|Another glorious morning at Gangbal lake with the imposing Harmukh peak.|
If only we knew how hard this day was going to be, we would have most likely abandoned the whole idea of trekking and headed back home.
|Trek heading towards Zagibal Pass.|
Half an hour into our trek, I knew this was going to be tougher than our first day. The path is steep and full of loose rocks.
|Heading towards Zagibal pass.|
|My "North Face" trekking shoes.|
|The twin Gangbal lakes.|
|My brother taking a break on Zagibal Mountain.|
|The small speck on top is Shawn's horse - waiting for us to catch up.|
|At the top of Zagibal peak.|
|Checking out the frozen snow on top of Zagibal pass.|
|View of Gangbal lakes from top of Zagibal pass.|
|Heading down Zagibal pass.|
|The horses move a lot faster than us.|
|Beautiful views from Zagibal pass.|
|Navigating through the rocks.|
|Satsar (Seven Lakes)|
A short ascent up the Satsar lake, and we came across our first Indian military check-post. We had to give detailed information as to what we were doing in the valley, where we were heading and provide photo identification for everyone. The process took nearly 1 hour but the soldiers were very helpful and provided us with hot water to drink and a much needed hot tea.
The stop at the check-point plus the hot tea renewed our energy and we continued on with our journey. We were very near the Pakistan border now and we could clearly see the mountains in the Pakistan - just 2 mountain ranges away.
|Pakistan is just across the mountains in front.|
|Easy trek around Poshpatri mountain.|
|Dupta Pani (hiding water). An underground water tunnel.|
|Poshpatri (The Valley of Flowers)|
|Path cut through the flowers of Poshpatri mountain.|
|Poshpatri valley with a fast flowing stream.|
|Sunset on Poshpatri.|
However, there was still one final task to be done. At the bottom of Gadsar is another military check-point. We had to go to the check-point and again give all our details - which were then cross checked with the details provided at the first check point over wireless radio by the military. Once they were satisfied, they welcomed us to Gadsar and we proceeded into our tent, where we had a hot dinner and just crashed into our sleeping tents.
You can read about our Day 4 by clicking here.