Q. 1. Why did the author take the short cut inspite of high mountain passes?
Ans. The short cut would take them south west, almost directly towards Mount Kailash. Crossing high mountains passes posed breathing problems. Absence of snow meant a fairly good ride.
Q. 2. What did the author notice in the vast open plains after leaving Ravu?
Ans. These vast open plains had only dry pastures. A few gazelles could be seen nibbling the grass. When the plains grew more stony than grass, he saw a great head of wild asses.
Q. 3. What were drokbas doing in the “rocky wilderness”?
Ans. Drokbas are the people, men or women who were tending their flocks in the rocky wilderness. They wear long-sleeved sheepskin coat to protect themselves from the cold of the high mountains.
Q. 4. Why did the author complain of headache? How did he get relief?
Ans. The author was not used to high altitude climbing. He complained of headache when they had crept past 5,400 metres. He took gulps from his water bottle. This helped somewhat. His headache cleared as they moved down the other side of the pass.
Q. 5. How did the author pass the first night at Darchen?
Ans. It was a very troubled night. The author suffered from cold. He breathed through his mouth. His chest felt heavy. He tired his best to sleep but in vain. Almost the whole night, he had to keep a awake.