Recently, I came across a post on Instagram regarding the Adventurer Blog Contest organized by Bikat Adventures and thought of giving it a try. Bikat Adventures is a learning based adventure group that offers experience in Trekking, Rock Climbing, and Mountain Biking etc. Check their site for upcoming events.
It had been a very long time since I shared any travel experience after Adi-Kailash Trip. So here it goes –
One day, one of my friends pinged me on WhatsApp saying that she has not travelled for last few months and desperately needs one trip. I replied, asking her to suggest some places after which I would plan the travel. Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie and many more places were discussed. At last, we both agreed for Triund trekking in next 3 days. It is near Mcloedgunj in Himachal Pradesh. As travelling in group is more fun, I asked a few friends and cousins to join. So, the final count turned to 5 members for the trip.
As planned, we left for the bus station in Delhi on Friday night but our bus was 2 hours late. Hoping, the driver would cover this and reach Mcloedgunj on time, we happily took our seats and chit-chatted. We reached Mcloedgunj on Saturday morning by 8am. We freshened up and after having breakfast, reached the starting point of the trek and followed the trail to reach our destination. We saw few people had hired a horse/pony to enjoy the ride and reach the top. Most of them had kids along them. Otherwise, it is best to hike all the way.
The trek is full of rocky steps, stony path and tiring curves. We came across the best views of mountains and forests. We also relaxed in between the trek under the shade of trees and at refreshment shops that offered water and snacks. And you know the joy of eating a bowl of Maggi in hilly areas. The ambience was very calm and fresh. We also saw small streams throughout the trek.
On the way, while 2 friends were a bit behind rest of us, I thought of waiting for them and sat under a tree which was on the valley side. As 2 thick branches were at the back of me, I loosened my backpack. Then, assuming that the bag was resting on the branches, to relax my shoulder muscles, I literally took my hands off the straps and pheww… My bag rolled down the not-so-slant valley. I told my friends what happened. On hearing my situation, one of the local person asked me in which direction did it fall and whether it was light or heavy. I guess he was a lead of some travel group. As soon as I told him, without wasting a time, he went down jumping. We watched him as far as our eyes could and then he was not visible. We were discussing whether he is safe or not and whether he could find it or not. My friends were scolding me for my foolishness. And he appeared with my BAG… yeyyyee…!! He told that it had got stuck on some tree downwards. Thank god for that tree and big thanks to that unknown person who helped me. Who says without a motive, people don’t help these days. Selfless and helpful people still exist. After spending few minutes on this incident, we continued our trekking witnessing the flora and fauna of that area.
We walked for an hour or two more. At last, we could view the grassy meadows and breathed a sigh of relief but there was still a kilometer to reach. Enchanted with the scenery, we just sat on a big rock for some time. We got up and felt that we were struggling more to complete that last one kilometer.
Finally, stepped into Triund by late noon after 4 hours of our start. These 4 hours included many breaks for pictures and actual breaks and of course that bag thing. Though it was a bit crowded due to its peak season, the panorama was amazing. We decided to explore more towards its other end adding a few more miles to our trekking. Triund is surrounded by astounding mountain ranges and appealing valleys.
After a while, found a place with less crowd and put our bags in tents. Enjoyed our evening by roaming around with a cup of tea watching the beautiful hues of sunset and inhaling THE FRESH AIR which we normally don’t in cities. I realized that fresh air makes us happier.
While moving towards our tent, it started drizzling and in those few minutes only, a rainbow appeared too. It’s truly said that some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. We saw the beauty of the whole region from the top. It was a treat to our eyes. What a relaxation it was!
I must say that night camping at Triund top is one of the best experiences even better than the day. There was cold breeze flowing during dinner time. The aroma of food wafted on the breeze and we savored every morsel of our food. Everyone was enjoying the night, singing, dancing, drinking and having a gala time with their dear ones. Sitting and gossiping beneath the starry sky, we admired the beautiful night.
I slept like a baby in the cozy sleeping bag and woke up to a fascinating sunrise. Asked my friends to wake up to view the morning beauty of Triund. We had experienced the shades of sunset followed by a night with billions of stars and then it was time for the warmth of sunrise.
After having hot yummy breakfast and clicking few more pictures, it was time to retrace our path back to Mcloedgunj and it was easier on the way back.
Triund trekking is relatively an easy trek, a beautiful walk and climb through forests. I believe, the trek is not too exhausting even for the first timers. It was one of the memorable treks I had and enjoyed every bend of its trail.
We came back to Delhi, mesmerized with a great feeling despite of tiring journey.
“Contest entry for The Adventurer Blog Contest May 2018 by Bikat Adventures“.