Diary

Destination Kunzum Pass

16-09-2017, 1320 hours, Batal – Kunzum Pass, Lahaul & Spiti, Himachal Pradesh, India:

After a hearty meal, I took a nap for about an hour, with half an eye on the mountains passing by my window. The Traveller broke down somewhere on road from Chattru to Batal – I noticed this when I woke up for a few seconds as our driver and co-pilot were sorting out the issue.

I must have fallen asleep again because when I woke up next, we had crossed Batal. As we started climbing up to the Kunzum Pass Top, I couldn’t help but imagine how difficult it would have been to build this dirt road, carved out on a mountainside composed of very loose and unstable greyish soil and rocks. The way the road was built was really admirable, taking us ever higher with every hair pin curve we took.

By the looks of it, it seems that the road used now is a new one as the remains of the road used earlier can still be seen in the final 2-3 kms to the top. It’s pretty cold outside even though the sun is beating hard into the ground.

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Waking up to such a sight! Life can’t get any better than this; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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A stream coming downhill and making its way through the road to the Chandra river below; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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A glimpse of the mountains along the Chattru – Batal stretch; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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The road cruising along the river bed to Batal; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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The road to Kunzum Pass is a man-made marvel and now I know why; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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An old road that was once used to navigate to the Kunzum Pass from Batal; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

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