We reached Panarsa bus stop at around 11:00 a.m. and our homestay at @flysportstreks was just at a stone's throw from the bus stop. There we met the other two trekkers who were to accompany us to the trek.
At breakfast we had delectable paranthas made by our host. One great thing about staying at such non touristy hilly places is that you get authentic home-made food.
We were given a declaration form to sign which is usually mandatory for any adventure activities.Our guide instructed that we carry a daypack with us.
So we unpacked our rucksacks and filled a small backpack for the night at the camp, taking all the necessary woolens and extra shoes, because no matter how the weather looks in the day, at night the temperature drops drastically in the hills.
Tip: Always carry extra pair of wollens especially thermals because nights at the hills are chilly regardless of the season.
At around 12 in the noon we drove off in a cab with our guide-cum-cabbie. According to their itinerary, we had to reach Jwalapur, the starting point for the trek, which was about 25 kms from Panarsa.
Throughout the drive, our eyes were glued to our windows admiring the beauty of the mountains and anticipating the trek. As we approached the quaint little village of Jwalapur, we saw a number of apple orchards, lined up along the concrete roads, without the apples though, as August-September is usually the fruiting season and we were there in the month of May.
At Jwalapur, we got down at the starting point of the trek where our guide nonchalantly parked his car somewhere near the road without fearing that his car might get stolen. His insouciance reflected a virtue of “trust” that most people from the hills have for each other.
We took our individual backpacks and our guide who carried our packed lunch and snacks, handed us sticks -an important prop for trekking if you don’t have hiking poles. All geared up, we finally set off for the trek, on foot.