Eco-tourism & Mountains
Nagadhiraj Himalaya A Review of the Indian
Trekking in Himachal
Mountaineering,Trekking & Adventure
Nagadhiraj Himalaya A Review of the
by Harish Kapadia
auther:- Mr Harish Kapadia is a veteran Mountaineer & writer.This
was one of the earliest Himalyan travel recorded in the Indian
range.This article is based on 40 years of personal mountaineering
experience of the auther in the indian Himalayan. Courtesy:- Yojana
Though a lot has been done in the Indian Himalaya in the last
Millennium, a lot remains to be done. After all what is a
100 years for the Nagadhiraj Himalaya, standing there for centuries.
We must Pledge to know
more about the range and protect it.
In the northern direction there is a noble souled mountain called the
Himalaya He is Nagadhiraj, the Lord of all mountains, with his two
extending arms fathoming the eastern and western oceans He stands
unsurpassed as the measuring rod of the earth
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After two years on crutches to recover from that injury, I was on my way
to north Sikkim. We were amongst the early trekkers allowed there. On our
visit to the Green Lake, Zerksis Boga and I went across high passes to the
Lhonak valley. Freshfield had written that the july snow storms here are
'proverbial'. We were spared a sample. Once, as we neared Thangue Boga
suddenly sat down near a bridge. The slope before us was covered with
yellow rhododendrons in bloom. Such are the pleasures of Sikkim. I took
one photo then he firmly stopped me: 'No more photos please. This
loveliness must belong only to memories, Harish " he said.
While trekking in Sikkim I was often reminded of the history of this
region. Pre-war expeditions attempting Everest from the northern
approaches passed through Sikkim and thus many famous names were
registered in the rest house log-books. Calcutta was the headquarters of
the British Raj so the approach to Sikkim was easy and quick. Cooke, Hunt
and Kellas had done some excellent climbing here, the Himalayan Club built
a hut at the foot of the Sela pass. That allowed trekkers to go across
from Lachen to Lachung valleys without carrying a tent or much food. When
I visited the hut, it was in ruins, but I could imagine the echoes of
memsahibs ordering khansamas to fetch tea!
Kanchenjunga is the prime attraction of Sikkim Himalaya. Paul Bauer and
his German team repeatedly attempted it but were stopped by the northeast
spur, which they could not cross. Finally it was in 1977 that an Indian
army team crossed that spur, to reach the summit from this side.
Kanchenjunga rises steeply from the Zemu glacier-too steeply even for the
setting sun to be visible from late-afternoon. Doug Freshfield, who was
here in 1899 wrote about an 'Eastern sunset', which we witnessed years
later. The steep rise of Kanchenjunga blocks the western horizon and the
sun disappears behind it. Thus early in the afternoon dark shadows gather
over the glacier. The east, up to Bhutan, remains brightly lighted for a
long time with its changing colours, creating a unique illusion.