With the half-sleep that I could have at night, I got up early in the morning to start my summit climb at 4AM. With a light in my hand, I started my summit climb. The sky lit bright before sunrise as I crossed the last canteen before the summit. Seeing the summit so near, I thought I can quickly cover it. But what we see, is not always what it is. Every step seemed a war, which I had to win. Panting into the last step, I finally reached the summit. The feeling that I had cannot be described in words as I conquered a mountain at last. The view from the top was surreal with peaks surrounding on all sides. I went to the Trishul, a separated place to pray, and gave persimmon mango as an offering, before having it as a prasadam. Later, I did my customary ac.t to take off my clothes at any freezing cold place, to breathe in nature and feel the warmth that sadhus used to feel when they meditated in solitude. After some time I acclimatized with the coldness, only to be given a reality check by the flowing wind. I sat at the corner of the peak to enjoy the sunrise from behind the mountain peaks. I felt a new light entering into my life with sunlight touching my soul. After enjoying my time at the summit, I dressed up to start my return journey. I began my return journey at 8 and reached Sankri by 12. I rushed through the woods running and utilizing all the tips provided by Bear Grylls to climb down a mountain.
Some Takeaways For Kedarkanth trek -
1. For individuals who are fit enough, the trek can be done in less than 2 days ( I did it in 28hrs). The locals complete in less than one day.
2. For solo travelers, the trek is a bit tricky. The trail is difficult to notice, but there are rocks placed indicating the direction and flags tied onto the trees to indicate the path to take.
3. One need not worry much about the food, as there are dhabas/canteens before Juda ka Talab and after base camp. One will not get full fledged meal, but Maggi and Egg are readily available. So carrying fruits shall suffice for the trek
4. Water is available in the two food junctions, apart from these, some water source is present in between.
5. The trek is difficult but doable. A solo traveler can even camp on top of the summit, so prefer that if one can and wishes to.
6. If someone has not enrolled with any agency, he can still get all the facilities and amenities there on ground. The total package comes to around 5000, but is subjected to availability. So if going in off season, u can avail the trip at a very low price.
7. All the gears are readily available on rent basis. one can book pre-pitched tent at the campsites for the night.
8. The entry cost into the forest reserve will cost u around 210 per head, withh additional 100 for carrying a tent with you. But no prior checking is done.
9. There is a dearth of hotels in Sankri. so book the hotels beforehand to prevent any problem. Also eatery option is limited, so take any fancy and luxury food before Purola.
10. Only BSNL works in Sankri, and there is no reception throughout the trek.
11. Be well ready with cash, medicines, and any other accessories before Purola. The last ATM on route is in Purola.
12. Its a safe and easy-moderate trek and one can enjoy the beauty of nature in its purest form. So keep cameras Handy.