Thursday, September 01, 2005

Some more mountain photos

Here are some more photos from my own trip up to Kedarnath before Mim arrived. I still can't believe I did the trek twice!

The route I took up to Kedarnath was the same one that Mim and I came back on. There were some horrifying landslides along the way.

At one landslide our bus had to stop because bits were still falling. This was the same spot where a guy appeared selling 'softee' icecream.

14km from Kedarnath the road ends and the sheep are sorted from the goats. Pilgrims have a choice of going by foot, pony or palanquin.

An old man and lady on my bus from Rishikesh had advised me to stay overnight in a village half way up the 14km trail. I took an upstairs room in this guesthouse and had dinner with the staff and other guests, crowded around the kitchen fire.

The next morning I woke up early and continued to follow the river higher into the mountains.

Finally Kedarnath came into sight. I was disappointed that the mountains behind were covered by cloud.

Close to the top I met the couple who had been on my bus. We walked the rest of the way together and the sky started to clear as we arrived in Kedarnath.

We stopped so that they could wash in the water at the top. I dipped a toe in and it was freezing!

By the time I reached the temple sky cleared and the view was incredible. While my friends went inside I sat out in the sun with some sadhus, politely refusing offers of marijuana.

1 comment:

pip said...

Hey Joe-
Nice photos! I really should figure out how to do that on my blog too.