There is no better way to feel life in its purest form than trekking to the mountains.
The sweat, the pumping hearts, the icy headwinds, the frozen boots and the pain that shatters your ego, you feel it all. You are nothing against the force of nature, against the mighty Himalayas.
I missed it badly throughout the lockdown. And so to quench my wanderlust I recently trekked to Kedarkantha peak with 24 other adventure seekers.
The trek starts from a small village Sankri which is about 186 km from Dehradun and 432 km from Delhi. It is one of the best winter treks in the Indian Himalayas as you get a lot of snow and 360 degree view of the surrounding peaks from the summit. It is a four day long trek.
You witness the beauty of snow laden pine trees ,a mesmerizing frozen lake by the name of “Juda Ka Talab” and the breathtaking beauty of Himalayas from the peak which is at an altitude of 3800 meters. The summit push in the early morning at about 3 am in the dark is the most thrilling part of the trek.
It becomes tricky near the summit as you walk on a narrow ridge with the slopes downhill on either sides. These slopes remain fully covered with snow throughout the winters. The howling gales try to push you and any wrong step can make you fall straight down the hill, sliding through the snow.
In spite of all such ordeals you are rewarded with the breathtaking view of sun rise from behind the snow laden Himalayan peaks.
The 360 degree view of the nearby peaks from the summit makes it more special . When you reach the summit you find yourself among the surrounding peaks which are no longer above you but beside you. You are continuously hit by the icy winds and you struggle to capture the moments with your bare hands. It is a kind of adventure your soul desperately craves for !
These mountains are waiting for you, waiting for you to come out of urban chaos and find your true self in the wilderness of nature.
There is nothing in this world that can challenge the magnificence of nature. No human is above it, it will always survive the jolts of pandemic we struggle to face. It was there before our existence and will continue to thrive after we perish. Respecting it can only help us to exist a little bit longer.
Wow. I feel like I should jump and pack my bags. Truly beautiful.
Haha..it is truly one hell of an adventure… paradise for adventure seekers..thank you for your precious words..
Indeed. My pleasure 🙂
Piyush, breathtaking photographs….& amazing writing…..true, no human is above nature….
Thanks a alot Navin for your precious words…
You’re welcome, Piyush.
Love these photos and words. Quite the adventure.
Yes, it’s a paradise for adventure seekers…thanks a ton for your precious comment…
Wow. I want to go! I’ve hiked one 14er in Colorado and love nature. These sights are truly amazing. I can’t imagine seeing the sun behind the Himalayan Mountains. How magical and breathtaking. Some of those spots are a tad scary! Lol but I’d be up to the challenge. Of course knowing nature has every power over me. 💚
It was actually quite a challenge to take photos near the summit..it was dangerous and freezing cold..truely an amazing adventure..you would love to trek here….thank you for your precious comment..
Indeed~the pics are amazing. You’re so welcome!
This post is like a nostalgia for me. I have done the same trek last December and its breathtakingly beautiful. I am sure you must have also come up with life time experiences and fond memories.
I am glad you have been to such a wonderful place… truely an amazing trek..a lot of memories to cherish..thank you for your lovely comment…
Awesome! What views – all around you, not just at the peak.
Yes, the magic of nature was all around us…thank you so much for your kind words..
Thanks for bringing the views of somewhere I can’t really go due to geographical limitations, as well as what’s going on in the world today. Love the pics!
Thank you so much Stuart for your precious words.. really mean a lot..
Amazing photos, and wonderful writing! It makes me want to go hiking! Thanks for taking us along on this adventure.
Yes, do go hiking to these places..real food for soul..thank you for kind words
Awesome n just awesome 🤩🤩🤩👍👍👍loved it
Thank you so much Ananya….
That’s exceptional! Thanks for sharing these pictures and your experience. There’s such a power to nature that we often forget, and a beauty as well.
Thanks a lot for your encouraging words.. really means a lot…
You’re always welcome. Have a fantastic rest of your day!
Honestly… this is incredible!!! Wow…. stunning photos, wonderful adventure… got to feel a little bit there. That one of the walking on the ridge!!! The photo makes the danger and reward clear. Thanks for sharing Piyush
Yes, that was really a very thrilling experience…sorry for the late reply…thank you for your kind words Lia..
Amazing pictures such a great adventure.
Thank you so much for your kind words…
Amazing place and photos. Definitely too cold for me though.
Well , it was too cold for us too n we were not allowed for bonfire.. Thank you so much for your precious words Paul…
You and I share the same love! 🙂
I am glad you relate with this….these adventures r truly amazing…thank you for your precious words…
Captivating visuals and text encourages readers to explore…. I just got back in after clearing 17 inches of anow on my driveway, around the car and much as muscles are aching…it is exhilarating and absolutely lovely fresh pure air cleanses the soul…keep sharing
Yes, the wilderness of nature makes you feel so alive and snow is always magical…I try my best to do justice with my clicks…I am glad you liked it…