Kuari pass : Experience of first snowfall

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VIEW FROM DHAK VILLAGE. START DAY OF OUR TREK


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TUGASI village Through The Clouds

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The Playful Kid

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wild stream

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Village Girl with her friend!

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Nandadevi Nation park

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Infront of our guides house at Tugasi
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It is indeed a lovely trek. Thanks for refreshing the memories.. Waiting for more.
Sar Pass Trek , Rohtang, Munnar, Badrinath Kedarnath, Vaishnodevi, Goa, VOF, Kedarkantha, Kuari Pass, Brahmatal Trek
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Lovely photographs !

I wish there was some text to describe them.
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At Tugasi

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Signs of Autumn at Nandadevi National Park

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On the way to Guling campsite

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DRONAGIRI PEAK

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View From Guling

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On the way to Kuari Pass from Tali

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At Khullara

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On the way to Kuari Pass from Tali

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Kuari, yet to reach

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Resting at Kuari Pass

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View From Kuari Pass

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TO Kuari

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Tents at Tali Camp

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TALI LAKE

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Way to AULI

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Facing Hati-Ghora_palki peak

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Kuari pass : Experience of first snowfall

KUARI PASS : EXPERIENCE OF FIRST SNOWFALL

The night was dark, deep and lonely.
We pitched our tent at Tali top, inside Nandadevi National park, beneath the monstrous pine trees. Sky was cloudy, black. All the night we heard the sound of snowfall. First time we were experiencing snowfall. The feeling was like…like… I cannot describe in words.
But there was an eerie feeling too, kind of frightening.
Sunday (19th November) was D-day. The day of our Kuari Pass summit. Distance was long. We had to hit bed early to ensure proper rest. Dinner was served at 7.30pm. After the sumptuous dinner we were entering into our tents. Few were standing just outside. Temperature was in minus. Still we were enjoying. Ice flakes were falling incessantly.
Saturday night was young at that time. I just rose my head to see the jungle. I saw something. It was watching us. Lights from my head torch falls straight onto it. All of a sudden it started running. Two times it stared at us. We saw flashing eyes, a pair of flashing eyes. Instantly we called our guide Ashish. All the things were happening within few seconds. Ashish came and consoled us that this is nothing. "kuch nehi jungli suar hoga." That night we couldn’t sleep properly. Added to this KALU, the dog which came from DHAK village barked all the night.
At around 1 am I woke up, as I had to go outside for nature’s call. No one was willing to go outside the tent at that frozen night. So I went out lonely. The moment I put my head outside, again I saw something fleeing away. I just couldn’t sleep that night, spent whole night inside the sleeping bag. In the morning Ashish confirms that "wo suar nehi, lomri tha."
Next day was sunny and bright. Night had passed. We were supposed to start our journey at 7 O’clock. But we started at 8.25 in the morning. Road was not tough. We were comfortable. But as time passed, cloud started to cover the sky. And finally when we reached Kuari pass at 12700 feet, the sky was cloudy, gloomy. A feeling of relaxation engulfed us, because we had reached our destination. Guide allowed us only half an hour to spend there. Because anytime rain might hit us. Everyone carrying ponchos but Ashish didn't want to take risk. He was continuously telling us to hurry. We were hardly bothered as he was younger than us. Like a brother. And we had just achieved our target.
As we started our return journey, storm broke. Snow started falling. There was a broken bridge just before Kuari pass. It was tricky. Ice was hard, slippery and we didn’t have any cramp on with us. Ashish helped us. He gave his hand so that we can pass that tricky part safely. In the heavy wind we met Pete, a British runner. He didn't have any guide with him. All he wanted was to go to Auli. But didn't know which way it was. Instead he was going towards Kuari Pass, which is totally in opposite direction. We directed him which way he had to go. Pete was like a trotter. He just vanished within few minutes.
In the morning we saw golden grass. And in the evening there was a thick layer of snow. Everywhere was snow. On trees, rock, ground everywhere. We were in the white land. In the realm of snow.
There was at least 5 inches of snow. After returning back to our camp site, our first job was to clear the snow. Tent might collapse due to the weight of snow. And it happened. In the evening we were having tea and snacks in the kitchen tent. Our guide went out to clear the snow. He had just started to shake the tent and it suddenly collapsed.
Next day was the last day. A bright sunny and blossoming day. 10 km walk through the Gorson Bugyal. Under our shoe there was thick layer of loose snow. Last day we had ample time. There was no need to hurry. And we didn't. Just amazed by the snow capped peaks, the floating clouds and deep blue sky.
Before Kuari we did sandakphu, Goecha la and Dzongu trek. But no other trek gave so many good memories, an eerie night, unforgettable moments and a story.

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