Photographer's Note

We moved further ahead from Kibber, but the weather continued to deteriorate. We moved on towards the village of Gete, weather & roads permitting, since motorable roads doesn’t exist beyond Kibber.

Gete, I understand had beaten Kibber to the honour of being the highest habitated village in the world (but had in turn given up the honour to another village in this area). Situated at a height of 4270 m (over 14,000 ft), Gete has just six houses.

The path through the mountains got slushy & slippery with the sleety rain & melting snow & our car types started skidding badly. We therefore decided to stop 4 Km short of Gete, rather than venture further. There is no vegetation in this area except small thorny bushes & as far as the eye could see, slopes with patches of snow, without any discernable natural landmarks. I started hiking up a gentle slope to a point at the summit, from where the Kye Monastery (4116 m) & the pea fields on the banks of River Spiti would be visible far below (almost 100 metres down). The gentle slope had ankle high shrubs covered by snow, but apart from that there were no ‘landmarks’ in the hike enroute the ‘lookout point’. I took quite a few pictures of the Kye Monastery below, again wishing I had a clear blue sky, rather than the dull light & the overcast sky I was standing under. It was snowing on the other side of River Spiti on the high mountains.

But the thought of looking down at something (Kye Monastery) which itself is at a height of 4116 metres still exites me & takes me back to the day I took this picture.

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