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After the trip to Himalayas, among other things, one thing I definitely learnt is to not look at mobile to keep track of time. I remember we hardly looked at time and went along the day with the activities without any time limits. It felt really nice.

That’s when I realized I could obviously find time everyday to get back to my hobby of reading books. Afterall all of us have enough time if we wish to makeΒ it. So, decided not to look at time to go to bed, get hold of that book which I stopped reading some months back and get back to the blissful mode of enjoying the book πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

You should also get back to your hobbies which you kept aside due to lack of time…

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Experience of life time-The Himalayan trek- the highs (days 3&4)

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Day 3:

The next day mrng v woke up to d voices of ppl wide awake wid lot of energy.. V came out of tent, kept our gloves,socks, shoes fr drying in d sun nd took a cupl of pics..tht was wen v realized wat a beautiful view we had frm our tent-beautiful snow mountain right infront of us..

Then Dinesh bhaiya frm the other camp came nd called us to join them..3 of us stood ther scared about hw v r gng to cover d trek of two days on a single day, hw d new group is gng to be..it was a bunch of 30 ppl all frm tamilnadu, speaking to each other in tamil, which v felt they wer talking about us..

Rashish, the TL introduced us to d group nd said dat “it is quite ok to discontinue if health doesnt permit..mountains will always b ther but v hafto b alive to come back again to them”..really felt gud hearing tht..

Then v started d trek with Rick (ATL) leading us…pratyu almost fell in d first river crossing…v thot she wud get demotivated, but somehow she was among d leading group after tht…slowly I started d ascent losing breath again on d way..as I sat down to catch breath,rashish asked me if I was OK..I told tht I hav problems wid breathing during ascent and he said “it is normal fr some ppl to feel tht way..u shud take rest nd join when fine”…As I started back, Shama bhaiya was ther accompanying us…it was mostly descent and I was doing fine…on d way some ppl frm d grp chatted along introducing themselves and it was good…at one point when I was trying to jump down a stone holding another stone, Rick said “u must belive in yourself…u can jump down without any support easily..just giv a try”…and I was able to do it!! I remembered those words throughout d trek nd felt more positive nd confident..

I wished I cud hear such motivating words on d way to hampta..when self motivation is low, every one needs some bit of external motivation…I felt really good, confident and high spirited wid this new group πŸ™‚ …for some part of d trek I was in d leading group being led by Dinesh bhaiya…Dinesh bhaiya is just awesome!! We chatted with him while v went ahead and whenever ther was a tricky jump, he used to say “daro mat..dar ke aage jeet hein”…nd I wud say “bhaiya mountain dew nai hein na..tho darr lagega hi”…to which he replied “yaha ka pani piya hein na..woh mountain dew se better hein ” πŸ™‚ …

Then again ther was ascent nd I stopped to catch breath nd sravs was behind me..then v slowly set to walk nd saw tht whole grp siting ther waiting fr rest of us..v sat down and one of them gav some stuff to eat..then as v moved ahead, v saw our first glacier stretch..however ther was no river at the end of it..it was only snow all around…v carefully moved ahead using our heels as instructed and shama bhaiya was ther to support us when needed..towards the end of d stretch I was slipping a bit in d snow..so I asked Dinesh bhaiya if I cud just sit down and slide and he said “haan, kyu nahi”… I slided thru d snow nd it was fun !!! Β Then Rick asked if I wanted to slide more, he asked me to hold his ice axe nd v went running up on the snow mountain…there he asked to hold his axe and lie on my back and he went down hill running and I was sliding thru d snow, it was soooo much fun…cupl of others also did snow sliding..I realized I started enjoyind the trek now and have happy memories to carry forward…

Then v moved ahead crossing rocks nd tracks nd rechd a point again wher group was waiting for d rest..v sat there, did some chatting, we talked to some trekkers going towards hampta, wished them luck and cheered them..then we started again on the trek and soon after sravs fell down a rock nd twisted her ankle…

Rick and 4 other fello trkkers stopped to take care..pratyu was asked to go ahead and not wait as her shoes were wet..4 ppl were doctors there, one of them asked for a bandage and got volini nd bandage…one of them tied bandage and another gave her tablet…It felt so nice to see them staying back with us to take care..

