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Valley of Flowers National Park
Earlier used as a cattle grazing ground, this was declared as a national park and then later an UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2005. This is in the Josimath Region of the Bhyundar Valley and is known for its outstanding scenic beauty. There is a little bit of everything here which makes this place magical. Starting from fresh air and snow clad mountain to colourful flowers and lush greenery, you get everything here. This place along with the Nanda Devi National Park make up the whole nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and is a place extremely rich in natural biodiversity. There is an abundance of alpine shrubs and other plants, it is also known that in the epic of Ramayana, Hanumana brought down the Sanjeevani herb to save the life of lakshmana from this same place. It is still believed that the Sanjeevani herb grows here. The Gauri Parbat is the highest peak here and more than 650 varieties of flowers grow here including rare ones such as cobra lily, Brahmakamal as well as blue poppy. Photographers and nature lovers find their ultimate food for the sould in such a place and tourists find immense bliss and peace out here.
Day 3: July 10, 2017. The Valley Day.As we did some research already, we knew that valley is starting after 4 kms from Ghangaria, and entry time in the valley is from 7:00 am.We started early at 5:00 am packed essentials which may require in our daytime into the Valley and head towards the valley.After half of km we found the entry counter to the valley, it was only 5:30 am and nobody was there who can give us the tickets. We were stuck there.So we thought that we should go back 100 meters where a small police chawki was there. They said the you people can go to the valley and we will tell the people of valley that 4 people were entered into the Valley early morning and you can take your tickets in return. The entry ticket to the valley is of Rs. 150 per person.
Day3: Ghangaria to Valley of FlowerIt was a beautiful morning with clear sky. We were so excited to reach Valley of Flowers asap.We came to know that national park opens at 7 in the morning and of course we were there and did the first entry for entering National Park .This area comes under forest department. That's why spotlessly clean, with not a scrap of paper or plastic. People told us that valley is very huge and you won't be able to cover the full valley in a day. Keeping this in mind, we acted super-fast as per our itinerary one day was for VOF. Covered whole valley within a time, actually very fast, but it did not mean that we missed anything.We also hired a lady guide. She provided loads of information about all the flowers we crossed on our way. Different flowers bloom in different months. So you have to visit more than once! We also visited the grave of Joan Margaret Legge, the French lady, who died exploring the area in 1939.We carried packed lunch inside the park as there is absolutely no place within the park where you can get food! Do remember to bring back every scrape of plastic you took with you. Do not litter. And, if you find one that was thrown by someone else, bring it back with you.As per instructions you have to leave valley by 2'o clk afternoon for some safety reasons, but who wants to leave the place like this especially when in a bright sunny afternoon, you feel the chilled air blowing against your face .Finally around 2:30 we decided to go back to ghangaria and yes we were the last who came out of the national Park ;).This is the place where you can escape from the busy life and get some solitude.And no wonder why its in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.
The Valley of Flowers Trek is one of the most sought-after monsoon treks in India. Located within the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, this trek offers captivating vistas of snow-caped mountains and a rare coming-together of about 300 different species of endemic alpine flowers, including few rare ones such as geranium, potentilla, anemone, and the blue Himalayan poppy. It is believed that one week the flowers are red, and in the next week, they’re pink and later, yellow and so on.Region: Uttarakhand | Highest Altitude: 14,400 ft | Difficulty: Easy-Moderate | Duration: 6 daysRead more about the valley of flowers trek here.
Cradled within the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, the Valley of Flowers is best known for its meadows of alpine flowers. A 14 km-hike from Govindghat takes you to the settlement of Ghangaria, from where another 3km trail takes you to the valley.
About the trek: The Valley of Flowers trek is one of the most sought-after monsoon treks in India. The core zone of this trek, located within the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, offers wondrous vistas of snow-caped mountains and unparalleled natural beauty.There are about 300 different species of endemic alpine flowers, including few rare ones such as geranium, potentilla, anemone, and the blue Himalayan poppy. It is believed that one week the flowers are red, and in the next week, they’re pink and later, yellow and so on.Region: Uttarakhand | Highest Altitude: 14,400 ft | Difficulty: Easy-Moderate | Duration: 6 daysRead more about the valley of flowers trek here.
Where: Situated in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, the trek to the Valley of Flowers begins from Govind Ghat, a popular pilgrimage town. To reach Govind Ghat, take an overnight bus or train from Delhi to Haridwar and then a taxi or local bus to Govind Ghat.Trail: The first day of the trek is a walk on a well-defined concrete trail that passes through the developed town of Govind Ghat. Backpackers don't need to carry food or cooking essentials on this trail. Govind Ghat to Ghangria is 13km and there are several dhabas there; rest and eat at any. There are several guesthouses in Ghangria, so you don't even have to carry a tent. Leave in the morning for the Valley of Flowers, which is only an hour or two from Ghangria. You cannot camp inside the national park, as it closes by 5pm.Duration: 9-10 hours
A meter-wide pebbled path running through sloping floral fields on either side. Towards the right lay a descent to the river and to our left, an ascent to the peaks. Far beyond the valley tower snow-capped peaks among which, Hathi Parvat and Mt. Nilgiri are the easiest to recognize. They appear briefly before evanescing into a curtain of clouds. July to August is the best time to visit the valley as it is usually in full bloom then. Honestly, it’s worth a visit year round owing to its stellar beauty and serenity. We venture deep into the valley, smelling flowers and tasting berries as we go. Keeping in mind that the deeper we ventured, the longer we’d have to walk back, we sat down for lunch by a silent stream overlooking the valley. My hunger was satiated, but my mind could not get enough.
It was one of the most beautiful places I have had the privilege of seeing and experiencing nature in all its glory. The beautiful weather, the majestic snow capped peaks, the colourful carpet of flowers, the divine experience at Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath, the quaintness of the cute little Mana village..one of the best experiences of my life.
-VALLEY OF FLOWERS -situated at Uttarkhand, this trekking trail, gives you full view of flowers and snow capped peaks. There is a huge variety of alpine flowers and rich flowers. It is a World Heritage Site too. A 6 day trek covers valley of flowers. The best time to visit this place is in the month of July-August. ESSENTIALS TO CARRY -Trek pants-rain coat-Cold cream and sun screen lotion.
14. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand – Strictly for trekkersThey were right when they said 'beauty can be a cruel mistress'. The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is so beautiful that it attracts a lot of tourists, and that is the biggest threat to the region. There is a thin line between an ideal trekking destination and a burgeoning tourist hub and we seem to have crossed that when it comes to Valley of Flowers.
Valley Of Flowers: July is just the right time of the year to experience the wonders of nature at the Valley Of Flowers trek in Uttarakhand. 300 kms north of Rishikesh, the trek starts from a distant village in Uttarakhand, Govindghat. The trek through the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve promises the valley in full bloom during July, August and September.Valley of Flowers is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and the last motorable road will take you to Govindghat, 500 kms from New Delhi and almost 300kms from Haridwar.Read More: Witness Heaven in Nature’s Own Valley: The Valley of Flowers Trek, Uttarakhand by Tushar Chatterji
We stayed for the night on our base camp at Ghangaria and in the morning after having our hot breakfast we set for to the valley. The valley is 14 km long and 2 km wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream. During the trek, I could only see the landscape get more and more AWESOME. We spotted Himalayan Fragrant Orchid, Kumaon Iris, Haldya Phool, Rock Anemone, White-Leaf Hogweed, Milk Parsley and many more.Raincoats and jackets must be handy because you never know when it might rain and the temperature could drop.
