We had to follow the course of the
The massive Arwa mountains were around us. These are some of the trickiest peaks in the
Overall, the route was not as bad as every day and the final few kilometers to Ghastoli were on flat ground. Ghastoli is a very scenic place and I wish we had camped here for the night. There was an amazingly beautiful pond created by melting glaciers near Ghastoli. See the confluence of Araw Naala and Sarswati River at Ghastoli :
It was around by the time we had reached Ghastoli. Ghastoli has an ITBP (Indo Tibetan Border Police) check post where our permits were going to be checked by the officials.
We found Harsh and our porters waiting for us at the check post. Usually this process does not take more than a few minutes and the ITBP folks are quite helpful. But in our case, one of us (Yogesh) and a porter had gone back from Vasuki Taal. We had the permits for both of them, and they themselves were not present. This created lot of fuss with the officials. One of the officials even asked Sandeep if Yogesh had run away to
The road head from Ghastoli is just about 4 km. The terrain was well marked as ITBP people use this route regularly. We could not get a vehicle from the road head and this meant walking the additional 10 kms to Mana. Mana is the last village on the Indian side. We covered the final 10 kms in probably 2 hours as this was the easiest walk of the trek with greenery around. We could see Mana village from the distance and wow it was such big relief to finally see some civilization. On the way to Mana we crossed the mythological "Bhim Pul" which is actually two very big boulders on the Sarswati for crossing the River.
As we got first site of civilization, both Harsh and Moiz shouted, "Are dekho insaan insaan" (“Hey see, humans humans”). We were in civilization after around 12 days.
At around we reached the
All of us including porters had tea at "
With a little help from my friends
It was always sad moment for me at the end of a trek and sadder still when you have to part with your friends with whom you had the honor and joy of trekking. I think Kalindi for me wouldn’t have been possible if I did not have the company of such great friends.
When we were in the mountains, we all had enough discussions about our next adventure. There, all of us were of the opinion that we have had enough adventure on this tough trek and we would choose a simple trek for next time. As we started descending down and as we reached Badrinath, people have again brought out the tough Auden’s
So keep watching this space for our next adventure details.
I had always been intrigued by this line. I started to understand its meaning only after the trek of Kalindi Khal.
There is always a certain element of risk in being alive, but – The more alive you are the more the risk