As you see in above picture, Tiger (dog) who also did entire trek with us as it came with us in acclimatize walk and sterling forest top point. We have played lots of snow games, group activities, captured photos and entertain ourselves. No one is experienced with that kind of trek except me. So, they were gone mad as they never seen that much snow and breathtaking views, you can understand what they do... Even you think what you do during that time.....
Early morning around 6 AM, we wake up and got ready for our adventure trek towards sterling forest. As this place not identify in google map and anywhere, I couldn't tag it. but the difficulty and the view which was incredible. We reach at the top of the forest at 12 noon.
At 4 pm, we taken a breakfast and start small acclimatize walk towards the higher side. At there, we found lots of snow and beautiful view. We played snow games and snow fight, we came down around 6:30 pm and taken delicious hot tomato soup in chilled temperature around 6 degree C. As the clock move ahead, the temperature got down to almost -2 degree C at 2 Am of the 4th day. The time and temperature exactly remember by me because I wake up to click galaxy photo, but unfortunately I couldn't cause of cloudy sky.
Our base camp is in Rumsu, a small village bordering the Northern states of Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir. Having lived in central India all my life, the remote northern mountainous region practically never existed for me. This place is my very first introduction to the Himalayas. Rumsu is small, scarcely populated yet one could find a million things to do in went out exploring. I try my hand at picking strawberries, mind you, they were orange, not red, and the best I have had to date.While returning from the local market, I lose my way back to the camp. It is dark and there is nobody around. A little brown labrador comes from nowhere and walks me back to my base. He is my first friend in Rumsu. I now call him Shadow because he keeps following me wherever I go.Although most of the locals have not been formally educated, they are not short of courteousness or civility. Their day-to-day activities are closely connected to nature and the manner in which they revere Mother Earth is something we all must learn from them.No book or traveller would be able to describe the Himalayan experience fairly. One could fall short of adjectives. To me, it appeared like a great saint meditating in peace; detached yet one with the cosmos. It was huge but not intimidating, powerful yet ego-less. Later, I would realise that during and post the trek, there had been an unmindful change in my attitude towards people and everyday life. My frivolous miseries had hardly mattered in front of the herculean ranges. Now, I had to be punctual if I was to stay with the group. Interacting and conversing with strangers had become easier.The climb was always going to be a test of one's determination and patience, a lesson to balance our emotions effectively. I left home with no objectives or motives. There were no names on the Himalayan map when I started but I was to return with more than 50 must-visit places and loads of self-confidence.
Trekking!!! The word that, for some people is, generally associated with hard work, pain and unease. For me too the thought of going on a trek did not pop up in my head, not because I am the lazy kind but I always thought I had enough time to do it in the later half of my life. Well long story short, I had recently broken my hip (doesn't happen everyday to many 28 years old) and after being in the hospital for a month then 2 months of lying in bed after that, I had to literally learn how to walk again. But after those three months of being handicapped and staring at the ceiling thinking if I would be able to walk again, I had realized one thing very clearly. "You might not have a full lifetime to do whatever it is you dream of doing". After 6 months of strength training and numerous physiotherapy sessions I was able to walk and jog somewhat like a normal person again. SO here I was, and I had decided come what may I am not going to wait for the right time anymore. So, I take off to Delhi for a snow trek to Chanderkhani Pass.We start from Manali early and after an hour and half drive we arrive at a beautiful village called Rumusu.