By the time we checked-out from our hotel and hurried towards the SBI ATM at Mall road, the meeting point assigned to us, we were already late by more than a couple of hours and almost all other trekkers of our group and another have already left save for four others and us. Soon we were on our way to Jobra taking exciting switchbacks with 39 hairpin bends. With each turn, even though all of them were in shambles, the views seemed to get better and better.
Snow-covered peaks on the right across the valley below, Deodars, Oaks and Maple trees standing tall on the slopes, apple-laden trees on both sides of the road, a small Himachali house on the slope of the hill below us, standing all alone and by itself.
The actual trek starts from Jobra which is at an altitude of 9800 ft, some 3100 ft higher than Manali. Jobra is the place where you handover your bags to the porters if you do not wish to carry them yourself. We had decided one bag to be given to the porters so I left my big back-pack there and picked-up the other one myself while Ruchi carried the camera bag.
I had heard and read about this trek being a very beautiful and that is what I was witnessing all around, right at the start of it. As soon as we started walking we found ourselves in the company of very tall trees some even more than 100 feets in height! The muck below our feet did not bother us at all for that was made up by the views of the tall mountains and the beautiful clouds hovering on top of them on the other side and the lush green valley below.
The first day according to me has one of the most all round beautiful views if not the best in the entire trek. The beautiful Rani river, the virgin greenery all around and the playful clouds make the entire view nothing short of heavenly.
Soon after we began the walk we were crossing our first wooden bridge over a pahadi nadi (mountain river). Even though small, it was sort of rickety which, coupled with the roaring river made it all the more exciting.
Okay, let me confess one thing before I proceed any further. Within the first five-ten minutes of walking up in the dense woods I started to have serious doubts about being successfully able to complete the first day of the trek, forget about completing the entire trek. Even though I was walking at a very relaxed pace, I felt I was panting badly (which I was not actually). I started questioning my self. Was the preparation I had done for the trek not enough? Should I have done more? Should I have not tried to be a hero and must have left both the bags for the ponies to carry. Over the next half an hour however, all these apprehensions faded away and I found myself maintaining a good pace and almost at the front of the group 🙂 !!.
By the end of today, we had a lot of people whose shoulders and backs were badly sore and they decided to off-load their bags on the ponies from the next day onwards. This according to me was a really good decision because, I believe you come to a trek to enjoy and experience and not somehow just make to the other end. If you are not fully confident about carrying your bac-pack on your own, don’t. There’s no need for that. For me, I was feeling just fine with my backpack 🙂 .
We had some wonderful chit-chat session with our team-mates over hot tea followed by steaming rounds of soup and then an heavenly dinner!
Disclaimer: I was hosted on this trek by Renok Adventures but the views as always, are mine.
Have you been to any Himalayan trek, how has your experience been? Would you like to go on one?
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