Pabbar Valley - Chandranahan Lake Trek

Day-6  A Rainy Rest-day at Janglikh Village  
Day-7  Return Trek to Chirgaon and Jeep ride to Rohru

Three Negi kids



Four Negi ladies - with some of our trekkers in the back row

 Antakshari & Aarti

Suzanne & Nithya - with the 4 Negi Ladies & Aarti (down below)

The Negi ladies were pretty thrilled to see the digital pictures we took

Waterfalls seen from Negi home balcony veranda after rain stopped


Landslide blocks on road

A waterfall by the trail


Another slushy stretch to cross

Plenty of Apple trees & orchards

Back at Damdewadi waterfall

The pickup that gave us a 6-km ride between 2 landslides near Chirgaon

 Rohru morning bustle - but no news of Shimla route opening as yet!


Prakash peeps out of his Rohru Hotel room window

At Jubbal we catch Jubbal Palace below in valley from our Sumo Jeep

Jubbal Valley and Khada Pathar up ahead on that saddle .. beyond tower

20th Sept 2008: Day-6 - Rest day at Janglikh

We just rested the whole day today. Relaxing from the strenuous 24KM trek of yesterday, from Litham to Janglikh, in pouring rain. Through out today the rain was off and on. The wet clothes hardly dried. News we got was that the road route to Rohru was closed, due to heavy rains and many landslides. So maybe we have to trek all the way to Chirgaon or Rohru. 

After lunch today around 1:30 PM the sun came out a bit an we could see that blue skies to the west. There were wisp of cloud still but the rain had stopped.  And we could see across Te valley, on the mountain side many new waterfall cascading down over 50 to 60 feet. It was an opportunity to pull out our cameras and take pictures of the scenery and the members of the Negi family, who posed with smiles and were thrilled to see their pictures instantly in our cameras LCDs.

  Antakshari, Mummy, Asha Devi, Aarti .... at Janglikh

Negi ladies pose for the picture

Waterfalls & Rainbow....  meet over Janglikh temple roof !

21st Sept 2008: Day-7 - Trek from Janglikh to Chirgaon

At 8:00 am after breakfast we said bye to the Negi family and left Janglikh and heading for Tangnu or  till wherever required (past all landslides) to catch a share jeep to Rohru. It was by and large clear sky but occasional drizzle was falling. There was plenty of landslides and damages along the trekking route to Tango and later on the Kutcha road beyond Tango. People coming from Chirgaon said there was  no possibility of getting a jeep  ride as there were many blockages on the road till Chirgaon. 

Looking back at Janglikh - from the road below Tango 

Another landslide rubble crossing

We had no alternative but to walk back all the the way. Since it wasn't raining the trek was OK. Around 1:30 we reached Dhamdewadi where we had a Thali lunch and again set out. At Tikri, 6Km before Chirgaon, we got a jeep to take us to the next road block, just before Chirgaon. We crossed that and got another Jeep at Chirgaon for Rohru at 2:30PM. We reached Rohru at 5:00PM.

We trek into Chirgaon at 4 PM after walking for nearly 8 hours today 

22nd Sept 2008: Day-8  - At Rohru next day the news was that Shimla Road is still closed due to landslides. But it could open any time today. Around 10:00 we got news that road is open and we soon hired a full booking Sumo to go to Shimla. We left at 10:30 AM and reached Shimla at 5:00PM there was not much problem on the ride back, though there were landslide blocks partially cleared that we crossed.

Jubbal Palace - Red Roof & Golden balcony facade - from the road

After dropping Suzanne and Prakash at Shimla the rest of us continued in a Indica to Kalka. Reached at 9:30PM. Checked into a hotel for the night.

Next day, 23rd Sept,  Sanghvi and me caught the Paschim Express at 10:10 AM from Kalka and reached Mumbai next day. Thus ended the Pabbar trek without crossing Buran Pass. In the end we were happy to reach home safely without getting caught in the snow storm. Later, I heard that Sangla Valley exit to NH-22 was closed for many more days due to landslides. So if we had crossed the Buran Pass into Sangla Valley, we may have been trapped there for longer time.

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