4 km left, dog-tired, legs refused to move, almost vanquished, a mountain kid boosted our spirits. He moved gracefully from one stone to the other, swinging on the narrow paths, singing Himachali songs, no trace of panic; obviously it was a routine thing for him. But, his assurance (it's just 20 more minutes and you'll be down) and carefree attitude re-energised three of us and we followed him.
It was dark when we reached Barshiani. Our driver was waiting for us. Amazed at what we have accomplished (technically, we walked more than 25 km in a day), we retired and slept in the car while coming back to our resort in Kasol.
What had we gained? Well. We rediscovered ourselves. Connected with God. Connected with ourselves. Connected with nature. You never know what you are capable of until you have no choice. If given an option, I wouldn't want to return to this false world of self-gratification and remorseful judgements. The trek left me with a lot to reflect on.
Things To Keep In Mind If You Are Planning To Trek Kheerganga
1. It's better to start a trek early in the morning because it normally rains after 2 making it difficult to walk.
2. Carry light backpacks with a pair of flip-flops, torch or headlight, light towel, poncho or raincoat, warm jacket, swimwear, travel soap, toilet paper, tissues, and cash
3. I would recommend, don't trek up and down from Kheerganga on the same day as it can get pretty risky and tiring. Better, chill and enjoy the fairy-tale like surroundings for a day.
4. Last but not the least, Respect nature. Be a responsible traveller and tourist. Don't throw your trash anywhere. There are dustbins installed at all the cafes on the way for you guys to use it. Carry all the disposable waste in your bag and dump into a dustbin later. Don't spoil the serenity of the nature by being a clamorous tourist.
This was our first ever trekking experience. Have you ever tried trekking with kids? How was your experience?
This post was originally published on travelmelodies.