POEM: Himalaya


How the feet slow, up amid the ice flow.
Where air is rare, and each step goes higher,
thinking of those who froze or maybe lost a toe,
yet trudged through the scree, the snow, and the mire.

But who’s ever said it wasn’t worth the trip?
You may well hate to feel yourself suffocate,
but you’ll buy your permit, and get all equipped,
strapping on your pack, taking task with fate.

To see the orange glow on the ridgeline,
like fire dancing on the edge of a knife.

But what monster has such a wicked spine,
begging a fight to the last ounce of life.

Please meet the lovely “abode of snows,”
I think you’ll find her worth the throes.

DAILY PHOTO: Scenes from Khardung-la

Taken in August of 2016 at Khardung-la

 

Taken on the route from Leh to Khardung-la

 

Ominous warning at Khardung-la

DAILY PHOTO: Mountains, Himachal Pradesh

Taken in the summer of 2015 in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh

DAILY PHOTO: Himalayan Lizard

 

Taken in July of 2016 on the trail between Naranag and Sonamarg

Taken in July of 2016 on the trail between Naranag and Sonamarg

 

This isn’t the wildlife I expected to see on our Kashmiri Great Lakes Trek, but I’ll take what I can get.

DAILY PHOTO: Marmot Along the Road to Pangong Tso

Taken along the road to Pangong Tso in August of 2016

Taken along the road to Pangong Tso in August of 2016

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The one on the bottom was rocking out, singing “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey into an air mic. Not really, but you can imagine it, can’t you? In fact, I bet you now have that tune stuck in your head. You’re welcome.

DAILY PHOTO: Mountain Shrine in the Himalayas

Taken in July of 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park

Taken in July of 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park

 

These cairn-centered shrines are common along the trails in Himachal Pradesh. They often have unique little items left by travelers making puja. This one happens to be located on a ridge that offers a spectacular panoramic view.

 

The same ridge line, further on.

The same ridge line, further on.

A couple of guides at the same shrine

A couple of guides at the same shrine