Sravs was accompanied by Shama bhaiya who made sure she was doing fine…I was moving ahead on my own chatting wid other trekkers on d way,feeling more confident…there was one uncle 50+ Doing d trek, and it great that he was accompanied by someone frm indiahikes all d time…It was very inspiring to see him…Then the fun part started when me and sravs were totally exhausted nd started taking long breaks..we were almost the last ones..Rick stayed back waiting for us patiently nd helping sravs to walk with her injury..v chatted on d way, came to knw he is frm kolkatta nd learnt cupl of bengali lines frm him..whenever v crossed some tricky part, he appreciated nd I felt even more positive..sravs was totally hungry nd was behaving so funnily, it was hilarious watching Rick trying to get her complete d trek πŸ™‚ …sravs made my trek back even more fun

Finally v rechd the camp site in Jobra which was very beautiful with greenery around..v just lied down on d grass there even before going to the tents..there was orange juice,pineapple juice, watermelon nd hot chowmein waiting for us…v ate our heart full,chatting with rashish nd others nd njoing the beauty of nature…never felt so much better nd positive

We got to the tent,setup things nd had a short nap..then everyone were called out fr dinner and camp fire…the dinner was tasty rajma chawal nd some kullu special curry…it was awesome…dinesh bhaiya chatted while v had dinner nd then camp fire started…

evwryone got around dancing for peppy tamil numbers…I joined the group too nd v danced fr some bollywood numbers also..then the bhaiyas taught us some traditional himachal dance with d song…it was fun till late night…then I went to get drinking water nd chatted with the bhaiya who cooked fr us..all of them were soo sweet nd friendly.. Then had a good happy sleep…

Day 4:

Woke up at 5 itself all fresh nd happy!!! Came out of camp nd chatted with bhaiyas while having nice hot black tea…chatted with the others for sometime..3 of us sat on d stone having our breakfast nd reflecting on last cupl of days..then we packed our sleeping bags nd were out for a quick get together of d group…v clicked pics wid everyone,all bhaiyas nd TLs nd group nd set for our trip back to base where jeeps are waiting..

While we got on the jeep I realized how different last few days were…inspite of d complaints nd difficulties, it was something new I tried for d first time…away from d world,internet, phone calls…just me and nature…bonding with strangers, some bitter-sweet memories…in the end its an awesome experience…no regrets, all happies in d end

Recommend everyone to try it out…prepare yourself with cardio nd proper excercise to be fit enough..not only physically but mentally strong too πŸ™‚

nature is caring,nurturing and beautiful but wild too…It was awesome to stay close to nature for few days away from the din and bustle and mad run fr jobs nd deadlines of city life
To end this post I would like to quote Sravs…as we sat on the rock on the last day eating our breakfast, she looks at the sky and says this –

“nature is beautiful…but it is wild and powerful at d same time ”

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Experience of life time-the Himalayan trek – the lows (day 1&2)

     
 My first ever trek/hike…it was an amazing experience..mixture of emotions, highs nd lows, lot of learnings,lot of revelations nd finally a new perspective to life..life is all about appreciating little things !!!

Warning: this post will be long as it is more of self documentation as I do not want to miss any moment of ths experience …So readers, read it at ur own risk :p

There are 4 days to this trek nd I call d first two days as lows nd the next two days as highs, as u will knw once u read thru…

The journey starts frm manali…v wer all set wid hiking shoes,trek pole, jackets, ponchos etc etc..ther was a gathering fr all d trekkers at rambaugh circle..I was sitting there a bit excited, a bit worried if i wil b able to bear d cold weather, if I wil b able to do d trek, scanning d crowd fr ppl like me..since my gang (6 of us) was also ther, v got busy chatting nd analyzing d crowd :p ..

Day1:

We were driven in jeeps to jobra from wher the trek is suposed to start…On the way ther was a small trail wher jeeps dint go and we were asked to walk with our luggage..me,prat nd sravs hav packed two quite heavy back packs…carrying one of them,wid my day pack, i was almost breathless half of d way itself…tht was like a trailer of the trek for me…I was not able to catch my breath nd was getting scared..i dropped d backpack and just sat ther..ther were others passing by asking “tired already!! This is just d beginning”…most of them wer able to move ahead easily along wid luggage..tht made me demotivated nd doubtful about myself..

