Basic Mountaineering Course ( BMC) @ NIMAS: Hot Water springs near India-China Border
Before you relive my journey towards the India China Border and watch me enjoy the hot water springs hope that you have read the previous blogs in the series.
- first part of the series Basic Mountaineering Course NIMAS dirang BMC part 1 .
- the second one BasicMountaineering Course MOve to New Melling BMC part 2
- Third Basic Mountaineering Course NIMAS @ Life at New Melling Part 3
- Fourth Basic Mountaineering Course River Crossing & Survival Part 4
- Fifth part at Mago
April 25 Day 15. ( Move to Mago – 11555 ft, 7 km)
On the 15th day we moved to Mago. We carried all the load that we had ferried to half-link (in two trips) till Mago in one go. ROOksOOk tilted towards 25kg.
The good part being that we only had to carry this weight for 7 kms.
The negative part being this consists undulating route over 3-4 hills which slithered towards the top of the hill. Breathlessness was a constant problem for me. Once at the top, the descend was very much a relief. Our professors didn’t have a single issue in climbing. All the high altitude trained instructors brisked through the route and were constantly encouraging our sorry asses.
After a lot of efforts, we finally managed to reach Mago. The Institute had put up at Mago’s primary school which had total student strength of 21 for class 1-4.
The sleepy town saw the Chinese invade in 1962 war only to later relinquish the land due to its hostile climate. We had walked into the area where the Chinese were afraid to stay 🙂
Mago is where I had my first brush with hot water springs. There are plenty of hot water springs here. We walked 2-3 kms to fetch dry wood for the evening & chilled in the super hot water bath on the way back.
This hot water tends to alleviate all the pains & is must for relaxing muscles
This water has some magical powers which prevent guys like me from leaving it quickly. I soaked in it till the very last moment possible. Once you get up from this pool you tend to feel powerless like a sack of jelly.
E.T. Phone Home:
On way back to the camp there is an ITBP centre which has the miracle of modern world- the landline telephone. Starting the phone is a tedious process as it requires the generator to be started. Unfortunately enough due to the recent rain the ITBP guys had to toil hard for an hour to get the generator started. I was the first one to call home. First contact after almost last 10 days. Happiness.
The cold evening as well as the exhaustion made the warmth of the sleeping bag a lot welcoming.
April 26 Day 16: Move to India China Border @ Chuna post
On day 16 we took the acclimatisation walk to Chuna (13000ft) probably some 5-7 kms. Due to security reasons government doesn’t allow civilians beyond Chuna post. 5kms from here is the India China border. The route is super scenic .
This could easily be the best bridge in the world.
The army base at Chuna provided us Apple juice. What we would have really loved is a lift back to Mago 🙂
If you fancy my cameras
We returned back to Mago walking parallel to the river & were mighty pleased to see the Mago school again. How fortunate would have been the children to study in the shadow of the mighty Himalayas.
Once back to the base, we had lots of free time . My love for the hot water pool was too much as I couldn’t resist an awesome dip. I headed back in the evening with couple of like minded guys to skinny dip in the near by hot water bath (called as Dhodup Chuten)
Here are some moments of river crossing & survival – VLOG 5 – i feel this is the best vlog i have made till now. Have a look.
April 27 Day 17: ( Move to Jeethang- 13340 ft)
Today is another load ferrying session to the next camp of Jeethang. The route was scenic as always, but the lack of water intake on the previous day made me severely dehydrated today . I felt very weak today. Slowly and steadily we reached Jeethang.
Jeethang is one of the most beautiful campsites I have ever been to.