less than half an hour to reach the lake!