"Who wants to stay in the city amongst the honks of Vehicles. I want to live in the mountains and Valleys amongst the melody of the birds chirping and river hitting the right beats with the rocks and making a rythm suthing your ears."
"As they say you tend to remember the things when you have left them."
All the above gushed through my brain when i just woke on my bed in my home after the return from the journey amidst the valley of mountains in my Har ki Doon Trek.
So, Day 2, here we are at Sankri, Uttrakhand, the Day we start trekking towards Har Ki Doon peak, after a short ride to Taluka at 2100 meters.
Agenda of the day was of 24kms, 12kms motorable and 12kms walking.
We started around 8 am from the hotel on our adventure with a bumpy ride on the top of the bolero towards Taluka from Sankri. As my Before going on the trek preparatuons, i saw a video of how fun it was riding in the top of the vehicle while transporting from Sankri to Taluka. This excited me to try it if given a chance, so as soon as i saw the vehicke the excitement started to kick and i want to hop on the vehicle and not in the vehicle. As we sat on the top of the vehicle and we were not expecting that it will be nail biting view from the top, With one side khai and other side rock anyone thing hits we are off to the clouds. A road where only one vehicle can pass, and road being really wet due to rain fall from severe past 1 week making roads terrible to ride.
Our ride was one memorable ride, with every turn taking breath out of our mouth, really felt driving on the edge of our life. I would say best experience of my lifetime till date.
After riding on the edge of the mountains for 8kms on a bolero, we reached a place where the pool was broken, so the drivers of our group and others started doing jugaad( making a way out of nothing) in making a technique to pass the vehicle, from the broken bridge.
So all the drivers ( there were minimum 10-15 drivers as it was a peak season for trekking there), trek leaders of respective groups started throwing rocks in the water pool in order to give support to the car's tyres to pass the water broken bridge. This took away our approx half n hour to 45 min and our trek had started with we making our ways through the water bridge or walking through big boulders and all.
After, the small & short exercise we reached Taluka, and we were all geared up to walk through the mountains and listening to the music of river hitting the mountains
So after reaching there , the trek leaders gave a us a brief about our trek. They gave us the itinerary about 27kms one way distance trek, and about how much distance are we going to cover in the coming days and other specifications.
So, while we booked the trek, peope where given option to appoint mules (a cross-breed of horse and Donkey) to carry forward the extra luggage from one base point to other.( My personal choice is to carry your own luggage in order to get proper real time trek experience.)
So after the briefing we walked our legs to the trails of the lushy green mountains and the beautiful serene valleys and the eye gasping views. As soon as we started the trek, we had a glimpse of the first beautiful red Colour crop(chiwala, forgot the name sorry), same as wheat, as they the villagers use it to cook chapatis or roti's. As we observed the red colour crop, it had a background of huts of villagers, and behind them were the mountains and a river seperating the Mountains and the villagers.
We had a different trail paths for us in the starting we had trails which were of boulders, small rocks, wet sand, grass, dry sand, cement laid joints and last but not the least the Kichad trails which i hated the most. The trails were gradual nothing big high ascend or down ascend just a gradual hike for 12 kms, whereas u ask us to walk for 12 kms in a city we will be like let's take a transport hahaha, #citylife. I always phrase city life as a convienence life, we want something and there goes a start up to full fill your needs. How innovative and how destructive, innovative as people want to make business out if small things in your life, for Example OYO founder, Mr Ritesh Agarwal found oyo when he had no place to stay as his hotel booking was cancelled while travelling in a bus (Please note: i have heard this story from friends don't know how much truth does it value), Similarly Swiggy: delivery of food. These all startups are earning on our convience n Laziness. I wish we had something like that in the mountains for the villagers apart from the mules. Trails became scenic as we entered more and more into forest with those small waterfalls, those flirty sun rays hitting us through the leafs and those colour dominance of woods and green leaves on the forest. The best part about trails is the river flowing next to the trail, all the time you have the symphony of sound in your ear, you seriously don't need Arijit Singh or Beatles to disturb you.
As we entered the forest more deeper we thought we covered 3-4 kms, we were having a water break, we asked our trek leaders Mr. Manu Singh & Miss Meenakshi Bist, how much distance did we cover and what we heard was just 1 km, and i was like seriously?.. just 1, well we didnt have Google Map to recheck them, but to trust them.
Our group was big so the chances of taking breaks was also high, our group was the biggest of the season for TTH( Trek The Himalyas) to then. Our group consisted of various variety of Indians we cannot complain of missing out any Indian haha. We had 3 people from Kolkata (Family Trip), 4 from Jaipur (Mnit Students), 3 From Bengaluru, 6 from Kerala, 2 from Pune, 2 from Haridwar(couple), 2 from Gurgaon, 1 solo female from Gurgaon/Delhi, 1 solo female from Hyderabad (Turtle of the group), 1 solo from Hyderabad (that's me - The keeper). As i initiated to be the keeper, i knew it is a role of responsibility, fun, endurance test, patience test, & needs to be motivating for the last Bencher, as i always was a last Bencher in my studies, so i was very keen to take up that role. A keeper is a person who walks last in the group to make sure he has not left any one behind.
