21 days 21 memories: #4 – The first GoMissing trek – Kuari Pass

The 3rd of December 2010 seems like it was a lifetime back. We started our Kuari pass trek on this day. This was the first “proper” GoMissing trek and 2 clients joined us for it. Not only was it our first trek, but it was also a surreal experience.

I made a bunch of memories on this winter trek which will stay with me for a lifetime. The people, views and the walks through snow and ice will remind me of happy times for a long time to come.

Kali Bhayia

At night, temperature dropped to -20 C. In this freeing temperature, the zone of survival, as we called it, was in a 1 meter radius around the bonfire. Our cook Kali, made sure that the bonfire kept going throughout the night. He fed us piping hot meals each night in the warmth of the fire. Each morning, before we woke up, he would light the bonfire and serve us delicious breakfast and tea. His smile, warmth and generosity just made our trek memorable and without him, it wouldn’t have been half as much fun.

Kali and his smile

The views

Winters in the mountains are special. The day time sun on a clear day is crisp and beautiful. It gives a surreal glow to the snow covered mountains. We were lucky to have clear weather during the trek and got to witness the mountains in their full splendor.

A few views which will stay with me for life:

The mountain village

We ended the trek in a small village on the mountain side. The sarpanch (village head) was kind enough to invite us to her home for a delicious meal while we waited for our jeep to pick us up. Sitting on a ledge and eating a home cooked meal with astounding mountain views was just the perfect finish to the adventure. I’m not going to forget the warmth and hospitality of everyone we met on the trek. I hope I get to meet them sometime.

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