It was around -5 to -7 degrees when I, along with a a group of friends, who I met at Deoria tal, started our Trek at 1:30 am from Chopta to Tungnath.
We were well prepared for the minus degree but we faced a challenge which none of us were prepared. About a Km into the Trek, there was snow on the path. To make matters worse, there was thick ice in between. We didn't expected this. Our normal trekking shoes were useless as they weren't getting any grip on the thick ice.
From there to top was a journey of braving chilly winds, minus temprature and lots of skidding and falling along the way.
It was probably the most difficult trek esp. without the crampons as any moment you put your foot on the surface, you would skid.
Not to mention that the trek path was steep, so there were no chances of balancing your Body once the shoes slipped.
Only with our determination and Willpower we were able to reach Tungnath temple.
It almost felt like Lord Shiva had wanted us to reach his abode, that we were able to overcome such difficulties 🙏🏻
Also as I mentioned, this was done on the morning of 7th November ie Diwali Day.
What a place to be 😊
In that freezing tenprature, with Great difficulty I took out my mobile and mobile stand and clicked few Pictures of Tungnath Temple.
Must say they were one of my Best till date 😋
The cold was becoming unbearable and yet we kept searching. After half n hour of looking at various places, we finally found a place.
The door was half broken and temporarily covered. We managed to open that and got inside. Everyone ran into a croner to get away from the freezing winds.
Once we all settled there, in due time the body started relaxing and I didnt knew when I went to sleep.
Get up, Get up look at this. Someone woke me up. I drowsily woke up and wandered outside the place. When I saw it, I just rubbed my eyes hard, just to make sure I wasn't dreaming.
I knew there was lots of snow around when we trekked at night. But this was paradise.
The whole place was covered in snow, even the houses n sheds. And since the light was just in its infancy, it made it look more mesmerising!
It was a scene straight out of 'Lord of the Rings'.
After that we tried to go up towards Chandrashila peak. I tried going up but due to the ice and constant slipping, I lost confidence and stayed back as couple of guys went ahead.
I roamed around a bit at Tungnath taking pictures then it was time head back. When going downhill, the path was more treacherous as the sun had come up and the ice was melting making it diffuclt to place your footing.
Thankfully I reached Chopta without any fall but saw quite few ppl slip aling the way.
With this my Journey came to an End. I really do not know how to conclude it. It was one the most amazing trip ever. Going to the Lords place made it extra special. Not to mention all the (Mis) Adventures along the way in this short trip made it all worthwhile.
I do wish to come here again but at a different season. They say March-April is the best season for Tunganth trek with Rhododendrons blooming all along. Must be some amazing experience that.
My parting Words........
HAR HAR MAHADEV 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
P.S. : Would Appreciate Feedbacks and comments on my Story and the Pictures.