A few more days till my next India Trip

Kunzum Pass India 2012
This is where i want to go – back to the Indian mountains

How to spend Summer?

Since i had to cut my winter trip 5 weeks short i got here to early. Than i did my eBay thing and sold comics. A week at Majorca and 10 days in Switzerland. And now another week in France. Since i have to wait till fall for the second round of eBay i have enough time. BUT Joga has his birthday party at September 13. And that does fuck up everything. Since we wanted to go and hike a few days at the end of September i can not go to Greece than. So lets see – 2 weeks in October? And i do not want to fly so far for only 4-6 weeks. So in the end i decided to try to get to Leh again. The last few times the roads where still closed or flooded and bridges gone. I have my flight from July 15 to September 11. If you are somewhere over there lets connect and meet!

So after filling out the very very loooong visa form i was able to get all the information together and did mail the passport.

India 2014
On the web site they tell you it takes up to 4 weeks so you better get the visa before the flight. Guess what – the passport was back in 8 days including one public holiday!

From Dehli i have a connection flight to Amritsar at noon. Will go Couchsurfing at a more than 300 year old red brick fort. It was built by his family that came over the mountains from what is now known as Pakistan. They did settle there and build the family home. Mr. Singh converted it into a hotel with 2 pools and a few rooms. He has his horses there and the food in the canteen is organic from his own fields.

Amritsar India 2012
I will stay again with Mr. Singh – my great host from last time in Amritsar!

Amrizar India 2012
Last time i had the room behind the pool where the door is open

Looking forward to chill there for 5 days before it goes towards the mountains.

Golden Temple India 2012
Will visit the Golden Temple again. No visit to Amrizar would be complete without it.

Than it is off to Srinagar, Kargil and Leh. Up the Nubra Valley and than toward Spiti Valley – lets see how much time is left after that!

India 2012
I might stop in Kalga to visit friends?

India 2012
Looks like somewhere in Europe does it?

India 2012
I might go to Pin Valley again

Dhankar Gompa India 2012
Visit Dhankar Gompa again – the building on the top left. It is one of the 100 most endangered sites in the world.

See what is left from Demul

Demul India 2012
Stay again with them in Komic

Stop over for a night in Langza

Demul India 2012
Fresh prepared meal for me at the place in Langza

I really look forward to see the mountains again and experience the great hospitality of the mountain people!

A short trip into Pin Valley

A Italian family from Belgium wanted to give me a ride back to Kaza this morning. But the jeep never came – the road was blocked – surprise. So i hiked down to the street with Massimo. No car no nothing so we went into the local soup shop. 3 tables and one old woman – and: Laele from France. She started more than 30 hours ago from Dankar and did not really get far. Some food and 2 beers later the road towards Kaza was open for jeeps again. We did find a lift after some time and made it back to Kaza. Erik came later in the afternoon and we went in “our” guesthouse again. Good times – 2 nights later everybody left me so i took of with Alex for a short trip into Pin Valley.

India 2010

You can imagine what forces created this mountains. Folded like towels – a very nice view.

India 2010

India 2010

India 2010

You would not believe it – i went up the hill behind the house and it looks like a 20 minutes walk. Took me almost 2 hours as it is steep and the air is thin. The reward? Some horses!

India 2010

The locals leave the horses roam the whole summer on the plains. A few go to the snow leopard each year. They are kind of shy as they do not see to many strangers the whole summer. Later i did see a whole bunch of them.
It is one thing to get up a hill or mountain. The other is to go down. As my horse viewing brought me far away from the site where i came up i decided to go clockwise round the mountain and slow down. First time i could really use the heavy boots i bought for that trip. Guess i had some luck on some parts not to fall down a few hundred meters. But that is the fun part of it (at last when you save down from the mountain again).

India 2010

India 2010

We stayed in the house of an Lama – he did also cook for us in the evening. And he had a secret sorce for the local moonshine!
This was the view out of my Window to the right.

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And the left. There was one more window and the best – it did not rain in Pin Valley so the mud house was complete dry and did smell really good.

India 2010

India 2010

The shopkeeper of the only local shop – strange strange but most shops have no window. Guess that makes it harder to break in?? So if you go shopping better bring a torch with you. Got some candy for our hosts children and beer for my mineral intake.