Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Problem of the Pin Parbati Pass.

The window is closing... the weather is worsening... the predictability of favorable conditions on Pin Parvati pass falters with each passing day.... Today the weather in Manali turned suddenly with a darkening, unsettled sky, brief wind and spitting, some flashes of lightning and distant rumbles of thunder. In about half an hour it started to clear again to reveal fresh snow on all the surrounding peaks. As we sat around in the shelter of our Manu guesthouse (just above Minalsu where Nori, Rachel and I stayed two weeks earlier) witnessing this sudden change in the lingering summer tone of Manali (at least compared to Leh it felt like summer), we felt it was an omen, especially since the weather was coming from the direction of the pass.

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and to top it off, warnings in the Lonely Planet and Rough Guide to India guide books don't offer much comfort....

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So it looks as though we are not going to do that trek afterall. We are now looking into less life threatening treks to do from Manali. Stay tuned....

The jeep ride from Leh back to Manali was squished. My hip hurt the whole way. Other than that it was easy. I didn't feel the altitude at all. Was sleeping when we went over the highest point. The driver was more shanti, but we were nine people squished into the jeep. It was more beautiful as the peaks had been graced with quite a bit more snow than when I had gone from Minali to Leh two weaks earlier.

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At several points streams crossed over the road.
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While we were having early morning tea everyone started laughing at me. I didn't see what was so funny about trying to keep warm until I saw a picture of how ridiculous I looked.
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Ronen and Alex from Switzerland try to keep warm while retaining a semblance of style. I think you can tell who is the Swiss one....
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Gots to share the road with the sheep.
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Caption contest time: Submit a fitting caption for this pic cause I can't think of one....
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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't do the scary trek. And if you run out of money it just means we'll see you sooner, even though it is quite fun to watch you mush around. Seriously the views are amazing. Keep your cool. Stay warm, good sensible bloke your mother would be proud and no more carpets and shawls!! Jason you're all right, oh and I echo Nori, get to her ASAP so that you can chill for a while. That shop keeper got your nickers in a twist! love Illona

Daniel Schmolze said...

"It wasn't until Billy saw his reflection in a window that he realized what his friends had done to him."

The Intrepid Dr. Root said...

So we found an easier trek to do. Shorter as well, 4 days 4 nights. Should be pretty easy. 4270 meters is the highest point. That's quite precisely 14,000 feet. Compare that to Leh, Ladakh where I was hanging out for two weeks which is at an elevation of 12,500 feet (3500 meters) so the altitude really shouldn't be a problem. Leaving tomorrow at 11am India time and will be having two horses bear our luggage, although I'm quite keen on trying to do the trek carrying my own weight 'cause I want a challenge and I reckon I can do it.

The Intrepid Dr. Root said...

Oh, and how about the freak snowstorm that dumped two feet of snow on western New York? Wow, thought that was pretty exciting. Hopefully no freak snowstorms will drop two feet of snow on us while we're hiking the next few days. Although today the weather was similar to yesterday, but in the direction of our new hiking destination. It just seems to be bad weather no matter what trek we choose. But this one doesn't involve hiking on a glacier for four hours. Although we're promised a very nice view of a nearby one at the top of the pass... update in five days or so.

vincenzo said...

hey dude,
glad you opted out of that trek, or we'd be posting missing signs for you throughout india.

for zeh caption:
"my name is inyego montaya. you keel my fahzer. prepare to die."

or:

"sir gupta das lionheart serves up a deepdish."

Anonymous said...

phew, ditto about the wise decision not to go for the chara.
have a great time, keep us posted, and see you in varanasi!

Anonymous said...

Hey Brodie, once again you are out doing yourself with this Blog, well written and great photos. Keep it up.

We have been watching your blog every week. Sorry it has taken so long for us to write...you know how we are. We smile every time we read about another one of your colorful adventures.
We love you!! Peace!
Trish and Steffen

Allison & Jonathan said...

Jake, one hell of an adventure. You're the perfect guy to have gone through what you have: cool, calm, and relatively collected. Be careful my man. I vote with everyone else, get to Nora and go chill out in Goa. And then go to Kerala or Rajasthan. Travelling with someone also helps. Oh, and about the carpets, you can send them home pretty cheapily, and reliably, via land/boat. It takes about 2 months, but we did it, and the rugs beat us home, in good shape. Anyways, keep blogging, you should win an award for this. Peace and love!

Anonymous said...

Jakie,
Starting to get a tad nervous. Where are you? We're ready for another post anytime now.

Daniel Schmolze said...

We need updates. Have you been kidnapped by bandits? We unveiled the head on our cadaver today and got started dissecting the neck. Pretty weird experience. We decided he looks like a gangster.