The next day i started back-the destination for the day being Sankoo as Umba La was on my mind.Cleared the bills and bid good bye to the pleasing staff of the Gaskit hotel and me and Madhu pointed our motorcycles towards the road to Sankoo.I had to procure 5ltr petrol for the return jouney from local suppliers at rs125/ltr.
Starting back on a sunny morning
While taking the bike out of parking,noticed artisans working on brass and bronze artifacts in an adjacent shop.
On the way back saw these BJP poll canvassing staff taking a breather
The nascent river Stod
Meeting the might and beautiful glacial creation Mr. Drung Drang again-i admit i am in awe of it
Wind swept-but standing defiantly proud
Taking a breather at the top
One of the twin lakes on the Penzila top
And the other one
The river Suru starts forming here
And gathers speed as it flows downwards
It was sunny but windy and the waves on the water show it
The meandering road with the army camp in the distance
Brute forces of nature made these mountains and the layers of crusts tell the geological story
Rangdum gompa in the distance
The grasslands had turned an even darker shade to yellow in the three days that had elapsed from the onward journey
Reflections in the brackish water
The tress indicate that Parkachik is near
And here it is-the snout of the Parkachick glacier
Meeting between the Raid De Himalaya competitors who were on a recee-these guys exchanged views while i enjoyed my tea
Photo taken from the rockfall that completely covers the gorge of the River Suru till half the height and the river quietly flows deep below
A receding glacier named after the village it overlooks-i don't remember the name-the villagers said that it has receeded to the top in the last 25-30 years -earlier its snout was much lower facing into the valley.
Madhu and me stopped for the night at Goba guest house in Sankoo-it is right on the road just before the cut to Umba La-suited us because of the location but turned out to be a great place to stay.