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GoechaLa trekking – The plan

The Inception:

The plan for Dec 2013 winter Himalayan trekking had failed miserably. Half for my fear of December cold and half for unavailability of leaves. Nams was upset. This time she did not want to take chance and booked her slot with IndiaHikes when Vikas shared the details with her for the great GoechaLa trekking expedition. When the news was broke to me, my situation was no different from previous year, but somehow I made up my mind and got on board (October was a relief though 😉 ). I badly needed a vacation after all the stress of setting up new home and getting along in new project and responsibilities at work. Right away, I blocked my slot with IH and did a quick check with my TravelFreaks group. Yash, Keerti, Pramod and Vishwa showed interest, but within those 2 days, all remaining slots in that batch were filled out with IH and they even had given away my blocked slot. 🙁 I was not very convinced in going with third party from beginning, and this added more fuel to my discomfort. I took up the challenge and proposed that we will plan and execute this trek all by ourselves under the banner of TravelFreaks. With little convincing and discussion both Nams and Vikas finally agreed and a basic skeleton plan was formed on the footpath or Jayanagar next to Ganesh Darshan, munching Masaladosa’s and sipping hot coffees.

Sar Pass 2: First view of Snow

At Delhi Airport

A plan must be made like never before, meeting all expectations, but on the day it should go for a toss and the journey should take us in its own way. This is the essence of travel, as I see it. We spent days looking into map, checking bus schedules, observing the weather forecast and finally had decided to pay a visit to Aksharadham temple before boarding our bus to Manali. But all we did was to travel in metro, have stomach full of Biryani and sleep in a AC room. Well, that was Delhi for us. The temperature was so high and our bags were so heavy that as soon as Adi proposed the plan to go to his friend’s place, with no much confusion we accepted. The room and sleep was so cozy that I had to literally pull people out of bed to reach to our boarding point, Chanderlok building on time. God only knew where it was.

Sar Pass 1, Thus it began!

It all started with a mail from Sana. Envied by their Goa trip, I did not want to miss another YHAI expedition. Moreover, I wanted to do an expedition which challenges and pushes me to the limits. So I readily replied with a Yes and our hunt for team building began. Surprisingly, most of the TravelFreaks replied positively and few remain confused. A thought that this might be bigger and difficult compared to our previous travel started to take its toll on my planning and I started sending out mails detailing every minute of  what to do’s and where to go’s. But after a brief session of advice and two coffee’s at Kalmane koffee, by Sana, Manoj and Adi, I decided to finally drop all the planning stuff this time and chill out as much possible.