Photographer's Note

On the trail from Chandratal to Surajtal, we came across many Gaddi shepherds. These Gaddi shepherds migrate annually with their flocks of sheep and goats and some horses in search of grazing areas, a search that will entail covering mountainous terrain and crossing high passes for six months of the year.

To reach Topko Yongma, you have to cross Rohtang La coming from Manali and then proceed left towards Kunzum La. After passing through Chhatru n Chhota Dara, you reach Batal, which is around 150 Kms from Manali n 15 Kms before Chandratal. Although a couple of those 15 Kms to Chandratal is motorable, it is better to start trekking from Batal itself. Topko Yongma is another day's trek(another 15 Kms) from Chandratal.

It feels great to be back at TrekEarth:)

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Additional Photos by Amol Herlekar (amol) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 106 N: 214] (952)
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