Amritsar – the holy city for the followers of Sikhism – a place very different from all that we have visited in India so far. Sikhs are people pious, kind and helpful. The main principle of the religion adopted by them, is a service of the common good, in Amritsar the tradition of creating a community, a place for all people is being continued. The central point of the city is the Golden Temple, rising on a nectar lake (amrit sar). Life goes on here 24 hours a day: people pray, talk, eat, sit, lie – or just be – all the time. Undeniably it is well worth visiting Amritsar just to experience the atmosphere of that place, but there is much more to see in the city!
Second part of the movie from our trip “Azja na lajcie” – Trekking in Ripchar and Markha Valleys and summiting six-thousand-er Kang Yatze (6253 m).
While resting between trekkings, just before starting the new one, we decided to go rafting on Zanskar river. We started from Chiling and swimmed down about 25km to raft bay near Nimu village which took us about 3 hours. This quite popular route was graded III+ white water and, from our experience, going through some rapids and currents was challenging…
Leh isn’t boring – even after the season. In the beginning of September there is annual Ladakh Marathon going on (www.ladakhmaraton.com) – really popular race among locals – Run for Green and Clean Ladakh. Fortunately we were able to start in this year edition. In four-person team on 8th of September we managed to run 10 km, and all of that above 3600 m!
This post will be translated in two weeks. Please use google translate till then.
We spent last week on the go. We arrived at Delhi, met rest of our team, left some deposit and went to Manali. We spent one day there (Manali is by far nicer place than Delhi), during which we arranged transport to Leh (the trip takes two days – with sleep stop in Sarchu). We had much luck, because the road was opened just the day before (monsoon rains are regularly destroying road to Rothang La – first of the few high passes you have to ride through during the trip).
At last we arrived in Leh. Last 48 hours we spent arranging all things connected with trekking. Tomorrow we’re heading out for 12 days, out of reach of the mobile and internet coverage. The trip will be: Lamayuru – Chilling – Markha Valley – Hemis. Detailed description will be provided after the trekking.
For now, some practical info:
See You in Two weeks!