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On top of the world, in Ladakh

Mountains hide many secrets. Exploring them as you walk the untrodden trails along a riot of colourful flowers, filling your lungs with crisp fresh air and listening to soft instrumental music played by streams formed by melting snow is enough to raise a passion and beckon me to return to their folds again and again.

Exploring the higher reaches of the Himalayas has been my passion. My haversack and I have been together through heavy rains, snow, unfiltered sunshine, hiking and trekking across the world's highest mountains.

It was an unforgettable trek to the less frequented Milam Glacier on the Indo-China border, along the Gori Ganga river following the old silk trade route to Tibet through the long abandoned villages.

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Dawns were spent drinking coffee, watching the sun rays quietly kiss the crest of Mt Nanda Devi at 25,000 ft and turning it from silver bathed in moonlit night to raw gold.

Milam is a place where the silence is often shattered by the sound of crashing avalanches.

Talking about our Dharamsala trek, I must mention that the camp at Triund gives an unparalleled view of sun rays lighting up the peaks of the Dhauladhar range like candles.

Reminiscing another trek to the spectacular Hampta Pass (14,000 ft), from where you can see the Indrasan (20,500 ft) and Deo Tibba (19,700 ft) peaks, I am reminded of the fine backdrop along the trail, fresh snowflakes falling in rhythm with tired feet, serene evenings spent watching the night envelope the soundless valley into its fold.

Text and photograph: Rohan Deshmukh
Also read: My Kedarnath Yatra

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