Making Our Way to Chanshal Pass

Larot, Himachal Pradesh, India, 16 December 2016, 1000 hours:

We are now heading off to Chanshal Pass after having breakfast (aloo paranthas with rajma) at the only dhaba a few kms from the Forest Guest House at Larot. We caught our first sight of snow on a distant mountain and the clouds have started gathering. I have a feeling that it might snow sooner than later. There is a considerable change in the vegetation also with the rough road moving through a thick alpine forest. We can feel the chill in the air as we gain altitude. It’s so cold here during daytime that even water is frozen solid. This is how winters are at heights above 2600m.

The Forest Guest House at Larot; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
The dhaba and upcoming Homestay at Larot; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
The first sight of a small patch of snow in this area; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
The road to Chanshal Pass through thick forests; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
An open patch on the road to Chanshal Pass provides good views of the nearby sceneries; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
Signs that winter is here; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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