DAY 1 – REACHING TUMLINGAfter a good night’s sleep, we set off early in the morning. It was to be a six day trek and I mentally pulled myself up to face a gruelling day ahead.As part of their Go Green initiative, Indiahikes has made it a point to provide all its trekkers an ‘Eco-bag’ to prevent littering in the mountains. The trekkers are also encouraged to pick up trash they see along the trails, during the trek. This, I think is a thoughtful initiative by them to help keep the mountains pristine clean.The trail to Tumling, our first day destination was a journey of 14 km with steep ascents and descents. As we set out for the day, the youngest member of our trekking group, Shrihita, who was all of eight years, took the lead, skipping and dancing all the way. She was accompanied by her parents and I was amazed to learn that it was her fourth Himalayan trek! The world is full of surprises.Walking amidst the tall pine trees with the sun playing peek-a-boo and the occasional glimpses of the faraway mountains was enthralling. The forest soon gave way to a clearing and lo, behold! the Sleeping Buddha was in sight. The sight of the snow capped peaks brought a lump to my throat and oh, how I had missed them! Just at that point in time, I remember thinking I would give anything to stay here always, soaking up the simply divine atmosphere.