How Hampta Pass Trek Refilled the Happiness in Me Post Lockdown

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Being stuck indoors for months due to the coronavirus quarantine isn’t very pleasant. Our daily routine is disrupted, and we suddenly feel trapped. Honestly, I’m tired of all the negative news around me. I think we all are. So I thought of sharing my happiest moment that takes us as far away from Coronavirus as possible – to the outer world where we all yearn to be.

My trek to Hampta Pass was full of mixed emotions, but throughout the journey, this was one of the moments that I felt happiest. While trekking it was obvious that we would find nature’s awe-inspiring imagery, self-reflecting one. But being surrounded by that bliss with the people whom you met out of nowhere, were the ones who actually made you feel alive. And that too as effortlessly as they do in the movies – it just works.

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Initially, I was slightly nervous if my condition was good enough for Hampta Pass, but I was also uber excited for my first real high altitude trek in the Himalayas. Waking up at 5, breakfast at 6 and beginning at 7 for the next campsite, was the new routine. The experience was so overwhelming that it just cannot be described in words. Our trek started from Jobra to the open grasslands of Chika to picturesque Balu-ka-Ghera where the wildflowers in pink and yellow were strewn all around.

Through the green valley, we made our way to the icy mountains and glaciers, Shea Goru, passing by Hampta Pass which had snow-capped mountains everywhere. I was constantly looking around me so that I don’t miss out on anything. From the lush green of Kullu, we descended to the deserted Spiti. We ended our trip with a drive to Chandratal Lake. Our campsite throughout had a beautiful company of narrow valleys, mountains towering on both sides, lovely meadows, and crystal clear water flowing just next to us.

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The whole time I was just moving with my head down, heart-pounding, hustling through, I would rush to the end as a result of sheer doggedness but what I learned was not to forget to look up. It’s easy to become so single-mindedly focused on the destination that we miss the entire journey. The thing that I was constantly trying to do was to stop and look upwards. Take it all in. Sometimes this can be discouraging when you look ahead and see how far you have left to go. When that happens, turn around and look behind you. You’ll be astonished at how far you’ve come.

And I suppose that’s how it is with life. Maybe somewhere in me, I still yearn for that experience hoping that it would fill me up and bring a smile to my heart but till then I am okay to look back and be nostalgic about the past and prep myself for future adventures.

Author – Harshita Jaswani

Hi, this is Harshita Jaswani and I work for an advertising agency in the account management department. I thought of sharing my happiest moment hoping that lesson learned from that trek would calm someone’s heart as much as that experience did to mine.

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