I had just quit my job with a corporate giant and had accepted a job offer from a start-up in Delhi. This was the first time I was moving away from home, and I was super excited. There was also a tiny bit of apprehension, since I had no family or friends in Delhi.
I slogged for three months in my new job, but the exhaustion got to me soon enough. I was building my team and interviewing potential employees, but in the process, I had forgotten to relax or rejuvenate.
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I turned to Google for help and looked if there were any fun activities I could do in and around Delhi. I joined a heritage walk group, where we did a walk along the Delhi's architectural heritage and learnt a ton of history. It was there that I met Sumit. He told me that he and his cousins were planning a trek trip later that month.
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I couldn't help but notice the excitement in his voice and so I asked him more about it. He told me that his cousins and he were going on a trek to Beas Kund in Himachal Pradesh and that I could join them if it interested me. I thought about it for a while and told him that I will let him know. I took his number and promised to stay in touch. I figured out that the right opportunity had presented itself and I told Sumit that he could count me in for the trip.
Trekking Essentials I Carried
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I began preparations for the trek by setting out to shop for trekking necessities like all-weather trekking shoes, trekking bag, sleeping tent, insect repellents, medicines to help with the altitude sickness, poncho, muffler, sunglasses, flashlight and hat. I already had woollen and thermal clothing from my previous trek.
The Best Time To Take Up This Trek
The best time to do this trek is from May to June and from September to October.
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Beas Kund, which is a famous attraction in the Kullu-Manali valley, is set against very beauteous peaks such as the Shitidhar Peak, Friendship Peak etc. A skiing spot called Solang Ropeway Point is located along the summit of Beas Kund. Bakerthach is a preferred campsite around here. Beas Kund rises in the Himalayas and in the fullness of time, joins River Indus. It splits into numerous streams, wherein some of these are formed by the melting of glaciers. It is a popular destination with trekkers. And now, it was time that we embraced the beauty of gorgeous peaks, endless captivating lands, hospitable locals and its cascading waters.
I flew into Kullu and was driven to Solang Pass by the trip organizers. This was to be the starting point of the trek. This was a 8-km trek and was not very steep. The vegetation and soil colour change every 50 metres. The temperatures were slowly dipping and this made the trek even more pleasant.
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I was already getting tired from the harsh sun and this was a respite. After a 4-km trek, we had our lunch. We were all ravenously hungry and bit down to the last piece of parantha available. After walking for some more time, we reached our camping site. We lit a bon-fire, drank tea, ate snacks and spoke about ourselves and the maddening city life. We slept under the stars and it started to rain around midnight.
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Day 2 dawned bright and I was awake early. We had breakfast and were asked to pack the bags light, since we were to return to the same spot in the night. This was the longest, toughest and the most important section of the Beas Kund trek, as it took us near the birth of the river and then back to Bakartach.
Just as we reached a little higher from the starting point, amazing views started appearing. The place has boulders in mounds, which makes for an excellent photographic backdrop. Velvety inclines, and spruce trees cover the entire area. You will also be able to see where the tree line ends, and grasslands take over from here.
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The trails were fully covered by snow and the amount of snow was increasing with each step, and the hike was getting less painful. We were presented with many boulders and were asked to cross it. I was hesitant but persisted, and boy, was it rewarding! Just after crossing the boundless hill of boulders, I was presented with the view of the most-awaited Beas Kund Lake. It was fully covered in snow and so placid. We trekked back to the camping ground where we had left our belongings.
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Day 3 involved the hiking downhill to the Solang Pass. It started to rain just when we were about to leave. To see the river when it rains is a pleasure to the eyes. It was literally roaring. We started to make a move and the whole place was ten times more beautiful in rain, though it was a bit inconvenient. Thankfully, I had my raincoat.
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With every trek, I can see myself growing more mature and patient. I can now live with only the bare minimum. This is a trek that has warmed the cockles of my heart and I fully recommend it.