India (July-August 2018): Zanskar to Paddar across Umasi La (5300m) - 2/3

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Google Earth views:

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Entire leg.

Part 2/3 of leg.

 

[Reminder: Click here (kmz file) and open the downloaded file in Google Earth to access the GPS waypoints (numbered 1 to 49 for the first leg and 50 to 78 for the second leg) that I recorded during the trek: red pins for starts, orange for finishes, green for camps, brown for passes, and yellow for other waypoints. Only WP #61 (Umasi La) was not GPS-recorded, but entered manually.]

 

Day 3 of second leg of trek (after crossing Umasi La):

 

View over the glacier on the other side of the pass. The goal is to reach the valley on the right-hand side of the photo.

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But first we must climb down a short steep icy slope.

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Looking back at the pass (on the right of the photo). It no longer looks that steep!

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Views from the upper part of the glacier.

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Further down, being careful with hidden crevasses. Fortunately, most crevasses were easy to spot or too narrow to fall into.

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We made a short lunch break below this huge rounded cliff, just above the location where the glacier starts steepening down dramatically.

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Views of the broken glacier as it steepens down several hundred meters.

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We hiked down an equally steep moraine on the right side of the glacier to reach a flatter section where ″our″ glacier merges with another glacier flowing from the right.

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Confluence of the two glaciers (looking toward the south). We will soon set our third camp on the rock band between the two glaciers.

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View of the upper part of the glacier flowing from the right.

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Our camp on the rock band (WP #62).

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Our approximate path between Umasi La and the camp (aerial Google Earth view).

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Views from my tent of the lower part of the glacier (first photo) and the steep section above it (second photo).

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Later in the afternoon a tall rock tower, which had so far been hidden in the clouds, became visible.

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Similar view at dusk.

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Day 4:

 

Early morning sunshine.

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On our way down.

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Looking back toward the north.

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Further down.

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Water stream flowing into a deep hole in the glacier.

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Near the end of the glacier.

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On the edge of a steep headwall reached soon after the end of the glacier.

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Waterfall flowing down the headwall.

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The headwall seen from beneath. The steeper part is near the top.

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Further down.

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Last steep section of the descent before reaching the valley of the Bujwas river.

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In the valley of the Bujwas river now heading toward the west.

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Views in the opposite direction toward the east.

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Further down in the valley.

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Fording a wide side-river.

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Another look toward the east.

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Twisted birch trees.

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Side valley.

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Waterfall in the side valley.

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We set our fourth camp at WP #68 in a meadow on the shore of the Bujwas river, below a magnificent peak (6000m) called Mahadeva peak (meaning ″Great God″) by the local people, and perhaps better known as Kishtwar Shivling.

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Other views of the Mahadeva peak at different times.

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View of the valley toward the east at dusk.

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To directly access part 3/3 of the Umasi La crossing, click here.

 

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