|Trekking from Pishu to Hanumil|
The distance from Padum to Pishu is about 30 kilometers. Some people still trek on this route (making a pit stop in Karsha, which is on the way to Pishu). I don't like trekking on motorable roads, as it seems pointless, hence our decision to start our trek from Pishu.
|Motorable road from Padum to Pishu.|
|Stones with engravings of Buddhist prayer in Pishu.|
We had one more thing to do before we could start our trek. We did not have a guide with us, and we were hoping to locate one in Pishu. After checking all the houses, we finally found one person who was willing to accompany us. His name was Trashi. After negotiating his fees, we were invited inside his home for a hot cup of tea and roti (Indian bread).
|Our guide, Trashi.|
|Trashi's home in Pishu.|
|Our horseman, Mr. Shashi.|
|Shawn ringing the buddhist prayer wheel.|
|The route from Pishu to Hanumil.|
|Lunch break for school children in Pishu.|
It was nearly 2 p.m., by the time Shashi finally located his horse. The distance from Pishu to Hanumil is supposed to be 5 hours average. We felt we could do it before sunset, so the three of us (myself, my son Shawn, and my brother Roy) headed off towards Hanumil, while Shashi and Trashi loaded our gear on the horses. Since they walk much faster than us, they would catch up with us.
|Our trekking gear.|
|Shawn, leading the trail.|
|Trekking route from Pishu to Hanumil|
|Zanskar river with Pishu in the background.|
|A chorten on the hill indicates sign of a village ahead.|
|Village of Pidmu.|
|Route from Pidmu to Hanumil|
|Hanumil Guest House|
|Roy and Shawn arriving in Hanumil.|
The distance from Pishu to Hanumil is 16.12 kilometers (according to my GPS logger). The elevation of Hanumil is 3,430 meters (a little lower than Padum, which lies at 3,570 meters). This makes sense since we followed along the flowing river, which has a downward path.
We were feeling good - but it would not last for long.