DAY 5 : 10th may- har ki doon to marinda lake to har ki doon 6kms trek(part 2)
By 9.30am we finished our breakfast and by 9.45am we were ready to go for the day's hike to marinda taal. though initial plan was to go upto the jaundar glacier , but considering the amount of snow, we dropped the plan as it would take a lot of time to go and comeback. marinda lake was nearer and we could come back by lunch.
the GMVN rest house seen in the frame 9.56am
khachars roaming around 9.56am
initial part of the hike 9.58am
views opening up 10.03am
somewhere after this point arnab said that his socks and shoes have all become wet and that he can not continue any further. he returned back to the tents. he doesn't even realize what he missed.
taking rest 10.23am
moving on 10.27am
looking ahead 10.34am
looking back 10.36am
views opening up further 10.38am
going higher up 10.45am
govind our guide 10.53am
around this point shoubhik said he wont go any further. so he found a nice spot under a huge rock besides the stream, took out his book and started reading. he said he would wait for us till we return back and go down with us.
we reach the snow field 11.14am
at some point during the hike govind insisted that i should leave my phone with him so that he can click me and my wife together from a distance. the result is this. 11.14am
this pic is interesting. if one travels and walks along this valley straight, we reach the borasu pass, which is just left to the peak visible in the pic. after crossing the pass one can reach the baspa valley and chitkul. 11.16am
another shot by govind 11.17am
going up n through the snow field was not easy as the snow besides the narrow path was knee high, shoes were getting wetter , it was cold and yet very very bright n sunny thus the reflection from the snow was unbearable. also clicking pics with my DSLR was becoming difficult because of the bright light and reflection. i could not see a thing on the LCD or the viewfinder. therefore the white balance and the exposures are a little funny for this section. even approximating the exposure levels was very difficult with all the snow.
finally we reached the lake at 12.05pm. the lake itself was not anything to write home about, but the travel till this point was awesome. after reaching here, we had some frooti and chocolates and stayed there for about 10mins.
at the lake 12.07pm
at the lake 12.07pm
the return leg was made difficult due the melting snow and the running slush all along the path. therefore it was difficult to grip. also by now the insides of our shoes along with the socks started to get wet. and we were hungry.not many clicks in this leg.
going down 12.17pm
the return was much quicker and we reached our tents by 1.30pm