day in Corbett
Yatra / Trek
Hari Mohan Nagapalli a mountaineer friend who had
earlier scaled upto the Mt. Thelu Advance camp initiated the program
nearly six months back and a team comprising of like minded people met first
at his residence and subsequently other places and finally the list of 8
people was short listed and finalised to go on the trek cum expedition from
1st October to 15th October 2004 .
team consisted of Hari , The expedition leader , Vijayant & Indu
Sanjeev alias Raid , Subrat , Jeetram, Pankaj Malhotra from New Zealand and
myself Parth Sharma as the liaison officer was finalised and started
preparation well in advance .
1st October 2004 . ( Delhi -
All the expedition members gathered at my place where the bus was called . The
ration along with the rucksacks were loaded on the bus which was flagged off by
my wife at 11.55 p.m. on the 1st October 2004 .
October 2004 . ( Rishikesh -Uttarkashi )
to my friend Mr. Rajiv Bhartari who is the Conservator of Forest posted at
Rishikesh , we took a break at the scenically located Forest Rest House
and had breakfast and freshened up . We departed at 7.00 a.m. and
reached Uttarkashi GMVN rest house at approx. 1.30 p.m. Our sincere thanks to
the Honorable Minister of Tourism , Uttaranchal Lt. Gen . T.P.S. Rawat
who had ensured and given directions for our bookings and any assistance
required for the expedition .
contacted Mount Support and hired 1 main Guide ( Lakshman ) , 2 High
Altitude Porters ( Girish and Harish ) , 1 Cook ( Manoj ) , and 12 Low altitude
porters . Bought some Vegetables and last minute groceries and were
ready for takeoff , just then it was informed that due to 2nd October Nehru
Institute of Mountaineering will be closed , hence the next day we will get our
Koflachs and Carmpons for high altitude walking on snow .
3rd October 2004 .
a good nights sleep and fully refreshed , we packed our stuff in the bus
and departed for NIM ( Nehru Institute of Mountaineering ) in Uttarkashi
. When we reached there we realized that being a sunday , NIM was
closed and hence our equipment would be available the next day . Thanks
to Col. Abhay the chief of NIM and our Indu Anand who cordinated
with the Army officer and ensured that we got our stuff on sunday
left NIM at around 2.00 p.m. and reached Gangotri at around 6.00 p.m.
and cheched into the GMVN rest house at 6.30 p.m. We had a brief meeting
where our Expedition leader Hari explained to us some guidlines and
ethics to follow during our trek to Mt. Thelu .
& Pankaj walked around after the meeting to acclimatize ourselves
and visited a few places such as the main Gangotri Temple , the massive
suryakund falls and the Pandu Gufa .
4th October 2004 (
Gangotri - Bhojwasa 14 kms )
After breakfast of
Paranthas and Dalia we got our packed lunches and proceeded for our
first destination Bhojwasa a trek of 14kms from Gangotri . It was a
fairly simple and straightforward trek with some good landscaping and
wild life to be seen . One has to be very careful while crossing some
areas where stones keep falling from the top of the hills due to moving
herds of Ibex ( mountain goat) . The route to Gaumukh takes you through
2 major stops one at Chirbasa (8kms from Gangotri) and the second one at
Bhojbasa (11kms from Gangotri). Great weather means some superb scenery
and we just did not have that. We halted that night at Bhojbasa. How
close we were to some of the most beautiful and some of the most talked
about peaks in the Indian Himalayas became evident only the next
morning. The view of Bhagirathi peaks (I, II & III), all towering
over 6100mts, right in front of us, some 10kms away from where we
stayed, held us spell bound. And this was just the beginning . We were
lucky to get a tent accomodating all eight of us at the GMVN rest house
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