Tsomoriri in winters is always full of adventure and excitement. Back in 2015 I encountered my first blizzard when camping there with my friend. The roads closed. We were stuck there for over a week Before the ITBP opened it and gave us a ride towards Leh. The road to Tsomoriri was closed again this winter. Nobody was getting in or out. But I did not give up and camped near the Mahe bridge waiting for the road to open. It was the ITBP who again opened the road and they took me along to Tsomoriri. I felt lucky to get a ride but these ITBP drivers do not like putting snow chains on their trucks And we got stuck in the snow, on top of a pass some 20km from the lake. We were stuck for almost 10 hours from 6pm till about 4am. Huddled together at the back of a truck. In winter, at night, while the temperatures outside dropped to -30C. Things got so bad that one of the soldiers fainted from hyperthermia and the Indian army was sent to rescue us. The army were much more professional than the ITBP And they took us safely back their camp in Korzok. The next day everyone suggested that I go stay at the village till the road opens. It was sensible advice, But I ignored it and camped at the lake for the next 5 days shooting my time-lapse videos. Tsomoriri is a very windy place especially in the winters. So the Changpa shepherds dig holes in the ground and erect their tent around it. This way, they will be below the ground level while the wind blows over them. I needed to avoid the wind as well. So, I cleared the snow in one of these campsites and pitched my tent there. It gave me good protection against the wind and this would be my home for the next 5 days. The weather was excellent at Tsomoriri this year. It made even the mundane chores like collecting water, washing dishes, cooking and eating bland food seem enjoyable. I revealed in the silence around me and passed my time reading books, listening to music and even tried doing a few video reviews of my camping gear. But the videos did not turn out great, especially the audio. I will have to redo them some other time. Sunrise and sunset are the coldest times of the day. Perfect time to seek the warmth of my sleeping bag. But these are also the best times for photography. Especially for my timelapse videos. So every morning, I would wake up
before sunrise and if the weather was good.. I would force myself to get out of my sleeping bag and rush to the lake before the first light hits the mountains. I would start a time-lapse sequence and pace around the ice, walking back and forth constantly. Movement like this is the only way to stay warm in these conditions. Sure it was difficult but
the results speak for themselves. Finally it was time for me to leave. So I went to the Korzok village and hoped to get a ride from there to Leh. I was prepared to wait a few days for the ride. But then I got lucky and got a ride the very next day. But the ride was not to Leh though. It was to somewhere very special. And you will find more about it in the next episode.