The Valley of Flowers TrekThe Valley of Flowers is at 11,000 ft with trekking distance of 3 Km. It would take a good 3 hours of time after you register yourself at the ticketing desk. The entry price for Indians is 150 INR for the first three days and 50 INR per add on day after the first three days. For foreigners it is 600 INR and 250 INR, respectively.Mules can not take you to the Valley of Flowers so you are on your own, However, you may hire a person who carries you on his back or you may hire a palanquin that would cost around 800 and 1500 respectively.You have to start trekking down last by 3 pm so that you can reach back by 5-6 in the evening.TIPS* Raincoat* Trekking pole* Stay careful along the trek path
I started to trek for the valley at 10 and reached at the registration office after 1 Km. The police guard asked my details for ticketing and when I told him my name he taunted me as ''Ohh! So you are Mr. Nishesh'', I was totally unprepared for that sort of reaction or rather for any reaction at all. He told me that my family has made a missing complaint of me and his superior has been interrogating about me for 2 days now directly from Joshimath. I stood shocked and smiling as I knew my parents have been playing me out now just as I tried with them.The main valley entrance was 3 Km away which the guards told would take 3 hours approx.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Alternative Destination: While the monsoons might sound like an unlikely time to visit the paradise that Uttarakhand is, the month is the best time of the year to visit the Valley of Flowers. This trek that starts from Ghagharia will take you through a breathtaking landscape which is also a UNESCO Heritage Site.Read more about Valley of Flowers here.
Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located at a height in West Himalaya. It is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora found there. It is located in Uttarakhand state. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km². Both parks are encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (223,674 ha) which is further surrounded by a buffer zone (5,148.57 km²). The valley had always been known to the local people who avoided getting to this area for fear of fairies, who they believed, would take them away. It was in 1931 that Frank Smythe and Holdsworth stumbled into the valley while returning from their successful Kamet expedition and were “at once transported from a region of solemn austerity to a fairy land of dainty flowers, most of them dwarf but brilliant in colour”. Smythe wrote about the valley and its flowers – “their carpet is a celestial one, breathing innocence and joy to the world overburdened with sophistication and sorrow”. His writing invoked a great interest of the people in this valley, both at home and abroad. Legends associate this valley area with “Gandhamadan” from where Hanuman of Ramayana collected “Sanjeevani” herb to revive Laksmana. Hanuman had to visit far-flung areas in his search for the life-saving herb, some named after him. He visited Hanuman Chatti near Yamunotri, Hanuman Tibba near Gangotri, Hanuman peak near Nandadevi, Hanuman Chatti near Badrinath and ultimately the valley of flowers or Nanankanan as it is also known as.
This is one of the heavens that are present on earth. The nature's beauty will seize your eyes. Though the best time to visit this place is between June- August, I visited during October first week. I saw the autumn where flowers weren't there but the scenic beauty was immeasurable. 4 km trek from Ghangharia chilled my spine and it was once in a lifetime experience.
It is 5 km trek from Ghangaria. Series of breathtaking views and picturesque scenics would keep you spellbound by it's beauty.
Garden of the world. Entire valley is full of different flowers. Along the either side of the trail fully grown bushes lush greenery and snow capped mountains. From Ghangaria village pack your lunch and set out for valley early. Get your pass from the forest office. Through the dense forest trying to spot the wild life and enjoying the flora, crossing a couple of big streams you entire the valley. Flowers flowers flowers every where and the mountains by their side adds the beauty. Anyone can just sit on a rock and spend the entire evening looking towards the valley. You cannot camp inside the valley and forest personnel sweeps the park for wanders at the end of each day. Carry a whistle and don't blow it except you encounter any bears.
This vibrant and splendid national park nestled in Uttarakhand is famous for its charming meadows of alpine flowers. Absorb the view of how thousands of different flowers look together in full bloom. This lush region is also home to some rare and endangered animal species. It's a valley that will enchant you- maybe force the inside of you to romanticize with the colours of nature.
One of the most beautiful trek routes in entire Uttarakhand region, wiped by floods two years back this beautiful valley has come back to the way it used to be and trekkers are waiting to explore it. As the name suggests this picturesque setting is will make you fall in love with.
According to Hindu mythology this place is the Sanjeevni mountain that Lord Hanuman picked up to cure Laxman, according to local folklore its a place where fairies reside, I believe its a place that is probably been the abode of celestial being at some point. The hike to valley of flowers from Ghangharia can get a little difficult towards the end but every sore muscle is worth the panorama that awaits you.
This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard,musk deer, brown bear, red fox and blue sheep.
Trek to Valley of Flowers from Gangaria which is of 6 Kms will take 3 hrs. After such a laborious journey of 16 Kms Trek, you will forget all that once you witness majestic view of Valley and Himalayas. A World Heritage Site for its Unique Natural Scenic Views.
Deoria Tal Lake
Also known as the Devariya or Deoriya, this is a lake at an altitude of over 2000 metres above the sea level. It is about 3 kilometres uphill from the villages of Mastura and Sari. Jeeps are available for a fantastic tour from Ukhimath to the Sari village via the village of Mastura. The surrounding sceneries of lush greenery and the backdrop of the snow covered mountain peaks including the Chaukhamba looks divine from here. You can also trek till this place and arrangements can be made for forest safaris and even overnight camping over here. The temples of Tungnath and Chandrasila, both dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva are visited together with the deoria Taal. There are also a few shops here which sell local and handmade stuffs but these close soon after dusk.
Mountains like Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Bandarpunch, Yellow Tooth, Kedar Range, Kalanag, etc. can be viewed from here.
So it started on 26th june night. We left from Delhi around 10pm. We were 6 people and we hired a car . It was the first ever trip with my school friends and i was more happy about the fact that next day was my birthday and the day after was my best friend's and trust me it was the best birthday ever for both of us!!!!!Our route was from New Delhi - Meerut - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Devprayag - Srinagar - Rudraprayg - Ukhimath - Sari Villiage - Chopta - Tugnath - Chandrashila . It was a trip full of adventures as we were all by ourself , No guide or any group tour .
Deoriatal is perhaps the only trek on our list that gives maximum returns for the effort put in. There are three things that are really stunning about the Deoriatal to Chandrashila peak trek.
6. Deoria TalIf you're a bird watcher this is a perfect location to pitch your tent. A short and very easy trek of 3 km will take you to this small lake. Deoriatal is perhaps the only place in this list that gives maximum returns for the effort you put. The lake is known for its wide 360° panorama. In the background, mountains like Chaukhambha, Nilkantha, Kedar range etc. add to the beauty of this place.Highest altitude: 2438 meters
We heard some noises in the early morning about the snowfall. But when I opened out tent it was only drizzling. As we were aware of the rain forecast so this did not surprise us and we slept for some more time. After that when we opened, snowfall started. We hurriedly got out of the tent. It was looking like paradise as we came out of the tents. It was our first ever snowfall so were playing like kids in the snow. As the time passes it was getting heavier snowfall the entire area was full of snow.
