|Packed and ready to go for the trek.|
It was a 3-hour drive to Naranag with frequent delays at various security check points in Srinagar. At one check point, the cops were actually refusing to let us through - due to the unstable weather in the mountains, but our guide Muzafar (who was also with us in the car) managed to convince the security that he knew what he is doing, and they let us through.
After breakfast, we immediately started our trek. Muzafar had to pack all the horses with provisions (Gas cylinder, stove, tents, sleeping bags, food and even some live chicken). He instructed us to start the trek with just 2 of the horses (one for Shawn, and the other containing basis necessities). Muzafar would come with the rest of the horses (after packing and loading the rest of the stuff).
|The steep trek up Naranag Mountain.|
|Shawn taking the easy way out on Day 1.|
|Taking a break.|
|Nasty and miserable weather in Naranag Mountain.|
|The rainy clouds make the mountains look dark and ominous.|
|Wet and slippery rocks block our path.|
|Tronkul - overshadowed by the mighty Harimukh peak.|
|Shawn shivering from the cold and the rains.|
|Our tent getting ready.|
I managed to take this final picture before zipping up the tent and going to sleep.
|The beautiful Himalayan Range covered in clouds.|