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First clear view of the Rupin waterfall - evening on Day 3 | by Nilangsu
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First clear view of the Rupin waterfall - evening on Day 3

I like treks within treks. You don't have to haul a big rucksack along and the area is better explored. Lokesh, our leader, liked them for different reasons - they helped one acclimatize with the altitude. Here at 3400 m, that was important.

 

After the 3 pm lunch, we though nothing of rest and went ahead to a point half a kilometer ahead from where one would get the first clear view of the gigantic waterfall cascading down in three stages. I agree with Arjun that the uniqueness of this view came from the fact that we were walking along the floor of the gorge: typically, you see a gorge from a higher elevation.

 

I knew this sight and the ones that followed the next day from the hundreds of pictures I had seen of the trek. It is this sight, that of the magnificent snowfields (with trekkers trudging ant-like through the snow) leading to the pass and that of the Kinner Kailash from the top that drew me to this trek. I felt happy and humbled amidst such grandeur.

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Taken on May 24, 2011