Well, that’s how I felt when I finally completed Sandakphu trek - A six-day trek spread over 73 Kms, an average 8 hours trek per day, elevation up to 12,000 feet above mean sea level and temperatures ranging from 0 to minus 7 degrees and yet they call it an easy trek! The trek sure was fun & picturesque. Demanding both physically and mentally yet totally worth it yet and by no standards an easy one for a common man!
One might wonder then why on earth I chose this trek as my first trek! After my last leisure vacation, I was somehow bitten by the adventure /offbeat bug which prompted me to consider various options - from caving in Vietnam to canoeing on waterfalls to Amazon jungle trek which finally took me to the page of One in the orange jacket and Vyshakh Nair (More about the “Orange One” later). It was just a matter of few messages and the detailed itinerary was in my mailbox.
As I went through the itinerary, the thought struck me for the first time that I would be trekking for more than 10 km per day on an average at single digit temperatures! But the idea of doing something for the first time, the thought of pushing the envelope gave me the impetus and I decided to take the leap of faith and sign up for the trek. Aah, not alone, I managed to coax my better half who was totally unaware of what she was signing up for until two days before the trek :)