It was Day 2 of my first trek, Hampta Pass in Himachal, some years ago. I remember rising up early at the campsite, as it was a day we knew we had to cover up the lost time, for we had lost our way on the very first day, supposedly even before the actual trek route began, somewhere into the forest before Village Sethan, and we stumbled upon the trail to Deo Tibba Circuit Trek.
We were finally made aware of our mistake by same Gaddi "Shepherds". We quickly descended to retrace our steps to the road head where we had last parted our ways from a marked route. In two hours or more we were finally able to. Another couple of hours and we were at Jobri/Jobra, where the trek today begins from, identified by the hydro power plant located here.
We couldn't afford booking a private vehicle and get necessary permits to drive up to Jobri, and unable to hitchhike, we were left with no choice but to walk our way up to here on Day 1. Only to make a mistake and unable to rectify it soon before the weather took an abrupt turn.
Finally after getting two and a half dozen eggs boiled , and packed we set-off into the wilderness. No doubt the eggs were spoiled by the bright day light they were exposed to, along the route. It was a day when we walked a lot, ate very little, breathed very hard, tired beyond comprehension, yet we knew not that these were the moments we felt more alive than we ever had in the past.
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