|Early morning at Vishnasar Lake|
Day 6 of our Kashmir trek can be best described as "The day of Shawn". This was the first time Shawn completed the entire trek without using his horse. A solid 8 hours of continuous trekking.
I had slept like a log the previous night - no doubt helped by the Rum that I had taken before dinner. When I got up in the morning, it was yet another beautiful Kashmir morning. Clear blue skies and puffy while clouds. I walked up to Vishinsar lake to take some early morning pictures. The water of the lake was very still, reflecting the mountains and making it look as if the lake has disappeared.
|View of Krishnasar pass from Vishnasar lake.|
|Enjoying the early morning serene beauty of Vishnasar lake.|
Vishnasar is a beautiful place to unwind and relax. I felt we could have easily spent a full day here - enjoying the 2 lakes. However, it was time to pack our bags and move on.
|The beautiful Vishnasar Valley.|
|View from Vishnasar - North|
|View from Vishnasar - North East.|
|View from Vishnasar - East|
|View of Vishnasar valley - heading towards Shokhdari.|
|Another beautiful view of Vishnasar valley.|
|Taking a break.|
|Heading towards Nichnai pass|
|View of Vishnasar valley.|
|At the top of Nichnai pass.|
|Shawn celebrating his achievement of ascending Nichnai pass.|
The climb down was pretty easy. More like a walk in the park when compared to the descent at Krishnasar pass.
|Descent down Nichnai pass.|
|Fast flowing river in Nichnai Valley. ND filters used to slow down shutter speed.|
The rains brought with it another problem. The trail had become wet and slippery. Even though we were walking a straight path, most of the trail is strewn with rocks which had now become slippery. Navigating these rocks was becoming a night mare.
|The long road towards Shokdari.|
|The rocky trail is slippery after the rains.|
Finally, after 8 hours of really tough trekking, we reached Shokhdari.
|Shokhdari - overlooking Sonamarg.|
|Sonamarg mountain range.|
Our phone batteries were dead, but the local shepherds have moved along with the times and all carry mobiles. We borrowed a mobile from one of the shepherd and quickly made our calls letting our family know we are safe and sound.
That night, we slept like logs. W knew the trek was over. Only a short descent to Sonamarg awaited us the next day, but essentially, this was the end of the road.
You can read about our Day 7 by clicking here.