Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ready

mihamoroz in/on Kamchatka somewhere:
Советская геология нанесла большой вред окружающей среде. Но какая же все-таки интересная жизнь была у советских геологов, которых отправляли на разведку в никем нехоженые дали в поисках драгоценных металлов, полезных ископаемых, термальных источников. Они проходили тропами коренных народов, проезжали там, где не ступала нога человека, нанося на карту названия вершин, рек, озер и долин. Мы в свою очередь идем по стопам тех геологов, находя подобные остатки их активной деятельности. #накраюземли#термальныйисточник #travel #readyfilms#wild #filming #живунакамчатке #hotspring#путешествия #кино
With winter well and truly underway in the northern hemisphere, I was planning to share a couple of wintery finds, however it seems that the exotic and less colder finds will rule.

We start off far-eastwards and wind ourselves to the west keeping the Himal to our south then to pick up a couple from the southern slopes. 

Above Far-East Russia, below Kyrgyzstan, then on to Tajikistan.

seitekkhaan at Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan)
Hot spring, with Japanese friends. #hotsprings #hotspring #japanesetv#komatsubara
tkhrkan visits Garam Chashma (Tajikistan)
ワハーン回廊沿いにある温泉地、ガラムチャシマ。乳白色の温泉は皮膚に良いらしく、湯温も丁度よく、歩き疲れた体には最高のご褒美でした。実は温泉大国タジキスタン。ワハーン回廊沿いだけで5ヶ所ある。3つは行ったが残り2つは体調不良の為坂道を登れず断念。#タジキスタン #パミール高原 #ワハーン回廊 #ワハーン回廊徒歩旅 #温泉 #ガラムチャシマ #garamchashma
Hot Spring Jylandi part 2 - Besides its incredible nature, #Pamir #Mountains in Tajikistan also offer some incredible #hot #springs. This example was to be found in a deserted #Soviet building at more than 4000 meters #altitude. No village of #community to be found in the near vicinity. #deserted #remote #intothewild #hotsprings




We remain in Tajikistan with these two photo's of the same Jylandi hot spring and then head to Wakhan proper (I believe).


Hot Spring Jylandi part 1  
Taking some time to #unwind in a #natural #hotspring #bath. 🗻🛀🙏 #relax #tranquil #nature #Tajikistan #love #travel
Time
mier_kayy in Pakistan's Garam Chasma
Nu pa garamay k pa garma cheshma k sa k
On the southern flanks of the Himal, a similar sounding Garam Chasma,  but this time in Pakistan. Followed by two experiences from the Indian part of the Himalaya (below).

The best motivation for an adventure#sacred #hotsprings #temple #himalayan #jewel #kirganga #trekking#paravativalley #healing #water #ladytime
On our drive up to Gangotri, we stopped at a natural hot spring for a bath in the middle of the mountains 🌲🌲 #yogi #yogini #yogagirl #travel #travelbug #hotsprings #himalayas #india
Presence 

Cumpleaños pasado por agüita caliente. "Naturaleza, nunca dejarás de sorprenderme"Hot springs en Jagat.#nepal #instagood #instanepal #trip #travel #mochileo #hotsprings #nature
Continuing back eastwards, little visited hotsprings from Nepal. Above Jagat is on the way to Manang while below I will have to guess: guess that it's also Jagat?

🐞🌴Young & free🌴🐞#annapurna#treeking#hotsprings#nature#nepal#mountains#wildlife#rio#culo#river#entorno#freedom#happy#salvaje#colors#goodtime#viveelpresente
Once in a while so somewhere which is unspoiled by human beings ..#hotspring
Above in Sikkim lower reaches (Legship), below the higher reaches at the end of Yumthang valley. Rounding off with a singular hot spring from Bhutan.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.... This is the biggest one yet.. The perfect balance of nature and serenity. #yumthangvalley #15000ft#hotsprings
kiwianagirl 
at Wangdue Phodrang, central Bhutan:
In a beautiful valley 2 1/2 days trekking over high passes, you’ll find seven natural hot springs in little huts, free for those that wish to come and be healed by the soothing mineral waters. I felt honored that we were there, our weary bodies, aching after 26 days at over 14’000 ft, finally got some respite. The preserved Yak meat we ate for dinner wasn’t so wonderful (a bit of a gag fest) ##hotsprings #bhutan #backpacking#thesnowmantrek #womenover55#adventuretravel #malabeads
Do life 

 
bigray523 possibly near Daocheng Yading (Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan)
秘境 #hotspring
Hopping over the divide a couple of finds from Sichuan. 

maerue at Ronghui hot spring (Chongqing, Sichuan)
They say warm water is the cure for everything. I definitely agree after jumping into over 20 hot-springs while drinking tea and getting a massage. Chinese know how to do life. #china #chongqing #xiexie #spaday#hotsprings #travelphotography #instatravel#relaxingday #worldbummler #instagirl#travellingthroughtheworld

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Big dreams


 
There's no better place for yoga 🖤#WHPdreambig #yoga #snow #hotsprings #northsikkim #incredibleindia
While the northern hemisphere of Asia (basically everything) currently is experiencing it's summer, lets look at even hotter places to enjoy: hot springs of Himal (and more).

