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IN THE VALLEY OF SPITI FOR CB-14

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IN THE VALLEY OF SPITI FOR CB-14 Bhaskar Das     The team at Base Camp Mt. Chandra Bhaga-14, located centrally in the Lahaul Massif of Himachal Himalayas offers a magnificent view of Kunzum Range, Chandra Taal Lake, and the Dhaka Glacier. With the unexplored and inaccessible valleys of the Chandra Bhaga Range and the calmness of Chadra Taal Lake, the CB-14 is one of the most attractive climbing peaks. With prior experience and sound knowledge of mountaineering, one can prepare himself to climb the summit. A ten member team was selected for this mission by Nature & Trekkers' Club of Jalpaiguri (NTCJ).  This time too I was given the responsibility to lead the team.  Five of them were experienced climbers while rest were beginners. The aim of the programme was to explore the area, gain experience of high altitude & to give exposure to fresher of the club. Climbing in the Himalayas is always challenging & it is a test of one’s skill, mental endurance & good planning.