|Harmukh Mountain - as seen from Trunkol.|
If the first day of the our Kashmir trek was mother nature testing our strength and determination, then the second day of our trek can only be described as mother nature apologizing for the hardships thrown at us the previous day, and showing us the beauty that it had kept hidden from us the first day
We woke up and were greeted to a glorious Kashmir morning. Harmukh peak, that was hidden by clouds the previous evening, dominated the landscape with a background that can only be describe as a picture perfect postcard. The sky was a brilliant blue with white puffy clouds. We were awestruck and just wandered around our tent enjoying the beautiful scenery.
|Close-up of Harmukh Peak.|
|Early morning scenery at Trunkol.|
|Another dramatic view of Harmukh peak.|
|A local shepherd girl at Trunkol - accompanied by her father.|
|Compared to day 1, this was going to be a joy ride.|
|My son navigating through the lush green meadows.|
You get a sense of deja-vu when you reach Gangbal lake and look at Harmukh peak. It looks exactly the same as it did from Trunkol. Later on, I came to learn that the mountain is named because of this peculiarity. Harmukh in Hindi means "same face".
|Harmukh peak overlooking Lake Gangbal.|
The glaciers from the Harimukh peak melt and flow down to form the Gangbal lake, and the excess water flows downstream to eventually form into rivers.
|The water from Lake Gangbal flowing off into icy cold streams.|
|We had to cross this icy cold stream.|
We had the whole day to relax at Gangbal. My brother (who is a passionante angler), wasted no time getting his fishing gear to catch some rainbow trout from the fast flowing stream. He had never done fly fishing before, but he still managed to catch 3 rainbow trouts which ended up on our dinner plate later on in the evening.
|My brother fishing for Trout fish.|
|The twin Gangbal Lake.|
|View of Harmukh peak from the bigger of the Gangbal lake.|
|Some campers around the bigger Gangbal lake.|
|My guide relaxing - while I do the hard work.|
But not before I spent some time playing with long exposure shots in the dark.
|Surreal view of Lake Gangbal at night.|