Day 2: We continued our ride via Rampur, Reckong Peo, Nako, Chango, and stayed in BRO rest house at Sumdo. Our target was to reach early and stay at a hotel in Chango however we got late and took shelter in Sumdo. We were in No Mans land. Local residents of Lahaul & Spiti don’t go out of their homes after 4 pm as it is very unsafe. It was around -15c that night and there was no heater in the rooms. We took 2 rooms and stuffed up in the rooms with 4 people in one room and 3 people in another. Our body heat kept us warm that night. Thankfully we had our sleeping bags with us which also did the trick. Next morning we woke up at 7am to start our day. But the start was not that easy. The washrooms were locked and were for the BRO officers only. We had to go out in the open place to answer the nature’s call. It was bone freezing but we had to do it.
After taking breakfast we started our journey to Tabo the most beautiful village of Spiti. On our way we went to Gue monastery which is located inside the base camp of the ITBP. There is a mummy of a lama in Gue monastery which is believed to be more than 500 years old. This mummy still grows its nails and hair. The monastery was covered in snow and we had tre up from the ITBP base camp to reach the monastery. As oxygen level was too less (123000fts elevation point) we were gasping for oxygen. Our lungs were under pressure and we were suffocating. During our short stay at Gue the ITBP jawans served us milk, mango juice, cookies. They were so happy to see us in their camp as according to them nobody comes to meet them their. To resiprocate their gesture of helping us we danced for them. We performed Bhangra for them. The smile on their faces made our day. They packed some tetra packs of juice and cookies for us so we can eat them during our way. We continued our journey from Gue and reached Tabo at 4:30pm and made our base camp at my uncle’s (Mr. Rajender Bodh) ancestral home at Tabo. Tabo monastery was just at walking distance from his house. We went to the monastery and it was such a beautiful historical monument. It was built in the year 996 (almost 2000 years old).
As Rajender Uncle was away on a business tour, his wife took good care of our posse. Hot Drinks, food, snacks to warm rooms she managed it all to give us a Class 1 service. Their hospitality can we well witnessed if anybody goes to Tabo or Ranrik as they have 2 hotels here (Dewachen Retreat Tabo & Hotel Grand Dewachen Kaza). Aunty is also the President of the Tabo village governing body hence she had the entire village at our service. We got a VIP treatment during our stay at Tabo.