It all started with a wishlist amongst 3 friends in their mid 3o's (1 divorced, remaining 2 still unmarried, all 3 happily Single) on a Cafe Coffee Day hangout in Kolkata. A wishlist to see and experience all that they want in this lifetime. Yes, defying all norms of normalcy that the life of a 30 something year old woman in India should be, as prescribed by society, we decided to live it the way we want to and live it fully. Trekking was one of our priorities in our bucket list and we decided to start with baby steps with the Sandakphu trek along the Singalila National Park, close to home in West Bengal.
Needless to say it started and ended with too much adventure, much beyond what we would have normally wanted, with the prediction of Cyclone 'Fani' affecting our trip, warnings to mountaineers and trekkers to stay alert and preferably descend down to the plains. Yet, our destiny defied all these obstacles and took us to have one of the best experiences of our lives. Since it was our first trek, we selected an organized trek by a local travel agency. Luckily we were the only three in the group.