George Everest is hands-down my best trek so far. And why, well you'll get to know down the blog.
So, this is in continuation to my first blog on Mussoorie where I covered the splendid Lal Tibba and the Gothic Kellogg Memorial Church.
So, Day 2 started with the famous 'Lovely omelette' 😋 and a tea ☕️ on the streets of Landour. Will be covering all the places to have a great and memorable meal in Mussoorie on another blog.
GypsyTip: If you are going solo and want cheap stays, look for Airbnb and hotels in Landour.
Visit the 18th century house of George Everest, the Surveyor General of India from 1830 to 1843. Located atop the namesake George Everest peak, the house is accessible via a mountain trail located near Mussoorie. At the house, you'll be fascinated with the colonial era architecture that makes the hill-top structure so interesting. The house is located near the Benog Hill, allowing you to trek further and explore the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary. But, not much of it is left for us to see. I would suggest go for the trek as it might take upto 3 hours to finish one way.
Went to the George Everest Base and if you need some snacks or want to refill your bottles, this is the place for it because you won't find anything along the way or at the top. Yes, there is no Maggi or chai point at the peak as its hard to setup a shop there because of the rough surface. The peak you see in the picture above behind this board, that is where we are heading. 🙃 Looks far, eh!
Now, we are heading to the peak just next to it which was just 100 metres away. The beautiful scenery between these peaks with those Tibetan Peace flags all around you, i have no words for that, look for yourself:
GypsyTip: A good night's sleep is important for a trek the next day. 😴
So, I decided to carry on the same straight one and cover the other path when heading down. So basically you must be wondering why there are two paths to the top.
The answer is simple, there are two mountain tops there, you can see the Tibetan flags tied from one peak to the other one. See the pic below. That is why there are two paths, the one I am standing on is the one you'll get to if you take the straight path ahead.
GypsyTip: Go for the straight one as the other one is a little more of a rock climbing one, so it was easy for me to get down from that one.
Started trekking towards the top, its really one of the hardest climbs as there is no proper path made for it.
There were two paths actually, one you could see where everyone was going from and that was straight up the hill but for the other one you have to take a left from a point in between. There is this rock along the way and at the top of it, there are these Tibetan flags hanging around, you'll know when you see it. So, you need to climb that and from up there you'll see a narrow path going further left.
Here are some pictures from the top:
At an elevation of 2,005 m (6,578 ft), it took me around 2.5 hours to cover the 3 km trek. Now, I will tell you why it was the best trek for me so far. I didn't drink a single drop of water from the beginning of the trek until i reached back. I've been to many other Himalayan treks and here I wanted to test myself if I could survive this and I did. Of course, there are some hacks to it.
The general rule for how much water to bring when hiking is 2 cups (about 1/2 liter) of water for every 1 hour of hiking for adults. Now, I kept my pace a little slow than normal, I was getting fatigued quite frequently because of dehydration. I kept my breath in control, took deep breaths in between by taking 60-90 second breaks. Also, I kept my mouth covered with the mask so as to keep the moisture intact. It might make breathing difficult, but its all about the control.
GypsyTip: Always carry water bottles with you, do not try this what I did, it was a one time thing 👽
For the 2nd peak, there was a path, but took the hard way instead, climbing took me 2 minutes to reach at the top again. The views are more of the same as the other one, made some time lapse videos and headed back to the base from the 2nd path we talked about. I would not suggest you guys to take that path if its already late because on the other side of it, there is no sun light and there is no path, you have to find your own way man! 😵
So, it took a whole day to explore this. If you want to catch the sunset at Cloud's End, I would suggest you get off this peak by 4 PM and head straight towards the Cloud's End. Well, I went a further ahead of the point marked on the MAP and there is a whole story behind it. Maybe for another blog, this ones already a big one so far. Peace ✌️ and Love ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️