8 Days in Uttarakhand's remote villages in extreme weather and high alerts. Yes, this year in February 2019 Uttarakhand received heavy snow fall that broke 5 yrs record.
The trip plan was as twisted as the roads of Uttarakhand.
In this blog I am covering my 11 days unplanned trip to below destinations and trek to Deoria Tal and Chandrashila Peak.
Pune – New Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Rudraprayag – Ukhimath – Sari – Trek to Deoria Tal – Dugalbhitta – Trek to Chopta , Tungnath & Chnadrashila – Ukhimath – Rishikesh – Haridwar – Agra – New Delhi - Pune
(Note :If you want a summary of travel, budget and schedule of this please refer the table uploaded at the end of the blog).
This was my 3rd Himalayan trek. After Kedarkantha and Hampta Pass, this time we were planning to achieve higher altitude and "moderate to difficult" grade trek. We booked for Winter Kuari Pass trek and started preparations. Altitude 14000Ft. (Kuari pass and winter kuari pass are two different trek routs)
Applied leaves, booked travel tickets, started fitness exercise, running and healthy diet 3 months before the trip.
To our shock, just a week before our trek state Govt. declared high alert in the region and trek organizers canceled all the treks.
We inquired a lot but couldn’t find any option. Finally we decided to at least visit the state and find out if any trek is accessible.
Our plan was to leave for Delhi on the night of 6th Feb. But weather reports forecasted heavy rain and hail storms in Delhi. We decided to wait for a day and canceled our confirmed ticket for Delhi (Such a painful decision when you already have packed your bags ☹).
By the next morning we became so restless that we directly went to the station and bought tickets from the counter. Yes! The trip had begun.