This was our favourite line. Dhruv, Vinay and I would giggle every time we would say this.
I was a little apprehensive as I was travelling for the first time . But what a fantastic trip, I was looked after so well. I ran my first river- The Zanskar with Aquaterra. Best choice ever. Vaibhav, you have a wonderful team and I can vouch that no one knows these rivers they way these guys know. ATT was very responsive to emails. Their checklist was just perfect. Simply follow what they say - as in what you need to carry or what you need to leave behind at every stage or be it follow rules of acctlimatizing and you will be just fine. Thanks to ATT met interesting like minded people, Vinay from Agra and Vikram from Delhi. I am so glad I met them. The most impressive about ATT was that they still went ahead with the trip inspite of low numbers. Very commendable.
DAY 1- We had a comfortable stay at the Mogol. Spacious rooms and hot showers. Average food. (Room No - 101, 102). Rested and hydrated.
DAY 2 - Only two of us on day 2. Spent first half of our day visiting monasteries- Shey, Thikse and a must visit Hemis. Lit butter lamp at the Hemis. Evening walk into the market was wonderful. Bought dry apricots to take back home. Dinner at Food Planet. 5 mins from Mogol. Humus was to die for. Thukpa, their traditional local soup was worth a try.
DAY 3 to DAY 5 - Three of us all excited for the coming week of being outdoors. Outdoors is a way to coonect with yourself. My first step and now craving for more. Driving across Kargil, Rangdum, Remala. Lovely views of Nun Kun peaks. Driving over the Pensi La at the bottom of which is the Drung Durung Glacier. Spectacular view! There is some kind of a magnetic pull that these mountains have. Stayed at D’Zojila in Kargil. Take river side rooms and not to miss the Chilly (Cottage) Cheese ( we ordered during tea time ). Rangdum was very cold and one of the most beautiful camp site. We bid goodbyes to our backpacks and transferred into dry bags for the next 6 days.
DAY 6 to DAY 11 - was introduced to the thrill and adventure. A different campsite every day and sleeping under the blanket of stars. It was as though the entire milky way was there to greet us. Vinay was out with his tripod every night and I was like his assisstant flashing the torch as told. Got some great pictures. Zero connectivity and just by the river. New rapids every day and loved to challenenge myself. One realises ones potential as I always underestimate my self. Hope I can come back for much much more.
Vaibhav’s Team Of Aquaterra - Lot of warmth coming across. Lot of experience. Dhruv has lost count of the no of times he has guided Zanskar. Dhruv briefed us every single day of what was expected the next day. It gave us the much needed confidence. They know what they are doing, so simply listen and do all they have to say. Safety is their first priority. They do it with absolute ease. We had short treks/hikes/long walks nearly every day. Went for all. Good way to see the villages.
ATT Food - Nourishing food. Well thought menu. I am a vegetarian(no eggs no mushrooms) and had no issues at all. The food was better than home. Lavish spread for breakfast. A differernt cuisine every day. Dry lunch was also a treat. 4pm tea, 5pm snacks- hot pakoras to samosas to bhel to peanut bhel….6.30 hot soup- loved it. 7.30 dinner - can you imagine pizzas, pastas, paneer,chinese, continental. You know it. The guys having non veg loved tuna the most.
Tents and karri mats were neat, clean and in good condition. Basic toilet tents were put up at every campsite. All our needs were taken care off.
Wet suits, splash jackets, life jackets and helmets were perfect. Absolutely clean.
ATT is slightly expensive than others but with the amount of effort they take, the proffessionalism and lot of warmth , one just cannot think of anyone else. Viabhav, you guys Rock!
I have come back home with a lot of gratitude. Thanks to ATT. Coming back for Brahmaputra and all the rivers listed in ATT!
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