This was the day my trek would begin. Woke up at 6, after getting ready and having breakfast ( 2 Aalo Parantha and coffee).
Me and the two other guys booked a car , which would drop us to Govind Ghat which is about 20 Km from Joshimath. It was a sharing taxi and he driver charged 50 Rs per person. We reached there in about 40 min. I was sitting at the back seat and was just trying to capture the beauty of that route.
From Gobind Ghat, the next check point is Gobind dham . It is about 4 Km trek. Though taxis are available to cover those 4 Km. We decided to start our trek from GobindGhat itself. The trek is a little uphill and will require some amount of efforts to be completed. We 3 completed the first 4 Km in about 1.5 Hours.
On reaching Gobind Dham , we took a small break. Resting and hydrating for 15-20 min we started our trek again. The next checkpoint was Ghangria . Ghangria is a little hamlet located on the way to Hemkund Sahib. The distance remaining was 10 Km.
After walking about 30 i started to realize what have i gotten myself into. The trail was way too steep as compared to the the first 4 Km. In addition to the trail I quickly realized my mistake. Being my first solo trek i had packed a lot more than required. This slowed me down a lot.
None the less I weathered through the trek at slow pace. At this point my 2 friends had went ahead of me. Although at half point I met them. They had finished their lunch, when I reached the half point. I asked them to move forward and told them I'll meet them at Ghangria .
After having my lunch from that halfway point stall. I started the remaining trek. In about half hour it started to drizzle. With my raincoat on , I started to walk. Strength required to take one step forward was compounded exponentially due to my overweight Bag pack. While walking I encountered a lot of people . Hemkund Sahib, being the highest Gurdwara of the world is a very sacred site for Sikhs. The only thing which made me going and not hire a pony was seeing the elders walking. I was seeing 60 years old people walking slowly with will a d determination. The constant encouragement I got seeing those people walking was enough to refill my Adreline quota for the trek.
Slowly, steadily and all weathered out i reached Ghangria . At this point I was in No mood to look for those 2 guys .
There were plenty of stay accomodations available in Ghangria. End July was off season, so almost everything was available. However, I reached Ghangria on my b'day so i decided to stay in a Gurudwara.
I checked in the Gurudwara and was alloted a cot in a shared hall among other pilgrims who would travel to Hemkund Sahib the next day.
The hall was at the first floor. The bed and all other arrangements were pretty decent.
At this point I was pretty good exhausted and wanted to sleep after eating something. After settling down I went down stairs to the prayer hall and post that had Langar as dinner. Simple Daal Chawal and pickle was served for dinner. However it was at this time while eating food i felt nauseated and was getting uncomfortable. I decided to get myself checked. Though there was a dispensary at the Gurudwara as well. I decided to go to small roadside dispensary in the Market. The doctor there took my vitals which were absolutely fine and gave me a diamox. This pretty much made me feel good again. I took a paracetamol and decided to sleep.