29-01-2017, 1330 hours, Mane Dhank, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India:
We have managed to make a track for the tyres of the car to get a decent grip and move forward. This has been done by removing some of the excess snow and sprinkling mud extracted from the mountain side over the remaining patch of snow on the road.
But then, as soon as we are off the track made by us, the car comes to a standstill. It hits the wall of snow on the sides of the track and the tyres get no grip. We have tried to change the weight distribution in the car too, but all our efforts so far have been futile.
It has now been decided that out of the six of us, Abhishek and Ameen will go ahead towards Tabo (which is 18 Kms from where we are) to see what exactly is happening on the other side, while the rest of us stay put here and wait.