Next day we decided to reach Deoria tal lake which is 25 kms from Chopta so my friends went on bike and I hitchhiked a little and walked upto Saari hamlet. From Saari, it is 3 km uphill way to Deoria tal. We went up and it was really hot compared to Tungnath as during night it was around zero degree in Tungnath. The lake was so calm and the view from there was amazing. The area was rich with flora and fauna. I captured some birds and we enjoyed a lot there. The clouds surrounded us at night and it rained whole night. We stayed there for two days and explored some nearby areas too. It was so peaceful, the sunset was spectacular and after that we just laid down on the grass listening to 'sky full of stars' and gazing at them!
It is located on the summit of Tungnath at 13000 ft and means when literally translated "Moon Rock", it is said to be the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the demon-king Ravana and also the place where the moon god spent his time in penance.
Tunganath-Chandrashils: 1.5 kms Early at 4 a.m. we started our trek through the edge of the hill. It was dark but the moon lit up the road for us. Reminds me of "Silver" by Walter de la Mare. It was just my mom, dad and me. The road was not clear ahead of us because it diverged into two paths. One goes to Guptkashi which goes downhill while the road to Chandrashila is uphill. We had to literally climb to avoid the snow blocking the road. Please do not try walk over the snow. You might slip and fall. Remember the road is steeper. You might have to take the support of the alpine moss. They are really strong and helped me find shortcuts. I was ahead of mom n dad, a complete new experience of understanding the way up to the summit where there was no one else to guide. Finally, after 1.5 hours we reached Chandrashila, the rising sun's rays fell on Chowkhamba and enlightened the entire valley alongside. The summit is a 360 degree view point flaunting the Himalayas on one 180 degrees side and their shadows on the hills on the other. The only thing present at the summit is a Ganga Devi temple, a small one. Feels joyous to that the days first bell was rang by me, day's first visitor; the first witness to ethereal beauty and grandeur of the majestic Himalayas. From here was trekked down to Tunganath, took our bags and trekked back to Chopta. We were lucky to experience a great sunny weather and hence the colours I saw while comming back was dynamic.
Chandrashila is at a distance of 1.5 kms from Tungnath and requires a steep climb from Tungnath..Bone chilling cold and wilderness all around this region makes it even more adventurous for travellers and tourists. It is one of the best places in the Himalayas in India to witness the Sunrise amidst of Peaks like Trishul,Nanda Devi,Chaukhamba and Bunderpunch..It is even possible for tourists to touch these clouds as they surround this place over all..These clouds looks like raw cotton being arranged in packs.
This day was particularly not really good because of few reasons but we still enjoyed a lot .So we started around 8am . (Yeah we missed the sunrise) . But no regrets . Sunset was too great. So we walked upto the 13000ft chandrashila trek . Unfortunately, it was all foggy so we did see the 360· view but it was all foggy so no mountains or anything but it was still a grest feelings . We sat , experienced the feeling, click some photo and climbed back . Took our lugguage . Went down. Back to chopta . Had tea . Now we went all the way back to rishikesh But story mai twist hai . Our car was taken by police as some documents were not complete . We argued, fought  n cried for 2hrs . Nothing happened . Finally, booked a non ac car and started our journey from Rudraprayg at 8pm . It was terribly raining amd the route we all know is a bit dangerous to drive at night . We ate our last meal at 11am , so we all got really hungry . Finally after everything we have been through atlast We reached rishikesh at 12am.  Booked a hotel. And the foood came to us around 1.30 and finally at 2am night , we had our meal . After that , we partied till 4 or 5 . Slept like a baby till afternoon 12.
Chandrashila peak is located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Chopta serves as the starting point to reach Chandrashila which involves around 5 km of trekking. People mainly undertake this trek because of its moderate difficulty level, to visit the Tungnath temple which is the highest shrine of Lord Shiva and to gaze at the breathtaking view that the peak offers of the various snow-capped mountains in the Himalayan range. However, I won't be surprised if someone visited this place to wake up in the presence of sheer beauty and seeking to resolve inner conflicts in the Wordsworthian fashion.
India is incredible for so many reasons but among them of course is the opportunity to find yourself reveling in the site of ancient wonders. I’ll never forget the moment I stood at the top of Chadrishilah, 4,000 meters up in the sky. Sillouhettes of endless mountain tops in gradients of blue soft sky lining our 360 degree view of the Himalayas. It was around 7am as we laid down on the patches of green earth between the collection of rocks near the Shiva temple. The sun felt great on our bodies and our smiles were just as picture perfect. We couldn’t hide our happiness as we exchanged glances instead of words in hopes of preserving the sites calamity. You wouldn’t know by our glistening grins that we were all pretty exhausted.We had started climbing the day prior at around noon, hitting summit right before the sunset. Our legs were tired as we arrived at the last village before the tippy top. Shacks with tin roofs stood side by side as a few of the local mountain men sat in front next to the refreshments they had available to hikers. We took turns ringing a gratifying bell that symbolized our summit before taking a peek into an active temple, where we received blessings in exchange for a few rupees.Our plan all along was to camp outdoors but as quickly as the sun began to lower, so did the thermostat. In a semi-panicked frenzy we asked the monk at the temple where we could stay the night. He led us to a set of rooms in front of the temple and quoted us a hefty price. To my dismay, (I was already wrapped in the blankets when the boys told me) we would keep it moving to find a more affordable option. A few steps below us a mountain man offered his one room shack stuffed with 4 beds on one wall for the five of us at a cheaper price, we agreed unanimously asking him for blankets and closing the door behind him shutting out the breeze. The beds were wet having collected condensation from the varying temperatures at this altitude. We all shared a bottle of rum and whiskey and chattered the night away distracting each other from how inescapably frigid it was. Our host prepared us some dahl, aloo, rice and chapatis which were so delicious after having downed so many shots of warming liquor just before.In a fuzzy haze we fell asleep on our wall of beds, sharing our damp blankets and neccessary body warmth. As our limbs got cozy and we sniffled and sneezed into a comfortable position, I remember thinking, how lucky I was to have such awesome friends who despite being in the freezing cold on wet beds we knew that this was part of the journey to the top and that we would rough it out together without complaining one bit.Truth be told, I had only met these 4 guys that I was now having a bromantical sleepover with the day before. One of them, Bam, I had met through instagram a week prior. He’s an avid trekker and nature lover whose pictures of the Himalayas had me in awe. I left him a comment asking him where he shot a few of his pictures and the next thing I know, we’re hiking buddies. The trip had been a blast so far starting with driving the 6 hours from Rishikesh to our first camping spot at Tungarth jamming to their American oldies playlist as our car spiraled up the narrow curvy roads. There’s something about roadtrips, mountains and oldies music that brings light and joy to my soul.Fast forward to the next morning, we had no choice but to wake up at sunrise. There weren’t any buildings blocking the sun, only brightly lit white clouds all around and direct rays into our shanty room. The good news was, the sun’s warmth was back, the bad news – I was so hung-over. I never drink which is why I hadn’t thought about how much harder the final stretch of hiking would be with whisky and rum sitting in my stomach. Nonetheless, we strapped our shoes and went at it. I was by far the weakest link and at one point I even considered telling them I would wait for them there and let them go up. Thankfully, we stopped a few times to rest and take in the view while my womanhood kicked in and I got up the stamina to make it up the rest of the climb.I practically dropped to my knees when we finally made it. The atmosphere was sparse and stoic. Quiet in an epic way where you understood what was being said by the silence. I sat in meditation and felt the clarity of the space around me. No wonder monks would retreat to these heights of glory. When it was time to descend, I realized this was a memory I’d treasure for the rest of my life. I’ll never forget this trip. The day my romance and admiration with the Himalayas began. She’d kick my ass on the way up before letting me enjoy her beauty and elegance but without thinking twice, I’d keep want to come back for more.
