Roopkund - VI (Day 4 & 5 From Bedni to Bhaguwasa & Camping at Pattharnachunia)10/22/2009 04:05:00 PM
Cis and Trans Himalaya are the two ranges of the Himalaya. The former lies south of The Great Himalaya and comprises the Lesser and Shivalik Himalaya, while the latter lies in the north and includes Zanskar, Ladakh and Karakoram. The Shivalik range separates the Himalaya proper from the Indo-Gangetic plains and is in reality the southern border range of the Himalayan Ecosystem. I found this great article on geography of Himalaya which I thought be a nice idea sharing with you all, its a good read, and with that in mind, I resume my journey back on to the Day 4th morning when I wake up to A cold yet beautiful morning! in the Greater Himalayas.
after the rains in the later half of the day yesterday, and a majestic sunset with golden glimses of gangotri and kedarnath mountain ranges, The morning today is bright and clear. I could roll my eyes, macro'ing the little flowers in the brown-green grass, the plains, seems like those seen in old country movies, craters those small falls have made on our left and right, on the back side is the mountain and the trail skirting us, and in the front lies the valley. if the water level would have been high, (unlikely though) I would have thought I am in a no beach island. but this is nothing less. morning gives us clear view of Neelkanth, Chaukhamba and rest of the gangotri range, on the north-west side, and on our east is milky-white trishul and nanda ghunti, a little I go up to the sky and I see clouds almost running to those peaks, as if they were some kinds of magnets. we admire those for sometime, click shots and come back to the ground again.
One of the reason todays' morning being so cold is the heavy rains yesterday. and one of the impact that does on us, that we 10 people eat breakfast in one plate, just to save us from washing dishes in cold water. Pavan is the victim holding the plate before it goes to kunal, but I think by that time, Pavan realizes he's been monitored by Gopal, constantly till now and he's taken 10 rotis which off course we all have eaten.
Around 8:30 AM, after our bhindi-roti breakfast we start todays' supposedly easy trek to Pattharnachunia/ Pattarnachuni. It' should be a 3 hours trek, 6km i think. with only ascend to the mountain on the right up to the stone trail. once you reach the trail its walking on to the trail till Ghoda lotani, which is on the edge of two mountains, and from where we cross the ridge and trek to the other side of valley to reach patthar nachuni almost the same distance as of bedni to Ghoda lotani.
rainbow at Patthar nachunia : photo by pavan
To some these folklores and mythological incidences might sound fun and merely interesting reads, but for locals, the mountains in Himalayas' are very sacred. and they treat every trip to all these peaks as pilgrimage. and thats clearly shown in their dedication and the way they help out every traveller/trekker. anyways, the climb to the trail from the kund though small, yet leaves me breathless, most of the people already ahead, we make a small stop at Ghoda lotani, and soon reach patthar-nachunia as it is called by locals. Not much later, that we reach and it begins raining again, which leaves us with no option but to stay in our tents and find topics to talk to which we fails in, therefore looking at the pictures we have clicked so far, which offcourse Smita finds boring, and finally once the rain stops, we are blessed once more with a beautiful rainbow down below us, and the bug Huge view of Kaalidak mountain. not enough reason if it is to stay in paatharnachunia?, the Maiktoli mountains from where the Pindari glacier originates, opens up slowly and seems so close as if we could just pull our hand and touch it with.
Stories over, and so does the dinner, in all the talkings and we go back to sleep quick. Oh! may be I am missing one very important note while I am hurrying up to sleep. the briefing sessions by Rajesh has not been less scary than the annual performance reviews at work for me. "You all did a good job, you reached on time, we'll all make to to roopkund, however some people I have been observing had been slow". Rajesh's words haunt me.