If you ask me, this was the most difficult part of the whole trip. We were already exhausted because of our wedding and related functions, and then resuming our office made our body and mind to go completely on auto pilot mode. When we planned off the trip we discussed how we will try to run for an hour amidst of all shaadi prep and functions. But all in vain, and the guilty free sweets we gulped down during the wedding week made it worse. Anyways, to say the least we did not comply the fitness regime, however if you are planning to go on a week long trek, do not ignore your health. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the trek. Defying gravity and walking for a long duration on steep slopes with a rucksack requires stamina.
- To start with, walk for few kilometers (as per your comfort), try to maintain a constant speed.
- Slowly shift to jogging in second week, and increase your speed gradually.
- Do not forget to stretch after walking/jogging.
- Other activities like cycling/swimming/running are equally beneficial.
- Basic weight training, push ups, pull ups and squat can help you in gaining endurance and strength.
- More time you spend before trek on building strength the better.
Ideally you will get the list of essentials on every travel/trekking site, and hence there's no point writing about it all over again. We had very little time for all the prep, we were juggling between office and shopping till the last day of our stay in Mumbai. We packed warm clothes, dry fit T-shirts, down jacket, trekking shoe(this one is a must), medicines, dry fruits, chocolates, toiletries etc in our rucksack. We did all of our shopping from Decathlon stores, they have a huge collection of all the clothing and accessories required for any kind of sports/adventure activities.
After spending our last day in office we rushed to airport to fly for Delhi. We had few hours in our hand before taking a train to Dehradun, which we spent on eating aloo parantha and drinking lassi in Paharganj area of Delhi.
Way to base camp:
Dehradun was last stop of the train we boarded, and thank God for it was, otherwise we would have totally missed getting down. We arrived at 6 A.M in the morning, and met representative from Aahvan team. We along with other trek mates started our journey to base camp, Sankri at 7 A.M. It is around 7-8 hours drive on serpentine roads, and drivers on mountains are no less than Khatron ke khiladi. Many times my heart sanked on sudden turns and jolts. Meanwhile I looked at the man beside me and found him snoring, he has motion sickness, so this is best he can do, atleast he is not vomiting on my lap, I felt relieved. We took stops to have breakfast and lunch, and managed to reach Sankri by 4 P.M.
Sankri (elevation 1920m above sea level) is a small beautiful village in Govind National Park with few hundred houses. It serves as base camp for several other treks other than Har ki dun, such as Kedarkantha, Bali pass, Ruinsara taal trek etc. After freshening up in hotel Swaroghini palace, we head out to see the village. As we were already told that we will not get any network after Sankri, even in Sankri only BSNL is available, we left our phones in hotel room. There were number of hotel, home stays, shops filled with trekking gears, mini buses etc all around. The roads were filled with young excited group of people, all of them were trekkers heading to different treks. One of the many thing I love about mountains is dogs, Yes Dogs! Himalayan shepherd are beautiful, friendly, furry creatures. And I never miss a chance to pet them. We saw group of locals playing carom-board across road, and we clicked few photographs of them. It feels nice to see people networking when mobile network is weak.