Manali- Gulaba-Rola Khuli
We reachead our first stop, Camp Jungle Brooks, Village Gazan, Manali around 9:30am. Welcomed by 2 beautiful German Shepherds, Max & Barfi accompanied by Kaalu, an indie pupster. The camp is super accessible from the Highway and is located just across the bridge on the river bank of Beas. After breakfast & a bit of morning deeds, we started our adventure in a cab that drove us via Gulaba(22kms | 1-1.5hrs drive, approx from Manali) and dropped us at our starting point. We had an amazing tour guide Ved Prakash with us who was provided to us by the camp authorities and in them locals, WE TRUST! Nobody, literally NOBODY can know and do better than what the locals serve and provide you with. They are indeed the kings of their land.
We started hiking up, still alongside the trees of oak & cedar. And after almost 25-30mins of up-hill hike, the trees were all left behind and the whole patch of the hills looked lush green, with beautiful tiny wildflowers and the land filled with Moo-ing, bray-ing, bleat-ing, neigh-ing creatures. We could spot Hanuman Tibba, The Beas Kund Valley, The Seven Sisters Peaks all, from this spot onwards. The weather gods were a bit confused and clearly not in-sync with each other and we experienced rains, hailstorm, blinding bright sun and back to raining cats and dogs in shifts. We walked almost 7kms to our base camp at Rola Khuli(12,500ft. Approx), which took us almost 5hrs with multiple halts.
After our evening snacks we took a stroll around the area and chilled till we hogged on our dinner and eventually dozed-off, snooring.