Today, was the first day of my first ever Himalayan trek. It was 8 AM when we were all set to leave the base camp. The routine was simple. Our trek leader laid out the timings 6-7-8 as Tea-Breakfast-Begin!
They say, Magic happens outside the comfort zone! Well, it couldn't have been more truer the way it turned out to be. As I carried my rucksack on both my shoulders from the room to the outside, the feeling was amazing. I could feel my heart pounding in excitement, at the same time a bit of worries, I was getting the same feeling you get when you go unprepared for an exam or a big presentation! I knew that I was nervous, but I had been waiting for it for so long now. It was the time to 'live'!
Our first stop was going to be Chitrey, a village amongst the mountains and the barren landscapes. First day is always challenging, as you leave your comfort zone, and try to adjust or as they say in mountain terms, acclimatize to the conditions.
The first leg of the trek on Day 1 was through the dense forests and it seemed quite steeper than what we were told. I could feel my heart beat for the first time in a while. As we went along the group, I fell off to the last considering the fitness levels I had. My body was acclimatizing, I too was. The comfort zone was far off from where I was.