Suggest reading part1 and 2 of it before reading this part. This part will shed more light on rock-climbing practice, trek and stay in New Melling.
Read Part 1 here :Basic Mountaineering Course – NIMAS
I’m stressing on the point here, PACK SENSIBALLY. Don’t pack with what if conditions. Along with mountain equipment’s, your bag will probably weigh 20 + Kgs. Share few things with fellow teammates. Eg – one person packs tissue paper and another one packs tooth paste. Carry one sunscreen bottle/ mustard oil for 4-5 ppl.
With bags packed along with pack lunch, we were fully ready to move to New Melling. We boarded bus enthusiastically. Campus to New Melling is through Sela Pass. Due to heavy land slide we got stuck in Traffic jam for 3 hours. By the time we reached Baisakhi our spirits were low. We got energized looking at several bakery items. Baisakhi Canteen has filled with lots of bakery items. You can have you fill for variety of food here.
Our next stop was near Jaswanthgarh memorial hall. Taking Photos were prohibited here. It was a beautiful place. Since it was raining, we only stopped for few mins and had a nice chai, samosa’s & Pakoda’s.
By the time we reached Sela Pass weather was completely cloudy and it was raining heavily. The awe-inspiring landscapes will help you relax and unwind in the midst of marvelous surroundings. We took a 3 kms walk from here towards Jang. Since it was still raining, we got into vehicle and reached Jang around 4 PM.
Since we reached Jang late, we took a forced unexpected stop in Jang on that day. We enjoyed our rest of the day overlooking the lush green and snow cap mountains of Tawang. We could see several monastery’s in the midst of mountains from our stay place.
We started early in the morning from Jang in bus till Hydel point which is 5 kms away. From this place New Melling is around 20 kms. As soon as you start the trek you see the mighty Nuranang waterfall.
I was walking in normal pace initially, but due to heavy fully loaded bag of 20+ kgs, I almost dragged myself post mid-point. We pass through different terrain here from Tar road, uphill shortcuts to unpaved road. After sometime you only see the beautiful lush green forest all around. You can see the pristine river flowing besides you throughout.
I was awed by the first sight of New Melling. The most beautiful village I have ever seen till date. I’m in love with that village. New Melling image hasn’t been tampered from my memory even a single bit. We were staying in the PWD bungalow. It had total of 5-6 rooms. All girls were camped in 1 room and boys were divided and camped in 3 rooms.
Entire village consists of 5-6 houses. Surrounded by green mountains, river flowing right in front of you & just 1 road for entire village. Don’t miss having momo’s from the small all-purpose store/cafe which is located diagonally opposite to our stay.
Next few days will be all about rock climbing. Bruises in your hands and legs will be common. I had a bad rash and bruise on my back which made carrying bag tougher for few days. It’s a check for your strength and flexibility. Some days, it will drain your energy, yet it’s rewarding when you climb those rock faces.
Schedule for next 5 days
6- 8.30 AM – Endurance walk to several nearby hills with backpack
8.30 -9.30 AM – Breakfast
9.30 – 1.00 PM – Jumaring & Rock-climbing practice
1.00 -2.30 PM – Lunch & rest
2.30 -5.00 PM – Jumaring & Rock-climbing practice
5.30 – 6.45 PM – free time
6.45 – 7.45 PM – Dinner
Don’t miss the endurance walk to hot water spring. Those waters do have some medicinal powers. Blisters get dried up and you feel fresh and rejuvenate.