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Dear Friends, First of all I thank you from bottom of my heart for showering your love on me in form of comments and views. Many of them have commented that my description in this series is such that its never been before. And also today I will show some mind boggling and staggering scenes of this universe’s finest and unparalleled creation called Himalayas. But I would like to say that none of the classy and remarkable write up or narration plus clear graceful pictures can’t illustrate even one percent of the beauty of titanic Himalayas what we feel when we actually visualize them. One has to personally pay visit to them for the actual feel.
Some information on Pissutop which I heard and knew from research
Pissutop is situated at a elevation of 1500 – 2000 feet from Chandanwadi and from here there is steep, dangerous about 3 km, 80 degree ( almost perpendicular) zig zag climb on rocky,rough and pebbly surface. On seeing this itself one goes flat. It feels as if that if we climb this than we reach the destination but this is the start and that too terrific start. I had heard and read about Pissutop in many blogs and through fellow friends , but experiencing that should be totally a different feeling. As far as height is concerned it is highest climb from one destination to another in this yatra ( 200o feet). The next highest climb is between Sheshnag and Babaltop ( 1700 feet) . But the ultimate thing here was the angle in which the climb was. Almost perpendicular. It was the biggest challenge to remove your fear. Now lets see.
Now my horseman’s name was Yakoob and he was most experienced and very humble among the three other horsemen we hired. He became our horseman plus guide. Also this was their last round to Amarnath cave and back so after this he will be relieved from continuous journey he is having for last few weeks. I was again and again asking him where was Pissutop as I could see 3 -4 hills when I moved from Chandanwadi. He was saying ” abhi aayega” and I was restless and just thinking among these 4-5 mountains in my vision which one is Pissutop. Then he told me that if we cross the base of the mountain he showed then we will have the whole view of Pissutop climb.
As soon as we crossed the base of the mountain I could see the path of the travel towards Pissutop and to my surprise that was as very much upright. I had never imagined that scary when I saw it for the first time. Really looking at pictures and visualizing it is totally different. You might think the same way after looking at the picture below, that I am just bluffing. No but you really have to go there and watch. Secondly till I stretched my eyes towards the mountain top I could not find the end of the road where we were going. Through naked eye I could see people walking downwards like ants till half way. Above that even I could not see the path and people. Once I tried with my camera with full zoom but ALAS! I could not see the path because of continuous movement of horses. It was really too frightening to climb. I had also read in many articles that even professional trekkers would take rest and breadth after reaching the top.
Pissutop from the base.The picture shown is not doing justice to show its actual dreadfulness.