We started our day 1 from our Hotel Snow Crest to the trekking point. Bikat had arranged vehicle for the transportation from the hotel to the trekking point called Dhak which was 12KMS from Joshimath. As we reached Dhak, we took our backpack and set ready to begin our trek. Along with our Pangarchulla Peak Summit team, there was another team who were going for Kauri Pass trekking joined us as the trekking and base camp remained same for both of us.
Kamal quickly explained on few of the Do's and Don'ts.
And then to bring the energy in us, he did a small exercise which included our body movement as well along with our mind.
He screamed 'Pahad Kitni badi hai?' Asking how big is the mountain
And then he asked us to reply 'Itni badi hai' by making a gesture to indicate a small object with our hands.
There was another local guide Debu who joined us. He was also the head of the cooking team who prepared yummy food for us.
Dhak was located at around 8800 Feet. Day 1 Trek was from Dhak to Khullara at around 11500 feet. Before we started our day 1, Our local guide provided us with a pack of Mazza, a munch chocolate and 2 bananas. We geared up to start our trek around 9 am. The view of the mountains, lush green step farms, small water canals and the local life style, everything added to the beauty. For the first time trekker in Himalaya, this is a great start. Throughout the trek, our trek leads kept briefing us on how to trek. They explained us to take baby steps instead of long steps. When the inclination is too much, they suggested us to take a zig-zag path. By the time we stopped for lunch, trek leaders had become more of a friends. We stopped for lunch around 1:30 where Debuji (we called him Debuji respecting his age and experience) gave us 1 tasty paratha. Every one of us were sad due to only one and taste being so good.
Jeet, the other leader of Kauri pass engaged us in a game which also made the introduction of the group among themselves. The game was simple: everyone has to add an adjective to their name and the next person has to repeat all the names announced so far. He started with his own: Crazy Jeet.
By the end of the game, everyone was now aware of names of our group. Once the game was finished, we continued our trek to reach the base camp at Khullura. It was around 4PM by the time we reached base camp and every one of us were exhausted with the trek and was desperate to reach the base camp at Khullara and take some rest. Fortunately, the base camp was ready by the time we reached which saved our energy to put the tent on our own.
As soon as we reached the camp, Jeet explained us the stretches to our body starting from ankle to head. The stretching of the body was must to keep us moving without any pains on day 2.
Black tea and Pakoda were prepared by Debu and his team in the meantime and we had the delicious food.
We enjoyed the view of the beautiful mountains in the chill weather.