19 October 2018•Arun Yadav
Very next day, around 5 am, we left for our destination – Mani Mahesh Lake. We had to trek all our way to Mani Mahesh Lake via Gauri Kund and come back to Dancho before nightfall. The trek from Dancho to Gauri Kund was little more challenging than the earlier one, owing to the fact that it was a narrow and rough trek.
When we were closing in on Gauri Kund we encountered snow for the first time. My first time! And as I was betrothed before coming to the trek, the only thing came to my mind was to write my beloved’s name and impress her. So I did it…
We reached Gauri Kund around 9 am. The kund (pond) was dry and we stopped to freeze those moments in photos.
The last stretch of the trek, which was around 1 km, was a daunting one. The air was thin and oxygen was scarce. I felt tired and out of breath every 100 meters. We rested a lot all the way to the top. Our progress was slow, but the determination to reach atop was strong. I had finally found the challenge I had come seeking for.
It was no less than a victory reaching Mani Mahesh Lake after completing long trek. The lake was frozen, partially at some places. Nobody from our group dared to step into those waters to take a holy bath. We all feared freezing to death. The lake at the foot of Mani Mahesh Kailash Mountain was a marvel of nature. The local guide shared the local legend about a Gaddi (Local Tribe) trying to scale the Mani Mahesh Kailash Peak, and also tried to show us the frozen Gaddi and his sheep in the form of some rocks near the peak. The guide claimed that only a person with pure heart and intent could scale Mani Mahesh Kailash. In the pictures posted below you could spot some rocks that were difficult to distinguish from such distance that are claimed to be the frozen Gaddi and his sheep. Legends remain legends and the fact that nobody has ever been successful in scaling the peak lends strength to these legends.
It was some trek for all of us. It filled us with a new energy and boosted our confidence. Leaving only two members of the group all others were able to reach the top and see the lake and the Mani Mahesh Kailash – the virgin peak – for nobody has ever been able to scale it.
Hire a good trek organiser – especially if you planning to trek in winters, as the trek gets covered in snow only the local guides can help you through. There were stretches in our trek where it seemed difficult to go ahead but the advice of our guides came handy and we could succeed.
Also carry all the essentials with you as the you will not get those in Bharmour. The rain-sheets, torches, extra pairs of thermal inners etc. are mandatory. I wish to luck for your trek and guarantee you a time of your life.
Thanks for reading.