After the war, Hanuman is said to have replaced the mountain to its original resting place. Well, what if I told you, this fabled mountain lies right in the heart of Uttarakhand, in Nanda Devi National Park, for all to see?
Nanda Devi is the second highest peak in India and also one of the most revered peaks of the country. The Daharansi Pass trek is one of the few treks that bring you to a close proximity to the Nanda Devi peak. The surrounding Nanda Devi National Park is also declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated in the lap of Garhwal Himalayas, the region showcases the absolute beauty of the Himalayas. The Nanda Devi and Dunagiri peaks get deliciously close and look larger than life while on this trek.Very recently, the Nanda Devi Sanctuary has been opened for a limited number of visitors every year (Earlier entry to the sanctuary was banned). The Nanda Devi Sanctuary is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The spectacular panoramas of peaks encircling the Nanda Devi National Park are Trishul (7120 m) Dunagiri (7066 m) Nanda Devi (7817 m) Nanda Devi East (7430 m) Bethartoli (6352 m). The exclusivity of this trek makes it all the more endearing and exciting. With the magnificent Himalayan views and the flora and fauna of the Sanctuary, the trek makes for one of the best Himalayan experiences.
I woke up early around 4am as it was too cold, some other trekking group have made a campfire there, we just joined them. Actually as it is forest, government haven't allowed putting campfire in this area. After breakfast every body got ready to get down to the base camp. We went back through a short cut without touching bekaltal. And most of them including me unloaded the backpack, thanks to the mules. I don't wanted to hurt my knees actually. When I was coming down from summit itself i got the stress in my knee.So I don't wanted to take a risk of 11kg backpack with me while I climb down. And by afternoon we reached our base camp. All were craving for a normal toilet and bath room. And hot water was limited, so everyone have to wait. And actually I wanted to bath some how, so I just took the chance I had a cold shower. I finished it within 5 minutes so that I shouldn't get fever or cold. I dried up myself and came out the remaining guys were looking at me like as if I did a murder or something lol. But one good thing was i was not feeling much cold after a cold shower. Ip felt better had some snacks and tea and enjoyed the sunset from base camp. Night we had arranged a party with the help of trek leaders and guides, we had chicken after almost 5 days. Everyone enjoyed it well. Every body were little sad because all become very close friends in that time and also an amazing trek was going to end. Next day early morning we started back to Kathgodam railway station. We reached there by evening and via train we reached delhi. From there all went back to their own life promising each other will be in touch for future. When I was flying back to Bangalore my mind was still stuck in that beautiful Meadows and Nandadevi range of Himalayas. I was happy and I decided that I am gonna come back again to meet you might Himalayas. Till that time allvidha….
I travelled on air,land, water and mountains covering a distance of 700 miles approximately to see this view only. Traded my life and consciousness with a will of achieving that hight. I have a lot to share about this journey but I'm still covering some more horizons crossing vertical obstacles, So I will post them after a while. #LoveTravel #LoveNature
I opened my eyes to the most beautiful morning of my time lived. It was spell-binding to watch the panoramic view of Nanda Devi and her sister ranges open up to the eye of the sky, in orderly succession, each wanting a slice more of the empyreal beams. I rushed out with my camera to capture the magnum opus- Nanda Devi, in her unmatched ebullient self, basking in the glory of the morn.The snow in the slopes had melted a fortnight back we were told. The slopes there provide unsurpassed thrills to professional skiers and novices as well and have been voted to be one of the best in the world. That GMVNL has imported snow beater to maintain slopes is quite laudable a fact. With the oxygen level dropping drastically, the ascent on foot to the reserve seemed next to impossible. Therefore, the sanest decision was to pillion ride. We resumed the ascent with three jockeys at our disposal, to guide us in a land of which they may claim to have seen upto the last gravel and I would be generous enough not to refute. The day was unfolding into a magical one with the greenly spirits of trees and the blue dream of sky. I introspected- everything which is natural has to be infinite and it is often in wilderness that the miracle of life is sensed.Mid-way of the ascent, we were interrupted by two non-descript natives who had with them the entry passes to the reserve. They were stupefied to learn that we were from Assam and if their chalk and slate statistics are to be believed, we were the first to be there from the far (far!) east! Unlike the tailored reserves in the mainland, NDBR does not languish within a fortification and bears no bruises of mortal ravage. I stepped down from my pony, walked up to the blunt edge of the slope and opened my arms wide open… I never felt so liberated to the core yet at the same time so powerless. One of the shepherds pointed out to a conspicuous depression in the mountain range. As a legendary percolation, Hanuman had journeyed to the Himalayas to retrieve the ‘Sanjeevani ‘herb. And if the jockey hadn’t fabricated, we were actually feasting our eyes upon the lacuna created by Hanuman after having uprooted an entire mountain!Finally, at a height of 4,900 meters (16,076 ft) we got our due-pristine white snow! After having done some frolicking and photography, I walked up to an inviting parcel of grassland and reclined with my eyes affixed on the enchantress, Nanda Devi. I pondered on Nature and her modus operandi- the way she unfolds her treasures to our search, unseals our eyes, illumes our minds, and purifies our hearts.I had never felt so paper-thin before.