Spiced up with some photo's. 

Ah, the above from the former independent Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim, now incorporated in India, probably at the end of Yumthang valley.

Just a short hop westwards, across the border, you'll end up in Bhutan:

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it~ Sydney J Harris.
#gasabhutan #gasatsachu #gasatrip #myfirsttriptogasa #hotsprings #hotspringbath
Peachy
But let's start with some news.

China Daily (May 5) mentions how soaking tourism is assisting Tibetan efforts at income generation:
'Born into a poverty-stricken household in Dagdong village, the Tibet autonomous region, Kelsang Jampa never imagined that one day he would own a new house with a neat courtyard. 
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Tourists camp in front of the ruins of Tsangyang Gyatso's manor, visit the 900-year-old peach tree there and look around the ancient temples in the village'.
Ok, so what has hot springs to do with this? The article adds:
'The regional government hopes that by the end of 2020, all farmers and herdsmen engaged in tourism will be able to earn an average annual income of 16,000 yuan.
"This year, we will spend 90 million yuan to build a hotel and a hot spring resort," said Tobgye, head of the township.
It is estimated that Dagdong will receive 150,000 tourists this year, bringing 40,000 to 60,000 yuan in revenue for each family'. 
So not natural? Or natural but currently non-existent? I couldn't find any other references, so I'm a bit unsure. 
What the above does spell out, is how China (and with it many other Asian governments) hopes hot springs bring in money. Little conservation.

Below elsewhere (?) in Tibet:

This is how #everest2017 expedition day 35 looks like
#hotsprings #calmbeforethestorm
@marmot_mountain_europe @lyofood
The Economic Times reports (Jul. 27) on the political struggle:
'China and India have jockeyed for centuries over the Himalayas. The Chinese military invaded Tibet in 1950. India granted asylum to the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, in 1959. Three years later, the two countries fought a border war. Now they are in a standoff over an area disputed by China and Bhutan, the Himalayan kingdom whose claim is supported by India. The two countries’ latest struggle is over which one will be able to formally tie the ancient practice of Tibetan medicine to its national patrimony. The prize: international cachet and the possibility of significant commercial rewards. 
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China’s recent UNESCO application said that Tibetan hot-spring and herbal-bath therapies — known as lum medicinal bathing — were “developed by the Tibetan people” and are popular across much of western China, including the Tibet Autonomous Region'.
Unfortunately neither seems intent on the following, even though it seems a very Himal practice. Of the yesteryears? 

ueen_maedbh at Kheerganga:
Nudey Hot springs in India 💦💦🔮🚿🌏🙏🏽🙏🏽🌜🌞 with meh pal luceh. #india #travelphotography #hotsprings #himachalpredesh #jaimatadi🙏
Managed
The district of Myagdi central Nepal counts itself lucky. The Himalayan Times (March 19):
'Fourteen new sources of hot springs have been identified at various places in Myagdi district.
“Five new sources of hot springs were found along the Maygdi River bank at Beni
Municipality-13 in the district and nine others along the river bank of Kali Gandaki,” said Birendraman Shakya, Chair of Singa Tatopani Kunda  Management Committee.
The water from the hot springs is said to contain several minerals as calcium, magnesium and potassium. Because of the presence of these minerals, the hot springs, which measure to over 50 degree Celsius,  are believed to relieve ailments linked with joints, gastritis and  skin.
“Most of the newly identified thermal springs fall in the Annapurna trekking circuit and may serve as tourist destinations as trekkers can enjoy taking a dip in the hot spring,” said Shakya.
On an average, over 20,000 people take a bath in the old hot springs in the district annually, shared Shakya, adding that the newly-found thermal springs will have an upgrade.
There are over 32 identified hot springs across the country'.
दिर्घ राेगिहरूका लागि उचित गन्तव्य The natural medicament hot spring center Tatopani Kunda, Myagdi
source (half 'n hour of hot soaks of the Himal)
A short dip inside a small #hotspring in the outskirts of #lomanthang by the #kaligandakiriver. #colors #colorsofnepal #colorsoftheearth #colorsofnature #travel #trekking #nepalphotoproject #nofilter
Bear
An avid fan of Khamchatka, it seems like there's an never-ending source, source of hot water. A couple of examples:

A bear ate our gear [What? Read more here], but at least the hot springs were nice. 🗻🌿🌛#kamchatka #travel #russia #goexplore #friluftsliv #hotsprings #keepitwild #travelblog #adventure #optoutside
Дикие Озерки ) #озерки #источники #горячиеисточники #отдых #природа
Heading eastwards, what about Mongolia? And Kyrgyzstan?

