On 11th i reached manali by hrtc volvo bus at 10 pm , which was 4 hours in excess of the scheduled time as the manali-pathankot highway was closed because of landsliding but because i had some buffer time in between to meet my trek organizers it wasn't a problem for me. I met my trekmates, trek leader and supporting staff at nehru park.
After submitting required documents and taking some instructions from trek leader we drived to jobra which was our base camp for that trek, on our way we stopped at their office in order to leave our extra stuff and to get required equipments. After having lunch at jobra our trek began, it was a 2km accitimilization walk.
Intially, we walked through beautiful pine forests for 25-30 mins, then we had to walk alongside a river. With clouds covering the peaks and a beautiful streaming river (rani nallah) , the site is unbelievable and i really had to pinch myself a couple of times to make myself believe that, whatever is happening is real. So, after walking alongside river for sometime we crossed the river and again started walking. The serene view was really acting as a motivation for us which made us reach to our day 1 camp in no time.
After reaching our base camp, camps were alloted to us and i got a really good fella as my campmate. After we made ourselves comfortable, dinner was served in common camp. Here i got to know more about my trekmates, most of them were professionals who want to trek to keep themselves away from their hectic lives.
Next day we woke up early in the morning to enjoy the fast movement of clouds and to capture some time lapses. Today we have to cover 8 kms of trek with gradual ascent. So, we had to be quick enough to start our trek at 8 am. We steadily started walking and followed the instructions of our trek leader. Just before lunch we got the biggest challenge of our trek until now, which was river crossing. We crossed the river barefoot and by forming humanchain. The water was so cold that i couldn't feel my feet even after 15 mins of river crossing. After one hour lunch break and a photo session we easily reached our day 2 campsite (bhalu ka ghera) at 3 pm. The campsite was full of small flowers which made our campsite look sceneric.
After a soup break at camp our trek leader decided to have accitimilization walk of 30 mins to prepare us for the summit day and for good sleep at night. After dinner and some regular chit-chat we got back to our camps early for good recovery for the summit day.
So, the summit day started with waking up early and trek leader making us aware of the long trek ahead with the rainy weather. After the having good breakfast we started the day's trek with rain ponchos on. Initially everything was fine but as we moved on rain was causing a problem as the temperature was already on lower side and also making the terrain quite challenging .