A Medley of beautiful Trails, Rupin Pass

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You will always be allured by the beauty of The Mighty Himalayas. One of the best way to explore and feel the mountains, is to live in it, that’s when you realize the beauty of it.

There are few states in India which allows to experience that. Starting from the northern most part of India, Jammu kashmir to Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Rupin pass is one such trek in Himalayas, starting from Uttarakhand and ending at Himachal Pradesh.

The charisma of Rupin pass is you get to see few of the most beautiful shades of Himalayas along with few of the best trek routes. It is like a combo of divergent trails which includes crossing plain grass fields to climbing rocky mountains to crossing terrains and mountains covered with snow.

So here is the brief itinerary we followed.

Day 0 – Start from Bengaluru, Reach Delhi and Then to Dehradhun

Day 1 – Make necessary arrangements to reach Dhaula, Try to start early in the morning from Dehradhun
2 main reasons to start early –

1.The road to Dhaula is long, time taking and a bumpy ride. So better start early

2.Having mentioned the point 1, the journey to Dhaula itslef will captivate you with the beauty of the hills that you cross. And also, the campsite of Dhaula is also beautiful, which fills you with excitement for the upcoming trail.

Day 2 – Camp Little ahead of Sewa

Day 3 – Camp at Jakha village

Day 4 – Camp at Lower waterfall

Day 5 – Camp at Upper waterfall

Day 6 – Complete the Rupin pass and camp little ahead of Ronti Gad Campsite

Day 7 – Reach Sangla

Day 8 – Depart to Bengaluru

We had booked our expedition through Summiters. We were a small group of 7 people, just enough group size for everyone to stick together and also to have fun. The group was a fine blend of a cheerful family(4), an experienced and humanitarian solo traveler and us, a group of 2. We all met for the first time at Dehradhun

Day 0 – Flight departure from Bengaluru at 10.10pm, arrival at Delhi, 1am. Now according to our plan and booking, the next flight was supposed to be at 6.10am, arriving at Dehradhun at 7.10am. The flight got delayed initially by 3hrs, postponing the flight to 9.10am and this was long before the journey date itself. But to make things worse, it got further delayed by another 2hrs, so eventually departing Delhi at 11.30am and reaching Dehradhun at 12.30pm. So we had an exhausting 10hrs wait at Delhi airport.

Day 1 – So finally after all that struggle, we had a sigh of relief once we boarded the flight and the 1hr journey to Dehradhun just passed with a blink of an eye. We knew that we couldnt stay in Dehradhun, cause now we had a long journey to cover to Dhaula.So we quickly freshened up at Dehradhun aiport and met our rest of our troops, gathered up and started our journey to Dhaula. Now, Dhaula is hardly 220-250kms from Dehradhun, but the jounery takes approximately around 7-8hrs.Thats the reason for most of the people to start early from Dehradhun. But the journey itself gave us one of most reliving memories. By the time we were close to Dhaula, it was pretty dark and we missed half of the beauty, and thats one another reason to start early. We reached around 11.30pm to our campsite and we had no clue how our surroundings were, and we quickly hit the bed.

Day 2 – Trek from Dhaula to Sewa camp

Since the previous night, we couldn’t even catch a glimpse of our camp site, the very next morning, the sight was just captivating. We were close to the banks of rupin river. High rising trees eventually opening up to the sky with beautiful birds wandering among them was just an unforgettable sight. And the best part is, starting the day to a hot cup of tea. After a hefty breakfast, it was then time to get all geared up for a 6day adventure. First day of trek was mostly walking through forest areas of Govind national park. There were occasional steep climbs but mostly it was a peaceful walk. You will be encountering lots of pit-stops since we are lot closer to human habitat and there are few stalls en-route. Our campsite was little ahead of Sewa campsite and closer to river banks. Once we reached the campsite, few of us got excited and decided to take a dip in the river. The water temperature was bone-chilling and we could hardly stay in it for a minute or 2, before we could break out and enter again. That gave us a kick start experience.

Day 3 – Sewa to Jhaka village

Day 3, the start of the trek itself was a climb. It was a climb through the forests to reach the nearest motorable trail, followed by a very long walk, crossing the nearby villages and the river, always accompanying by our side.

