“In April, I tested positive for Covid. It was a severely tough phase of my life. My lungs were filled with water and I got pneumonia as well. It took me two months to recover from it.
I have done a few treks earlier but since Covid, I had completely forgotten about the joy it used to bring me.
The past few months were very rough for me and my family. Along with my illness, we lost our uncle in July when we had gone to visit Kashmir.
Mountains which used to be my solution to every problem suddenly became a bad omen in the family.
However, something in me didn’t want to believe this. I decided to go for a trek just after he passed away.
I chose the Bhrigu Lake trek. Later, going there looked a bit uncertain due to adverse rainfall in the valley. So when I looked at other options, I found the Pin Bhaba Pass trek.
It was definitely tougher than Bhrigu Lake but I wanted to push myself to take up this challenge!
I was cycling for about 4-5 hours per day on average just so that I can be prepared well.
On the trek, I remember how I was struggling on the first day. I was constantly worried about getting hit by the altitude and affecting my lungs.
Rohit during the Pin Bhabha Pass trek
Before the summit day, when our Trek Leader told us about a recent evacuation of a trekker who was previously affected by Covid, I was extremely scared because I had a similar history.
With all these doubts, I climbed the summit. It wasn’t an easy climb for sure. I hit rock bottom several times on the way.
And when I finally reached there, I broke down completely. I remember weeping my heart out.
A huge lump was sitting on my soul for a long time and it just vanished completely.
I suddenly found my long lost confidence back.
Rohit couldn't contain his tears after reaching the summit
There’s a nice analogy I discovered on this trek - A trek takes you through a lot of rock bottoms, but then you take some rest, drink some water and start walking again, one step at a time. In the same way, life comes with a lot of struggles but if you will keep moving forward, you will get out of the problems.”
- Rohit Sharma, Indiahikes Trekker | Pin Bhabha Pass Trek
Rohit's Trek Leader Akshay Upreti comforting him