The team of Healing Himalayas had already arranged tents for us from where the famous Kheerganga hot water spring was closer.
Amidst all the chaos, I totally forgot to notice the beautiful landscape I was surrounded by. While standing infront of my tent, I gazed at the snow clad mountain peaks as if they are welcoming me in their arms. Behind me was the cliff to reach the Hot water Spring and the Shiva Temple.
The golden sun was setting behind the peaks and a layer of white fog beneath the sun made it one of the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen.
Around the Bonfire, Pradeep introduced us to the basic objective of Healing Himalayas and how we can help these trails remain clean. I felt huge respect for this man and his companions, his family as well, who supported him to take this journey in his life.
Bonfire was not as peaceful as i have always witnessed in Himalayas as there were the sounds of loud music playing around the cafes on which trekkers were dancing. But I thought, we can do that in our cities as well, right?
but in cities, we can never have the opportunity to witness millions of stars, the nocturnal sounds of birds and that peaceful feeling of sleeping around the alpine trees, in front of the high peaks of Himachal.
After spending the night in that cozy tent, everyone went for a refreshing dip in Holy hot water Spring, had breakfast and again collecting the trash on the way, descended to the Base village. While descending, we met various trekkers who helped us in collecting trash and appreciated us. In return, we urged them not to throw Plastic materials wherever they go.
It had started raining heavily till we reached the base village and in few hours, I had a bus to catch from kasol. For the last time, Sanju bhaiya (Our host of the Homestay) lovingly served honey lemon tea and we bid farewell to the lovely place.
This experience changed my outlook towards trekking. I decided to do all my treks with dustbag in my hand, even if i am trekking solo.
I request everyone of you to reduce Plastic usage as much as possible. Even if you are using it, please dispose it properly and don't throw it on trails, tourist spots.
Let us try to keep our Mountains clean and garbage free.
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Things to keep in mind for this trek:
1. As I trekked in June, a single Jacket worked (for the cold nights), but if you are planning in Winter, carry sufficient warm clothes as it would be too cold up there.
2. There are enough accommodation available on the top, even if you don't have an advanced booking.
3. As food is expensive up there, you can carry your own food but please try to avoid preservative items. (it is unhealthy and create plastic pollution).
4. Please avoid buying Bisleri Bottles. You can re-fill your water bottle from any hotel or cafe on the way or can also rely on waterfalls. I prefer that :)
5. Please respect locals and their traditions.
6. If you wanna join any campaign of Healing Himalayas or want to donate for the NGO, you can click on this link and get information. https://healinghimalayas.org/