The day starts with me waking up at my home in Delhi and getting ready so that I can get all the survival essentials I need for my trek in the freezing mountains of Uttarakhand. After I get all my things I pick up my friend, Vatsa, from the metro station who came from Gujarat for the trek. Let me tell you one thing about this friend, he s not fit at all but he is still willing to come with me on this trek. One thing is clear to me even before going on the trek, you need to be mentally fit even if you are not much physically fit. After that, we went to decathlon for our last minute shopping. I had planned out every possible thing that I might need on this trek and I am enclosing a list of same here to help you guys. These are must needed essentials for a trek. In my opinion, one should always pack for the worst for a trek because we never know what may bestow upon us.
1) Thermals -2 pair
2) Quick-dry shirts or T-shirts- 2 pair
3) Trek pants-2 pair
4) 3 in 1 jacket by Quechua ( As it eliminates 3 layers that you have to carry - windsheeter, rainproof, insulated layer)
5) Trek boots ( never cheap out on them as they make a big big difference)
6) Wollen socks -4 pair
8) Woolen gloves
1) Ziplock bags ( very important)
3) Sunscreen SPF 40+
4) Water Bottles - 2 Bottles of 1 Ltr each
5) Toilet papers
6) Torch ( preferably head torch)
7) ORS or Glucon-D
8) Hand sanitizer
9) Quick dry towels
10) Lip balm
11) Wet Wipes
12) Energy bars
13) Power banks
14) Sunglasses UV
15) Petroleum jelly
DO NOT FORGET THEM!!!! I REPEAT, NEVER FORGET THEM!!!!
So after everything was done for, we got something to eat and got home, packed our bags and called an uber for ISBT Anand Vihar where our bus to Haldwani was waiting for us. It was a sleeper bus so we slept and braced ourselves for all the excitement and adventure that awaited us in the days ahead.