bazze_ezzab at Tsenheriin Haluun Rashaan, Arhangai
Oasis during #roadtrip
#hotspring #Mongolia
 
А потом мы сидели в скальных ваннах и наслаждались видом гор и шумом реки 💕 🏞 #amazing #vacation #altynarashan #hotsprings #kyrgyzstan
Gems
Another favourite of mine is Tajikistan:

Four damaged guys relaxing their tortured bones in the hot springs of Bibi Fatima. To go there you have to survive 8km of extreme natural road. #bibifatima #hotspring
teisphotography (above and below, outside / inside):
Go inside the blue door and enter the amazing #hot #spring Isbulak. Finding it can be a challenge as there is no actual road taking you there. Driving through open field as far as the eye can see and ending up at this gem at an altitude of 4000m was another priceless experience on our trip. #hotsprings #travelphotography #travels #Tajikistan #centralasia #spa #desolate #remote

And now we're back where we started: India 

pooja14virgo at Munsyari Uttarakhand:
Photo edit by @basanti.t.rawat #goririver #hotspring

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Best bath

dipping.
#naturalhotspring
#10000ftabove
#kheerganga
#skinnydipping
#bestbathever
With the winter washing away, let's look at some imagery of soaking pleasure.

Of which. 
Above India's Kheerganga. Below, east India's Meghalaya provides the backdrop to a more nurtured hot spring.

Back in 2013: Jakrem (Hot Spring), West Khasi Hills. The hot spring water is believed that it can cure several diseases by taking a bath at hot spring waters.
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#swimmingpool #pool #hotspring #
Tendencies
Often highlighted in this blog are hot springs from Kyrgyzstan. 
Below a hot spring bordering the Yssyk Kul lake, while the more photogenic (and thus heavily featured here) hot spring near Altyn Arashan, up in the mountains.

Amazing #natural #hotspring pool on the northern shore of Yssyk kul #lake
Soo clear water and hot! Lucky for us there was no one!
#kyrgyzstan #nature #naturephotography #adventure #culture
 Chilling in a natural hot spring with @nature.kyrgyzstan is always a good idea 💦🇰🇬
Pour ceux qui me suivaient quand j'étais au Kirghizistan, vous savez que je m'étais foulé le genou à 4000m d'altitude et que j'avais dû tout redescendre en étant blessée 🙄 Ce hot spring d'Altyn Arashan, le village d'arrivée, m'a vraiment fait du bien, même si j'ai continué à boiter avec mon attelle pendant plus d'un mois 😅
Sur ce throwback, bonne soirée 😘
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#Kyrgyzstan #asia #montresettendance #forest #instaview #hotsprings #letsgosomewhere #naturephotography #hotwater #frenchgirl #heaven #wonderful_places #travel #travelgram #travelblogger #agameoftones #lifeofadventure #traveler #welivetoexplore #instatag #luxurytravel #igtravel #instagood #instatravel #fitfrenchies #jacuzzi #passionpassport #travelblog #naturelovers
Wild east
Someone by the name of jnburian has managed to find some great soaks while trekking on the eastern Siberian peninsula of Kamchatka. 
A couple of examples:















Cured

Enjoying natural hot water at natural hot spring, Tatopani Jumla-Nepal. It is believed that this water is good for your skin and cures skin related diseases too because of some chemicals that heat this water naturally underground. It was a good experience though.
#tatopani_jumla #jumlanepal #karnali #trekking #momentstoremember #loves_nepal #memories
Away from the main trekking tracks of Nepal, there's still lots of good soaking to be had. 
Above from the remote district of Jumla, below Chilime Tatopani, Rasuwa district.
 
Bramphotography on Chilime Tatopani, Nepal:
'Morning hot springs (serie)'
Furtheron he writes:
'Close to the border of Nepal and Tibet (China) you find in a little place Tatopani with some stone made hot springs. In the early morning I could experience how this ritual is done by everybody and it was a beautiful scenery. Although it is not as sophisticated as hot springs in other countries, it is popular among the people of Nepal who seek solace from pain and go for a refreshing bath in the scalding waters said to have medicinal and healing powers. The showers are shaped as colorful lion head spouting the spring water between their fanged teeth. There is swimming pool, populated by little children taking turns to do back flips into the murky water. Woman take showers with elegance and the atmosphere among al the local people there is peaceful, fun and calm'. 
Fever
Rounding off this blog entry with a more naturally soaking fun photo from Yunnan, China:
Jungle hot spring 〰
#junglefever #jungleboys #hiking #reward #gaoligongshan #jungle #hotspring #yunnan #china #travelchina #adventure #travelinspiration #storyofmyworld #getoutstayout #fun #travelgram #goyunnan #loves_china #travelphotography #chinatrip #forest #chinagram #amazing #trail #naturelovers #intothewild