Pc : @onewilddream KedarTal Summit // Sweet Start // Part II⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀
It was an ordinary Sunday morning in Dehradun that found me sitting with a bunch of strangers in a shared jeep heading towards Gangotri.
Yes, Gangotri, the base camp for Kedartal Summit. The long 10 hours drive through the winding roads became nicer as I crossed Uttarkashi. Through the dense forest amidst the deep valley I could feel the drop in temperature as the altitude increased. Having stopped for a couple of times for tea and food, I finally reached Gangotri at about 5:00pm. Exhausted but excited, I decided to venture out in Gangotri market for a cup of coffee with my trek mates. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The best part about traveling is that you get to meet a lot of like mined people. People who are passionate; passionate to climb mountains; passionate to test their limits and passionate to achieve greater heights. These are the people who are govern by their dreams. They will take the most difficult path just to sleep under millions of stars. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
And climbing a mountain gives them a chance to pay attention to the simple things in life, it helps them get rid of the unnecessary and the nonessentials. It’s amazing how things come down to the basics, to the core of existence - Food, shelter, and good company! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Such were the vibes all around, and with this the acclimatisation day passed rather quickly and it was time to begin the trek. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The first day of Kedartal was a brutal one. There is no thing such a ‘gradual easing into the trek.’ The trail starts with a steep climb and remains more or less the same till you reach the camp site. It really was a long tiring day, until I came face to face with this sight. Our first campsite and the potters/kitchen staff standing right there against massive Mount Thalay Sagar, creating the most beautiful silhouette I’ve seen in my life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ #onewilddream#kedartal#uttarakhand#tripotocommunity#cntgiveitashot#himgeo#hippieinhills#wanderlustpockets#thetraveldairy