My First Trekking Experience. Part-1

Abhi Khandelwal
4 min readJan 5, 2019

This is the story of my first trekking experience.


It was the regular evening Tea Break in the office where I, Mayank, Mohit, Rohit, Aditya and Hritik started discussing about New year celebration, our main purpose was that we all needed some break from our busy and hectic life. Our culture teaches us that we will have never enough. We strive to make more money, buy more things. We rarely get time for ourselves except in weekends and that’s why we were searching some place, where we will be connected to nature’s beauty and a place which makes us enlighten who we truly are, a place which is far away from city hustle.

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” — Martin Luther King Jr

We searched some good trekking places on internet and after two days, we finalized on going to quite popular place “Dayara bugyal” , which is located in UTTRAKHAND known as DEVBHOOMI(Land of Gods), which stands tall at an elevation of 10,000–12,500 ft. We chose this place as this place is not so populated. Dayara Bugyal is a combination of two words, basically Dayara is a name and Bugyal means Meadows so after combination of these two words it’s a Dayara Meadows. Dayara Bugyal is quite popular as it turns into a Fairyland in Winter, Also Dayara is a perfect place for those who are trying out a trek for the first time.
Dyara Bugyal offers an easy yet highly rewarding trek for nature lovers. The trekkers get to see clear panoramic views of the important Gangotri range, origin of river Ganga. The trek route passes through scenic forests full of trees, plants, animals and offers magnificent views of snow covered mountain peaks all around.

We immediately booked our package to Dayara Bugyal Trek through our Tour Operator- “The Searching Souls”, Our Package was from 29-dec-2018 to 1st-jan-2019.
After working through out the week in office. The day finally arrived, we all were excited as it was our first ever trek.

Here’s the whole Squad.

Aditya, Rohit, me , Mohit, Mayank and Hritik

Our Package includes, transportation from Haridwar to haridwar , so we have to be reach haridwar at 08:00 AM, 29-dec-2018. But eventually we reached Haridwar at 4:00 AM, 29-dec-2018. Now that we had 4 hours so we booked a Hotel at near by Location.

Finally our first Journey begin from Haridwar to Raithal(Starting Point of Dayara Trek).
Distance:- 230.7 Km

After Pickup in morning, we drove towards Raithal passing through small towns , rivers, and a very stunning mountain views. Roads were breathtaking, as the roads were made by cutting the edge of the mountains on the top of Bhagirathi River, at a high altitude of around 1000ft.
These roads will give you a journey of your dreams, passing through beautiful landscapes through hills and river all over, at the same time frightening too. It’s like a series of so many levels of Zig-Zag roads.

Zig-Zag roads at the edge of mountains on the top of Bhagirathi.
Stunning Mountain View.

But finally after about 9 hours of journey, we reached the entry point of Trek, Raithal. It was 05:00 PM, 29-dec-2018. About 05–10 minutes to sunset, we Miss our Sunset from mountains :( . Raithal is basically a small town located at the elevation of 7,400ft surrounded by the range of mountains-Shrikanth, Gangotri range, Mt. jaonli and Draupadi ka Danda.
It was freezing cold there , we immediately put our Jackets, Woolen caps and Muffler. When we reached there we find other group like us, who too came for Dayara Trek for the first time. Initially we Interacted with each other and after that we were allotted our Hotel Rooms. After taking some rest we all gathered for BonFire and Dinner. At BonFire we introduced ourself one by one, and came to know that we all were trying out a trek for the first time, then after that we got some instructions from our trek leaders — Vishal Chaudhary and Devashish.

First interaction with whole group.

Then we moved for dinner in a chalet(a wooden house built in mountain area).

Dining Room

After dinner we went to bed and played cards and then had rest to regain our energy for our trek. Good Night :)
And that’s the end of part-1. Part-2 of this story is — here

Thanks for reading. Hope you liked it.