We start tbe day around 830-845 about 30-45mins late. the callout for the day was 6-7-8 i e 6am wakeup and black tea along with pulse and BP check by the trek leader (karan), 7am bfast and 8am start of the trail. This apparently shall be a morning ritual for all Trek's. The trail from IH basecamp in Sankri to Juda-ka-Talab is about 3kms out of which only 500mtrs are on the plains in the begining and the rest a straight climbup. In summary, its walking huge steps of 2.5kms which takes around 4-5hrs. Man, I think every 100steps i was thinking if I should do this. Whatever you trained befofe the trek was of no use given the steep climb (gradual as per trek leader 🤣). I'm around 83kgs with a bagpack of about 10kgs - thats like a body weight of 90+ kgs of lump going against gravity. I honestly struggled - there was an option to off-load your bagpack on a mule at a cost, but my man-ego combined with the "if others can, why cant I" thing I decided against it - my only hope at every 100feet was that there should be atleast few steps of plains but GHANTA, there isnt any - there was other things as well that kept me going - 4 children in tbe group of 19 - youngest ones been Risha (10), Dhruv (10), Advait(10) and Siddhant (12) and a 55yr old man.
Reached the first campsite after a few hours and what a pleasant spot it was - greenery, mules grazing, clear skies, pine trees in the back drop with orange/maroon colored leaves - and the chai and bund-omlette - ohh man, that was something - had 2 cups of tea, fully reacharged with thighs and shoulders in pain already.
Well then something disastrous happened which never left us for the entire trek 😡- it started drizzling - at first we thought it wont last long buy man it never stopped at all! got our poncho's out and covered ourselves and our bagpacks
moving on we reached the first campsite at around 1400hrs totally drenched in heavy rains - the campsite though beautiful was already coveered with mud and slush and the rains still on - cant express in words the joy and releif I had - the campsite read some 9000ft - couldnt beleive I walked that path - was dying to get into the tents and get inside the yellow sleeping bags - lunch was served which tasted just awesome. IH scores very high on their cooks - even the dal-chawal tasted out of theworld and the dessert they served was 😍 - I took a well deserved nap post lunch - some people chose to play games in the dining hall but all I wanted was to rest my body - its still raining btw - met for chai and snacks around 5 and we played differnt games post that - dinnner was served at around 730 - by this time it became more chilly due to rains - hurted when we were asked to wash our own lunch boxes with that freezing cold water from the drums - retired back in the tents around 830-9 - water started to accumulate and seep in on the edges by then - 3 of us shared a tent - less space but manageable - we trekkers and not tourist - it rained through the night