Gonna wake up to this view soon! Mount Apharwat standing tall and gorgeous at 14,000 feet with LOC barely few kilometres away. The plan is to dare to ski down from that altitude. Call me crazy! But, hey I have this one life and I am going to live it the way I want. This shall be a start of training again for a mountain expedition in Ladakh with just 5 months to go! I will be attempting Mentok Kangri - 6250 meters (20,505 feet) to raise fund for a charity in Ladakh who focuses on improving the lives of children and adults with special needs. I had the oppotunity to visit the centre last summer and it was heartbreaking to see some wives being abandoned by husbands because she gave birth to a differently abled child. While some abandoned by families because they couldn't take care or was considered as a curse. In a small community where everyone knows almost everyone the families with special needs are judged. ..
Anyways, if anyone wants to join for the expedition, let me know sooner. But, if only you can start training with me or on your own and you must be determined to take care of your diet. Additionally, you must reduce caffeine intake and of course alcohol. I will be sticking to few red glasses of wine occasionally and no other alcoholic beverages. Reddest flag to smoking as the lungs will have to do a lot of work while climbing as the oxygen level would drop to 60% at 20,000 feet. But that will not even bother you, because there is something magical about watching the sunrise from 20,000 feet - it will change the way you view life!
Life in Spiti during winters - 02
A white wonderland:
These mountains and valleys look like a beautiful painting from a vantage point like this one, leaving the onlookers spell bounded and mesmerized. However, on a closer look these are nothing but stretches and piles of barren rocks and soil shrouded by the white coat of snow. This is similar to how a masterpiece art under a magnifying glass, will only reveal random brush strokes and the most beautiful of architecture, created mostly from only plain bricks and mortar.
So maybe the beauty then lies in the complete grand design. It almost seems as if common or even insignificant things come together to form marvelous structures and creations. They seem very ordinary when looked at individually, yet they perfectly fit into the masterpiece as if each carrying out a specific purpose. To perceive the beauty we have to take a step back from the intricacies of individual elements and take a macro view of the entire creation and be patient till it is complete.
I wonder if the same theory can be applied to life in general. Individual incidences may or may not seem to us as beautiful and fulfilling as we would have wished for. However, if one takes a macro view of the life we have been through till now, we see a grand design and direction in which it seems to be going. All the small and big events fit in perfectly to make up our status quo and in retrospection we can understand that each of them served a purpose which more often than not worked out in our favour. The best part I think is that we ourselves are the artists, constantly crafting our lives through our thoughts, intentions and actions. And we all have the shot to create a masterpiece...
“Forget about the money for a moment. Lose yourself in the wilderness, listen to the music of the softly blowing winds, feel the rain on your bare skin, let the mountains take the burden off your shoulders.” 🏞
― Kiran Bisht
Details are necessary, especially when it comes to magnificent green carpets like these!🍃✨
How many cute houses can you count in this photo? 🏡