Occasionally, encountering waterfalls and we did stop by to refill our water sources and get a few a clicks

We were happily walking for the first 2hrs of Day 3, but the trail quickly changed from a simple walk through motorable roads to steep climb through rocky mountains leading to a village and a trail thorough the village. Even the exit through the village was sort of a ascend leading us to a trail, which was again a simple walk for a couple of kms. Soon everyone were delighted with the fact that it was our lunch time and the best part of it was the location where we decided to have our lunch. We had a delightful meal for both our hearts and stomach. The mountains around us felt like they have been creatively carved out by a craftsman.

Once we were done with our lunch, it was time again to get on with our journey. But this last stretch of our trail was an acute climb for next 1hr. We were much caught up in the climb that we even forgot to take a pic of it.

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We made climb from the river stream upto the point where we have taken the photograph. And this is just half the story

Finally justice was done once we reached our destination, Jakha. None of us could stop admiring the beauty that particular location. It was like straight out of a dream, one could have just imagined of such a place his whole life. Everyone of us just drowned in that moment, trying to sink what we had just witnessed.

Day 4 – Jhaka to Lower waterfall

After a royal service at the homestay and a soothing morning bath, we continued our journey. We had kind of mixed emotions when we started today. Our minds were in constant conflict between happiness and joy of what we had just experienced the previous day and the obstacles that the trail was going to hammer upon us today. We had already gained decent altitude of 8700ft the previous day and the trek/altitude today certainly started having noticeable impacts on our body. By the time we reached our lunch point, we had gained around 12000ft. And by the time we reached our campsite, we could actually feel the difference, the effect of that altitude and mind games it plays.

Day 5 – Lower waterfall campsite to Upper waterfall campsite

The last 2 days of summit was very grueling. We could literally see the climb and feel it from our camp site. But the last 2 days were the most adventurous part of the entire trek. Everyone could feel the adrenaline rush within them. We started off with a steep climb, crossing few river streams in the beginning and the trail slightly covered by snow. Today’s plan was to camp just little before the summit so that the very next day, we start early and be done with the summit before the weather deteriorates.

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The above depicts the climb we had to do today. All we had to do is climb, from the point where the pic was taken to the point where you can notice the start of the waterfall.

When we almost reached the top of the waterfall, that’s when our guide surprised us with the fact that, we had just covered half of the total distance. And rest is just history.

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Dinner Camp @13500ft

Day 6 – The Judgement day – Rupin pass

Most of us could already feel the AMS in our heads. We were getting exhausted too easily and our heads were bursting out with pain, but still we managed to carry on, mostly because our zeal to get through the pass was stronger than the obstacles we were facing. The temperature had significantly the previous day itself. These are the two days when your warm clothes help you out to survive, especially during the night and early mornings.

Our last day of onward journey, was mostly the climb. We could see the ‘Pass’ from our previous campsite itself. And there it was sending chills down our spines.

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Rupin pass from our campsite

The first 1hr, we were climbing through the snow covered terrains, and half of the crew were worried about slipping and rolling off. Well, its quite normal during these expeditions and nothing to be serious about (:p). There were also instances where, our feet used to get down, into the ground due to unexpected level of snow and that was terrifying some people. Its not too dangerous though, but your shoes and socks tend to get wet. Its recommended to not change immediately, cause there may be further such instances for next 1-2hr too. You may change it once you start getting down the pass and cross the snow terrain.

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The climb was by far the best experience. Pushing ourselves beyond our limits, at 15200ft, was nothing sort of ordinary. The climb was soo close, yet so far. For the last 30min, our minds were blank, expect for one thought, to finish the climb. Once we reached the pass, our happiness knew no bounds.

On completion of any trek, may it be a small one, or big one like a Himalayan trek, you have a sense of fulfillment within your hearts, the feeling which gets flared up at the peak and keeps asking for more.

The descend looked quite steep but now that everyone had crossed the pass, this seemed normal and it matter anymore. Once we started our descend, it was a long walk, along the edge of the mountains to reach our next destination camp site, ‘Ronti Gad’.

Ronti gad campsite was another beautiful location. The Winds were strong, our tents barely hanging on. Once we gathered around for a cup of tea in our diner camp, everyone of us had so much to talk about, so much to express. The location, added to the depth of the conversation, something you can only experience in places like these and moments like these remain in your memories forever.

