Next morning, we started our day with Yoga and some basics of Kalaripayattu (the ancient martial arts). This was day 2 of our trip and we just had to cover about 86kms. We crossed Darcha, ZingZing Bar, Suraj Tal and Baralacha La to reach Sarchu.
Situated at an altitude of 16,040 feet, Baralacha La is a high mountain pass in the Zanskar region. You could get a peculiar type of headache because of the altitude. And to cure it, you could either take Diamox or just have another cup of Tea and relax! 😊
Sarchu lies on the boundary of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Also known as Sir Bhum Chun, the barren grandeur of this place is similar to the Ladakhi landscape. The weather here was cruel to the core…the people and the tents were the victims of it! After dinner, we were strolling around, talking about love, life, human stupidities…and bumped into the brains behind WARMEE. A revolutionary self-heating pouch, WARMEE provides up to 8 hours of continuous warmth, without any external source of heating. The gentlemen gave us sample pouches and we were grateful to them for those pouches helped us survive the night.
“Sitting with a peculiar contentment sipping that hot gingered sweet tea. He nourishes himself with the warmness of dear sun from the cold mountains! Ready he is, for another journey higher up into the mountains, towards the white peaks of delight! Every sip of tea that he takes his heart fills with a joy of faith and trust in self. Squatting on that stone of highway, the road goes higher up towards the pass with eyes moving from peak to the glass. From glass to the cup filled with Maggi! Another cold wind and his ear must freeze, however, the glass and the cup save the exposed parts of this journeyman, let’s go – journey man – let’s go, it’s time to head towards next stop.”
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