One of my college senior cum friend told me that he, with his friends is going to a place for trek. I soon googled about the place and booked the higher trek with Trek The Himalayas(TTH) for a month later i.e. 2nd Jan 2015.
Before this day I had no clue about the snow trekking how it goes, the essentials. I just booked fascinated by the snow. So we were mailed a list of essentials to carry, kind of shoes and clothes which I ignored. With no trekking shoes and body warmers my excitement level was growing high as the day approached near. I packed the daily sweatshirts and my all time favorite converse shoes.
The trek journey was supposed to start from Haridwar and we all were asked to gather in the city and I had a direct train from Bhopal to Haridwar on 1st of Jan so that I could reach on 2nd Jan morning. In north India, train getting late by 10-15 hours or getting delayed is still a normal phenomenon in December-January. The day I had to leave, I checked the train status which was coming from Chennai was not even started and was cancelled. There was no way I could reach the destination the next day.
I talked with the TTH team and requested if they could shift me in next day batch i.e. 3rd-8th Jan, and they agreed and cooperated. In conversation with my other friends I came to know that one of my friend was heading to Roorkee (1 hour away from Haridwar) the same day via Delhi and said I could tag along with him and I did. So this was the same person who has been to Auli and all through the way he was giving me all important and silly advices, about do's and don ' ts for the trek.