Today, she is standing at the top of a mountain and appreciating the majestic panoramic view of mesmerizing Himalaya. As a kid, she used to look up in the sky and wish for wings to fly up to the mountains. And now after a long wait of many years, she is standing here and living her dream. It’s the moment when she can’t believe her eyes because what she always dreamed of has come alive. She looks with amazement as if she’s witnessing a miracle. It is the moment of her life. She just wants to feel it. There are beautiful clouds below her and there are snow clad mountain peaks emerging from those clouds. The white peaks shining in blue sky among white clouds look like glittering diamonds to her. The view of the large lush green meadow surrounded by mountains under blue sky with a rainbow circling the horizon has put her in a state of tranquility. As the sun starts drowning in the horizon, the sky begins to boast his mystical colours. The beautiful mix of pink, orange and red looks like creating a twilight saga. She opens her both arm and takes a deep breath to entwine with the nature. The glimmering rays of moon are paying tribute to her by kissing her warm cheeks and her eyes twinkle in bright moon light. She raises her face towards the moon and senses the flood of memories which she wants to unleash. The cool breeze lifts her ruffled hair and blows her skirt up. She closes her eyes and breathes deep as if she wants to let her know that she is finally here and then she opens her eyes and finds herself on the same wheelchair inside a room with an empty wall in front of her eye. Tears roll down from her eye but these are the tears of Joy because she is living her dreams today. The feelings come to her mind while waiting for her daughter who is coming back home today after her first expedition of a high range mountain.
The trek from Deoriatal Lake to Chandrashila Peak is considered the most beautiful winter trek in the Uttarakhand Himalayas. The gradual ascent on snow makes it ideal for beginners and the beautiful campsites are ideal for families wanting to step out to interact with nature. From the summit, you can even see the mighty Trishul peak.The first basecamp, also the starting point, is in Sari. From there you trek for one hour to reach Deoriatal, a beautiful lake, and camp at Rohini Bugyal the next night. On the final day, you summit the Chandrashila Peak, exit via Tungnath to Bhrujgali and then descend to Chopta.
1. ChandrashilaChopta is one of the most beautiful and picturesque spots in the whole Garhwal. The breathtaking view of the Himalayas is treat to the eyes and soul. Waking up to a view of the mighty Chaukhambha peak just outside your tent is an experience of a lifetime. Lush green grasslands around this peak provide several spots for pitching your tent. Try to stay away from edges as wind speeds at night could be really high. Highest altitude: 4000 meters
The trail to Chandrashila peak will tire you out, but the trek is planned as such that you will summit at the crack of dawn. This means the last night of 2016 will be spent looking forward to a day of ascend.
The trek was pretty tiring and though it was just 4 km, it felt like never ending walk towards Tungnath Temple which was at the base of Chandrashila. With every step we took forward the air got thinner, less oxygen, temperature dropped to -4 and even our sweat froze on our faces and yet we felt more alive than ever. The trek continued to be steep and difficult because we had to literally climb the snow covered mountain. There was a moment when I felt like a "white-walker" trying to reach the other side of the wall. After so many halts and slipping and falling on snow we reached Tungnath temple and this felt like an achievement. It was beautiful there but we couldn't take a long pause here as it was already 5.30 and we had to reach Chandrashila peak.
This is a very high altitude glacial lake in the middle of the Trishul Massif in the district of Chamoli in Uttarakhand. This place is mainly known for the large number of human skeletons which are found at the end of the lake. This lake is quite shallow and small too and is a part fo the route from Nanda Jat to Homkund. The lake is also known as the 'Mystery Lake' since the reason behind the death of so many animals and people are not yet clear. It is also strange to know that they had died about 500 years ago and some of these are so well preserved in the cold conditions that you can also see flesh attached when the snow clears a bit. According to local legendary tales it is said that ones the Kind Jasdal of Kanauj went for a tour of the nanda Jat region with his queen who was known as a goddess and also the princes of Garhwal. She was also known as Nanda Devi and she gave birth to a little baby girl over here. After this ecstatic moment, she decided to show her power and sent a hailstorm downhill which is said to have killed all the living beings there and we still find their skeletons at the end of this lake.
Day 5 : Summit day comes 100's of people at Bhagwasa waiting for this day, Trek leaders check our Blood pressure and oxygen level.We moved towards roopkund and suddenly i started feeling uneasy, My body is wants to give up and after conversation with my trek leader i started moving towards base camps.But somewhere I want to summit, every effort which i did in lasts 3-4 months is wasted and I feeling i have to do that at any cost. Thanks to Prakashji who motivate me and I said him 'Mujhe jana hai roopkund' then he Replied 'Aa jao main leke chalunga'.Again starting from very small small steps, i am able to see my friends somewhere in mountains, Only one thing in my mind is I have to do that and finally Reached ROOPKUND.No body in this world is write or explain the Beauty of Roopkund you have to go there and Feels the Beauty of this Place. Frozen roopkund and Skeletons all around. Half an Hour sitting besides roopkund and moved towards Patar nachni which is our todays basecamp. From now we have to descent around 8 kms.All with the Happy faces came back to patar nachni and end up our day.
Unravel the mystery of The Roopkund Lake.Roopkund Lake is one of many Himalayan lakes but its gorgeous and mysterious setting make it stand out. The mystical aura that the place emits is addictive and one trip there will leave you yearning for more.
Roopkund is a high altitude glacial lake in the Uttarakhand state of India
Just ! Don't Look DownRoopkund was situated beautifully between the mountain. The water in the lake had a thin sheet of ice. Some trekkers were able to locate some skeletons on the outskirts of the lake surrounded by snow. Junargali looked achievable but soon the entire atmosphere we covered by fog and mist. So the trek leader dropped the plan. At Roopkund, we were served with Porridge which was bland but tasted heavenly.After quick surreal view of the surrounding and lots of pictures, we started our descent. It was foggy and we are unable to see if our group lead is at the front or back. In this confusion, we made a quick descent and reached Baghwabasa quickly. Here I cheated a quick nap while waiting for others. The weather turned hostile as it started raining at the time of descending. After having lunch in the main tent we made the quick decent to Patharnacahuni in ponchos. We greeted good luck to the travellers on the route going for the trek. At Patharnachauni while coming down we witnessed the strongest of the mountain winds and it was sheer fun. We reached Patharnachauni at around 3.30 pm which was followed by some quick naps.Last few stepsTemple At the TopRoopkund First viewSkeletons at RoopkundDay 8: Patar Nachauni to Lohajung via Bedni and WanToday was the 15 km descent from Patar Nachauni to Wan Village. From wan Village Transport was arranged for back to Lohajung. It took us three days to reach Patharnachauni now we have to do it in one day. However, descending down is a piece of cake compared to ascending up, the quote goes for life as well. We reached Bedni Bugyal and the clear skies gave the astonishing views of Trishul in the backdrop. From Bedni is the steep descend to NeelGanga river. Without getting in the eyes of the group lead we took steep shortcuts from the forest. It was fun playing "I Spy" with the lead but its not safe. We reached Neelganga river and had our lunch. Here we did face dips in the icy cold water just to get more sunburned. It was worth it.From Bedni: Nanadaghunghti and TrishulCan't get enough of this viewNeelGanga riverFrom here there is around one kilometer ascend to the top ridge from where wan village is visible. We literally ran downwards as the cloud started forming above our heads and we were in no mood of putting the ponchos back. At around 3 pm we reached wan and it just started raining. We reached Lojarjung after an hour ride from wan. At Loharjung, almost everybody took a bath after 5-6 days which was indeed refreshing. Meanwhile, everyone was sharing their experiences as the trek leader distributed the certificates. After a small party and lots of storytelling, we went to sleep.Mules going BackThe DescendDay 9: Lohajung to KathgodamToday's journey back was tiring, boring and long as everyone was engrossed in the Himalayas. We reached Kathgodam and watched movies to pass the time. It was when I reached home I realised that I am seeing myself in a mirror after 8 days. My mum exclaimed, "Went to Africa or what" after seeing my tanned face.This expedition was a true test of self, both mental and physical. But the Himalayas keeps your motivation high, fine meadows, peaks of Nandaghunghti and Trishul keeps you inspired. The end destination might not be as awesome, but at the end it the journey that matters.Pictures : Me, Abhishek and Debjyoti sirThis blog was originally published on 'Tech/Travel/Life'
Next day, we had to ascend to the top, Roopkund and Junargali. We woke up at 4 am and with the temperature being below -5 degree Celsius. It was almost impossible to get out of our sleeping bags. We all joked about it saying that it was a bit more difficult than passing IPCC. But we did it! We started out with flashlights in our hand, blood almost frozen and our toes and fingers oh-so-numb. We took baby steps and reached the top at 10 AM. The sights and sensations on reaching the pinnacle left us speechless, to say the least. That feeling of accomplishment when you stand there at 16,500 feet, above the clouds, with an unknown family eating aloo paranthas in freezing cold- there isn’t a word in the dictionary that would describe it!
