Always remember : Nothing is certain during a pandemic. Plans change, strangers become family, memories run through the veins and the experience becomes the motivation for another trek. Adrenaline rush and mini heart attacks? those are just cameos.
This being my debut blog, brace yourself for a long journey to 12,000ft above sea level. I assure you your safety. (The Burj Khalifa is only 2,000ft high)
The day was 24th October 2020, when a group was created by one of my friends who had decided to do a trek in the Himalayas way back in January when we were unaware of how 2020 was going to be .Initially there were 4 people in the group but after people joining in and dropping out, the final count was 6 . Little did we know that stress, chaos and adventure had joined our group too.
Even after knowing the great lockdown, inter state travelling restrictions and non-functional public transport , our unfit, adventurous and optimistic group went ahead and booked the trek with "Trek the Himalayas" group 😆 . After a lot of google searches and hell lot of YouTube videos , I realized I need to get fit first and then started my cycling , running and was not even close to the expected stamina for the trek but the workout helped me to keep my muscles loose .
So the final plan was devised and and it was going to be as follows : Flight To Delhi -> by road Lohajung base camp -> Trek -> by road Munsiyari -> by road Mukteshwar -> back to Delhi. Will be covering Just the Trek part in this blog stay tuned to find out about rest of our trip .
There was a lot of alteration in the plan but to begin with this was the base plan . By road we were travelling for more than 1300 Km and we didn't even think once as we knew how heavenly the destination was going to be .
This was also the time when the Farmers' Bill Bills were passed and the protest against these bills had started around Delhi . Along with this stress we also had to carry a Covid negative report as the Uttarakhand government had mandated the negative report and e-pass to cross the border . 48 Hours before the trip everyone had scheduled a RT-PCR Covid test and that was one of the most stressful moments of the trip as even one positive would lead to cancellation of the whole trip and addition to that 10 days quarantine . We needed 6 Negative results and also we asked driver to test so an added pressure :)
10th December 2020 , It was a Happy day as our over Optimistic plan was working and we had the required documents , all negative reports , E-Pass for Uttarakhand , loads of courage and positivity .
We were 6 of us but we had booked a 12 seater tempo traveler knowing the amount of time we were going to spend on roads and also we got an amazing driver and will provide the details below in the details section .
Two days before the flight we got a call from GoAir that the flight we have booked is cancelled and we have to take an early morning flight . This is one of the many cons of travelling during a pandemic. Plans change every moment, rules change everyday and nothing is sure until last moment . So we landed in Delhi 5 hours before and we being an optimistic and positive group we took those 5 hours to acclimatize 😆 . Our driver did face some issue to enter Delhi due to the farmers protest but he somehow made it and finally we left for our first Stay that was in Khurpatal .
We Reached there at 11pm , checked in the hotel had dinner and after that when I looked up in the sky it was clear and filled with stars . There were two photographer friends with me @shagunbathija and Kaustubh Nerurkar who have great passion for Star Gazing and they started to shoot the sky which looked amazing. This was the first time I had witnessed such a clear sky with thousands of stars ❤️