Travelling – It leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller.
One of the most clichéd quotes on travelling right? But it is true! It does that to me and I am sure a lot of others would agree with it too. But a lot of times we don’t get to hear those stories because a lot of people don’t really write or speak much about it. When I started this blog it was to share my travel stories and to inspire others to share theirs. One such moment has come today! A friend of my brother is a trek junkie and after completing many Sahyadri treks, he has recently started his Himalayan adventures and today is sharing his most recent trek experience on my blog!!
The Experience –
shaken due to the cloudburst news some days back, and nervous of meeting and trekking
with twenty something new faces, I met my trek team at Kathgodam station and
started our journey to the base camp at Lohajung. Little did we know that this
ten hours’ drive would give us the taste of the first adventure of our trip. Hardly
half way through the journey, I heard a faint rumble and soon our car stopped.
Landslide – extremely common in the region but to see the road gone completely
and mud and trees reclaiming the path ahead of us was a jolt to reality – the might
of the Himalayas. Traffic and our driver’s urge to have a cigarette saved us in
a way and we took a detour to reach Lohajung with a two-hour delay. Day one was
just about getting acclimatized to the surroundings. The actual trek began on
|We knew it will be anything but easy|
Next morning, we left for our next campsite-Bedni Bugyal. Soon, the forest began to thin down. On the way, we were told stories about how the place got its name. Bugyal basically means meadow. It is said the Vedas were written over there near a small pond called Bedni Kund. Hence the name Bedni(Vedni) Bugyal. And guess what - it is Asia’s largest meadow! This day was comparatively easier than the previous day due to the gentle ascent. It took me a while to soak it all in. We sat there on the lush green grass of the meadow, admiring one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed. The clouds parted and it seemed like we were looking through a portal into heaven. But that wasn’t possible, because we felt like we were already there. Bedni Bugyal was even more beautiful than I had seen in the photos. The meadow and the sunset connected all of us (trekkers) to nature but more importantly to ourselves and to each other as well. Our mutual love for trekking and nature, and those hours of walking somehow was taking away the ‘strangeness’ of those new faces.
Next day, the trek got difficult. There was
fog almost everywhere our trek guides (of Indiahikes – they are awesome by the
way) anticipated rainfall but we got lucky and reached Ghora(Horse) Lotani(return)
– a place after which horses don’t go ahead - pretty much on time. And this
marked the end of the greens and start of the rocky territory. High Altitude
was here, and this was where our will power would be tested. Steep valley on
one side and mountain on the other and fog around – pretty much like movies.
With a lot of caution, we managed to reach our next campsite – Pathar Nachauni
before lunchtime. Due to the windy, foggy weather and tiredness of the group
the day’s trek ended here and we had the local special momos to celebrate the
completion of half our trek that day! Okay, maybe it is not of much importance
but I loved the momos.
|Waking up to this!|
|We just didnt want to stop|
|Clear waters of the small glacial lake - Roopkund. Yes this is the lake!|
|Happiness is here|
Have you been to a trip that has turned you into a storyteller? Let me know in the comments below.
|One last campsite|
About the Writer -
Shardul Prabhu is a second year student of chemical engineering at Thadomal Sahani College of Engineering, Bandra, Mumbai. His love for mountains has taken him on several local treks in Sahyadris and two Himalayan treks so far. (Brighu lake before Roopkund) He says ‘Trekking has made me realize that it is only when you go to the mountains, you realize how small you are in front of nature.’ Though not a blogger, he chose to share his experience at Roopkund because it was so different from the other treks he had done and because he wanted to express his gratitude toward Indiahikes staff.
|That sense of achievement|