One of the classic treks in India where the trail meanders through hanging villages, deep pine forests, walking alongside the Rupin river, alpine meadows, snow bridges, glacial valleys, snowfields, and hundreds of waterfalls!
In this photostory , you have photos shared by Parikshit Madhukar.
On your drive to Jiskun you will pass through rugged mountains, rocky roads, winding narrow paths and clear blue skies. Further onto your destination vast green meadows welcome you with beautiful wild horses running and grazing around which will want you to play the song “ude…khuley asmanon mein khwaabon ke parindey” from ZNMD movie. You’ll find hardworking pahadi women carrying heavy baskets behind their back; if possible stop your car and ask for a lift or wave them goodbye, else talk to them for few mins which will make their day. As the evening approaches the sky drapes itself in the abendrot hues.
Passing through narrow paths and rugged mountains
The next day passes through remote, traditional villages of Himachal where you will find temples and houses made with ancient wooden architectural carvings. Warm innocent mountain kids will make your hearts smile with their innocence. The trek is a challenging one. Expect an hour’s descent followed by an hour’s steep ascent.
Making the famous Himachali shawl in a Traditional way
The innocence in their eyes and happiness on their face makes them the cutest pahadi gang
We respect the mountains hence before the trek started a small brief on the “green trails”mission to segregate the waste was given by the trek leader. On our way whenever we found litter on the pretty trails we collected and later on segregated as per briefed. Happy faces soon to be tired legs were clicked before we say goodbye to Jiskun and move forward on our journey to Jhaka.
Trek leader sharing the information of leaving the mountains clean
Pine trees towering the skies
The next day leave from Jiskun to Saruwas. After trekking for more than 6-8hours the team finally reached the campsite to spend the night . Soon after reaching Saruwas, the location in which the tents were pitched,our tiredness disappeared.On your way stop to pluck and munch on some small red delicious himalayan berries which will give you instant energy. Afterwhich you can climb trees monkeying around.
Campsite views were mersmerising
Trekking alongside the Rupin River.
Campsite activities are the time to bond with the team and make everyone feel at home like a family.
There is routine everyday during any of our treks to check the vital parameters of our trekkers. We left Saruwas behind and traversed through lush green meadows, walked along the river, saw hanging glaciers, crossed chilled waters and reached and altitude of 3566mts i.e. 11600ft at Dhanderas Thatch.Campsite was set in the valley besides the Rupin river. Beautiful cascading waterfalls set as the backdrop of our stay. Nightsky was magically interstellarish.
Indiahikes trek leader having a light conversation after noting down the parameters.
Mules grazing on the meadows.
Holding hands for safety during river crossing
The cluster of stars seen in this picture is actually our Milkyway. The milkyway normally rises and is prominent in the sky between 3am to 4am. The effort that goes behind getting this particular shot on a cold chilly night needs lot of patience. Kudos to Parikshit Madhukar
Next day morning we hiked to the beautiful waterfalls. Hiking up to the top of the waterfall was a bit tiresome as we had to pass through the glaciers and the steep boulder sections. The experience of walking on the thick ice sheet felt nothing less than an EBC expedition.The jaw dropping scenery of the valley below as seen from the snout of the waterfall leaves you speechless.
Trekkers walking carefully on the glacier
The perfect cascading waterfall
The summit day had finally dawned. Before leaving the campsite trekkers were given some technical instructions by our expert trek leaders and local guides as to how to cross the gulley. Few mins into the ascent, majestic views of snow mountains starts to open up right in front you. By now the campsite looked like a small yellow daffodil swaying amidst the lush green land. It’s a treat to watch the flock of sheeps grazing & lazing high up above on the alpine meadows.Crossing the gulley and reaching the summit feels exhilrating.
First rays of sun falls on the mountain peak. Trekkers are all geared up for the summit.
Trekkers start the steep ascent on the glacier as per the instructions given by our expert leaders
Small Glacial lake on your way to the summit
Gulley crossing is the difficult section of the summit day
The day's trek involves a steep descent all the way to Sangla, where your trek ends. Despite being the last day, this is one of the most picturesque days as you trek through the lush grasslands of Sangla.
This marks the end of your trek.
View after crossing the Rupin Pass
Mary found her little lamb
This photostory highlighted some of the most spectacular views of the trek and leaves you with a thought why is it necessary to “Disconnect to Reconnect”