'The mountains are calling and we must go !!!'
This is how me and my wife Suchita had been answering anyone in our family if they asked us 'Why Trek ? You should plan Europe or Sri Lanka or Sikkim instead '
The truth was- We had always been intrigued by Himalayas, the treks - always considered it impossible for us; that we were too civilized to take up the challenge.
We chanced upon a website by Indiahikes and the different treks they were organizing throughout the year. While scrolling through the website our eyes fell on a line written about one trek specially- Rupin Pass. It read 'This trek is like an orchestra, building up momentum with surprises in scenery every hour or so'.
Something inside up suddenly clicked and we knew we had to go.
We paid for the trek, booked our flights to Dehradun (starting point) and thought that was it. Started day dreaming of being on mountain top, making friends, parties (basically like in movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani)
Imagine the surprise when we started receiving mails from Indiahikes - The amount of fitness required, the altitude sickness problems, the daily walking, stories of trekkers who took it very easy, etc.
As first time trekkers , what had we got ourselves into !!!! However, the money was paid, the news of us undertaking a trek spread like wildfire on our comfort loving family and now it was a matter of self pride for me and my wife.
Believe it or not, the resolve to climb a mountain (or do anything) does always bring out the best in us. The resolve to climb this challenge made us exercise daily, eat healthy and we were moderately fit by the day trek began
A few weeks prior to the trek we purchased all our prescribed items (trek poles, shoes, etc) from Decathlon Pune (where else :) !!!!! )
We had taken up the trek for the month of November, supposedly when there is least possibility of rains. The journey commences from Dehradun (Delhi connectivity) and ends at Shimla.
For the trek to commence, one needs to reach Dehradun from where jeeps take you for a 10 hour journey through curvy mountains to base camp site of Dhaula. The transport in our case was organized by Indiahikes team.
The trek moves along the course of Rupin River in the picturesque Rupin Valley right up to its source in the glaciers near the Rupin Pass in Himachal Pradesh