Recently, about 3 weeks back, both my younger brothers went on a hiking trip up north. On one leg of their journey they had planned to ascend to Kedarkantha (12500 ft) but had to turn back halfway due to a sudden and dangerous life-threatening winter storm.
At the start of their ascent to Kedarkantha a female adult dog suddenly appeared out of nowhere and joined my brothers and guides on the hike! The guides said the animal was a sheep dog and would often accompany hikers even though they were total strangers to her.
|Walking ahead on the trail|
|Sitting on a high ledge, waiting for the humans to catch up|
My brothers being avid Indian dog lovers felt concerned about the safety of the dog in that extreme cold weather. They tried to discourage her, but she continued to walk along with them.
As I mentioned earlier, the weather had turned dangerous and they had to abort the trip and turn back, barely escaping with their lives thanks to the severity of the storm and avalanches. Through it all the dog stuck with them. After a night of heavy snowfall, when the snow was almost 3 to 4 feet thick, one of the guides used to pick up the dog and throw her a few feet away, and she would come bounding back, wanting more! She seemed to enjoy this game...at least that's what the guide said.
What an amazing dog, to brave such severe weather to accompany humans!
|Eating from a donga, a wooden bowl carved from a tree trunk |
by the local shepherds for their sheepdogs
|Curled up in snowfall. The temperature was around -4.|
|Sitting outside the tent. The temperature was about -2 with a killer cold wind blowing around.|
|With my brother|
Photos and story: Ashish Banerji
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