KIBBER: The route to Kibber was scenic and we reached in Twenty Minutes. The village was once famous for being the highest inhabitated and motor-able village till komic came in picture. The village had views ti die for. The houses here are closely located , painted in white and the roof of all the house are stacked with stacks of dried for preventing snow to enter through terrace. and also for burning in winter. The area is known for Snow Leapord and
We were there for one hour watching the place glory and left for Key Gompa. We wanted to capture key gompa from down the hill and asked our driver to pick two of us on our way down. We trekked down from narrow stretches and reached the road below. Took few pictures and were waiting and walking on road. It was turning dark and being unaware of the village nearby we waited and finally our cab arrived and we left for the Hotel. We observed light showers in evening and it was all cloudy. and we were tired. Shared our images from both the places. reached by 8:30 pm and after having our dinner slept by 1030 pm to start early next morning.
Day 7: Kaza- Losar- Kunzum La-Chandratal Lake
Distance: 90 Kms
Travel Time: 9 hrs
Today we left hotel after having breakfast early by 9:00 am . Reached losar village for tea by 10:30 am. The route was mind boggling. The mountains were taller. The valley was flat. The bank of river were creating beautiful structures due to erosion. The terrain was becoming drier and drier when heading upwards. Now the roads were more zig zag, narrow, rugged ruble path with No road above losar village. The sky was much clearer and their was hint of all colour ranging from red, blue green, white silver, shades of brown etc. This was indeed a paradise away from civilization in the laps of nature with its vividness so rare and magnifique.
We reached Kunzum la at around 12:00 pm. i was getting speechless in describing the view day by day. Their was a passage made to reach the Kunzum mata Stupas. This was decored by numurous thread of Tibetian flags. Flowing heavily and fully with the chilled winds hustling through. On the north was snow clad mountains so near that we can feel the snow fall in that mountain on this peak too.This peak has its own glory. The air was so chilled that we were not able to unmask our noses. We visited the temple and went walking towards the mountain side. Sat their creating timelapses and photo memories.
Started at 1:30 pm towards chandratal. Now we had Chenab river on left side of us. The roads are dangerous with waterfalls becoming nallah on places making the soil more collapsable. You have to be very attentive while driving on this route. Even one blink of eye will lead to fall in the gorge with only rocks and a narrow river chenab flowing below. The zig zagness, the uneven rubbled surface and the road width were dangerous to drive. We just had some faith in our driver as he was driving in such location for past 20 years. We reached Chandratal Base camp by 3:00 pm.
We were hungry as we had no option of food on the way and went to the camp Kitchen. They were closed as it was 3:15 pm . We requested them to give us anything and cooked us maggi. We had maggi as our lunch and were ready by 3:30 pm for trekking to lake 3 kms away. Trekking takes 1 hr 50 minutes. Three of us were in no mood to trek as we already had trek for last three days. I requested driver to drive three of us to the nearest location one km apart from the lake. Three guyz started trekking with just water in their bags. We went in vehicle wit all the luggage. We have fixed our spot and timings and we were supposed to wait for other to as we were supposed to land up early. The cab slowly and steadily climbed up on again very narrow zig zag lane. We were running fine and then suddenly felt the jerk and saw our vehicle stranding down on hill side. Three of us hurriedly shifted our-self out. Put some stones on the tilted side of cab and asked our driver to come out. We were only able to fetch few bags in our hand . The cab was hanging on hill side with only rocks and river below.
We realized just then that we escaped death. We asked our driver to calm himself and started flagging to far away vehicles for help. One cab arrived and took our driver to the base camp for getting some help as one vehicle was not sufficient for pull the vehicle out. Our driver asked us to complete our trek and meet him at the base camp below. We told him to be careful of himself while trying to pull the cab out and leave the vehicle and luggage there only if unable to. We were forced to trek as their were no signals for cellphone and we will not be able to contact other three who were trekking. We had only camera bag, tripod, lense bag and a purse with some water at our disposal. Everything else was hanging there with the cab.
We reached the site by 5:00pm but couldnt trace our other members. I wanted to stand on the highest peak to search for them but were not able too.. Then we deccided to sit near the chandratal lake. and wait for them.
The sight and everythin was great but i was in great tension of finding the other three. I started zooming my camera and taking photographs of farthest location. In one of the pic i can find three prople climbing down through other side. I was relieved. And i was ready to capture and feel the landscape . The very own chandratal Lake. There were no major travellers at sight and it was serene torquise water upfront and deep blue water at the latter part amidst dark brown mountains.