While we waited fr jeeps to come back, All of us wer introducing each other..ther wer quite some passionate trekkers whch intimidated me and at d same time amazed me..I told myself since I wont b carrying back pack, it might get better…I tried nd got back d enthu…while v wer gng in d jeep, v had a good time singing songs at d top of our voice

We reached d base wher v shud start d trek..us gals in d group started looking fr a place to pee before the trek starts :p (c’mon its quite natural)…while v stood gaurd fr each other nd came back, food was already getting distributed..me nd sravs wer d last to reach nd by d time v cud eat, the TL announced tht v hafto start d trek…the excitement to start nd d fear of being left behind made me leave d food nd start immediately…initially it felt good when I realized I was able to walk on d narrow path on d side of d mountain (having no prior experience).. The mountains wer beautiful wid lush green vegetation (pine nd birch forests) all around..I was able to move with the group, moving step by step..My biggest thanks to my trek pole nd shoes..I realized I can trust these more than I know..however narrow nd steep d trail was, I was able to have a grip nd trek pole was ther for support..being a beginner, this was fascinating fr me..

Then v rechd a river crossing on a log bridge, which was hell scary nd exciting fr d first time..There was river flowing in all its glory below d bridge nd d bridge was nothing but couple of logs placed next to each other with nothing on d side..u hafto balance urself to cross…Thankfully ther was Ravi bhaiyya who held our hand nd helped us cross d bridge safely..

Then v reached a beautiful meadow wid tiny flowers, greenery around nd view of d snow covered mountains..it was a bit uphill nd thtz when I realized I was getting breathless fr almost every five mins…thankfully sravs was wid me everytime I stop for a break..the TL wud say it is ok to get breathless, v shud not sit nd keep moving.. But I was feeling scared, as my heart was racing fast nd was difficult to catch breath..I motivated myself nd moved ahead taking enuf breaks every time ..it was a bit demotivating wen I saw ppl moving ahead, ofcours ther wer ppl behind me also…but ther was none wid me…Tht was wen I realized tht “each of us hafto walk alone in our journey..no one will stop nd wait for us”…philosophy of life learnt in dis trek πŸ™‚ :p

With great difficulty v rechd d camp at Chika….I was all down, but forced some enthu nd hope in me..after all it was d first camping of my life..camping in tents at almost 10,000ft above sea level was amazing.v had hot chai and got back into our tent..3 of us in d tent started sharing our experiences nd how scared v were..ther was dinner at 7:30 nd it got pretty chilly outside..v had our food nd got into our sleeping bags nd slept warm nd cosy…another thng tht I can never forget is d tibetan toilets πŸ™‚ (u can google it for more info)

Day 2:

Next day mrng sun rays woke me up at 5:30 itself…but I was feeling tired nd lazy to get out of d sleeping bag…TL announced tht breakfast is ready by 7:30 nd v hafto start fr d trek by 8:30…Another major task was brushing teeth wid the ice cold water..I was a bit scared as today’s trek was supposed to b fr 6 hours and to a higher altitude.. If I was not able to do fr 3 hours previous day, will I b able to trek fr 6 hrs, was d question. But me nd sravs decided tht v will treat ths as d last day of d trek nd give our best…By d time v finished packing d sleeping bags nd our back packs, the TL was announcing all of us to get around nd get ready…

The trek started frm chika…it was all ascent and I was facing difficulty catching my breath…ther were mixed thougts in my mind.. At times, I was thinking tht I shud not give up nd push myself..after almost an hour…I was all exhausted, demotivated nd almost on d verge of crying…everytime I sat down to catch my breath, I felt down, depressed…I felt alone and der was none nowhere around…when ppl stopped fr d quick lunch break, looking at all d enthusiastic ppl njoining d trek I felt I was in d wrong place…trekking was not my cup of tea…now all I have to do is to get out alive..I thought I would never go to any trek in my life again..whenever TL told me to keep moving as I sat down to catch breath, I felt angry at him nd felt like saying “will u b responsible if something happens to me…no right!! U already hav a disclaimer signed by us…so let me keep myself alive” …I know it sounds a bit exaggerated and dramatic, but wat to do, thtz how I felt tht time :p

We set again walking,climbing rocks with my regular breaks…then v rechd a glacier, a steep stretch of snow with a river wid chilled water below it…as expected d snow is slippery nd one wrong step wud make u fall in d river…all of us were damn scared…initially our ATL made some tracks nd asked us to follow..but it was difficult to hold our foot in d snow.upon tht our ATL says tht ‘if v slip nd fall in d river, v will instantly die of hypothermia…ther r diff types of hypothermia-pulmonary nd nervous..it wil b lyk d Titanic mvie..blah blah’…all ths was not necesary at tht moment nd it scared us more…then ravi bhaiya came to d rescue, held our hands nd made us cross it safely..

