From Deoriatal to Rohini Bugyal (Day 4)
Waking up at 5 a.m in the morning has always been the stuff of nightmares for me; but when you are trekking, especially in the Himalyas with IndiaHikes and Jude as the trek leader, you don’t have a choice. (Not to mention the shared bathrooms). Sandeep, my tent-mate was up even earlier and was ready by 6 a.m in fact. Drowsily, I got some lemon tea to wear off the drowsiness, freshened up, packed my stuff and grabbed some quick breakfast. It so happened that a few people were simply not comfortable sleeping in the tents. So at least 6 people opted out of the trek and decided to meet up with the group at Chopta Base camp and directly trek up chandrashila on the fated day. Meh, their loss!
The trek from deoriatal to rohini bugyal was a long one, almost 8 kms in fact. India Hikes staff packed some tasty pulao for us in the tiffins. And we were off. The trail took us through some pretty tough terrain but the ever changing scenery kept us on our toes.
A particularly difficult stretch was the climb up one the hills and reaching the mid check point.
The campsite of Rohini bugyal is a breathtaking one. It is located on a open plain in the midst of mountains.We reached the campsite by 4 p.m or so immediately after reaching the campsite , we were treated to some tasty lemon tea and some super hot pakados which tasted absolutely yummy in the cool weather with the sun on its way to setting behind the mountains. Jude set up the binoculars and pointed to the himlayas pointing out the kedar dome and gangotri.
Meantime, a part of the group got hold of some snow and started playing some “snowball”.
Others had to get their BP and oxygen saturation levels checked to ensure that they were “ok” to continue the trek the next day.
Others started playing cricket under the setting sun, probably one of the best games of cricked of their entire lives; I mean how many times does one get chance to play cricked at 10000 feet.
Post the quick round of cricket, we still had some time before dinner and that’s when the group decided to play “MafiA”, a supposedly super interesting game which I had never played before. We were ten people and damn!, we had awesome fun for almost 2 hours. (I won’t go into the details of the game).
Post Mafia and some hot dinner, I spent some time looking at the beautiful night sky. The stars were all up and shining in full glory. Off to sleep again to wake up early in the morning.