Khhang Shiling Trek

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U see prayer flags in the wind. This is Khhang - Shiling - Snow Mountains of the Four Ridges. From Manali we crossed Rohtang Pass and then Kunzum la into Spiti Valley.

U see Trident on the monastry to ward off evil. We went to the old and new monastery at Ghungri, near Mikkim. It contained idols of Demchhog (Shiva, the presiding deity of Kailash) and Dorje Phangmo (Parvati, his consort) in close embrace.

Trek along Parahio river.

Spiti landscape. The same mountain in Spiti has different colors making it quite a awesome sight.

Khang Shiling from Lake Chom.

Getting the loads across.

3 Musketers at base camp.

Puja at Base Camp 4320 metres.

River crossing. Very exciting the first few times I did it but no longer.

Vineeta climbed high on the ridge at the junction of the three valleys to click this lovely picture that also shows our way upward to Camp 1.

Members at Advanced Base Camp 5160 metres.

On the glacier.

Negotiating the crevvases.

A deep crevasse field.

At the Pass with Shigri Parvat in the background on the left. Decided not to do Shigri Parvat since route was broken, unstable steep rock.

Valley below and distant peaks. Wow.

Artistic Barashigri Glacier.

On Sept 19 7am started climbing. Although the route ahead was not very steep, we had to fix three rope lengths due to the hard ice below the thin layer of snow. A strong wind increased the wind chill. We carefully belayed each other to the top by 1.30 p.m. U see us on the final slopes of Khang Shiling.

Cheers on the summit. We spent an hour on the top of Khhang Shiling, taking pictures and enjoying the view.

High peaks from the summit.

View from the top. Clockwise the Dibibokri Pyramid rose above the dividing ridge with the adjoining valley; the summit of Parvati Peak was covered in clouds; Kullu Pumori and Snow Cone on two sides of Bara Shigri glacier and its various subsidiaries; Shigri Parvat dominated the skyline.

The rock cain.

Autumn colors of Khamengar Valley.

The climb after Sagnam village towards Pin Valley. Since we did not do the Shigri Parvat pass had a few days so decided to trek across Pin Parvati pass into Kulu.

The colorful slopes along the trail near Sagnam.

On the snow slope below the pass.

On the snow slope below the pass.

On Pin-Parvati pass.

Panorama view from Pin Parvati pass.

Nature''s wonder - cloud play.

Frozen waterfall below the pass.

Snow field below the pass.

Steep descent on the scree - view of some glacial pools.

"An open Shiva temple has been built on the shores of the Mantalia lake that you see. We nextproceeded further to Bara Thach to camp for the night at a small gaddi hut. "

Evening Glow.

Valley life.

The magic of the Rainbow.

How green is My Valley.

Deforestation - logging near Manikaran. Divyesh Muni, Vineeta Muni, Shripad Sapkal and Lakhpa Sherpa made the first ascent of Khhang Shiling (6360 m) on 19 September 2004, Khamengar valley, Spiti. The team then trekked across the Pin Parvati pass (5400 m) to Kullu.

The farewell sunset.

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