At the end of the day, we should reach our destination : a mountain hut for the night, and hot springs as a reward for our efforts.
An avalanche-prone road, strewn with rocks and winter debris, makes for a slow crawl up to the springs by 4WD.
It’s a steep six-hour (14km) climb south on the 4WD track beside the Arashan River, through a piney canyon full of hidden hot and cold springs.
On my way, I meet Dorek on his horse. His friend would like me to give him water but I don’t have any left. I give him an empty plastic bottle, that should at least help him in storing additional water when he will pass by a source.
Indeed, when we stopped for lunch, our guide and cook used the river water without even boiling it.
Six hours later, birds of prey seems to show the way.
Around Five, we catch sight of the Arashan camp…
The white summits seemed so far from us this morning, and now we are only a few kilometers from them.
The night is gonna be cold though, so let’s hope the hot springs are real…