Beyond Bedni Bugyal only the hardy tag along with the procession that climbs to Pathar Nauchaniya and Baguwabasa and continues to the glacial lake of Roopkund; it then crosses the Jyura Gali, or alley of death, to camp at the meadows of Shila Samudra before it embarks on its final leg to Homekund and then returns to the village of Sutol. This journey of Nanda Devi to the Himalayas is particularly interesting because at its core it represents the bond that humans share with nature and which can be fully understood only when viewed through the prism of hardship and endurance. So for a few days every decade hill folk gather in the shadow of the Himalayas to acknowledge the very mountains they toil against, to forget the rugged life of the hills and rejoice in the glory of their patron Goddess. Thereafter they go back to their struggles but with fond memories of the mountains, of never-ending bugyals stretching to the horizon, of mist gyrating around snow-laden summits and the sound of bells breaking the monotony of rocky ridges - with a hope to return yet again and bid adieu to their beloved Nanda.
Roopkund Trek | Bhagwabasa (14,117 ft) - Roopkund Lake (16,000 ft) - Junargali Top ( 16,500 ft) | Summit Point | Day 06The D day was here. After a quick cup of tea our team assembled. The camp broke by 3:30 am and we began our march. In pitch darkness, with torches and headlamps we marched. Like my friend Abhishek said, the entire game is about the last 500mts. Because when you approach the last 500mts that is when you realize why they asked you to sign a Waiver Form in the beginning. Sub zero temperature, howling wind, steepest trail and several mental break points is what the trail throws at you today. Gripping fear of death and spikes of adrenaline is what it takes you to realize that Heaven is a myth but the Himalayas are for real.I almost fell three times thanks to the slippery patches on that glacier. During the last few meters you do face a breakdown point because those few steps are truly an embodiment of the phrase "stepping out of your comfort zone". After climbing for few hours we finally reached the Lake. We actually made it. Roopkund Lake has very different vibe to herself. There she sat, a huge water body in a perfectly circular form and completely frozen. The silence of that lake is almost deafening.
Skeleton Lake (Roopkund, Uttarakhand)
We reached Roopkund finally, contemplated over the bones and th beauty, and returned to the camp at 1230. It was believed that the bones belonged to warriors from a forgotten era, but scientists have now confirmed that they are those of the pilgrims who perished in a hailstorm in 850AD.
The mysterious lake of Roopkund is not an easy one to reach. A trek of two days takes you to this lake where you can find the bones of humans and animals at the bottom. It is believed that during the olden times the journey or yatra of a king and his consorts was hindered by the bad weather near Roopkund. Unable to find a shelter in the wilderness, they perished and the human bones at Roopkund are the only remaining traces of this narrative.
The next day we had to trek for around 18 kilomtres at a stretch as the weather had gone bad. The determined lot of people as we are, we trekked all our way to Roopkund to see the scandalized lake. The lake was frozen but you could still see the skeleton lying around the lake. It was a tad bit spooky but amazing at the same time. The breathtaking view, pitchy silence and tumultuous area, that's all a traveller can wish for. We stayed there for like an hour or so and then retraced our path back to Lohajung.
At 2:30 am calls rang out in our camp, waking us up from slumber. Today was the day! Reluctant to get out of our sleeping bags (despite the rocky surface our tent was pitched on) we groggily made our way out. Stepping out of the tent, the sky was free of clouds, and the entire Milkyway was visible, from on end to the other! I stood transfixed, regretting not having enough photography skills to capture this sight. Sigh! But like with all good things, the clouds moved in again, and everything turned into a hazy blur, with jabs of torch light to guide us to the dining tent, where maggi and tea awaited us. We all lined up dutifully, crampons on our feet, and trudged ahead in single file. The path was pitch dark as we started, all of us relying on our torches to guide us, walking in single file. However, in half an hour or so, the sky began to lighten, and the going got easier. We passed a lot of glaciers on the way and the path became steeper.A few members fell back, not wanting to hold up the group, but moving forward nonetheless. The path was steep and our energy levels were declining. But our lovely helpers , in this case a special mention to Surinder , who kept egging us on, kept calling out to us to take " one step at a time" and his hilarious discounts on Roopkund , which got more fantastic as we got closer. Finally, eventually - we trudged to the rim of Roopkund. The sun was just beginning to rise, and everything was brilliantly highlighted! We were greeted by the small temple, and the pile of fabled human bones stacked in front of it. Not wanting to waste our flimsy lead ahead of the other groups, we descended the short way down to the lake itself. It was frozen over, and our shouts to each other echoed back to us over and over again. I just sat on a rock, catching my breath, and realising I've accomplished what I had set out to do. The crowds descended soon, and the moment was gone. We made our way up to the rim, and looked hopefully to C.T to allow us to submit the Junargali peak.The weather was clear, and we had seen a couple of other trekkers making their way up.But C.T. refused, citing safety reasons.Ironically, that didn't stop him from making the trip up there himself. This left quite a few of us in a sour mood. A steaming bowl of daliya from our guides helped to restore the mood fractionally, and everyone got busy taking pictures in the limited time we had left. Sure enough, we were gathered together in a couple of minutes and ushered back, making our descent. The way down was quite uneventful, except, of course, where Shirley and me had to make a mad dash to a rocky outcrop to avoid our bladders bursting. Back at base camp, we had an hour or so to rest, but not much place to rest in, since our lovely C.T. had ordered our tents to be dismantled. Don't you love him yet?
A high altitude lake, also known or famous as Skeleton lake. as there are skeletons around the lake of both humans and animals
The trek to Roopkund - the skeleton lake was indeed an amazing expedition. Camping in the green, meeting trekkers from all walks of life, living in tents, campfires through the night, all of this has been quite an experience of a lifetime.
