Ok, I know im a little late… I wanted to get to my blog right after my trek! But trekking after 4 years, that too with bare minimum physical activity…. took a toll on me! :P Anyway… better late than never! TrekTales, here I come! ;)
Ahh… preparing for the trek: I overacted like i was travelling to some village with no idea when i was gonna be back! lol :P
I loaded my backpack with almost all things to the to-do list provided: including 2 litres of water, lunch, windcheater blah blah blah… which left me with sore shoulders before the trek even started. he he he! So…we land up at the trek site; elated and thrilled to see a beautiful, enormous mountain hidden behind thick clouds awaiting our ascent!
PS: i did not check the endurance or difficulty level of the trek before setting out to conquer Chanderi. What was the nature of the trek? of course, dramatic life that mine is: it was a medium to difficult level trek.
And since I hadnt trekked in ages… that seemed ok for me. Started a mini trek searching for a secluded place to answer nature’s call :P Next up: crossing a dam… damn, this wasnt difficult at all! As the trek began… we got a clear view of the giant we were gonna climb! As we walked uphill, I was already panting! *I definitely wasnt thanking the 70 kilos I had on me…not forgetting my baggage which felt like another 30 kgs*
My ordeal had begun… no sooner than I walked a small distance, I was convinced I could not go through it! :P Then came the easy part….trekking through a waterfall! Wow! Pure bliss! Also it made the climb easier and a whole lotta fun! Kept refreshing myself with the crystal clear aqua that mother nature offered. Then we had to proceed on to the rocks…. the climb was for about 4 hours and i thought I would die, if it wasn’t for Manoj or Niraj…truly Trek Mates! ;)
Amidst catches, sprains and a whole lotta relispray…not to forget insect bites, pricks, slipping and falling into the slush… banging against huge rocks, coming sliding down using my ass as a cushion, getting mighty scared of heights as we neared the peak, i managed to make it to the top in one piece!
The descent was easier… refreshing and relaxing as we came down via the waterfalls. I was dead tired..but it was all worth it! And again… I was helped by Abhishek & Sachin! :)
Chanderi was pure bliss. And that’s where the trekking bug had bitten me! 2 weeks later, I was back for more!
Stay tuned for the next trek tale! Wohooooo! :)
Even though its been quite a while now since I have trekked, all the memories attached to my previous adventures are as vivid as ever! I still remember the time when I scaled the peaks of the sausage mountains at Khandala, walking through the clouds at 5.30 am… taking in the picturesque green lawns with various shades of green. And even though I had a camera * with no role in it * I clicked the pic wanting to capture it forever. And when I realized that I did not have any pics to jog my memory about that trek, I knew that the scene I saw that day would be etched in my mind forever ! ;)
And the time when we went on the waterfall trek, the rains washed away every bit of tension/ worry from my body. Then, there’s the Mahabaleshwar trek *albeit a casual walk with family, which turned out to be quite an experience* was a walk in the clouds *literally* ;). It feels like its been ages since I reconnected with mother nature, but the experience would never leave me. For the rest of my life. And now I set out to capture many such moments and weave them in my list of memories forever. So that each time I need some comforting, all I need to do is pull out these memories from the ‘book of life’ and cling to them with all my heart ! Lush green fields, pure blue skies, fresh wateralls and an exhilarating experience *that I’ve been craving for* here I come! ;)