Day 2: Seema Village to Har-Ki-Dun (You are currently reading this.)
Day 3: A day in Har-Ki-Dun
Day 4: Har-ki-Dun to Seema Village and Visit to Osla
Day 5: Seema Village to Sankri and Return Journey
Part 2 Begins
" Michael Jordan was once rejected to participate in the varsity basketball team as he wasn't good enough. So what did he do? He used this rejection as a motivation; practised harder, played with a great purpose and phenomenal intent and became one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game. Therefore there is a lot to be learnt from your failures. So please don't get disheartened for missing this trek. You can still be wonderful trekkers if you take this setback to improve your fitness and stamina". These were my parting words to few of the group members who were utterly exhausted and sick to continue with the remaining trek.
There was a rule set for the trek. Local leaders were supposed to guide the way and Yuvashakti's leader, Tejas was supposed to walk behind the group and clear instructions were given that no member would trek ahead of the local trek leaders and nobody would remain behind Yuvashati's Trek Leader.
Overhanging bridge across the river caught our attention as soon as we crossed Seema village.
After crossing the bridge, there was a steep slope and we had to gain some altitude right at the start.
As I was doing the photography, I was lagging behind with Tejas - Yuvashakti's Trek Leader and Partha, one of our group members. As the slope was steep and Partha was hiking very slowly, I decided to part their company and hike further.
Soon, I came across a small bridge where other trek mates had already reached and were resting. As I came to a small bridge, I saw Partha returning back as he was feeling pain in the chest. As it was just start of the hike, he decided not to take any risk and decided to join back group members staying back. So eventually count of members staying back was increased to 7.
Seema village started looking tiny as we gained the
altitude. Tiny houses on the backdrop of towering mountains provided picturesque
setting. During our trail, there was a valley on our right side and mountains
on the right side. We crossed few
bridges and suddenly, we were right in front of the spectacular view of a
really huge waterfall cascading down the mountain in front of us. Look of this
giant waterfall made us glued to the scene for a long time.
I made them stand on the rock and clicked other photo with a different background.
I: "Vijay, have you conquered this peak?"
I don't know when I would be spending a month in this area but this conversation will linger in my mind and hopefully I would take out a month of my life to wander in this part of region.
Black Peak (Kalanag):
Blue sky with dispersed crowds and snow peaks provided the wonderful combination for the photography.
Team negotiating one of the climbs:
There came a stage when I was hiking alone for about 45 minutes as members ahead were far too ahead and members behind were too behind. As the trail was distinct, I started marching ahead. I had consumed all the water and there was no water stream in sight. I was feeling thirsty and was desperate to find the water source and I was delighted to see a local guy coming from the opposite direction. I enquired him about the water availability ahead and he offered me water from his bottle. Feeling refreshed, I thanked the guy and marched ahead.
A small wooden bridge crossing the stream:
Few members had already reached to the camp-site and resting inside. As there was no electricity and therefore no heaters inside the camp, it was already cold when we arrived. We felt warm only when hot tea was served to us. As it was drizzling outside and our legs were tired, we just perched on the beds waiting for others to arrive. Once all the members were in, rooms were allocated. A large dormitory was allocated to boys and a small dormitory was allocated to girls.
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