You know what is the best thing I like about Himalayan trek? It is the waking hours. All your best efforts are required to move your ass out of the coziness of the sleeping bag and in a bent motion come out of your tent. But the moment you crane your neck out, the beauty and the bliss of the Himalayan range appears as if to remind you that you are truly in heaven.360 degree panoramic view of mountains, lovely Pine trees,Cool pleasant weather.
|Lush green meadows|
This morning magic is coupled with the musical rhythm of the flowing river (as mostly the campsites are along the flowing rivers,streams or lakes.) and for the trekker like me the next best thing is to see the steaming kettle of tea sitting pretty in the middle of campsite and me enjoying the bliss of hot cup of tea
|Waiting for the streaming tea to come out of that Kitchen Tent|
Crash #$#%#* Puure Dream sequence ki phir se lag gayi , Pucho kyo because Bhaiyo woh chai pilane koi Ramu kaka nahi aane wale, Khud ko koshish karni hai, Yes to drink that tea I have to first take my cup wash it in the flowing river or the stored chilled water , Imagine the effect of thermal shock( I learnt this word from Amit). So the next thing is to brave the thermal shock of chilled water so as to fire up the intestinal furnace. Well thats how the day started for me today.
|Oouch !! Bahut hi thanda hai pani|
|First Day First show ka commotion|
|Aa Dekhe Zaara, All set for Trek|
|Trek starts with the gentle incline|
Its a common experience that whenever you start trek you are bumbling with energy , Always ready to give a pose perhaps I too was charged up so Ek pose toh banta hai bhai
Abhi pose maar ke hua nahi tha that I realised that the climb won't be so easy after all , what with the blazing sun above. Kashmir aur garmi, Hota hai Jaani , chote chote shehero me badi badi baate ho jati hai.
|Famous switch back of himalayan treks|
Sweating in this sultry heat with the load of my bag and yet to keep a smiling face for the camera is a task.But like true warrior, On goes the brigade!. The first hour was through various Switch backs sometimes walking through the open meadows and some times through the tree shades.
|Kabhi dhoop ,Kabhi Shade|
|Madhav and Vartika had good time encouraging each other|
This uphill kept going for an hour and half. Each one of us were trying to negotiate in our own way. Huffing , Panting but all the while keeping each other in good spirit. As far as I was concerned I skipped some switch back taking short cuts.
|Everyone negotiating the climb in their own way|
|Iconic tree just before the Shekhdur Camp|
By the time we reached Shekdur , I was like Bas karo yaar , Tent idhar hi laga do,Chala ,Chala ke maar dala, Ab kya bache ki jaan loge kya ,
|Bas karo Yaar, Ab bache ki jaan loge kya|
Arre kambakto 3000 feet chada dala, woh bhi pahele din. Meri toh chodo I felt almost everyone crashed out. I still remember the expression on Santosh's face which seems to say kahan marwa diya. He just covered his face with the cap and went for a nap
|Vartika and me sharing some lighter moments at Shekdur|
Meri shaitani Khopdi me phir ek khayal aaya and in the tradition of Om shanti om
" Ek chutki sindoor ki kimat tum kya jano , Ramesh Babu ..
Mera dialogue tha "Ek chuski chai ki kimat in Pahado me tum kya jano Ramesh Babu.
|View of Shekdur|
|Gentle incline towards the forest after Shekdur|
|Shepherd homes en-route|
|Walk through the forest|
|Sunlight playing hide and seek|
|This was a wow moment for me|
|My first experience at watching a pass|
|That was the view when I looked back|
We all rested here and decided to have our lunch here,( we were given packed lunch of Roti and Aloo bhaji). River offered us a good opportunity to freshen up and feel rejuvenated .
|Time to recharge our cells|
|Walking along the river on rocky trail|
|Yo ! Its s(h)nowtime now|
|I simply love walking on the snow.|
|Abbe yeh kahan aa gaya mai..... moment for me|
|At last'........Nichanai Camp site|
Nichnai camp site is again very pictureque, enveloped within mountains, with one side staring at the valley and usual river flowing along
As soon as we reached Nachnai Camp, I ensured that we had a good round of stretching,Amit,Santosh, Rupinderji,and her 2 daughters, Rajesh,chinmay all joined in and it was fun. However the best part here was the circular massaging that we did with each one sitting behind the other and massaging the shoulder of the person ahead.Here a funny incident happened, as my shoulder was paining a lot due to the weight of the bag pack so Santosh was giving me shoulder massage, The pleasure of massage was so good that I was moaning in ecstasy without realising the same and the next moment I heard Santosh admonishing me " Oye Dirty Picture style sound effect bund kar, Public dekhegi toh kya sochegi " I thought "kya sochagi, bolgi Shantaben"(Refer to Kal ho na ho movie agar nahi samja)
|Evening shoot of Nichanai|
|Beauty all around|
|Starry Nights at Nichanai Campsite|
Amit who knows little bit of stars explained to me , we had a brief chat out in the open, amit and me don't often meet or trek together but I have seen that our chemistry works, what I like about him his co-operative nature, sometimes I feel blessed to have him my tent mate,( I hope Amit yeh padkar bole nahi abbe ab rulayaga ka ), Honestly I enjoyed this night under the stars and soon retired back to the tent knowing very well that tomorrow another challenging day awaits us.
|Kal ki kal dekhte hai, Chalo Aaj ke liye |
Good Night !!
In case if you missed on Day 1 given below is the link
Kashmir Great Lakes :Day 1