Wednesday, May 25, 2011

kbguy..trekking The Himalayan Montains

Due to time constraint, we choose Sonamarg instead of Gulmarg. Gulmarg is more popular among foreign tourist and widely promoted by the Indian Tourism because of it's availability of electric cable cars. Both offer breathtaking scenery and natural landscape, but we choose to go trekking to get the feel of the snowy mountains in the most natural way.  The moment I was told about cable cars, I can imagine the huge numbers of visitors flocking the mountains just like our very own Malaysian hill resort at the Genting Highland. Moreover trekking with horses is something we wish to try and look forward to.
We left after breakfast at our houseboat. It was quite a long journey from our place to the mountain base. It took us about 3 hours with jeep. Our camera never stop clicking the moment we hop onto our jeep until we reached the base. We did had a half an hour stop for tea and some photography along the way.  Yellow flowers can be seen all over covering the land before reaching the base. We were told that the flowers were use to produce Mustard oil.

 At the base, we changed mode of transport from jeep to horses. Each of us rode on a horse with two local gypsies as guide. It was a long journey but worth the trip. It took us about 3 hours to reached the top and return. The guide told us they had snow storm recently and the place was closed to visitors, and was reopen just two days ago. As such the place was covered with pure white snow all over. Even though it was cold and snow everywhere, we were trekking at an altitude closer to the sun on the Himalaya mountains. After an hour trekking, we can feel our skin burning. At the end of the day, our face looks more tanned and the nose, ears and lips area got sun burnt.,,, and backache.  


Thomas C B Chua said...

This is equally awesome. Such serene and scenic place. Must be chilling. Got wind? That would have made it worst. Bet you must have been fully prepared. Then no problem.

AWANG said...

OMG !! just look at the scenery,isn't it beautiful..