Day 7 – Descend from Ronti Gad to Sangla

Today it was mostly the descend. We could already feel that, we were getting closer to the civilization. There were sights of farms and houses throughout our journey. Most of us enjoyed this walk. We were lot cheerful and playful than the previous day. It wasnt due to the fact that we were returning, it was more cause of the experience and things we witnessed for past 6 days. It mostly took us less than 4hrs to reach Sangla and another 30mins to climb through the village. Our ride back to Chandigarh was all ready. We had one last photo session with out trek guides and we left sangla, setup for a journey of 10hrs before we reach Chandigarh.

The journey was long, through the narrow roads of Himachal pradesh. —Description–

Day 8 – Farewell!!

After a 12hrs of a roller coaster ride and 2hrs of intermittent sleep time, we finally made it to the Chandigarh airport. But we were denied entry to the airport, cause apparently we were too early, so we had to fallback to the crew waiting area. We had sufficient time to freshen up and have breakfast(canteen near the airport premises). Most of us, already had a flood of messages and emails from work. 3 of us were on the same flight back to Bengaluru and other 4, were heading back to Chennai, but our flight’s departure were on the same time.

We were all catching up on few things, while some of us were exchanging our numbers and pictures. Towards the end of the journey, strangers that you just met 6 days ago, have become your best companions and you make promises of keeping in touch forever. Though you may know whether that’s possible or not, you don’t know when your lives path cross each other again but all that matters is the time you spent together and memories they leave behind.

Things to pack:

We usually mention it in the beginning but this time, the experience we had overshadowed the importance of this. But still, few things that we think you need to consider while packing

  1. 50-60L Backpack
  2. Water resistant shoes ( According to what I know, the new model of Forclaz 500 seems to be the best fit)
  3. 3-4 pairs of cotton socks, as you tend to sweat a lot and during the last 2 days of your onward journey, it inevitable for your shoes to get wet(unless its waterproof or highly water resistant)
  4. 1 pair of woolen socks is more than sufficient. Mostly during the night before the summit
  5. 1 pair of waterproof gloves
  6. 1 woolen cap or Balaclava, which ever suits you best
  7. 1 normal cap to protect yourself from sun
  8. Sunscreen and Shades (these two are highly recommended , to protect yourself from UV rays)
  9. Pair of flip-flops (this depends on your comfort, if you are comfortable in roaming around in shoes and cut down your bag weight, you can avoid this)
  10. Bag cover – mandatory
  11. Rain sheeter/ poncho – mandatory (rainfall/snowfall is unexpected in mountains)
  12. Trekking pole – advisable
  13. 1litre water bottle. Few other places they would have mentioned 2, but i feel it will just add on weight cause you will find many places where water is refillable.
  14. Head lamp or any other torch
  15. 1 Pair of thermals is more than enough
  16. 1 Down jacket – you wont be needing more layers than this, and its mostly for the last 2 days of your onward journey
  17. 2 water quick dry track pant and T-shirts according to your comfortableness, preferably full sleeves. A quick note, the 2nd day, you will have a river stream next to your campsite, so few crazy people might consider taking a quick dip into it
  18. And finally the best version of yourself with loads of enthusiasm
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Something to do out of the box for a 2-Day weekend close to Kanakapura-Bengaluru

As usual weekend was upon us and we were coming with plans and ideas to make it count

One of the many that we came up with was,

  1. Leave early in the morning from Bengaluru.
  2. Travel to mekedatu and sangam
  3. Travel back half way towards Kanakpura
  4. Stay over night somewhere nearby
  5. Enjoy your stay
  6. Do a sunrise Trek (something which adds the charm and a great climax to your short trip)

Now, the details of the first half part of the trip, itself will be added as a part of different blog page. Let me just share few details and pictures of the sunrise hike that we do.

Its not a very well known hill or something that you will find on google maps concretely. It was a hill , right behind the stay that we had halted. The locals have named it as Chukki Betta. It is also know as Kapaala Betta

We started the hike at around 5.30am, wasnt much dark though. So we had no need of torch, though we got it. It took us about an hour to reach the top and we were just on time to get the breath taking view, with the first set of sun-rays falling over the village.

The trail itself is not difficult, but one has to overcome thick vegetation and cautiously pass through thorny bushes to reach the summit of peak.The bushes are home for avian life and wild boar

Looking at the pics you can understand what I am talking about. This is what you can expect from the top of the hill. All the pics are uploaded as it is, without any edits.

