Nanda Ghunti Expedition, June 2018:
When one is on an expedition, the focus is firmly on the Route, the daily routine and the Summit. Apart form these, the mind is also on rations, weather conditions, and technical equipment – all in the content of the Route and the Summit. This single minded focus is essential on a mountaineering expedition, it is what keeps one sane so to say.
But, every once in a while, we get to stop and smell the roses. Or, the air if you are above 4,000 metres altitude. And then you remember why you are on the steep slope of a mountain on the Himalayas, apart from the Summit.
Check out these moments from the recent Nanda Ghunti Expedition in Uttarakhand, that I found refreshing and rejuvenating. The photos were taken across three days from the Hom Kund Base Camp that sits at 4,350 metres above sea-level. We were mesmerised by these clouds all around and then started wondering where they are coming. We found out once we stood still and watched: they were all coming up from the Nandakini Valley (valley of the Nandakini River). And after watching the clouds come up every day for three days, we all agreed, it was a regular factory of clouds!