This is the part where I would normally tell you how I made the journey from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu to Gwaldam, Uttarakhand roughly 2778 kms, stretching across 8 different states!!
But I am not.
I am going to tell you why I do it. Every year. Without a second thought. With no regrets about missed opportunities!!
The first time I tasted the fresh air and the freedom of The Himalayas, I have been hooked onto it. The majestic landscapes, the raw beauty and the sheer power of the mountains makes you wanna test yourself and make you go to that extreme, where you just have to pack up and leave regardless of the work that seems to hold everyone down these days. Everyone forgets that it is for these kind of days and experiences that we literally work our asses off (excuse the expression). I work for travelling and have amazing food everywhere I go! That's what keeps me going!! And that's all anyone needs, a reason, no matter how small or incomprehensible to others,if it makes you happy, you should do it! Imagine waking up to the sounds of the stream, the birds chirping and the mild breeze grazing your hair while you get out for a hot cup of tea!! Just like the movies, except this is freaking real!!!
Now that is out of the way!! Lets go to Bedini!!
From the mistakes I learnt after I completed my first Himalayan trek to Sarpass, I took a flight to Delhi and caught an overnight train to Kathgodam. I met up with Sanju sir and his friends whom I had met in Sarpass, and who would continue to be my travelling companions for the rest of the trek.
From the railway station to the base camp was a 6 hour drive in the zig-zag roads just about passing by Nainital on the way!
The base camp is set in Gwaldham. Just like any other YHAI base camp, the chosen location for the trek is always strategically situated to cause the new traveler just enough trouble to get there!! For the rest of us, its just a matter of "Where" rather than "How".
The best part about YHAI treks is, it is pocket friendly, the best veg food you can find, and surprisingly it gets better as we ascend towards the higher camps. The crowd is always mixed, with newbies a plenty and experience to back it up, making it the perfect travelling group!!
The first 3 days of a YHAI treks are mechanical no matter where you go!
Day 1, Gwaldam, : You Check-In
Day 2, Gwaldam: Acclimatization walk to a nearby hill
Day 3, Gwaldam: Rock climbing and rappelling training