There are many theories and opinions, from purely spiritual to purely scientific ones, which explain the existence of these skeletons, which date back to 9th century CE. Because of these skeletons, the lake is also sometimes called as “skeleton lake” in recent times.
Considered to be the most popular of all the attractions in Rishikesh, the Laxman Jhula is a suspension bridge built across two banks of the Ganga River. This majestic structure was constructed in the year 1939 and has become a landmark in Rishikesh since then. Strong winds cause this bridge to sway a bit and it even vibrates when vehicles pass over it. The legend behind the bridge is that Laxmana of the Ramayana had crossed over the Ganges using ropes from the very same spot where the Laxman Jhula stands today. The view atop this bridge is stunning and one is bound to pose for a few clicks here.
Later in the morning, I sat by river side. Other follow travellers were busy playing with guitar and singing. I took a dip in the holy water of river Ganga and enjoyed the sunbathe. after having breakfast, we left the camp by 10AM. It was hard to find a return cab to city. So We took lift from daily supply vans.
Among the many surreal things to do in Rishikesh, watching the sunset from Lakshman Jhula is a MUST!It is believed that Lord Ram's younger brother Lakshmana, crossed the river Ganga, by using a jute rope bridge – where the present 'Lakshman Jhula' bridge stands today.There are several ancient temples around Lakshman Jhoola, which you can visit. The Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and the Trimbakeshwar Temple are most popular.
As a child I have a profound memory of standing at Laksham Jhoola with my dad and a monkey teasing me. I was crying and hiding behind my dad and later after gaining senses we had visited Rishikesh on a holy trip from usual Haridwar tour and once again I had encountered a monkey at the same spot. This time around, he snatched my bottle from my hand and I felt a connection with him like he had been waiting for me since ages, like I had a history I was unsure of, like I am losing it while writing this blog. LOLAnyways, I got the chance to visit Rishikesh again twice in last two months and my 2 cent advice on holiness of the place is that its not so holy but its a lot of fun. Well, the temples and the holy river is still holy but the larger than life holy tourism of this place is a fad. If you want a weekend getaway from Delhi then please head to Rishikesh, stay at the camp side, do river rafting, go for bungee jumping, cliff diving and eat holistic fresh home cooked food. But if you are looking to stay at an Ashram and learn holistic meditation then do your research and then join as there are many fake holiness groups there my friends.However, I am sure you could find amazing ones too if you spend some time and get to know the place better. Now as for me, the first time I visited last month, I stayed at a river side camp and for the first time in my life went for river rafting. The water was icy cold as it was winter time and I was scared as shit to die with drowning in Ice water like Titanic's last scene.This time around, I stayed at a nicer place at Badrinathjee and I was extremely excited for my second attempt at river rafting. The water was still very cold but rapids were more exciting since this was the beginning of Summer and as expected the Himalayan ice had started to melt thus increasing water strength. In all it was FUN.
We changed and decided to go and check out the Local attractions like Lakshman Jhula, Market and off course we were hungry after our long journey, Chotiwala was the go to place for satisfying the hunger pangs. It was a 5-10 mins walk to Lakshman Jhula, we realised that Chotiwala was at the Ram Jhula which was a bit far from the place had reached, we got a share taxi an Mahindra MaXX which left us at Ram Jhula for a nominal charge.
While strolling around the Ghats and pleasing your eyes, don't forget to gratify your yelling stomach. On the bank of river Ganga at Lakshman Jhula, delight your taste buds with mouth smacking and finger licking Chinese, Indian, Italian Mexican & Israeli cuisine at a very affordable price along with a mesmerizing view of the Ganga. What else do you need? Of all the food joints, Little Buddha Cafe is undoubtedly the best. You can also drop into Madras Cafe, Tulsi Cafe, Devraaj Coffee Corner and The Pyramid Cafe at the Lakshman Jhula. Savour yourself with best-quality food.
Saw the sky turn golden, awesome experience
The trip started from Delhi with 2 Chai Stops and finally relaxing at Laxman Jhula. Laxman Jhula is famous because it's been told that Laxamana crossed the Ganges with a jute rope and hence the hanging jhula was made keeping in mind this story. During the evening, it's really crowded and you can expect bikes,motorcycles,scooty crossing from one end to another with the help of Laxman Jhula. There is Ram Jhula also located few metres below the Laxman Jhula. Also there is a provision of doing river rating, cliff jumping and trekking. You can contact the local shops nearby to get more information and yup it's budget friendly.
According to Ramayana, after Ravana was slaughtered, Ram & Lakshman, came to Rishikesh. They were believed to do penance for killing Ravana, who was a Brahmin. Legend has it, that years later, a bridge over the Ganga was later built to honour the memory of Lakshman, the ever loving brother of Lord Ram. Hence the name Lakshmanjhula (roughly translated as the bridge of Lakshman).
Day 3: Base camp - KK summit - Base campThe next day we started early at the golden hour when the peaks were all lit like candles.
It was just half an hour into walking that it started raining again but since we were moving upwards and the temperature was dropping below zero the rain turned into snowfall. It was like our wish had come true. No matter how hard the mountain is, things always get better. When things get tough, hold tight, because the next moment would be a new experience. Everything was covered in snow. I looked all around and the world seemed like an infinite patch of white. The snowstorm was at its peak and we were unable to see anything beyond ten meters. We sat beside the fire inside the old canteen and ordered some tea and omelet. We rested there for a while and then went outside to play in the snow. There were some epic snow battles played with snowballs and walking sticks. It was real fun to play when the temperature is close to minus 10 degrees .
Day 3 - Juda-ka-Talab to Kedarkantha base campThe next day morning, for few minutes, the sun peeped through the grey clouds which were looming large. The shades of yellow cutting through the white tainted trees looked like golden threads among the white blanket. The warmth of the sun was soo comforting!
Started again with snow all around us, we reached the Base camp around 3 in the noon. We were continuously drinking glucose water throughout the walk to avoid dehydration. We had some self prepared oats and peanuts there before we started preparing our tents. We roamed around the place for an hour or 2 in the evening in search of woods and water, as during winter both are not easily available in this region of trek. Due to bad weather, as it started snowing as the sun goes down, we were unable to bonfire and our night started early.Day 3: Base camp - Kedarkantha summit - Sankri
Trek Day 3 - Base Camp to Summit - Ascent : 1250 ft - Distance : 2kms - Time : 5 hoursThe D Day - a lot was discussed last night about starting early, yet we started late around 8 am. That was going to be a very long eventful day. We were given Micro-crampons along with our Gaiters as the trail was full of snow. The news of 4-5 ft snow on the way to summit was making rounds since we arrived in Sankri , so we were pretty confused.After trekking 1 km through feet deep snow we reached the last Tea point on the trail . From there we were able to see trekkers are going towards the summit , near the final ascent. Gangaji asked us ther we want to do summit or not , answer was "Yes". The only thing running in my mind was "If they can , Why can't we". But sadly one of our team mates was too ill , she decided to stay at the Tea point.
Trek Day 2 - Juda Ka Talaab to Kedarkanth Base Camp - Ascent : 2150 ft - Distance : 4kms - Time : 2 hoursKedarkantha Base Camp (11250 ft) is further 4 kms from the Juda Ka Talaab campsite. This trail was full of snow , so we were given pair of Gaiters. In this trail the trekkers pass through lush meadows of snow and for the first time catch the view multiple snow capped peaks standing tall encircling the location. One of the most relaxing days as the trek is hardly about 2.5 hrs and very less ascent.
