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Shali Peak, Himachal Pradesh, India

Saturday 15 th March 2014 - 14:12

Dificultat: fàcil
Desnivell Positiu: 1.200m
Desnivell Total: 2.400m
Elevació Màxima: 2.835m
Many times we associate the Himalayas with Everest and mountains that are 8.000 metres tall. But in reality, the Himalayas are an impressive extention - of about 2.400 km long and 400 km wide. The mountain system counts with the largest summits of the planet, but we can also find summits of modest heights, such as the Shali peak, which is about 2.830 metres.

The adventure starts at Delhi, where we take a car to go to Shimla, which are about 400 km away. We take 10 hours to arrive, due to the condition of the roads in India. At the time of the British Empire, Shimla was the summer capital of India. As it is in the mountains, the temperature in the Summer is more agreeable. Shimla is a rather vertical city, with modest houses, small, of many colours. Like all the cities in India, you cannot help but notice how dirty the roads are, and even, how dirty the forests and mountains are.

During my stay, I stayed at the house of my guide. The people of India are special, I don't know if it is the culture, religion, or traditions... but they are very welcoming and they are always there to help you without asking anything in return. Vishal, the guide is proud of his Land and traditions. During our hike he tells me a bit about history, traditions and his own life.

The excursion to the Shali peak starts with car ride of about two hours to get to the foot of the mountain from Shimla. The path is rather easy, it reminds me of the meditteranean forests, with pine and toot tries. At the start, we approached a farm, and the farmer invited us to tea, as it would have been impolite to refuse. So we stopped for tea and talked a bit with him. He was a poor farmer, with a pair of starving cows, but who wanted to invite us for lunch nevertheless. We told him  that we would next time, and we continued hiking. He accompanied us for a bit, to prevent his neighbor's dogs from annoying us.

The path to the summit is a cart track, in fact it was a postal road at the time of the British Empire. At the summit of Shali Peak there is a Hindu Monastery.

From the summit we can see the white Himalayas, the 8.000 metre summits and it makes you realise the immensity of the mountains that form the Himalayas.
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