Deepthi P S – Bangalore, India
Planning a trek comes with all the excitement of reading articles, hunting for reviews and googling pics. But that is exactly what I didn’t do for my first Himalayan trek. Having heard so much about the ‘madventures experience’, I left home armed with the knowledge only of the meticulously mails (of ‘To-do’, ‘To-carry’ lists and a jumble of names in the itinerary) sent by the team. All I knew was I was going to attempt summit of Roopkund Lake and I had to reach Delhi and meet the others there.
And what a fabulously rich experience it was.From the local guide and headman, who welcomed us to his home (and kitchen when I was a little curious), helping clean the harvest one evening, hearing the songs (explained later) bringing the age old hills alive with stories of gods and goddesses and having healthy, scrumptious meals with a daily ration of fruits, chocolates , biscuits and living with the kacchar, experiencing sub zero temperatures and summiting the mighty mountains and all one felt was a sense of awe at the sheer magnitude of it all, it was an immersive experience, no doubt. Every little thing was so well taken care of, there were no room for suggestions . All I could have asked more was for few more days in that beautiful place.