Har Ki Doon Trek Day-7

Har Ki Doon Trek Day-7

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Har Ki Doon Trek – Day 7 – Back to Sankri

This morning we had the breakfast of Aaloo Paranthas. We were getting ready to leave for Taluka from where we will get cabs to take us to Sankri. It will be an eleven kilometers walk and most of the time we will walk downhill. After walking for only one hour we had reached to the tea shop where we had packet lunch on the first day of trek.

There was more descent and fewer ascents which was troubling my legs. But, we had to keep walking. Today during the trek, Musician was ahead of the group. He was walking really fast. When we reached the point where two rivers were meeting, we realized that he was missing. Gajji and two other guides started searching for him. There were diversions in the route and there was a possibility of him taking the wrong road. They also considered the possibility of him reaching Taluka village as he was ahead of all of us. When they asked the local people coming from Taluka side about him they answered in negative. So the searched was focused on the diversions en-route.

After about an hour or so, one of the guides found him. He had taken a wooden bridge which was not to be crossed and kept walking further under the illusion that he was walking on the right path. But, when he saw no one coming from front and behind he stopped and returned back, during this time the guide found him.

We reached Taluka in the afternoon. There were no vehicles arrived yet to take us to Sankri. Sankri was still eleven kilometers from here but this was a flat motor route. Mountain Man and Adventurer decided to walk towards Sankri on this relaxed walk. I also followed them. In between there were streams crossing road and to prevent our shoes from getting wet, I changed in sandals and walked into the cold water. It was too cold but relaxed out feet. When we were walking further at a dense forest location, we see a civet crossing the road just ten meters ahead of us. I was walking ahead and stopped and both of them too. The civet also stopped and looked at us. This was the most beautiful animal I had seen. His fur was so clean and soft, his eyes were a mix of fear and excitement. Then he moved on and so we.

When we had covered four kilometers, we see all the other team-mates coming in vehicles behind. Many were sitting on the roof of a Bolero pick-up. We threw our bags in the back side of the vehicle and jumped in. It was fun walk and a nice ending to our trek.

This time our stay was in Hotel Swargarohini in Sankri. We collected our deposited bags from the locker room of GMVN Guest House and came to our hotel. I had a nice bath in cold water after seven days. It was refreshing. It was a feeling of coming back into the civilization. This room was shared by me and Jain.

Me, Doctor, Jain, Topper and Adventurer had a nice chat in the evening about holistic topics. I wrote the words of Henry David Thoreau from his book Walden in the diary of Topper, ‘I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to face only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived’. I was surprised that I remember it so well.

In the back side of the hotel the sun was setting and I was sitting on a chair writing this diary. It’s a beautiful view of mountains, valleys and the sunset. Sounds of children playing on front road were heard. This small village is bustling with trekkers, some going to Har Ki Doon and some to Bali pass. Our guides were already booked for the next day and were preparing for the same.

Everything feels so different this evening. I am an official trekker now and this term is addictive. It is motivating me to go for more treks and crave for wilderness. Here, I do not want to go back to my job and work like I did before. I have to try and find out the ways to make a living by travelling. I hope I do it soon.

Change

My worries have converted into happiness.

Stress transformed to become peace of mind.

Strength has overcome weakness and all the doubts are left behind.

Survival, life and nature are not alien to me anymore.

I am so close to the heart of nature than I was ever in my dreams.

Love, affection and trust in people have become absolute in humanity.

Fear is slowly fading away, leading way to courage, respect and kindness.

This change is a promise to changes more profound.

-Mon Avis

 

The evening was spent relaxing and the night partying. Next day we get up little late at 06:30 am and get ready to leave for Dehradun. The vehicles had arrived and by 08:15 am me, Mountain Man, Curator, Businessman and Jain had left Sankri.  We all chatted and enjoyed a lot. We had delicious and mouth-watering aaloo paranthas in a restaurant at Mori. We reached Dehradun by 05:30am delayed by a small accident in which no one got hurt and traffic jam between Kempty Falls and Mussorie.

Me and Businessman had enough time in Dehradun to visit a mall there. We had our dinner of donuts and sandwiches there. For Businessman whose love for fast food retail outlets and names of dishes is well evident, I will have to mention that we had a Full Loaded Veg Sandwich and a Bavarian Chocolate Donuts along with Fruit Drink and Hot Chocolate.

I cannot control the nostalgia I have developed for the life in the woods where we were so free that we could run, walk, be ourselves, laugh, talk, share, drink water or fill up our bottles from any clean stream and eat nice simple food.There were instructors to guide us, friends to support us and most important we just had to go with the flow. Now, I am missing these times and the friends I have made there. I hope we all have such a good trek and such good trek mates in our future treks as well. Respect!