After a bit more of crossing d rocks, there came the scary river crossing. V had to remove our shoes nd cross the river on bare foot in chilling water tht comes till above d knees..the rocks were slippery, we were asked to hold hands in a chain form nd slowly cross…the water was biting cold nd the rocks were slippery, v wer slipping nd almost falling many times… By the time v were out, our feet were numb nd paining like hell, I cudnt stop my tears..I was already depressed by that time nd this made me give up hope..frm ther v started again on our jrney …ther were 2 other glacier stretches whch I crossed wid help frm bhaiya nd only the will in me to survive…then v came on a narrow track on d edge of d mountain wid nothing on d other side…one wrong step nd u fall deep down into d valley into river…by ths time i was completely weak, out of breath nd wid zero levels of motivation…I started feeling giddy, mind losing control over my steps nd was scared I might fall down any moment…tht was wen I gave up nd sat down..ppl crossed me asking me if I was alright, I will b OK etc etc…one of dem offered me water nd called d ATL…felt gud at d gesture..ATL got d TL who gav me a pill  nd asked me to rest fr cupl of mins nd come wid bhaiya..

Bhaiya waited fr me nd I was back on feet after a while mustering some strength..he held my hand and assured tht I wont fall…after this bit of attention,I felt good…we crossed another glacier while chatting wid bhaiya on d way…I felt better πŸ™‚ …on d way ther was someone else who fell sick nd bhaiya had to attend to him…I continued alone wid some forced strength in heart though my mind was giving all possible negative thoughts..then ther was a small river crossing which I almost fell nd got my shoes wet frm inside…walking became even more tough frm here…Upon tht it started raining nd had to wear d long poncho whch was coming in d way everytime I had to climb…by this time I lost all energy nd had to literally drag myself foot by foot…I dint haf d energy to talk to anyone or smile or look around nd admire d beatiful nature around us…I was walking all alone nd was feeling “wat is d point of this trek wen am not able to njoi the beautiful nature around me”… Reet joined me and tried cheering me up…but I was so energyless I cud hardly make energy to atleast smile at her…such a sweet gal!!

Finally rechd d camp site (11,000 ft) at Balu ka Ghera nd I felt relieved…I rechd our tent and got inside…all my clothes wer wet, shoes wet nd zero enthu…I realized my frends wer also in d same state…we came to knw tht hampta pass was closed due to bad weather nd next days return back on d same path v came

3 of us wer already depressed nd started feeling feverish nd I was still feeling shortness of breath due to altitude.. v came back to d tent, packed our stuff nd got to sleep hoping to get away frm all this d next day..

Thtz hw the 2nd day ended…

Note: my opinion abt the whole trek may sound a bit negative fr now, but doesnt mean it is bad…my judgement was obviously clouded by my disapointment, frustration nd bad health…But things got better in d next 2 days πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  

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little beautiful things…


I love it when your eyes smile at me…

I love it when you playfully pat on my head, when I lean on your shoulder..

I love it when u caringly kiss on my forehead..

I love it when you hold my hand while crossing the road..

I love it when you wait patiently while I get ready, and then compliment me on how I look πŸ™‚

I love it when you make me jealous when you unconsciously look at other gals ..

I love it when you hold my hand bag, while I try out a dress at the mall..

I love it when you save little things (pen u got in office or a gift u won in a game) for me..

I love it when you are next to me, while offering prayerΒ at a temple..

I love it when you compliment my cooking

I love it more when you cook for me πŸ™‚

I love it when you get angry and shout at times, when I do something stupid..

I love it when you are there to listen to me, when I am down and upset..

I love it when u show ur vulnerable side and confide in me …

I love it when I hear the same cheerful “hello”, even after a big meaningless fight the previous day..

I love it when u think of my parents and care for them the way I do..

I love it when u make my heart skip a beat every time u look into my eyes…

I love it when I know that you love me more everyday…

I love that there are many more things I can write here.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