Awara Model 2011 aka Life Begins with Retirement

Awara

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Day 4, 21 May. Batseri-Rakchham trek

Graded as "medium", it was a 5-6 hour trek one way so we signed up for it.

Google maps shows it along the road but we crossed the river to the opposite side and trekked through the forest
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A doctor from Delhi and his 8-year old son also came. Our volunteer was a young Swedish girl so we were a group of 6 and our dog.

We went past the car park, crossed the bridge and walked through Batseri village past a temple with richly carved woodwork. The temple gate was closed but we could see it from a gap in the boundary wall
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A close-up
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Happy to see the outside too had this
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Our group outside an old house in the traditional style with the ground floor kept for animals and firewood while the living quarters were in the rooms above
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Perpetual pure Himalayan drinking water supply from a stream tapped above with no chance of pollution!
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A villager with her child
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An interesting doorknob
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Approaching the forest
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The climb begins
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Spellbinding scenery on the way
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Soaking in nature at its most beautiful
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Our dog kept pace with our volunteer leading us and would periodically run back to the last in our group to make sure his whole pack was coming!
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Some steep bits
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We encountered our first glacier crossing
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The tracks to the left shows that some innovative person seems to have gone skiing!
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Celebrating the moment
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The one who enjoyed himself the most!
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Looking back from where we started. The toe of the glacier melting and forming a stream
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A precipitous vantage point. A sheer drop beneath to the Baspa river
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We descended to cross at the foot of another glacier
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Here the trees had been bent almost horizontal with the force of the ice
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Fording a small stream at the foot of the glacier
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and another with a careful balancing act, camera and all!
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Stepping stones
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while someone enjoyed himself mucking around!
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Then again a steep climb but not for some ...
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A huge root across our path
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Keeping track of his pack
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Lunch time. Banjara Camps had packed sandwiches, daal paratha, aloo subzi and fresh apple juice. Our volunteer carried it all!
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Again a very steep hour's climb after lunch that was really taxing!
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We came across this lady who encouragingly told us the end of the trek is near
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Small and pretty
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Gigantic and awe-inspiring
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In ancient times this bark was used as parchment for writing the epics
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A giant frog about to devour me!
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Meanwhile, our ever vigilant watchdog
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Congratulations, you've made it!
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Wonder how these people do it day after day!
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Rakchham opened up before our wonderstruck eyes!
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Some closing shots in next post since I've reached m limit of 50!
 

Awara

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Rakchham on the rocks!
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We returned to Banjara Camps by road crossing our glaciers on the opposite hill. This was our first glacier crossing of the morning
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A welcome cup of tea on the river bank and discussing the day's doings with others in the Camp
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Sunset across the river
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I wanted to post 3 more photos of the mountain, bonfire and night sky. For some reason no more photos are being uploaded so more later.
(Mod: Am I putting up too many photos?)
 

Awara

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Aah! Shut and then opened the website once more and now it's accepting uploads

Mountains in evening repose
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Conviviality around evening bonfire over soup and BYOB
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I stayed away from the fire because the previous evening after warming myself in front of it and having barbecued trout and chicken tikka, when I entered the dining room, the difference in temperature was so stark that I started shivering almost uncontrollably!

The day was not over. I went out after dinner to photograph the night sky
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Goodnight! Tomorrow we leave for Kalpa
 

Awara

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Days 5, May 22: Batseri-Chhitkul-Kalpa

We wished we'd stayed another day in Banjara Camps; maybe next time. Our plan for the day was to drive to Chhitkul, have lunch on way back at riverside in Rakchham & then return to NH5 at Karchham & proceed to Kalpa via Jowari & Rekong Peo. The map

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Early morning tea on tap in the camp
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After breakfast in the sun on the banks of the river Baspa it was time to load the car & proceed towards Chhitkul. These people were waiting for the bus. The cap they wear is the Kinnauri cap
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During the previous day's trek this was our first glacier crossing on the opposite bank
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You can see the path emerging from the forest on the right
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Our second glacier which we had encountered
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Some roadside scenes while crossing Rakchham
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We registered at the ITBP Mastrang checkpost with a very courteous lady officer & drove on towards Chhitkul
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Entering Chhitkul
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Chhitkul opening up before our wonderstruck eyes
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We walked towards the river but stopped short because too many vehicles were going up and down & raising lots of dust. Chhitkul, once difficult to reach and deserted will soon lose its charm with hotels sprouting up right next to each other. In fact, one hotel advertising itself as the last hotel in India (before the Tibet border) has another one coming up after it almost complete.
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How to preserve this pristine scenery and stop buildings coming up?
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Agriculture is very hard on rocky soil but the effort is being made to till every inch possible. Zostel building in background
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Heading back
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Rakchham was much more peaceful so we went down to the river to have the sandwiches and fruits packed by Banjara Camps. Young man was in his elements!
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He was trying to catch the bubbles!
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Banjara Camps in the green patch - apple orchards - on near side of river Baspa & main Batseri village across on far side
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Adventure lovers
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How do they get to their homes & what do they do for a living?? Must find out next time
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Bike at back almost shoved off road by speeding car!
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To be continued
 
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Awara

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Filled fuel at Sangla & continued towards Karchham to reach NH5. Leaving Tukpa Valley (photo taken from other side while leaving)
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Nearing Karchham hydel station
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Different moods of NH5
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We "Shongtonged" across this bridge
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People of this region are very friendly. They also ask for lifts and it's quite safe to give them one. A lady, Maan Devi, Anganwadi Supervisor, came with us from Sangla to Rekong Peo, her home. On the way, we learnt a lot about life in these areas, how smoothly elections were held, what her work entails. She invited us for tea but we wanted to reach our hotel before dark so we declined reluctantly. Here's a delighted Maan Devi being given a farewell
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Crossing Rekong Peo, district HQ of Kinnaur
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Google misguided us through narrow paths but we managed to reach HPTDC Kinner Kailash where we were staying in Sun n Snow, the farthest & highest cottage from the parking lot. Took a lot of huffing & puffing to reach our 4-bedded, 2-roomed apartment but it had a lovely view. We had an early dinner & climbed the steep uphill path back to our rooms huffing and puffing. The next day's plan was to trek to the nearby forests
 
Rakchham on the rocks!

I wanted to post 3 more photos of the mountain, bonfire and night sky. For some reason no more photos are being uploaded so more later.
(Mod: Am I putting up too many photos?)
There is a limit of pics per post.
@Yogesh Sarkar ji can clear about it.

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Even now new post is not accepting,
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If still face a problem, you can send those pics to @Yogesh Sarkar ji !
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Awara

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There is a limit of pics per post.
@Yogesh Sarkar ji can clear about it.

If one post is not accepting a particular number of pics,
then you can post other pics in next post.
Even now new post is not accepting,
please try to Clear Cache Memory of Browser.
Try again.

If still face a problem, you can send those pics to @Yogesh Sarkar ji !
He can tell better about the issue.

However just for reference
How to upload pics :

How to make a picture small or Resize an Image ?
Thanks. Shut my page, reopened it & pics started uploading
 

Awara

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