A Mysterious Disappearance on a Himalayan Hippie Trail
January 2, 2017 - accent chair
Shetler’s final entrance came this past August. “A Sadhu has invited me on a pilgrimage,” he posted. Cold, weak, and underfed, Justin was steeling himself for one final journey in Himachal Pradesh, a North Indian state renouned with trekkers, hash-smokers, and devout seekers, before pulling on, by motorbike, to circuitously Ladakh. The sadhu, or Hindu ascetic (known colloquially as a baba), had invited Shetler to follow him on a weeklong travel to a holy lake of Mantalai. “The route is scandalous and it’s landslide season,” he reported. “I should lapse mid-September or so. If I’m not behind by then, don’t demeanour for me,” Shetler added, signing off with an emoji wink.