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First of the Gurudongmar Lake after having shared the stretch of land just before with a snow capped peak and a barren one within a needle of separation...

and the one where i had to Follow The Trail .

Gurudongmar Lake (also known as Gurudogmar Lake) is one of the highest lakes in the world located at an altitude of 17,100 feet (5,148 m).

The Sacred Lake lies on the North side of the Khangchengyao Range in a high plateau area contiguous to the Tibetan Plateau. The stream emerging from the lake is one of the source-streams of the Tista River. - Wiki.

The circumstances under which i had made it here are worth sharing..hence the title.

The trip from Lachen to Gurudongmar is the standard one..all tourists take this. The day i had started the roadtrip was an unfortunate one..there was snowfall all night..storm..the roads were blocked..the vehicle i was on was skidding all the way making it unsafe to 17100. Yet i kep the vehicle pushing till 15000..on icy tracks..what is this.. Stupidity or Love for Nature.

We had to backtrack and call it off that day. There was a few hours of sunshine the foll day..this lake was off my schedule for good..but after a long negotiation and arguement with my driver over dinner..we headed for the lake at 3am..we were taking a risk..my driver was reluctant..there was no alternative.

The roads had opened up all the way till 17100 and we were greeted with this view and more.

One should never give up..especially when Nature is calling !!

You have to believe you can get there..dont think that is being stupid !

One query..we were asked by the army to return before 12 noon after which the wind speed becomes so strong it can even blow away army trucks. The deadline is 12 noon. What winds are these..something to do with the altitude..solar winds..i need to know..ANY CLUE ??

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Have a great Sunday.

Cheers.

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