A perfect place to just sit out, slow down for a while in your life and run through your thoughts meanwhile also appreciate the beauty of it.

Rejuvenate yourself with this experience and get ready to head back with a whole lot of new memories

You can find more combo packages similar to this on Summiters adventures

The Enduring Chaddar Trek

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I am sure most of you trek lovers out there would have either heard of or put the physically and mentally gruelling chadar trek on your to do list.

Its not like your usual himalayan trek, but more a test of your physical limits and mental strength.

After completing the trek successfully, we felt a need to blog our experiences and the issues that we faced during this trek, because no matter how much we prepared via online articles, it all came down to the ground zero where we came to know that there are a lot of things that we could have done differently…
So in order to provide a guide as to how is Chadar trek and to-dos and not-to-dos here are a few points which mightily immensely help you if you are planning to go on one:

Things you should know before you signup for it

Few aspects that makes chaddar trek special and challenging at the same time:

1.You will be covering a distance varying from 7-14kms a day

2.With a backpack of 7-8.5kgs on your shoulders (This solely depends on how much stuff do u want to carry with u…personally we regretted each and every moment of packing 8 kgs of stuff in our backpack wen all the weight kept crushing our shoulders during the long walks….so unless u are a shoulder exercise junkie, we would suggest u pack wisely!!! :P)

3.On thick and slippery ice or sometimes over the mountains (if the chaddar is broken)

4.With a atmospheric temperature of around -10º c to -15º c (during the day)

So there is no doubt that you will be uncomfortable in the beginning, if you havent been through such harsh conditions before but at the same time, we can also assure you that, you can overcome that fear having experienced it ourselves

Few Other important info that we would like to share

Most of you would not be having the necessary gear/equipment required for the trek. We are sure you would be looking to buy most of the things, but we highly recommend to instead buy the gears at LEH itself. As far as we observed, you get quality products for reasonable price at LEH market. Most of the trekking organizations will have atleast 1Day of acclimatization at the guesthouse (in some cases 2). So you utilize that time.

Few important gears that you will need

Starting from very basic, for the trek itself (this is only for actual trek, mostly the 6days)

1.Track pants ( max 2) — buy the waterproof ones

2.T-shirts (max 2)

3. 2 pairs of thermals (of good quality)

4.A sweater(woolen) and a fleece jacket(probably a sweat shirt)– fleece jacket can be optional, which you might not require during the day

5.A thick down jacket(very important) — make sure you keep this of a good quality one

This is also available in the leh market

6. 2/3 pairs of woolen socks (good quality ones are available at leh market)

7. 3/4 pairs of cotton socks

You might have to get down into the water, whenever chaddar is not formed, yours socks might get wet. Extra pair of socks are necessary

8. one pair of water proof Gloves and one pair of woolen gloves

During the day, you can use the water proof gloves, which will also be considerably warm and protect your hands from getting wet

You can switch to woolen gloves at night, to protect you from biting cold

9.A woolen cap to cover your ears and face mask to cover your nose. This can be substituted with what is also known as Balaclava, depending on your comfort, because you may feel suffocation during night

So this is for the clothing and layering part

Coming to the other essentials

1.Trekking pole (mandatory) . We would recommend to carry only 1, as thats more than enough

2.Carry your normal trekking shoes

3.Buy/rent GUM boots at LEH market (remember, if possible buy one size bigger than your norm, cause later on you may feel uncomfortable with the size)

4.Carry flipflops, but this is not required during the trek, as your feet gets frozen, if you walk around with flip flops. This is only required at the guesthouse and for any other off trek purpose

5. 2 packs of wetwipes and remember to keep it warm(probably keep it stuffed between any of the clothing or keep in your sleeping bag while asleep)

6. A good quality Vacuum flask (any other bottle gets frozen)

7. Backpack/ruksack, A 50L backpack is an ideal choice

Our Journey

Day – 1 Leh 19th Jan 2018

So this is where our journey started. As soon as we landed at the LEH airport, we could feel that cold breeze and the sub-zero temperature, though we had layered clothing. Airport was beautifully located, between the mountains. More than 70% of the crowd were here for the Chaddar trek. Ruksacks, Trekking poles, down jackets and airport filled with enthusiasm, is what the sight was. We started off with hot cup of tea, available right outside the airport. There was small confusion about, how to get a cab, but eventually we figured it out. You just have to randomly ask any cab outside the airport and they will be there to guide you. We did face a minor issue in finding our guesthouse, because prepaid sim doesnt work over here and even in postpaid, only few selected networks work (like airtel and bsnl). So we had to rely on the cab driver, to find us the right place.

