Snow woman @ Mt Jhomohari Base Camp
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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.
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.