As we stood at an elevation of 3200m, right in front of a golden sunrise, the cold winds rang like knells in our ears and grasped at us with their freezing hands. I huddled closer to my friends and even though the temperatures were dropping, I could feel the warmth of our friendship reigniting.
A wondrous sight unfolded in front of us. The yellow of the rising sun soon took over the snowcapped mountains of Hanuman Tibba and slowly, the entire sky. The bright white snow shone like a vampire’s skin exposed to sunlight and we heard wake up calls of birds we hadn’t seen before trying to inform us of their tiny existence in this giant world.
These moments, as I write about them, still live in my memory as if they happened only yesterday and I’m happy to reserve a space for them in my head and my heart forever.
So, what led to these moments?
Well, let me take you way back in time to when I was a kid. If there are two things that I’ve always admired since childhood, it is travelling and the winter season. My best childhood memories include hiking trips across hills with cold winds freezing our faces. After the shitstorm of covid experienced a little calm, I decided to plan a trip with my friends to relive this childhood nostalgia of travelling in winters.
While looking for options, I came across this very interesting option called “Learn the basics of camping on a scenic trek in Manali” and I was smitten. It was a recently launched program by Tripoto called “Tripoto mindful retreat” and everything about it called out to me, like it was some cosmic trick!
Having been associated with Tripoto as a feature writer, I also thought of it as a great opportunity to use my accumulated credits, but I wasn’t aware back then that I’d not only get to travel for FREE but also trade those credits for some exceptional memories.
Here’s all we did during the Tripoto Mindful Retreat in Manali!