It was 2008, my room-mate started planning a trek with his brother and brother-in-law. I was not very sure if I want to commit myself to a difficult trek like Shrikhand, so I was passively involved in his planning. Every evening Vikas had new thing to discuss – camping, tents, food, backpacks, what to pack, how to keep the luggage light, rain-suites etc. I was mostly sharing the gyan with him. After few days, I realized that plan is to do this trek during upcoming long weekend. I was tempted as I had to take only 2 extra leaves :).
This trek was planned for 3 days and we ended up taking 5 days. There is a long story behind that which is shared in this post.
This trekking experience means a lot to me. Such experiences teach you a lot and you know your friends in much better way. And at times, make good friends for life. Vikas has always been a good friend and after this trek I never had any doubts about sharing anything with him. More than that his brother Vishal and Bro-in-law Narender Jijaji are good friends. Those 5 days in hills really changed my perspective. Each of us went through various emotional stages during the trek and others were there to support. Some of us with down physically at different times and our parents were not there to take care of us. All these ups and downs in 5 days brought us close. I clearly remember, I was least interested in planning things for this trek. All planning, shopping, travel arrangements, finding porter, what to eat was decided and arranged by these folks.
While writing this I finding it hard to pen down those emotions :). Btw, none of us took bath for 4 days on the trek and frankly we didn’t even feel like it. Everyday rains used to wash our bodies and cloths and the chill made us more comfortable in 4 layers of cloths. I clearly remember the last day when we came down to the base and 3 of us took a dip in chilled water of a stream coming out of one of the glaciers.
All photographs here are those which I never wanted to share publicly :) . They my not be very inspiring but that was true experience and that’s how we used to look 8 years back :)
I would request you to follow these things when traveling -
- Manage your waste well and don’t litter
- Use dustbins. Tell us if you went to a place and found it hard to locate a dustbin.
- Avoid bottle waters in hills. Usually you get clean water in hills and water bottles create lot of mess in our ecosystem.
- Say big no to plastic and avoid those unhealthy snacks packed in plastic bags. Rather buy fruits.
- Don't play loud blaring music in forests of jungle camps. You are a guest in that ecosystem and disturbing the locals (humans and animals) is not polite