Then started my trek to kheerganga . I was fully excited and happy that finally I was making a new experience of solo trekking and a beautiful trek of 13 km .
I started trek around 12:30 pm and keep on moving , first 04 kilometers were sunny. I took two halts of 05 mins in first 5 km. I found some trekkers on my way , some were foreigners, some were locals in a group of two or more and very few like me were climbing alone.
One of them was Jonathan Hwa an IT professional from Malaysia who works in Singapore. We shared food and Snickers on the way. He was going to Pin Parvati and Lahul Spiti with a heavy backpack. (It requires 10-12 days to reach Pin Parvati from Kheerganga). But due to bad weather and no company Jonathan cancelled his trip to Spiti.
I also got the company of one of the most loyal
Creature of Mankind- Dog. Two hilly dogs I found one was blackie and the other one was brownie which found another company of people after walking with for one km but I felt as they were with me for days.
Then this was amazing feeling to walk alone in the jungles of Parvati Valley. Walking amidst the tall Deodar trees was mesmerising and on the way I was able to listen my own breath due to acclivity.
Few waterfalls on the way which insisted me to take few halts and captured the panoramic view.
Finally I reached Kheerganga at 4:15 pm.
I have observed two things while climbing solo,
Ist I didn't have a group so I felt shy initially to interact with other trekkers who either were in group or alone.
Then I found myself talking to some new people whom I don't know. It was an amazing feeling to know someone who is unfamiliar with your whereabouts and suddenly you become known to each other. Jonathan was one of them with whom I shared a tent.
We got the tent on rent for 300 rupees.
I started to capture beautiful mountains in the surrounding. Then there was a sudden change in the weather. Clouds come floating in Kheerganga, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to cover the Sun. The blue sky now turned into grey. It was partially dark at Kheerganga, but later on, the sun fought back and it's rays add color sunset to the sky. The view was hypnotized. I have captured and recorded it in my camera.
Meanwhile Jonathan changed his clothes and come out of the tent with towel and asked me to take bath. I asked him, where ? He said, in the hot water spring. It's my bad luck that I didn't know about the Hot water spring because of which the place is known as "Kheerganga".
People usually take bath in hot water which gives you relief after Trekking of 13 Kms. I really wanted to took a dip in the hot water but
I was not carrying my shorts. I was cursing myself for a moment but later on when I turned my back towards the V- shape the two mountains were making. I found the rays of sun directly falls on the peak of one cladded with snow. The summit was shining like a diamond.
Jonathan was sharing his experience of bath in hot spring. Then We had our dinner in the same cafe which had rented us the tent. I ordered Dal chawal and Roti because of its delicious taste in the mountains. Really, the food was delicious. It was a heavy meal but natural mineral water digested it.
After having dinner, I started roaming with Jonathan, then I found a group of guys who met me on the way. They were trying to lit fire. They came from Mumbai and one of them was very funny guy who introduced himself as Darshan Rajpurohit a poet who has written the poem "Ali". He got million views for this poem.
He was very generous and kind also. He took my phone number and told me to inform him whenever I need him in Mumbai. A young couple who worked in my company also, came from Mumbai.
The trip was becoming more interesting because I was meeting with new people who had same or different interests. I came to know about more experiences of the more people.
Then I proceeded towards my tent and on the way I looked into sky and to my expectations I found a clear sky full of stars. I could clearly saw the Milky Way.
At 1140 pm I had seen the peak of a mountain was shining like a diamond. Initially I wondered what it would be. After waiting for 5 minutes I saw moon 🌒 was rising.
Then I came to my tent with Jonathan, he was quite happy but a little sad too because of the bad weather which cancelled his Pin Parvati trekk.
But I didn't want my new friend to be upset.
I gave him another option to do more adventure. I suggested him to visit Ladakh from Manali to explore the Incredible India.
The pics of Day 2 are uploaded bellow: