22 JUN – Dhaula- Sewa- Jiskun (22-23 kms)
Last night we all decided to get up early by 6:00 AM and get going so as to reach our next destination on time. We woke up and had a cup of tea with some biscuits and filled our water bottles.
At sharp 6:30, we began our Trek.
We started our day quite early it turned out to be an advantage for us as we were able to cover 22kms on this day. We started walking uphill which was a gentle climb and saw the village disappearing as we walked ahead.
The beginning of the climb was quite easy, but as we kept on walking, we climbed many patches of steep ascents. We took some breaks in between to eat something healthy and get hydrated. Then, it was around 8:30 AM and the sun became harsher, it became difficult to walk as there was no river or even a patch of shade. Though, before reaching Sewa village the walk was very easy with almost a straight path and gentle climb.
And by the time we reached Sewa it was 10:00 AM and we were little tired. So we rested in Sewa for some time and talked to the local people about the village. We tasted a local fruit of Himachal called “CHULU”. The village had a beautiful temple which opens only once in 15 years for praying. However, the priests clean the temple annually.
We all were energized after taking some rest and by 11:30 AM we were ready to go ahead. The route took us down on a decline which we happily welcomed. We had to go down towards the Rupin River and then climb up the hill. All reached the river side safely. The initial uphill was a bit hard and that’s when we realized that the trek has truly begun. The sun kept burning with the same intensity and gave us no respite even for a few meters. Then interestingly, we came across a bridge which belonged to neither uttrakhand and nor himachal and after crossing the bridge we entered Himachal Pradesh.
After climbing uphill for a few hours, we saw a motor able kuccha road which was connected to Rodu. Although, many people are not aware about the fact that you can even start this trek from Kuccha road by taking a jeep from Rodu. Now, we had to walk on this road for 5-6 kms. Finally we were happy that the steep paths are over, we took a sign of relief and clicked many pictures near the places we rested.
All of us encouraged each other to walk further. As we were walking we found a small barn round the corner of the road. We unloaded our snacks and rested for some time and drank some water and ate some chocolates. As soon as everybody was feeling a bit better, we decided to move so that we don’t over exhaust ourselves.
Now we had to take a detour from the road and climb up a hill. We were a little shocked after looking at the hill we had to climb. It was very steep, long and sloppy. We decided to take it slowly and steadily. Following each other’s steps one by one in a single line, we were atop the hill after some time. Surely, we were each other’s family here, in this trek and in this journey.
We walked ahead and were surprised by many scenic views en route. We met many locals on our way to the village who were ready to offer us free stay for the night but we had to go on. It was around 4 P.M., after covering a couple of kilometers the village of Jiskun came into view.
This climb was surely the most difficult one after the Rupin pass climb and after having cleared it, we craved for lots of food and a cozy bed.
At Jiskun, we stayed at a villager’s home. It was a very nice place with a small balcony where we sat, played cards and spent our day. The owner of the house was a old man who was very friendly and welcoming.
We explored the village and the saw that a game of cricket was going on between the local boys. Then After dinner, we called it a day off and went to our room to take some rest.