We left camp at 5:30. It was dark and we walked in single file. I was the second from the front, which may sound good, until you learn that the slowest members of the group are kept right in the lead. Yeah.It was still dark, and we moved slow, stepping in the footprints (rather holes) left by the person in front of us. We had only our torch light to guide our steps. We kept walking , with a small break in between for a sip of water.Gradually, the sky got lighter, and the torches went off. We stopped at one point to see the sun rise above the mountains.The rays of golden sunlight streaming from behind the snow clad mountains was like a dreamscape. A hush fell over us as we watched the "golden peaks" and then the clouds started rolling in.We lined up and started off again, with the threat of snow building up with the leaden clouds moving our way.Now the group was scattered, with the faster folk walking ahead while us "slowmos" trudging along behind. The going was slow. The heavy snow blanket, some places 5 ft deep, hindered any attempts at a faster pace. The peak still seemed far far off.
After a cold cold (cold!) night in our tent, we set off for Base camp the next day. It was to be a 4 km trek and all uphill.I tried keeping up with the group, but only ended up having a wheezing session. So I decided to take it easy, walk at my own pace (i.e. at the most furthest tail end of the group).Prashant , as always was there , keeping pace with my (slow) moves.The snow got deeper as we proceeded, and the only vegetation was giant pines and an occasional oak. We finally broke through the woods, and before us was an ocean of white, with the Kedarkantha peak as a backdrop, and pine forests on both sides. It. Was. Beautiful.We parked our weary asses on mats, since our tents weren't up yet, and accepted the proffered tea gratefully. But our rest was short-lived, since our guide came along with the news that we had to start stomping. Yeah, stomping!Turns out, the snow was 4 ft or so deep and we needed to flatten it in order to pitch our tents. We got up grudgingly , but it turned into a game, and soon everyone was stomping and jumping enthusiastically!Tents pitched, we had an early dinner and set off to bed. The trek to our summit was to start 4:30 am the next day.
Trek to Kedarkantha (7 to 12 May 2016)By Nilay ShahDecided to go on trekking Vs hill station/beach destination:It’s decided to give some break to JAVA, Apache, corba exception, timeouts, 401 Unknown errors (C’mon Microsoft It’s more than 20 yrs. and still you can’t find unknown…have some mercy on IT prod support managers). After visiting obvious vacation destinations multiple times (Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Kashid, Goa) it was understood to go after experiences rather than following the herd. Watching NGC and reading lonely planet series also played its part. For relaxing and unwinding, my home is a better place with creek view and lake view during high tide, provided I can switch off my phone. It was unanimously decided to go on a trek, an easy to moderate family trek.Choosing the trek partnerGoogled and Indiahikes was suggested. Sent inquiry wrt trek difficulty and whether my daughter can do it. Received a prompt response from Indiahikes to go for kedarkantha trek with the punch line “your daughter will feel the sense of achievement”. Bingo am 50% in. Decided to do some research and read reviews before we book but couldn’t do because of the office schedule and what, found that batches are getting full very fast also there is absolutely no call back or follow up from Indiahikes to book. This gave me confidence that Indiahikes is treading (they don’t need to track leads) and without hesitation enrolled myself, wife and daughter for 7th May batch. They never disappointed me.Preparation:Its first week of Apr’16, we fixed all logistics and bookings. All of us including my 10 year princess was excited. Now here is the difference when you prepare to visit traditional places vs go on trekking. We felt like we were preparing for some mission or war. Huge role played by “trek with Swathi” video series uploaded by Swathi from Indiahikes on various aspects of trekking including how to gain fitness for trekking, what to carry on trek, how to pack your back pack, what’s AMS and how to prevent it.It goes into details like difference between gym track pant and trekking track pant also on sports shoes Vs trek shoes. Videos helped to excite my daughter and kept her engaged throughout, otherwise she was little oblivious about the trekking destination choice.The easiest part was to purchase trekking gears. We all bathed head to toe in Quechua at Decathlon. While picking the gears and trying we felt like the heroes of 90s film when in the end hero prepares for the ultimate fight with villain and picks up guns, ammunitions in various sizes and designs and hides them everywhere around his body (i.e. Arnold in Commando). While coming back home after shopping, we all were singing “Rang de tu mohe Quechua…..” Certain level of physical fitness is pre requisite to enjoy the trek troublefree.While me and wife are regular to the gym and do weights and cardio but my daughter was not regular in physical activity and that was the challenge we need to overcome. Vacation period was the savior.We go for the family jog around sea shore on sat-sun and content our self by climbing our 12 storey building stairs 4/5 times on week days. My daughter started to like Swathi and in one of her videos she suggested some YouTube video on home workout for trekking. Got the jackpot, my daughter followed it religiously while we were away in the office.The Experience:Imagine best of sceneries straight from the New Year greeting postcards, freshest of air and water, no sound, rather to be precise no any artificial sound, absolutely nothing to do which can be termed as work, excellent mix of 26 trekkers from diverse background ageing min 10 yrs. to max 60 yrs, Professionals from HR, IT, Doctor, Engg college and school students, expert trekking legends as guide and trek lead, absolutely no network signal (Airtel 4G girl pl. note) to disturb and Excellent food. Wait it does not end here. No need to bath, am not joking, even if you want to you can’t…one the water is very cold and also you won’t feel the need to take bath. In future booking.com and goibibo will start mentioning no network coverage as a prominent location/hotel feature.There was never a dull moment. Something for all. We walked 4 to 5 hrs in the morning except the summit day. Time left is well spent in playing games in group. For e.g., Spot the captain: There will be one player who stands in the middle and rest will stand in a circle, one of the player will be nominated as captin (from circle).Player standing in middle will close eyes till the captain is nominated. Captain will change the dance/step action and rest will follow immediately. Captain keeps on changing the action and rest need to follow immediately. The player in the middle need to identify the captain in 3 attempts. Nights spent in playing ‘Mafia’ in the dining tent. (Google on how to play this game).Finally the summit day arrived. We were instructed to start at 4 am in order to reach the peak in time to watch sunrise. Alarm was set at 3 am but dog started barking from 2 am.I was half sleep in the anxiety of the 3 am alarm, cold and after dogs barking woke up completely. Following thoughts came in to my mind while lying in tent waiting for alarm to ring at 3:00 a.m. (In random order and repeatedly)1)In Instruction session it was mentioned good to have dog on the track as it can alarm us if it sees any stranger (read wild animal).What the dog had found this time?2)During the day saw animal bones scattered around camp site. Ribs, jaw, skull…Dr. Sindhu helped to identify.3)Checked safety knife around, just in case required… I already mentioned it feels like going on a mission or a war. This is one of that moment for a law obedient civilian.4)We were advised to drink minimum 5 ltr water to avoid AMS and I don’t take any chances by nature. In school exams if asked to answer any 5 out of 8 then I write all 8. Though in Engg College exams it was not possible to follow.I must have drank ard 7 to 8 ltrs water.5)It was very cold inside the tent and colder outside (ard 0 degree). Even changing sleep position requires strong will.And I desperately need to go out to release excess liquid from body.