|Our two porters enjoy tea and rotis with the shepherds (with dogs)|
After a short tea break with some hospitable shepherds from Palampur in Kangra who were herding their sheep up to the high pastures we neared the terminal moraine of the Bara Shigri as it thrust its millions of tons of rock, soil and detritus into the Chandra river. Clambering over huge boulders we finally decided to pitch tents for the night in a little grassy enclave among the rocks. The sun dipped rapidly behind the retaining wall of the glacier with its rocky crenellated summits and the temperature plummeted.
|Traversing high above the Chandra river we move towards the snout of the Bara Shigri, visible at the end of the frame.|
|I pose with one of the porters|
|Ravi is silhouetted against a striking mountain backdrop. Dharamsura and Papsura are the two big peaks on the left.|
|Closing in on the snout of the Bara Shigri glacier across the wide Chandra valley|
|We camped for the night a little beyond this point|
|Camp at the mouth of the Bara Shigri|
|I am flanked by Gautam and Raju at Centre Camp.|
The NE face of Dharamsura provides a fitting backdrop.