Today was the D-Day for us. The entry to Bumla Pass was closed for last two days and we could take that road today only. We woke up and got ready and asked a few localities as they had an idea about the weather and what they said was a good news for us. It snowed yesterday up in Bumla but today morning the weather was clear and we were given a hope. We immediately hired a Sumo. Small cars cannot go through the snow-clad roads. We left for Bumla from Tawang at 0700 hours. It was a 35 km journey further up. At the first check post we were advised by the Army to go on our own risk as the road ahead is not in a good condition and the weather can change any time. But we took the risk and went ahead. Enroute to Bumla, we witnessed a lot of lakes but the one which stood out was P Tso Lake. It was frozen as all the other lakes but the view it created at that time was breathtaking. Next we stopped at Y-junction. It is so named as two roads go from that junction, one towards Bumla Pass and other towards Madhuri Lake. We stopped there, had momos and pakode there, we also bought boots. After that point we proceeded towards Bumla Pass, hoping to go to Madhuri Lake on our return. The roads were full of snow and there were few stretches of road where our vehicle got stuck as the wheels were slipping. The driver then took out a chain and put it around the rear wheels of Sumo. The friction increased and slipping stopped. But there were a few instances when the chain came out and this consumed a lot of time. When we're near to the last check post before Bumla, the chain got broken and we were left dejected and started thinking that we would not be able to go further and would have to return. The driver tried all the tricks he knew to put back the chain but couldn't succeed but he was able to take us to the next check post. But with no chain we could go no further and there was not a spare chain either. We were advised by the Army men to return. We were preparing to go back but a twist in the tale was about to come. In came another Sumo with three scholars of IIT-Guwahati. The chain around the wheels of their Sumo was intact and there was enough space for the three of us to get a seat. So the two groups went to Bumla Pass in one vehicle and were advised by the Army men to return within an hour. The road ahead was so bad that it took more than an hour to reach there.
6 people with a driver on snow-covered roads and mountains going to a place which is at a height of 15200 feet and listening to "DJ waaley mera gana toh bajaa". The circumstances we were in were unparalleled.
Finally after more than an hour we reached Bumla Pass. The Army men posted there were very nice to us briefing about the geography and their life spent there. The Chinese peaks were visible, the LAC was visible, the road through which Dalai Lama entered India was visible. The Army men were serving at such high altitudes at the forefront of our mother nation. We saluted all the Army Personnel for their courage and sacrifices and as advised by them started our journey back as the weather was turning nasty. As we started our journey back it began to snow. The wheels of Sumo were covered with chain but still the vehicle was slipping on the road. On one side was a deep gorge and the vehicle got stuck at few places and was moving towards the gorge. We were having doubts whether we will reach back home or mix with the snow. Fortunately the experienced driver had been through all this and asked us to maintain composure. Finally, slowly and slowly, we crawled our way back to the checkpost. The Army men offered us tea and asked us to go down to Tawang as quickly as we can. The weather was deteorating. We quickly sat in our vehicle and left for Tawang. Enroute at the Y-junction, the Army closed the road to Madhuri Lake and we were directed to go back to Tawang. While going down, we stopped at P Tso Lake which was dead freezing, tried to go down to the lake, clicked some pictures and then quickly returned to the vehicle as it was freezing chilling cold. We reached back to Tawang around 1700 hours. As usual, we had ale with chicken. The effect of Bumla we brought to Tawang as that night it snowed in Tawang town.
"Lagg gyi par mazaa agya".