Jim and me flying our new DELTAs above BIR...Manimahesh is about 45K away behind the high headwall in the distance below my beautiful white wing...photo by da swede, Fred Gustafsson
after a troubled start to the season, finally a stunning day, which i celebrated with a tour of the 'sacred' mountain Manimahesh Kailash.
I come over from near the Nikora pass, then cut into the mountains east face near the Choba pass to put down some short tracks.
But the days were short, and the return trip past Brahmour, climbing up the shady snowy north spur of Manimahesh, was slow. Then came the crux, crossing back to safety over the Mordor wall, and to the Bir valley. It would not be easy, especially being north facing, in the lee, and 4000+ m high.
I ended up gliding further and further SW following the headwall to its lowest point at the Jalsu pass at 3400m. Then I hit the strong katabatic...I was here for the night!
i followed the shepherds up to the col at dawn the next morning...it was so cold i never removed my Mountain Equipment duvet during the whole 300m climb...
but at the col the sun was beautiful, and everyone relaxed for a while before the final descent from this special place.It was as if no one wanted to leave these remote mountains.
and i got to hold some wee lambs and the shepherds my camera
before an 8am , and 17km glide back to Bir and breakfast
my track...billing T.O. bottom right blue star...Jalsu pass green spot...jalsu T.O. green star...Manimahesh Kailash the green mountain icon i went around, with the main Dhaludar ridge of Dharansala to its south (with the Jalsu at its right end)...track thanks to my brauniger IQBASIC vario 'cos i hate carrying gps's (but quite like the trace!!!thanks to the IQ i can now have my cake and eat it!)