When I went for the Stok Kangri trek last year in Leh-Ladakh I was not sure what to expect. I mean I had done few day treks but this was a diff ball game altogether. Surely the stakes were high. Although I couldn’t complete it (I got AMS at the base camp, at around 16,400 ft.) I had an amazing experience, lost in the mountains the calm yet towering mountain ranges all around you. That day, at that moment I decided 1 thing; trekking is something I loved, and will do it more often now.
Bangalore Trekking Club (BTC) is a premier trekking community which promotes and conducts a lot of trekking and outdoor adventures on most of the weekends. Their fan following is big, with abundance experiences, and an professional approach to everything.
Anyways. I was trying to get myself in a group going to Mullayangiri, Kudremukha, Kodachadri, or Dudhsagar falls, considering 15th & 16th Aug are holidays. Next day I received a mail from Ankit that there were few dropouts, so few spots are available for the Jog Falls Trek. I literally pounced on it! I really wanted to go. Although I was sceptical of my chances since I’ve never done a trek with BTC, let alone 2 days trek with BTC. But to my luck I was in!
So the prep started. I had already marked Saturday as Leave in my attendance register. I had almost all the trekking stuff (baring the sleeping bag) so I was not much worried about what to carry. I came back from office early, and left for Majestic bus station by 7 pm. Being a Friday evening, there was an expected huge traffic. But I was chilling since we only depart at 10 pm. I reached the meeting point at 9:30 pm, only to find myself there alone. So I went to take a quick dinner, and returned by 9:50 pm. This time there were suddenly 50-60 people all rejoicing and chit-chatting! I quickly gave my attendance to Gaurav and Ankit. Soon I realised there were 3 different groups; 1 going to Jog Falls trek, another to Gerosoppa Falls trek, and the other was on its way to Coorg. I was feeling a little awkward considering all of them knew each other (thanks to their previous trekking experiences together). But Gaurav and Ankit made me feel comfortable, and met Deep who was also a first timer.
Quickly after taking few group pics we boarded our respective buses and started off at around 10:30 pm. I seated myself before the last row of the bus. Behind me were Ankit, Shweta, Sourav, Sagar, and Ahmar who were continuously cracking us up! We introduced ourselves by playing Dumb-Charades! Quite a way!!! After few rounds of fun picking on others, and Antakshari everyone dozed off. For the upcoming 2 days were to be exciting, and challenging…