Once we reached our guesthouse, we were served hot cup of milk/tea and breakfast.We met our fellow travelers (we were around a group of 19) and we were briefed about the trek by our organizer, do’s and dont’s.

Then we were off to buy necessary gears and stuffs for the trek at LEH market. As we already mentioned, you get complete set of gears from the market. And most important thing to buy was Gum boots

Once you buy all the necessary stuffs, the next important thing for you to do is, off-load unnecessary luggage/items, keep it in a separate bag, get it tagged by the guesthouse officials (your name and date) . Remember this the most important thing to do. Carry only what is necessary. We hardly changed our clothes, other than for obvious reasons like few of us fell into the river stream or something like that.

The first night at LEH will give you a hard reality check, about how the nights are going to be throughout your trek.

Day – 2 Base camp/Tilad-do 20th 2018

So after the survival of our first night at the guest house, our confidence was definitely a little shaken, but at the same time our optimism, for things to get better, did a good job to level it up. we were up a little early, by 6.30am, getting our final things packed up and all geared up to the adventure. Had early breakfast and were waiting for our guide to showup. And so we boarded our bus and headed to the our destination- BASE CAMP @Tilad-do. It was a 3 hours long drive, with the last part about 1hr 30mins of bump ride.

You cross through the scenic beauty of LEH, mountains all around and narrow roads through the maintains, just like out of the movies.

Once you reach the base camp, you will be witnessing the Zanskar river and its frozen half for the first time. The base camp will be crowded, with people would be starting the expedition on the same day as you, and also with people who have successfully completed the trek. Utilize the time to appreciate the beauty around you, have some good time with your fellow companions and chillout, donot worry about anything else.

You will be provided with the Tents and sleeping bags. Tents are usually double/triple sharing, you can choose as per the availability

Temperature drops quite drastically past 5.30-6pm, people usually spend their times at tent till dinner is served or if you are comfortable(with the cold), you can stargaze, the beauty which you will never find in cities. Would definitely suggest you guys to carry playing cards, to spend some fun time (which we had forgotten and regretted it big time). On our first day at tent, we went to bed very early, @8.30pm itself, and we were literally bored and tired of sleeping.

Our group numbers were little screwed up(thats a another story), we were a group of 4, and we dint have 2 tents of 2 capacity, so we either had to split ourselves up into 3 + 1 or adjust all 4 of us in a 3 capacity tent. And for first night, we chose to go with option 2

Day – 3 Trek to Sumo camp 21st Jan 2018

As mentioned earlier, 4 of us slept in 3-capacity tent, which was quite uncomfortable but warm. So we survived our first night at camp. Today our actual trek started. We walked for about 10mins over the hill, before we descended for the first time on Chaddar, frozen river. Our guide, enlightened us with the knowledge about how to walk over the frozen river and which part of it is supposed to be the best ones to walk on (best ones in terms of durability of the ice, rather than easier ones to walk on).

And so with that amount of KT, we started off. It dint take long before we could experience the first fall. A free fall would be better, rather than you trying hard not to fall. Cause, we had lots of injuries, which we will come to in next sections. So remember, not to obstruct your fall using HANDS

You will not realize how the time flies by. Before we could even know, guide asked us to stop for lunch. Our lunch was mostly maggie for our entire stretch of the trek.

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We reached our campsite at around 3-3.30pm, cause this stretch is usally around 7kms is what we heard. The campsite was much more closer to the river and the night was comparatively colder

Day – 4 Tib cave 22nd Jan 2018

Day usually starts by 6.45-7am, with hot lemon tea server to your tents and breakfast served at 7.30-8am and trek start by 8.15-8.30am . The sooner you start, the better, but it depends on the whole crew.

The view pretty much remains the same. Dry/Snow covered mountains and thick ice. But Sometimes, either chaddar isnt yet formed or its broken, what this means is, you will not have a clear path, but to either go over the hills or through the water/river. We faced two such situations on this day, where once we crawled through the walls of the mountains (felt like spiderman) and the other, we crossed through the river.

