From Rohini Bugyal to Chopta (Day 5)
From the beautiful meadows of rohini bugyal to hustle & bustle of the chopta town; it was finally time to reach civilization again ! The trek from rohini bugyal to chopta is an easy one and the overall distance is about 3-4 kms and comprises of reasonable ascents & descents.
As usual up & ready by 9 a.m and we were off post breakfast ! The IndiaHikes crew packed some delicious Aloo paratha and pickle as lunch.
The trail took us through some amazing snow clad grasslands; i was actually bit concerned since my shoes weren’t water proof but thank god I did not face any issues. What was amazing is that the snowy terrain and dry grasslands were alternating;I had never seen such a mix of opposites before in my life !
Post half hour or so , the trail leads through the grass lands and fairly dense rhododendron forests. We found this “interesting spot” midway and stopped for photo shoot. The trek guides mentioned that the skull is always seen at a different locations by every new trek team. Hmmm….
Post an hour or so, the trek descends down to a waterfall; this spot known Akash Kamini, a rivulet coming from Chandrashila. The sound of the water fall can be heard from quite a distance away and rivulet itself can be seen from top the ridge which one needs to descend to reach the spot; combined the awesome feeling really pushes you into moving as soon as possible!A concrete bridge allows one to cross the rivulet to the other side and it is a hike up the trail again. We stayed here for at least 45 mins or so with the entire group busy taking selfies, group pics, couple pics and what not ! Apoorva lost her expensive sunglasses here and it took a herculean effort to locate & take them out.Jude in fact had to get his feet wet in the icy cold waters to get them out!
After spending 45 minutes or so here, we started the uphill climb again through the dense forest. We reached an open grassland and it was time to take some rest and have our packed lunch (Aloo paratha with pickle). The entire group decided to take quick nap under the warm sun.
After quick nap, 10 of us decided to play Mafia (again). The game was really catching on !. After the game it was a fairly easy trek through the forest terrain again; the path was well traversed and laid out in front of us.
After an hour or so, we finally reached the point where trek trail meets the main road. The entire valley is visible from this point. Seeing the sight of motor driven vehicles after 3 days was interesting to say the least.
After 45 mins walk on the road, we finally reached the point from where a 20 mins trek down from the main road leads us to the camp. Another trek group was already present there. We had some nice warm lemon tea and did a quick round of stretching.
Jude asked all of us to sleep early since the next day, we were supposed to wake up at 2 a.m to start our trek up Chandrashila Peak. I tried to get some night photography done in the late evening but my battery bar was down to 1 now. :(. I tried getting some done using Sandeep’s camera but it was canon and I was simply not sure how to make it work for long exposure photography without draining its battery completely. So I finally gave up on my thoughts of capturing the star trail and went to sleep waiting eagerly for the next morning. >>Day 6