(murphy’s law you know)6)Pee buddy concept was taught for safety reasons. Means always take someone along in the night when you want to go out to pee.My pee buddy was my wife (in the same tent of course…no option) but can’t take my chances to wake her up. Do you? She won’t mind but I prefer to bear the pain of 100 locusts infesting my underpants than disturbing her sleep.Why no one has thought about the solution. Invention is required to handle such situation. Some device/medicine .Quechua are you listening,you guys already launched plates and mugs for trekking though its easily available in any household then why such critical safety miss.After waiting for 30 mins and contemplating jau ke na jau, Time had come when can’t hold any more and did justice while looking in all directions continuously.All trekkers successfully summited the kedarkantha peak at 12500 ft. Personal record for all the participants. Half of us would have left midway if there was no support and encouragement from the trek lead Abhirup and guide Yashpal. While descending one of the engg student twisted his feet and was unable to walk. Dr. Sindhu helped to apply bandage but pain was unbearable and so Friends helped by giving shoulder support while walking but a long distance was to be covered and all were already tired after walking since last 6 hrs. In the moment of crisis you find real hero Yashpal our trek guide as saviour. He lifted the injured on his back and ran, waiting only to take some rest and then ran again. What a scene, courage, strength….I told you it feels like a war mission. (Bringing injured soldier back alive…..ha ha)After summiting the peak, elated and excited, we reached the kedarkantha base camp at 1pm. Fresh and hot meal, gupshup with the trekkers on summit experience relieved the pain from ailing legs and prepared us for 2 hrs descent walk to our next camp site at Hargaon.It is the most picturesque trek and camp site. By the time we started to walk it was already drizzling and the trek became wet and muddy. This added additional fun. One need to use all balancing skills to survive the fall and slippages. All trekkers entered in unwritten competition, who falls the maximum times. Think Maitri grabbed the title with max falls, 5 times.I fell once my Poncho, jacket, gloves, and shoes all covered with mud….felt like played holi khul ke after 25 yrs….Last day at Sankri basecamp, Certificates distributed for successfully completing the trek. Cake was cut for the celebration. Contact nos and email ids shared. All participants agreed to upload photos on the drive. Everyone gave the speech mix of emotions/fun about their experiences and takeaways. Abhirup appreciated the group for successfully completing the summit despite having 6 kids in the group which is record till now. While on the way back to Dehradun, passed through ‘kempty fall’ at Mussoorie.There were thousands of people on the road. No place to even walk. Traffic jam and May heat. I lifted up my hand, Bent it at 90 degrees and petted my back for going on the trek vs traditional vacation spot..….Can see sense of satisfaction and happiness on the face of my daughter and wife. My daughter was like, Can’t wait to share my experience with friends and so do I, Hence this blog. Good job boy, good job. Enjoy……………
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We reached Sewa by around 3pm. The gents would sleep in the homestay while the ladies will be in tents. Quickly all our trekking shoes were off. What a mighty relief! Anoop took out the tennis ball and Frisbee to play around. The moment the tennis ball was out cricket HAD to be played. And when its cricket there won't be any love lost. Even if it means playing at an altitude of 6,300 ft.! You have to give it to the love for cricket; everyone was so involved that they started to fight with each other. It was hilarious to see as me and Sourabha watched them play.It got dark, and along with it came some hot tomato soup and popcorns. Wheee! Now the problem in these kind of high altitude treks is that dinner gets served by 7-7:30, which we are not accustomed to. People go to bed by 8:30. We decided to stay put for a little longer.While Mahendra and Vishwa tried to capture star trails (I also tried but gave up pretty soon once I realised it ain't my cup of tea) me, Anoop, Harsha, and Sourabha just lay there on our backs staring at the starry sky and milky way, while the rest snuggled inside their sleeping bags. We sang in our donkey voices, joked and laughed to our content and counted shooting stars; all this under starry black night and a milky way. To good to be true!Day 3: A Long, Tiring, and Arduous DayThe start to a day on a trek starts pretty early. Everyone is normally up by 6am, and trek ready by 8am. Today also we carry packed lunch. Our destination today is Jiskun. Rick promised us that we will just love Jiskun. We'll have to wait.We started off and soon arrived at the Sewa temple. The temple has the design aspects of Kinnauri culture. It remains closed and opens only when God comes. Yes, only when God comes! Hmmm!The trail again enters pine forest with a gradual descent. Out of the forest and the Rupin river welcomes us once again. And we all were straight in the river! But wait, the water is freezing here. We came out of the river at twice the speed to what we entered! Brrrrr! But this was an absolute beauty of a spot.Quickly back on the trail and we reached a motor-able road; Gosangu. The road is rocky and the sun was right up on our head. It was no fun to be back on the road again. While we continued on our foot it only got hotter throughout the day, and we had to keep ourselves hydrated more often. For obvious reasons this part will be least liked during the entire trek.We had packed lunch in between much to our respite. My shoulders were hurting like crazy now. Moving on and we now have to ascend. Already out of energy we carried along. This was turning out to be a tiring day. We did ensure to keep refilling our bottles wherever we could find a water source/stream. We stopped for some refreshments. Hot tea and soft drinks arrived much to everyone's joy.Read More
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We reached Sewa by around 3pm. The gents would sleep in the homestay while the ladies will be in tents. Quickly all our trekking shoes were off. What a mighty relief! Anoop took out the tennis ball and Frisbee to play around. The moment the tennis ball was out cricket HAD to be played. And when its cricket there won't be any love lost. Even if it means playing at an altitude of 6,300 ft.! You have to give it to the love for cricket; everyone was so involved that they started to fight with each other. It was hilarious to see as me and Sourabha watched them play.It got dark, and along with it came some hot tomato soup and popcorns. Wheee! Now the problem in these kind of high altitude treks is that dinner gets served by 7-7:30, which we are not accustomed to. People go to bed by 8:30. We decided to stay put for a little longer.While Mahendra and Vishwa tried to capture star trails (I also tried but gave up pretty soon once I realised it ain't my cup of tea) me, Anoop, Harsha, and Sourabha just lay there on our backs staring at the starry sky and milky way, while the rest snuggled inside their sleeping bags. We sang in our donkey voices, joked and laughed to our content and counted shooting stars; all this under starry black night and a milky way. To good to be true!Day 3: A Long, Tiring, and Arduous DayThe start to a day on a trek starts pretty early. Everyone is normally up by 6am, and trek ready by 8am. Today also we carry packed lunch. Our destination today is Jiskun. Rick promised us that we will just love Jiskun. We'll have to wait.We started off and soon arrived at the Sewa temple. The temple has the design aspects of Kinnauri culture. It remains closed and opens only when God comes. Yes, only when God comes! Hmmm!The trail again enters pine forest with a gradual descent. Out of the forest and the Rupin river welcomes us once again. And we all were straight in the river! But wait, the water is freezing here. We came out of the river at twice the speed to what we entered! Brrrrr! But this was an absolute beauty of a spot.Quickly back on the trail and we reached a motor-able road; Gosangu. The road is rocky and the sun was right up on our head. It was no fun to be back on the road again. While we continued on our foot it only got hotter throughout the day, and we had to keep ourselves hydrated more often. For obvious reasons this part will be least liked during the entire trek.We had packed lunch in between much to our respite. My shoulders were hurting like crazy now. Moving on and we now have to ascend. Already out of energy we carried along. This was turning out to be a tiring day. We did ensure to keep refilling our bottles wherever we could find a water source/stream. We stopped for some refreshments. Hot tea and soft drinks arrived much to everyone's joy.