Now, before we reached our campsite, already one guy had a broken arm, another guy had a sprain and 2 people had health issues(including one with fluctuating BP). So as we already mentioned, go for a free fall instead :p . And donot neglect any health issues that you face. Highlight the problem either with the guide or your team members

Out of 19, 4 decided to headback to base camp starting the next day. But the catch here is, there is no direct escape off the route, the only way to quit is, to walk all the way back to the base camp.

Day – 5 Naerak 23rd Jan 2018

Now, among the rest 15 of us, few of us had got somewhat used to the routine. And so we started our journey towards the last part of 1 half of the trek. This was the longest distance to cover is what we heard. Again, at 1-2 places, chaddar was broken and we had to take alternative routes and that delayed our journey by quite some time.

The main essence of the last part of the trek is to catch the glimpse of the frozen waterfall. It was quite a challenge for us because, the last 200-250mts of chaddar was not formed at all. So we had to ascend the steep hill, walk and descend the same hill from the other side, quickly click pics of the waterfall and repeat the same cycle of ascend and descend cause it was falling dark by the time we started our return journey.

Once we reached the camp, we had a small bonfire setup, cause this was the first time in 3days that we got dry wood to burn. We were more than happy, though the setup was small.

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The night was colder is what we felt. And every night our sleeping bags were to the rescue.

Day – 6 Tib cave 24th Jan 2018

It was like 50% of our trek was done and there was no looking back now. You need to go through the rest 50% if you want to get back. Few genius in our group came up with an idea of covering the entire return journey in just 2days, by stretching ourselves a bit instead of pulling it off in 3days . We just nodded and agreed to their idea, cause eventually we never fell behind them for the past 3days. And for any of such ideas to come into action, the entire team has to be on the same page. We were not much bothered about it, as we had no issues with the plan.

We started off with that plan in mind, but by lunch time, we realized that we were far behind that plan and eventually had to come back to the same point where we had previously camped. And meanwhile, another guy broke his arm along the way. So things worsened a bit, cause now it was a case of medical emergency and we all had the motive to get back to base camp as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, we also had some good time with our guides/porters.

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Day – 7 Was supposed to be Sumo camp, but we reach Base Camp instead 25th Jan 2018

The day started quite early for all of us. Tea was served to our tents by 6 and breakfast was ready by 7. We started our trek by around 8.15am, which we would start by 9am.

Surprisingly we reached our halfway mark well within the expected time, even our guides were surprised to notice that. Today’s lunch was something different, we got pulav, instead of maggie. We were taking adequate breaks while walking, cause our shoulders and legs had started to hurt pretty badly.

We reached our base camp at aroud 4.30pm

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Day – 8 Were supposed to reach Base camp today, 26th Jan 2018

We were relieved to be back to our normal life. Waking up in the bed, warm water to brush, breakfast being served at the table and wifi. Since we saved a day, we got the opportunity to explore few places at LEH. We started our local sightseeing by 12.30 and still we were able to cover 3 good places at LEH and also visit the LEH market

Our itinerary for the day was

1. Thicksay Monastery

Beautifully built. You will be able to witness the Buddhist architecture and culture, feels like straight out of the movies. Visited their places of worship and also meditated in the peaceful atmosphere.

2.Lunch

3. The Hall of fame museum

Perfect day to visit this place. 26th Jan it was. Everything our Indian army has done from the Day 1 has been documented and heroes are glorified. Though we had to rush through most of it since we were running out of time, still we were able to capture the essence of it. We also got the opportunity to walk through ‘The War memorial’ behind the museum. The names of all the martyr’s had been carved out

4. The Shanti stupa

Another beautifully located masterpiece. The view from this place is breathtaking and the Stupa itself adds to the charm

5. And finally the LEH market to buy souvenir and other stuffs

Day – 9 27th Flight back to delhi and Bengaluru

And this was the mark to an end of an amazing journey of 10days. We were taking back an enormous amount of memories from this journey. The learning and the experience is priceless.

We would also recommend you guys to check out the Summiters Adventures . Even the Chadar trek organised by them is great. They also organise mesmerising offbeat treks in South India and its definitely worth a visit