Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Kashmir Great Lakes Trek - Day 5

Kashmir Posts:
1. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek - Day 1 and 2 [CLICK HERE]
2. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek - Day 3 and 4 [CLICK HERE]
3. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek - Day 6 and 7 [CLICK HERE]
4. Kashmir Great Lakes Trek - Day 8 [CLICK HERE]

Day 5 - (Gadsar / 12,000 ft to Satsar / 12,000 ft)

Rocks and mountains are not enough. Today, we were given yet another challenge, walking on the ice  .. To be honest, I'm kinda freaking out when I look at the ICE ! :X

Can you see the big fat ass crack in the middle ?? And below the ice is actually the river stream .. And yes, I kinda have a lot of scenarios playing in my head. What if the cracks gone worst and the whole ice cube just fell off ? What if my stupid shoe is not good enough and I just slip down the river and hit myself with rock? What if I'm too fat and the ice just cracked when I stand on the ice?

Seriously, all those was what-if questions were playing in my head. T_T

But thank goodness to the kind soldiers who actually came to give us the help and yes, the ice did not crack any further ... *phewwww* And according to our Leader, a day before us, the horses which also cross on the ice, few of the horse actually slip and fell into the river and died .. :( Sad to know that ...

After crossing that, we had a wonderful view of the mountains and river by walking about an hour or so on a long trail .. Not too tough as there's not much of ascending here .. Probably just a slight one.

Some of the lovely views I caught along the way ..

Love this stunning shot of the horse ... *syok sendiri*

Just probably half an hour before reach to 2nd army camp, the sky started to drizzle with strong wind .. And also that last part of it was ascending T_T So, managed to test my windbreaker to its usefulness .. So yeah, definitely a good one ..

Reached the army camp and again, thank god for having them we have a place to hide from the strong wind and rain and have our lunch break ..

The army .. When talking to them, apparently they have to be stationed there for few months (can't rmb specifically how long) before they can actually go back to city or back to their own family .. I on behalf of all the trekers, thank you for your service and ensuring the safety of the place around .. At least, we all can trek in peace without worrying much of our safety .. :)

Although it is still raining heavily outside, we still got to move on as we have to reach the camp before the skies get dark .. So, we just rush through the rain and wind .. Thank god we have one of the guide with us that bring us all the way :)

On the other hand, when we reach the camp which was just an hour away from our camp .. The rain sort of stop and the view was just superb !!

 Best windbreaker !! 

 Daddy trying to dry up the shawl .. kekeke

 Thank god the weather turn good so that we all can dry up all the clothes, raincoat and our shoes

And of course thanks to Indiahikes team for their friendliness, professionalism and care towards all of us

According to our Guide Leader, this is considered the highest camp that we have for the whole trekking .. So, it''ll be the coldest among the nights .. 

Just when we thought the hardship is over, not until the next day ... :X

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