|The Gang – Sumit, Nidhi, Samridhi, Maria, Arya, Varun|
|The first time that I saw these flowers|
|The sun appeared for a short while in the evening|
|Nobody could get enough of these flowers|
|6 am moon|
We didn’t leave before 8:30 am. Time was wasted in a lot of slow prep and some more slow prep. I was already at 60 per cent lung capacity and my nose was leaking. The first ten steps were hard. I knew I had to walk slow, concentrate on the breathing, and just focus on not giving up. The leg held up rather well. We had a clear track to walk on for only the first 300 metres or so. After that the snow cover kept getting heavier. We trudged along. Varun helped me climb quite a bit. I saw some other group of guys give up midway. That gave me a strangely good feeling about myself. And the strategy of not letting the mind think that the body is tired always works. Yes, I have selective control over my mind. After all, I had myself to beat at the challenge. With many a stops and a terrible cramp in a toe, it took 3.5 hours to reach Tungnath. I, technically, stopped a few steps before the temple. The highest of all the Kedars. I had little energy left and I was concerned about making it back to Chopta. A part of me was extremely disappointed when I admitted to myself that I would not be able to do the Chandrashila stretch. That is what I was aiming for. I even unrealistically believed that if I did not have to come down the same day, I could have managed to go all the way. But that was just me imagining things. And so I stopped. Others reiterated that it was still an accomplishment. I believed them. Finally nobody could go up because heavy clouds started approaching us. It was too late to begin climbing Chandrashila. One should leave at 5:30 am for that.
|The only meadow|
|Goofy was scared of me 🙂|
|Maria got cold feet (not) 😛|
|During one of the many stops to catch a breath|
|It was tiring, but I was happy 🙂|
|This first-timer was the underdog. Climbed quietly and steadily!|
|When they took a short cut and went from last position to first position|
|I sat holding my cramped toe, and she got a stranger to click her picture from my camera|
You see, we all had an agenda. 😛
|When he didn’t pose|
|When I admitted I was losing energy|
|All of us. Varun clicked|
|The view from where I stopped|
|With the friendly couple we met on the way back|
|The sisters! 😀|
It started raining (with hail) while we were still on our way back but this time I didn’t feel a thing. Had finally warmed up. 🙂
So, I don’t know if I completed the challenge (selective judgment), but I certainly feel good. It was the bravest thing I ever did. We were on the edge the whole time. The experience was so unreal that I cannot believe I was actually there three days ago. I don’t even know if I can do it again.
|From the balcony|
|While someone else was puking 😛|
Next morning we left early so that we could at least make use of having Rishikesh on the way. Five of us went rafting. I have done it before, but I was still a little scared. Apparently the Ganges was kind to us, but all I know is that I managed this one smoothly too. 😀
The drive back to Delhi was an expected nightmare. Reached home only by 11 pm. The skin was burnt, the head was spinning, muscles were aching, but the sense of having done 13000 feet was overwhelming. Still is.
9 thoughts on “And So I Went!”
Awesome!!!! Sounds like a super trip I say…hope you had loads of fun…the pictures needless to say I'm sure will be killer…You should totally plan a higher altitude now :DDDD
Wow. Bledy. Wow.Like I said, very proud of you having done this. I can only imagine how scary the descent was!Can almost feel the crisp, cold air resonating through the pictures.Bohat khoob, Bhardwaj – agle saal Ladakh jaoge toh main bhi aaungi 🙂
Ranjan, Yes, will plan soon. Thanks.Priyam, 🙂 I am proud too. : DLadakh, let's see how that goes.
I was getting a sense of deja vu just reading this post. This trek IMHO is one of the nicest one dayers there is, thanks mostly to the snow this time of the year.I am glad that you could do this adventure. Nice snaps, especially the hut and snow ones. Good luck for Ladakh – must do it once at least.
Subhadip,Completely agree! The snow made it so much more fun! :)Glad you like some pictures. Ladakh, yes, have to!
Awesome post & clicks (loved each click of ur post)…Also, read couple of your other posts as well. Your travels are very inspiring and i am thinking of removing the traveller from my handle 🙂
deejthtraveller,Thank you for visiting and for the kind words. :)Do not drop the traveller, keep wandering! 🙂
🙂 beautiful pictures.Richa,you must go back at least once again..but during monsoons.The place is HEAVEN especially Chandrashilla peak…sigh!the route from Tungnath to Chandrashilla is breath-taking during monsoons :)Also, when you go, you really have to go to Deoriataal(it is very close to Chopta/Tungnath). It is beautifulllll 🙂 – Swati Seth
and of course, we gonna have a blast in Ladakh :))