50 days of Inspiration
|Photo by Mr.Tungesh|
50 Days as a Higher camp leader with YHAI for their epic Chanderkhani pass trek ,People ,young ,old,men and women happened to pass by my camp after facing the Chanderkhani pass challenge.
|With the youngest and funkiest campleader Gaurang|
|The moments before sunrise|
|The sheperd's dogs|
|My penthouse in the forest|
Some kept walking even after their friends gave up and returned. All had stretched their personal physical limits.And they still kept walking.
|Trekker's wet shoes being dried|
We camp leaders are supposed to encourage them on the last part of their trek.Truth be told it was simply heart touching inspiration for me, to welcome 50 trekkers for 40 days straight.Why was it inspiring? These 50 faces,had faced steep Himalayan climbs,slippery snow,hunger and they did it after waking up at 2 am and for 12 grueling hours straight!
|My Awesome buddy Campleader Jignesh|
|Cool team at Basecamp Monica and Jignesh , Bindya|
|Nauya tapru Camp being setup before CP 1 arrived|
There were many silent precious moments I witnessed like...
When a friend was helping her fellow trekker step by step who had sprained her leg and was finding each step hard.Her friend stayed faithfully by her side for the entire trek.Would I do the same? I don't know,but will surely remember her face again, if it happens to me.
|Guidesh Suresh,Rakesh and Campleader gaurang|
A 65 year old man passed through my camp cheerfully, whereas his companions,people half his age were huffing and puffing,dramatically .He carried his backpack all by himself,and in repeatedly n a dignified polite refused help offered to him,to carry his backpack.
|Pals for life :)|
|Chauhan Sir,Rajneesh ,Mithoon and me|
|The glory of a full moon lighting up the camp|
One of my favorite part of the day was when I used to see trekkers watch these views with awe and they had a certain look in their eyes when beholding nature in it's glory,they had completely forgotten how far they had walked,how tired they are, they were just one with nature then at that moment. :)
|Civilization used to peep in every now and then, a jet flying past our camp|
|Dr.Gaurav,Gaurang and me|
|Camp Head Cook|
|Trekker's group back massage :)|
|Nauya Tapru Kitchen staff|
I remember a trekker describing to me how she almost had tears spilling out looking at the beauty around and how it made her feel inside.An amazing memory to cherish.
|These Mules did bring all our camp equipment tents and kitchen equipment from Rumsu village.|
Trekkers learning to live out of their comfort zones,yet I can safely say this trek was one of the precious memories they will cherish.
This group had arrived 6 hrs later than the latest so far.Needless to say I was worried.11 blind boys from Ahmedabad were a part of this group.As we rushed to help them reach the camp,i was surprised to find the first arrivals among the group to be the blind trekkers.They were faster than the rest of the group!I was encouraging, them about not to worry and that they have almost arrived.They stunned me by reassuring me in return ,that I shouldn't worry about them and I should help the trekkers of their group who are still way behind.They went on to wait there outside the camp in deep snow in freezing cold until the last trekker of their group arrived 2hrs later.I felt humble in their presence.
|11 Blind trekkers receiving their Certificate upon successful completing the trek|
|Guides and staff|
There were many such instances which kept me feeling grateful daily for this chance to serve as campleader.
I was part of a dream team of campleaders like my best trek buddy Gaurang, the incredible base camp team of Jignesh, Rajneesh ,Monica and Bindya at base camp. Camp leaders serving at higher camps like Mr.Vijay ,Mr.Ravinder ,Mr.Dhawal and Mr.Bhuvan.
|Amazing Team work by these Senior Campleaders|
|The only other camp leader from Bangalore Mr. Bhuvan|
|Trekkers amazing spirit|
|Anybody feeling hungry :)|
I was fortunate to be guided by two incredible field director,Mr.Sagar and Mr.Chauhan ,both are simply awe inspiring, if you think about the variety of issues and management challenges they had handled daily and that too always smiling.My thanks to Navin Tiwari sir who supported me so much from basecamp.Thank you to the almost 2000 trekkers for making such an experience possible for me.Each of you will always be a precious warrior in my book.Hope to meet you again in the midst of nature.