Seedsman Blog

The Three Sisters

Kalga, Pulga and Tulga; also known as the three sisters are a trio of pretty villages what lie across the valley from Tosh. They are well known for their apple orchards and of course like everywhere here their charas production.

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It’s a beautiful morning as I set out from Tosh, by this time it is really cold at night and before the sun comes out, so I am constantly wearing a full set of thermals and multiple layers of socks. If you are going to come here in the winter, I highly suggest bringing appropriate cold-weather clothing and a good pair of walking boots. 

I head back down the road and make my way to the hydro dam that crosses the Parvati river, the dam has had a huge impact on the valley and multiple hydro projects are currently under construction in the area. While they have brought roads and more reliable electric, they have also had a significant impact on the environment and the physical appearance of the valley. It’s possible to walk over the top of the dam and cross the river easily so I take that option and climb the steep path up to Kalga. The thick layer of ice which now covers all the pathways makes the trek precarious and I end up on my hands and knees more than once 

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Kalga is another attractive sleepy village with a small number of longer-term western visitors and beautiful apple tree orchards amongst all the traditional houses. During the cannabis growing season, the plants grow amongst the apple trees and I have wonderful visions of picking apples and big buds at the same time.

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It’s from Kalga that I have to climb high up above the villages to my next seed collecting contact so after a nice chillum session and a cup of hot tea I set off once again and this time I know it’s going to be a long hike. My contact lives up high in a little valley, rarely visited by anyone; just the way he likes it.

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In all the walk takes about 3 hours and by the time I arrive at the head of the valley, it is with great relief that I see the little farmhouse that will be home for the next few days. Its already getting dark when I arrive so the Tandoor is lit, and food and hot drinks prepared. Up at this altitude, the temperatures are no joke. if you can get a fire alight or if you end up stuck outside at night there is a good chance you won’t survive long. 

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To my delight as I’m about to crawl into bed my very kind and highly experienced mountain contact passes me a hot water bottle. I’m so happy I could almost cry, its been a very long journey to get here crossing continents and climbing up mountains in the snow. I curl up into a ball under a pile of blankets and hug the warm bottle and drift off into an incredible sleep. When I wake up I will be my own personal paradise.

Andrew Bill

Andrew Bill

Andrew Bill is a 41-year-old cannabis activist, writer and businessman from the UK. He moved to Amsterdam at the age of 19 and has worked in numerous Dutch coffeeshops, including Barneys Breakfast Bar where he was part of the team that won multiple cannabis cups.
Travelling extensively throughout his adult life, his passion for cannabis culture and history has recently driven him to search out landrace genetics from around the world.