TREKKING THROUGH THE HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS
A trekker gives a first-hand account of a trekking expedition undertaken in May 2018 to Kugti Pass Base Camp in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh
Going on a trek to Kugti Pass Base Camp, a high altitude trek at 15,000 feet with Trekking Adventures of Goa (TAG) was a blissful experience as even a few days in the mountains can give you tranquillity, positive energy and happiness. We set off on our journey by boarding the train to Delhi on May 9, 2018, reaching Pathankot on May 11. From there, we set out on a road journey of 195km to Bharmour in Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh, giving us the first glimpse of the Himalayan roads. Bharmour, situated at an altitude of 7,000 feet in the Budhil valley, is known for its scenic beauty and is home to an ancient temple site. It was chilly as we set out on our acclimatisation trek to Bharmani Mata Temple, the temple of the patron Goddess of Bharmour, situated at around 8,500 feet. The pristine beauty of the location truly gave us a feel of spirituality in the mountains. After getting acclimatised, we moved forward from Bharmour to the picturesque village of Kugti, covering a cloudy distance of around 8kms by foot. The campsite at Kugti brought us face-to-face with wooden houses and their residents, who, despite the lack of modern amenities, lived content and joyous lives. Early the following day, we set out on our morning trek amidst beautiful valleys and mountains, to Dughi, a beautiful place for camping. On the way, we came across Kartik Swamy Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva’s older son, Kartikeya. The beauty of the place makes you truly grateful to be a part of nature. On the day to reach the summit, the sun god favoured us with clear skies and the trek to Kugti Pass Base Camp at 15,000 feet started with much enthusiasm. Challenging as it was, as it tested our endurance level, with sheer determination and will, the participants made it to summit, where we remembered the wise words of Sir Edmund Hillary: “You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things – to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.”
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