I hardly slept thanks to my tummy, and hence ate only a little. The Indiahikes team gave us a packed lunch. The morning seemed ominous because I felt tired and my BP also shot up, but my TL (trek leader), Arvind, assured me that I'd be fine. He gave me a tablet to pop.
The trek started. It was all ascent through big rocks surrounded by rhododendron trees. It was extremely difficult for me to keep up right from the beginning, but there were always 4-5 guys from Indiahikes who kept inspiring us to push on. There was always one guy at the front of the group who ensured nobody got past him, and there was one guy always at the back who ensured nobody got left behind.
These two tried to limit the gap in the middle to not be more than half an hour. The fact that most trekkers around me were struggling gave me motivation to go on, but even that wasn't enough after a while. I just kept thinking that I'd give up some time or the other because it was taking a toll on me physically. Had we not been allowed to sit down to rest every once in a while, I would've definitely given up, but the Indiahikes team was extremely thoughtful towards everyone. They're experienced enough to understand the difficulties that first-time trekkers experience.
After trekking for approximately 10 hours we finally had the first sight of pristine white snow; it was sufficiently beautiful to keep me going for another hour that was left to the basecamp. I got so excited that I forgot about my tiredness completely, and was the first one to reach the Bekaltal Basecamp. I was exhausted, but I was ecstatic to have survived my very first day of trekking. Arvind gave me some medicine to completely cure my indigestion and that night I slept like a baby.
Day 2: Bekaltal to Brahmatal