Hike From Spituk -> Zingchen -> Stok

Photo of by Jo Adores
Photo of by Jo Adores
Photo of by Jo Adores
Photo of by Jo Adores
Photo of by Jo Adores
Photo of by Jo Adores

Day 1 to Spituk was a 12 kilometer walk in arid desert conditions for 6 hours.

We were walking alongside horses.

We arrived at a little village & lived with an elderly lady & 2 elderly men.

On day 2, we waded through rivers because some of the bridges had been washed away. This was a fun obstacle course!

Most of the terrain was rocky & we clocked in about 9km of uphill and downhill. The weather was pleasant like spring.

As we were reaching Zingchen village, I had shortness of breath & was breathing heavily. My guide was concerned about me.

Zingchen is such a beautiful oasis of calm. I enjoyed my time in the fields, walking around & absorbing the views.

I was so nervous thinking about the last day because I knew it would be tough, I could hardly eat dinner. Our guides were so friendly & reassured me that we should be alright. I really didn’t want to be a burden or a quitter. I wanted to finish it but I just didn’t know what lay ahead or how to go about the hike.

The final day was the journey from Zingchen to Stok. We started our hike early. I noticed I had shortness of breath & the feeling of pins & needles in my hands. I didn’t want to make a fuss & I thought that if I ignore it & persevere it would go away. I really wanted to enjoy the hike & finish it. So I shut up, focused & persevered. Thankfully, those feelings subsided after 2 hour. I think my body acclimatised to the altitude in the mountains. The journey up the mountain was tough & it felt like a long time before we reached the summit. The more I thought of reaching the summit, the longer it felt. I decided to be present & focus on each step. Forget about feeling self-conscious if I was slow. It wasn’t a competition & the most important part was staying safe & focused. After a while I got better. As Subhen says, “Trust your feet”.

I really enjoyed the journey & by lunchtime, we reached the top. 1000ft up! We went from about 3o00ft to about 4000 ft. Absolutely spectacular!

We were reaching the end & we had the option of walking down or sledding down. I wanted to walk but was so tempted to sled. So I held onto the guide for dear life & sled. I was laughing a lot & it felt pretty magical.

It felt really trippy because the mountain was a multitude of iridescent colours.

We continued our hike & there was one section that was really scary, I had to jump down to cross a gap & if I missed my landing….that would be the end of me. I was terrified but there wasn’t a way out so I jumped. Quite remarkable what I can do in gun to my head situations.

Towards the end of our hike, we could see the Himalaya’s at a distance.Unbelievable! This image is real.We took the longest time, I was taking too many photos & I wanted to enjoy the walk. At one point, Subhen was so embarrassed he told everyone that I was a ‘professional photographer’.

I was exhausted but happy. Thrilled that I did something unbelievable & pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it.