Chndra Tal / Chandra Taal / Moon lake is situated at a height of 4300 m and 7 kms away from the Kunzum Pass in Spiti and Lahaul district of Himachal Pradesh India. Boasting of a circumference of about 2.5 kms, the deep blue-water of Chandra Tal Lake is the source of the Chandra river. According to legend, this lake is the location from where god Indra’s chariot picked up Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers. As a result, this lake is a revered one and draws a large number of devotees.
We soaked our legs ad sat their relaxed. We thought we arrived in heaven after that death escape.
Finally the other three arrived. We told them entire story . They took some phot and we left the place by 5:45 pm. We trekked up first and then down through great lanscape. Saw glacier melting into a lake and walked further Down. Our reference was one mountain which was towards the camp side. Prople were getting lost here and you have no one to ask for help. We trusted our guts and kept running down and saw the base camp from top.
We hit the bottom of base camp and saw our driver & cab coming from the road away from Chandratal lake. He was shaking with fear. He considered this day as his rebirth and wanted to celebrate in his own way :-)
We were given our camps and it was getting chillier minute by minute. We asked him not to untie the luggage and keep it as is. But only took our pursse and camera inside camp. It was so clod that no one was ready to explore the camp and its surrounding and were deep inside the blankets given in three layers.
We were called for dinner. We were in no mood to step out but ad to as we hardly had something for lunch. The food tasted great. The Camp owner told us that this week was their last week for camp setup and they will move by the weekend and come here again in next summer. Scarcity of things will be only witnessed at such places.
We went again into our tents. I had seen the sky and made my mind to click few pictures of milky way as i was aware that this was my last day for a while to witness a sky so clear and of course te milky way. With determination i came out of tent with camera. I had no intention of setting up tripod and used one of my shoe as base for camera setting and stability. I git the perfect clip and went inside the tent with satisfaction and slept peacefully. The temperature was -9 degree that night.
Day8: Chandratal- Batal-Gramphu-Rohtang-Manali
Travel Time: 12 hrs
We woke up expecting it to be much chillier but to our surprise it was bearable. We had no mind of having an bath. Just had our freshening up and breakfast and left by 8:30 am. Reached Batal at 10:00 am. On chacha Chachi ka dhaaba we had our parathas most amazinly prepared and left by 11:00 to chattru.
We reached Chattru by 1:00pm Had some maggi and again left for Rohtang pass.
The terrain from chandratal was again changing visually with many waterfalls amidst rocky grassland to cultivated mountain trees to thick forest till we reached rohtang. We also witnessed the heard of horses with perfect view. From batal to Rohtang Chenab River was flowing parallelly along on left side till Chattru from where it was flowing on right till rohtang pass. Gramphu was the last village in Lahual & SPiti Valley.
Rotang Pass:Rohtang Pass means pile of corpses, due to people dying in bad weather trying to cross the pass (elevation 3,978 m (13,050 ft)) is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km (32 mi) from Manali. It connects the Kullu Valley with the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys of Himachal Pradesh, India.
On the lower side towards manali lies the temple of Beas. The place from where beas river originates.
We halted for half and hour there and left for marhi. Had lunch and drive further down towards solang valley. We went on to visit the Rohtang Longest Tunnel project as our friend was working there and had an amazing experience on witnessing the construction of world longest tunnel of 8.9 km. We felt proud for our friend. Met the staff and started for Manali : our last destination. We reached manali by 6:00pm .
With some freshening up we went to mall road for dinner.This was our last night of this adventurous journey and wanted to celebrate . We wanted in our life more of such journey with like minded travellers. Had amazing apple cider at local restaurant with amazing food and slept off after reaching back.
Day 9: Manali- Kullu- Mandi-Chandigarh-Delhi
Travel Time:12 hrs
This day was only about reaching Delhi airport on time
This was an end to the amazing journey of Nine days. We experienced different life, place, culture & heritage. We felt in love with this place and will always be willing to explore this land further.
COSTING OF TRIP:
Cost for 10 days transportation, lodging , Breakfast & dinner,: 13000/ head
Cost of flight to and fro Bangalore: 6000/ head
Cost of lunch +Hotel tip(generous)1+ One day extra stay+Drinks and snacks: Depends
Therfore Total Cost: Rs 19000/head
DO's & DONT's:
Dont take excessive luggage than required
Take cloths in layer (Two set of thermal+ full Sleeves T shirt+ Jacket)
Take required medicinal kit (if possible try to equally distribute among team so that it consumes less space)
Take abundance of sun screen lotion
Goggles+Gloves+Head Gear+Muffler/Scarf+ Socks+Trekking shoes
Camera + Lenses+ Tripod + Filter + Batteries/ Charger + SD cards
Mobile phone + charger+ power bank
Trekking bags+ water bottles
A lot of songs on your phone
I ll end up this story by one line close to me:
"Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the one less travelled by" by Robert frost.
Keep exploring the new lands!!! Keep travelling!!!