This was my first Solo trip to Himachal Pradesh and I wished to trek most of the high passes. My first Trek was "Sach Pass" an intermediate trek for an average person. I tried it once before in April but it was closed because of the heavy snowfall. It was my second attempt this time.
I took a train from New Delhi late night to reach Pathankot early in the morning. I didn't want to miss the morning bus to Chamba as they have limited service.
I reached Chamba as I planned. I booked a room nearby bus stand to leave for Bairagarh the next morning. It's 130kms and HPTDC runs only 2 buses in the morning. I interacted with locals and roamed the streets. There wasn't much to do.
The morning was pleasant, the weather was really charming. It was a good feeling and I was in the mountains. I started my trek to "Satrundi" base camp for Sach Pass. My backpack was really heavy, it was tough to walk first. But i met some locals down the path, i joined with them. We had good conversations about the place, about me.
I entered my details in the Army Register and found a spot to camp. I talked with the Army officers about the way. They showed me the direction to go and told me it'd take 3 hours. It was a cold night, rained most of the night but the weather in the morning was good for the trek although it worsens quickly on Mountains.
After an hour of trekking I reached this place. Stream was flowing in between the valley, filled with flowers of different kinds, covered with snow peaked mountains from 3 directions.
I was on the route told to me but somewhere I lost the trail because of the fresh snowfall. It was difficult to walk. Everytime I took a step my leg was stuck in the fresh snow plus the backpack was a curse that time. I managed somehow and was on the hard snow after 3 hours of hard work. But hard work wasn't over, weather was starting to get worse cause of the rain. I was walking with my full strength to reach a safe place to rest. Rain got worse, fog made my day more difficult, visibility was none. I had to take shelter inside a rock, I could barely fit inside the rock. It was freaking cold, my hands were freezing. I was rubbing them continuously to keep them warm. My brain started giving me thoughts. I had to stay there for over 3 hours because of the weather. I looked outside for a second and the sun never looked so beautiful to my eyes, was shining so brightly, it filled my heart with joy and my body with warmth. I quickly escaped from there and after another 3 hours of trekking i was on the top, could see all the neighboring peaks. I was in the center of all those mountains. It was marvellous.
Next difficulty was Hunger. I didn't eat anything since the morning and it's been over 8 hours. I was completely drained out. There was nothing on the top to eat just a small temple. I took shelter in there. It was filled with snow and water.
One car stopped there to offer something to God. I asked them whether they could give me a lift to the next village or town. They gave a ride and left me in "Killar" which was my next destination. I thanked the gentlemen for giving me the lift. Stayed at a guest house for Rs. 150 plus the unlimited chicken for Rs. 100.
I was happy to reach there out of the danger. I slept like a baby. It was an Unforgettable experience for me and will be useful in the future.
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