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Trekking back to Paro

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Snowy landscape

It was like walking through winter wonderland when we bid Mt Jhomohari farewell. Everything was covered with a thick blanket of snow. Along the trail, we saw a mother yak with her newborn roaming in forest. It was such a sweet sight!

Every now and then, we took time to turn back and look at the beautiful scenery. We saw Jhomohari peak between the mountains and trees, a sight that had eluded us on our way to the base camp. We camped at Shingkharap again for the night.

We had good weather and sunshine the following day. As the rest of the trail back to Paro would be rocky and bumpy, we decided to trek down as far as we could to avoid having to manoeuvre the bumpy trail in the rain or snow in case of bad weather. That proved to be a right decision!

We walked and hopped over stones and rocks on a 16km trail from Shingkharap back to Shana in one day. It was really tiring but we were glad to have done it. At the campsite that night, it rained continuously till early morning. When we went out of our tent, we saw the snowline being only about 50m above and low clouds were hovering across the mountains. Hence we had avoided a trek in the clouds and snowy rocks.

From Shana back to Paro, we had to negotiate very muddy trails due to the rain. But it was nice to be back in the lower altitudes and civilisation. And it was great to be back in the lodge where a proper shower could be taken.

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Snowy landscape
Snowy landscape
On the trail leaving Jangothang
On the trail leaving Jangothang
Trekking on snowy grounds
Trekking on snowy grounds
On the trail down at 3000+ meters
On the trail down at 3000+ meters
Mother and baby yak
Mother and baby yak
On the snowy trail
On the snowy trail
Mules nodding off to sleep in the …
Mules nodding off to sleep in the…
House along the way
House along the way
Frozen muddy water at 3000+ meters
Frozen muddy water at 3000+ meters
Strong local carrying wooden planks
Strong local carrying wooden planks
Yaks carrying planks
Yaks carrying planks
Yaks carrying planks
Yaks carrying planks
Clear view of Mt Jhomohari peak wh…
Clear view of Mt Jhomohari peak w…
Taking a nap :-)
Taking a nap :-)
Snowing up in the mountains. Great…
Snowing up in the mountains. Grea…
Campsite near Shana, missed the sn…
Campsite near Shana, missed the s…
Have fortunately missed the snowli…
Have fortunately missed the snowl…
Long beans and carrots are not the…
Long beans and carrots are not th…
Rocky trail
Rocky trail
Giving way to the mules
Giving way to the mules
Our guide, Sonam, with oak leaves
Our guide, Sonam, with oak leaves
Trail to Tibet on left
Trail to Tibet on left
Muddy trail
Muddy trail
Muddy trail in the lower valleys
Muddy trail in the lower valleys
House opp of Shana campsite
House opp of Shana campsite
Some kind of blossoms in the lower…
Some kind of blossoms in the lowe…
Part of the trail to Paro
Part of the trail to Paro
3,682 km (2,288 miles) traveled
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