Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!!

Tripoto
18th Sep 2016
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Day 1

At times in our Mundane world, we try to do things which is out of our way and will give us some novelty. Carried away by same thought I signed myself up for this great lakes of Kashmir trek. (Never knew how ill prepared I was for the same)

Surprise No 1

I have paid cool 15 grand for flight ticket and another 13k for trek. Total damage done is 28k already and I am excited about my trek so I go ahead and share my trip details with a friend of mine. I can see his eyes getting wider and wider.

Aha. This look is that of awe and that of - "look at this guy. Enjoying his life" look.

Dude, there's curfew out there. Are you nuts.

Here comes realisation number 1. I calmly go to YouTube and see the video of shootout which caused it all.

Now my tickets and trek money is non refundable. I called up both airline and trekking company and they reconfirmed it.

Lesson number 1 (and most important one)

The only way out is way ahead. Once you are in something, Just go ahead and do it.

Shocker number 2

Next 7 days I have googled extensively about Srinagar and its beauty. Collected all images and framed an image of what I will see. My flight touches down at Srinagar airport. I met my two bong fellow trekkers there (Aniruddha and Ronojoy). We take a taxi and start moving towards city. The sight is totally different from what I had imagined. Barbed fencing on road, broken houses, military at every 200 mtrs, graffiti on walls saying - Indians die, Indians Dogs go back.

Lesson number 2

Expectation and Reality differs. Go back to lesson number 1.

Shocker Number 3

We were ferried at night (yes, at night) from Srinagar to our base campsite at Shitkadi. We reached there at around 12 30 AM. The familiar Himalayan chill greets me and I know I need to get into my tent asap. There I meet a bunch of enthusiastic trekker (Unaid, Shubhank and Ankit). Next morning the beauty of campsite reveals itself and my heart skips a beat. Soon we were briefed about trek by our Trek Lead - Suraj (nicknamed captain America). At breakfast met remaining folks - Faizan, Abhilash, Ankur and Mrudul. Trek starts around 9 am and I am totally excited to get the day done like a shooting star (I saw way too many a night before). 30 mins into trek and I am about to turn from shooting star to one of many rocks en route. My heart pounding, heavy breathing, legs trembling. Shocker number 3 - I am not at all ready for this thing.

Learning number 3

Assess your readiness genuinely before you dive into something. (And again go back to lesson number 1)

Surpises galore.....

Guess once I have acclimatised myself and got used to trek routine, shockers disappeared and were replaced by surpises. Himalaya can be unforgiving yet extremely fulfilling. I have surrendered myself  for next 8 days in its lap and allowed it to sooth my soul. Heal me and lift my sipirits up. What do You want Himalaya to do for you is your call....

Listen to your calling. Is Himalaya calling you too?

Wall paper

Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal

First glance of himalaya

Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal

Chasme e shahi

Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal

Entire group

Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal

Certification time

Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal

Summit wali selfie

Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
Photo of Kashmir Great Lakes: Trek which I cried, limped, crawled, howled but enjoyed!!! by Sidharth Kaushal
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V good! I think you probably traveled the time my bro summited Stok Kangri @ Hemis Leh. There were people over here who discouraged...Floods in Delhi, Unrest in J&K. But nevertheless it was an awesome experience! Lovely photos..But could have been more detailed :) Cheers
Sat 10 01 16, 11:02 · Reply (1) · Report
people say things which they fear eve.... if something wrong is going to happen...it can happen anywhere... your bro has done higher altitude trek...added it to my list
Wed 10 26 16, 05:43 · Report
too good banker sahab!! I agree with Faizan about the day-wise update.. there were lots of surprising events worth mentioning..
Sun 09 18 16, 01:23 · Reply (1) · Report
yes sir...i agree...just that i try to balance content and pictures...next one will be better than this
Wed 10 26 16, 05:42 · Report
Good job Banker sahab, but I was expecting it to be a bit longer with day wise updates
Sat 09 17 16, 23:44 · Reply (1) · Report
noted my friend....next tlog will be better
Wed 10 26 16, 05:41 · Report