Har Ki Doon Trek Day-6

Har Ki Doon Trek Day-6

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Har Ki Doon Trek – Day 6 – The Return

On sixth day, I woke up at 06:00 am late and much tired than usual may be due to a full week of physical exhaustion. Our plan was to reach our first day camp site by today itself. It will be about 15 km of descent. We started back from the camp at 08:33 am. Within one hour we had covered two kilometers. This was much faster than climbing. It is such an easy walk that we are enticed to walk fast and run but knees put a limitation here. Thus, we have to be cautious and walk slow.

We were walking down and down with few climbs. When we reach near the wheat fields we had our lunch. Mountain Man was much ahead of all of us and by this time we expected he would have reached the camp site. Then again we started walking. After walking a little distance it started raining. I took out my poncho. It was raining moderately with winds blowing. This was flapping my poncho and my clothes were getting wet. I prayed for a clear sky soon.

This time instead of crossing the big hanging bridge, we went straight and reached Osla village. We see the village temple, its houses, women weaving warm clothes and children asking for toffees and sweets. There is a BSNL satellite phone operated by a villager. Here almost every-one of us called home and informed about our health and well being. This was an emotional thing considering talking to mom and dad after a week of disconnection. I talked to my mom. I was about to called my dad, but my fingers wanted to call mom. I told her that everything is fine and I will be back to my workplace by third of June. I felt good to talk to her and it diminished all the worries about me from her mind.

At 02:00 pm we reached the campsite. Here it is relatively warm. This time the tent was not made at the same location but slightly above on the trail. The place was not congenial as there was mud and mosquitoes. Being optimistic we all enjoyed our time there as well. We will reach Sankri the next morning and it was only one night we had to spend at this location. Maggi and tea were served in the afternoon.

Most of the evening went talking with each other. I had a long chat with Jain about our forthcoming trip to HMI Darjeeling. We charted our preparation schedule and make each other buddy to follow it as per schedule. After we talked for about an hour, I went for a short walk nearby. Near some fields, I see a grinding mill which is powered by running water coming from a stream. The design seemed quite old and I believe they have been harnessing the energy from water since a long time back. I would also see a 1X20KW micro-hydro power plant near Taluka while going back which is again an example of sustainably using natural resources to generate power for human needs. In this month, the crops grown are mainly wheat and mustard. In many fields vegetables are also grown.

In the evening, we again played our favorite game near the river bank. When the camp-fire was ready we went near and on Doctor’s advice started introduction session.  It was great knowing about each other. Out of seventeen group members, fifteen were present there. Jain and Student could not attend the same. Here, I will tell what I understood from their introduction about themselves:

  1. Musician informed that he is a musician. Later during discussions I would know that he has a liberal attitude towards most of things in life.
  2. Cinderella informed that she is an investment banker, teaches slum children and a white wine connoisseur. What she did not tell but was evident from her singing is that she is also trained as a Carnatic singer.
  3. Actress was a corporate professional with Titan Industries. She left her job to become a full time theater artist in Mumbai.
  4. Banker informed that she is a banker.
  5. Teacher shared that she teaches children affected by autism.
  6. Curator identified himself as a nasty joker and a good observer. Observer in a sense that he told us all, the qualities he has observed in each one of us.
  7. Mountain Man shared the secret to his fitness which is his love for a wide variety of outdoor sports since college time.
  8. Doctor talked about his love for outdoor sports, his zeal to make his children stronger both physically and mentally. At the same time he always wants to keep them close and form an attachment.
  9. I told them about my wish to see the world and understand humanity as a universal thing which includes flora and fauna as well.
  10. Businessman on too much insistence agreed that he is married. A fact many of us did not know throughout the trek.
  11. Professor informed that he and Mary are married for last ten years.
  12. Mary shared that she and Professor are the proud parents of two daughters, one eight years old and the other four years old.
  13. Topper talked about academics and love for her father. She has completed her tenth grade to which Adventurer added that she is a class topper as well.
  14. Adventurer shared about her love for adventure, taking risks and listening heavy metal rock. She also informed that her love for adventure is because of her father who has always encouraged her to do all this weird stuff.
  15. Consultant informed that he is an e-commerce consultant. He is also a single parent and has come along with his son, Student, who is studying in ninth grade. Every year they go out for ten days and this time they selected Har Ki Dun trek.

Later, we all shared jokes and sing our favorite songs. By this time, the dinner was ready which we ate full. It was the last night of sleeping in tent and a sleeping bag.