Snow woman @ Mt Jhomohari Base Camp

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Our snow covered tent & Mt Jhomohari glowing at sunrise

It continued snowing during the night. At about 11pm and in the midst of the howling winds, the dog that roamed around the campsite started barking furiously and we could hear faint growling sounds in a distance. We presumed it was from a snow leopard as such snowy conditions were excellent conditions for them to hunt. The camp warden and our herdsman confirmed hearing the growls in the morning but we were not fortunate enough to spot the leopard.

Due to the heavy snowstorm, the high passes at 4,900m were closed due to more than a meter of snow being accumulated on the trail. We had to change our itinerary and decided to stay another day at the base camp. We got up early at 5.30am to a snowy landscape and Jhomohari yet again basking in the morning rays. The dog came by and sat outside as if he was guarding our tent.

6am in the morning and approx. -10 deg C
Despite being jet black and looking fierce, he was a gentle dog and enjoyed all sort of food we fed him with leftover bread, rice, egg, tuna fish. That morning, we gave him a Kit Kat finger. We could see he was thoroughly enjoying and savouring the chocolate wafer!

Since it was yet another rest day, everyone was enthusiastic about building a snow woman and pitched in to help, shovelling the snow, making snowballs for the head and boobs, getting the vegetables ready to decorate the snow woman. All had great fun J

We did a short trek in the afternoon to get a closer look of the Jhomohari glacier. But with the cloudy skies and strong winds, we did not stay too long on the trail.

It snowed again heavily during the night and we decided yet again to change the itinerary to proceed back to Paro instead of proceeding forward towards Lingshi and Thimphu. The snowy trails over the rocks made it difficult and dangerous not only for us but also for the mules who refused to go under such conditions. The mules are sure-footed animals at the lower altitudes but are not on ice and blinding snow conditions, unlike the yaks.

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vances says:
Took my breath away at the chance of seeing a snow leopard! Have you read "The Snow Leopard" by Peter Matthiessen? Your brilliant adventure is inspiring me to dig it out again!
Posted on: May 30, 2008
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Our snow covered tent & Mt Jhomoha…
Our snow covered tent & Mt Jhomoh…
6am in the morning and approx. -10…
6am in the morning and approx. -1…
Snowy landscape in the morning
Snowy landscape in the morning
A wash in the freezing morning
A wash in the freezing morning
Water source right from the glacier
Water source right from the glacier
Doggy savouring Kit Kat
Doggy savouring Kit Kat
More chocolate for Doggy
More chocolate for Doggy
Hungry mule trying to get into the…
Hungry mule trying to get into th…
He finally got his bag of corns
He finally got his bag of corns
Start of the snow woman building p…
Start of the snow woman building …
Shovelling snow
Shovelling snow
Building the skeleton
Building the skeleton
Making the head
Making the head
Shaping the boobs
Shaping the boobs
Boobs in progress :-)
Boobs in progress :-)
Snowwoman in progress
Snowwoman in progress
The team - our cooks, the herdmen …
The team - our cooks, the herdmen…
Me and snow woman
Me and snow woman
With the base camp warden
With the base camp warden
Snowwomann with Doggy in front of …
Snowwomann with Doggy in front of…
Three stupas at camp site
Three stupas at camp site
View of campsite while on the way …
View of campsite while on the way…
Trekking towards the glacier. Ruin…
Trekking towards the glacier. Rui…
Jhomohari glacier
Jhomohari glacier
View of mountains
View of mountains
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