The best motivating part i feel on the trek is the solo Travellors, as i am one so speaking on behalf of 'n' numberors solo Travellors, we live a live of no fear, a life to.achieve some goals, a life to motivate ourselves , a life to push ourselves out of comfort zone, and last but not the leat a life of point to be proven ourselves (don't mistake it in name of Ego, it's called self satisfaction). Today Miss Reddy & Mrs Kwatra (solo Travellors) have taken a big step in coming solo, i would still understand a guy take a solo trip but salute to the women who take solo trips, they are the face of the treks i feel they have shown if there is way and then there will be way. People travelling groups have their own advantage in treks.
Our group average age must be around 27, as we had 1973 born and 2005 born also. The group was divided or arranged in such a manner as people walking slow and people wanna click more photos will stay forward and people walking behind them will follow them.
As we walked through the Valleys and mountains we absorbed the fresh air, in our lungs getting us detoxed, we reached our first Maggi point (Break point) after 6 kms from the starting point. In mountains break points are know as Maggi points bcoz having maggi in that scene is perfect blend of hot and cold. Sipping hot maggi in that cold weather. Here people sat down had a water, omlette, Maggi and tea break to get charged up for the next 6 kms.
The first hike of 6 kms we had great encounters of different varieties of flowers, leaves, bugs and stones. The 6 kms test was a tough one for us as we the last benchers don't have to prove anyone our point, we just have to prove ourselves the point that yes we can do it and so was Miss Reddy and others were doing at every step with a great determination.
The first hike of 6 kms was just between the mountains and valleys, but the next 6 was very beautiful, as we encountered first time the snow mountains from a distant, and a village at 6000 feat above sea level. The view to our eyes was like just eye grasping.
Slowly slowly we reached the Second maggi point, where we had a refreshing nature nimbu pani (Lemon Juice). We took a break there and from there we had a another hike of 2 kms, but as soon as we departed we found kids from near by villages running towards us asking us toffee's well frankly I didnt stock any but yes Miss Reddy stocked some crayons
And she was distributing among the kids coming in our way.
That was one good initiative by Miss Reddy, and so was our Abhishek sir ,and Mayur Mam, who carried a plastic bag along them and where every they found any litter in the trail they collected it and dumped them in a dustbin at Maggi point. Its a very small job but a great initiative to spread a message against the cleanliness and respect towards the mountains. After the instant we reached our base camp at Pavani Ghat, with our tents waiting for us at twin or three sharing basis for us.
We had kitchen team with their tent serving us good n hygienic and most important hot food. We were first welcomed with a stretches, and then hot tea with snacks.
After the first day trek, we were all exhausted and stressed out bcoz we are city people and you ask a city people to walk for 12 kms in a day they will be tired( even though we have prepared for this trek a month or two months long), so first day trek was tiring but our josh was HIGH, but our legs yes they were definitely down with pains.
As we stretched, sipped our teas, and we settled in our tents, we were looking at our accomplishment of 12kms trek and the peak summit was just 15kms away, which looked doable.
As the sun sulked in the valleys, and the moon came in in the empty skies to fill in null dark place with the light, with little Twinkie twinkle little stars and making a perfect blanket of wonderlust picture frame sky. I just wished I stayed under that bed for life long. We moved in our tents to rest after a day long of hike.
We thought the night is young and we would grab our sleeping bags and sleep, but friends .. A trek experience is incomplete without a tale of talks between friends.
After dinner, we guys instead of getting into our respective sleeping bags we barged into our friends tents for some gup-shup and we 5 with a torch pointing towards the tent making it a perfect Ghost story scene in the starry night, under the stars our tent was lit by torch and loud noises, laughs and discussions.
Here we came to know about the Concept of Law of Attraction explained and narrated to us by Mrs Kwatra.
A logic i could never understand (till today),
She said If you wish something from your deep heart, that will happen. Oooo wait, we were like we heard this somewhere isn't it similar to a movie dialogue in 'Om shanti Om' where it said 'Agar tum shidat se kuch chahte ho, to tumhe puri kaynat milke, tume use mila degi'(Something like that). We laughed at this Law, as she making efforts to explain us, and were making efforts in laughing more loud.
The days whole journey tiredness ended with this small synopsis of the funny, logic night we had.
A trip to Law of Attraction Day 3, will continue with starry night....
Friends share tales to make these moments memorable but ironically, they themselves become the tales of our life.