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For a long time, during my travels in the mountains, I used look up at the star studded night skies and wonder how anyone could manage to navigate using the stars. There were so damn many of them, espcially on a clear moonless night. So how do you find one little North Star out of so many ?
The Rupin pass trek is without doubt one of the most exciting treks available in the Indian Himalayas. It has so many twists and turns in its plot that it will leave most experienced of trekkers wanting more.
The Rupin pass trek i did in June 2012 was one of the most terrifying and exhilarating experiences of my life. I did the trek solo despite everyone's objections. My aim was not to cross the pass but to see myself pitted against my fears & self doubts and in that process learn a bit more about myself. To dance with my inner demons and see what comes out of it. In essence i was to be a journey of self discovery. And here's an account of it..
I had modest goals for my first day. Cycle the 35 odd kms from Manali to Marhi, spend the night there, acclimatize and then push towards Rothang pass and beyond.  Sounds simple enough but the 35km ride does involve climbing from 1900m to 3300m. I've never cycled at any of these altitudes before, so i was a bit anxious and wanted to take it slow.
After an eventful first day, where i was caught in a freak hailstorm and had to camp by the side of the road, i was looking forward to a new day. Many questions still remained. Will the rains abate ? Will the road to Rothang pass be open ? and more importantly.. Will i be able to cross the Rothang pass on my cycle ? Read on to find out..