Day-7 .. 21/05/07 .. Return Trek from Milam to Barfu ... 6 Kms
Reaching Barfu's (3350M) green meadow in 3 hours from Milam
On the way, we waited more than 45 minutes (while eating packed breakfast of Puri-Alu) on the trail opposite Pachhu village, for the clouds around Nanda Devi East peak to clear but we had no luck.
Gokarn talked a lot about the old "glorious" times, when all residents were rich and well-off from the Trade with Tibet. They could afford and had all conveniences, from all over the world. Gokarn was unhappy with presnt day SDM & ITBP Administrators at Munsiary, for sending back valuable Tourists since 15th April to 10th May (saying the route was not open & safe). He himself had quite comfortably trekked up to Barfu, in Mid-April and had found dangers enroute. Gokarn wants tourists to complain in writing, to the SDM Office in Munsiary, about the late "official" opening of the routes and its consequence on the local villagers income from tourists.
Day-8 .. 22/05/07 .. Trek from Barfu to Railkot ... 8 Kms
Day-9 ... 23/05/07 .. Trek from Railkot to Budgiar ... 11 Kms
At 11:30am we had to stop at Nahardevi teahouse for 2 hrs for the drizzling rain to stop .. & lunch.
At 3:00pm Budgiar, same PWD hut! ... On the way to Milam I had stayed here with Amit Ayre of Mumbai and on the return met two Canadians from Vancouver Islands - a father and daughter. Brian, a veteran of many India treks, had suddenly taken ill here, with high temp and his daughter Jessica was worried and thinking if they need to abondon the trek or continue. But by evening Brian was up and ok and I guess they must have completed Milam and Nanda Devi Base Camp too.
Day-10 ... 24/05/07 .. Trek from Budgiar to Lilam ... 12 Kms
A liitle way past this huge slab we met a big group of 36+ trekkers headed for Milam Glacier ... all from Bangalore, a mixed group of varying ages, being lead by well-known trekker from Bangalore - Pradeep Roy. Incidentally, only last week Pradeep had returned to Bangalore, after a Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek ... and the group had to persuade him to lead them to Milam Glacier. He has some energy I must say! I stopped him on the trail for 15 minutes to get his expert tips, for my upcoming EBC in Sept-07. BTW: Pradeep is a Pilot for Jet Airways.
Day-11 ... 25/05/07 .. Trek from Lilam to Selapani (Munsiyari) ... 8 Kms
We got a share-jeep from here and reached Munsiary, Hotel Pandey by 10:00am for a hot water bath and a full day of rest after the 120Km 11 day trek.
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