Trek from Shana to Shingkharap, 2950 meters

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Traffic jam on the bridge

Sleeping in a tent was alright but getting up and not being able to properly wash and brush the teeth was an adjustment. The mules were set free to roam around at night but they promptly came back to the campsite in the morning because they knew their once-a-day meal of dried corns and grains awaits them in the mornings.

After a breakfast in the sun, we set off on the trail which was muddy and we had to frequently hop between rocks. We crossed the boisterous river on study platforms of wooden logs and passed through conifer and mixed broad leaf forest. The view was limited to the trees and plants along the way, the gargling river slicing through the valley and of course the rocks and dung along the trail was we had to see where we stepped.

We descended as much as we had climbed.

Mules crossing the bridge
Somewhere along the trek, the trail divided with the left trail going to Tibet. Reached a lone house and it was the only house along the 16km trail between Shana and Shingkharap. We went in to take a look and it was dim and basic, which made one think how lucky we are to be in a modern society with all the amenities.

We reached the campsite at about 2.30pm and our tent overlooked some beautiful mountains on the horizon. As we were still in the valley, the sun over the immediate mountains about 3.30pm and the temperature immediately became a few deg C cooler.

The sky was cloudless that evening and was completely full of stars - big, small, bright, glistering, etc. What a wonderful sight! A sight that eludes city dwellers! I was only able to recognise the Kite formation.

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Traffic jam on the bridge
Traffic jam on the bridge
Mules crossing the bridge
Mules crossing the bridge
View of mountains along the trek
View of mountains along the trek
Split of path, left to Tibet and r…
Split of path, left to Tibet and …
Lone house mid way between Shana a…
Lone house mid way between Shana …
Two kinds of dried yak cheese
Two kinds of dried yak cheese
Dried yak meat hanging from ceiling
Dried yak meat hanging from ceiling
Building a fire at Shingkharap cam…
Building a fire at Shingkharap ca…
Interesting tree trunk
Interesting tree trunk
Morning view of the mountains from…
Morning view of the mountains fro…
Breakfast outdoor in the cold morn…
Breakfast outdoor in the cold mor…
Toasting the bread over the fire
Toasting the bread over the fire
Setting off in the cold morning
Setting off in the cold morning
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