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.