Batal , September 19th

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Guest writer cmm80  describes the beginning of the September events on the road between Keylong and Kaza:

After a couple of hours on the bus, it started to snow.  I didn’t think much of it at first, as the snow started to cover the boulders, and then stick to the road.  Our bus driver didn’t seem the least bit worried, and we pushed along as the snow came down steadily.  To get to the Spiti Valley, we needed to go over the Kunzum pass, at 4550 m (15,000 ft).  As we began to climb up the steep road, drivers coming in the other direction warned us to turn back, but our driver just joked with them, laughing merrily, and pushed on.  Because our driver was so confident, none of us were particularly worried until we finally got stuck.  One of the turns was just too steep, and we had no choice but to turn back.

I pitched a tent with my friends Tomak and Yanka, though the first night was awful because we had to keep punching the snow off the top of the tent.  As the snow piled up, it made breathing a problem as well, since there was no ventilation.

The next day, we woke up to four feet of wet snow, and it kept coming down.  We found out we’d be there for quite a bit longer.

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