As someone who has been born and brought up in the mountains, I have had ample opportunities to hone my trekking skills. In fact, trekking and hiking come as second nature to me. I rarely ever find fascination in taking expensive trips to mainstream destinations. I would rather spend money to sleep under a million stars than a fortune on a conventional 5-star hotel. After all, what is the point of a vacation if I can’t escape my real life and enter a world so beautiful that it feels like fantasy?
Priceless experiences on a shoe-string budget:
I started out with taking the Triund trek and since then have undertaken six major treks in Himachal Pradesh. I love the fact that treks are pocket friendly. In just about Rs 700 - 1000 per day, my food and accommodation are taken care of. Along with this, I get the priceless experience of being amidst nature and traversing across stunning landscapes! What more could you ask for?
The easy Kheerganga trek had been on my list for a long time. I was feeling jaded in Delhi, and this weekend trek seemed like the perfect escape. I tried to get away a number of times, but life kept getting in the way.
This year when spring bloomed, I booked myself a trek to Kheerganga with Riding Solo. I knew I would get lazy about planning my trip and ultimately cancel it. Handing the reins of my trip to a company that I trusted in, (having travelled to Hampta with them previously) ensured that all I had to do was pack by bags and get myself to Kasol. Everything else would be taken care of. I was excited to meet new trek leaders, have new adventures, and behold majestic sights! I also couldn't help but think about the scrumptious meals that would greet us at the very end of a challenging day.
In a matter of a few days I was right where I wanted to be. My trek to Kheerganga was an absolute delight.
Here's how you can do it too!
For those of you who don’t already know, Riding Solo is a trekking company that organises affordable trekking expeditions to Himachal, Kashmir, Nepal, Sikkim, Ladakh and the Western Ghats. If you’re a lazy planner like I am, you can contact Riding Solo with your dates and budget. They will offer you a trek that is tailor-made to suit your requirements.
Their treks are easy on the pocket and conducted by expert leaders. If you're still looking for the right group to trek with, there's no need to look further. Have a look at some of the treks that they offer: