Stage 1 started with Sand Dune ( Barkhol Dune ) experience. Truly steep elevation and soft sand and on the ridge, no margin for error as you would topple down both sides otherwise.
Stage 2 – forest and climb…..nice cold scenery
Stage 3 – Very steep long climb up and then heavy downpour to add to the technical difficulty. Truly spectacular view.
Stage 4 – Long and hot and climb and then nice forest and mountain view. Truly amazing scenery with several water crossings and not to mention rocky terrain too.
Then rest day had surprise Hami fruit and big round Bread/Biscuit for tea. Wonderful surprise. Just to prepare for the onslaught of the gruesome long march ahead.