And as the journey continues, the addiction grows. My destination this time was the Dhundi Beas kund trek. A trekking venture which starts from Manali and is the birthplace of river Beas. I can hardly withstand my curiosity when it comes to trodding the topsy turvy paths of high standing tough mountains and the gushing sounds of a river struggling to find its path across the heavy stones in its way. And when you know that you are going to experience the day dreams you daily think about, life turns to more of a much desired gift.
Dhundi Beas kund trek, when I initially researched about, is an easy to moderate level of trek and takes through the scintillating views of snow clad mountains, grand glaciers, small rivulets and cheerful meadows. I planned the duration of my trek for 3 days after having a conversation with a local guide who suggested me that the ideal plan would be to undertake it like:
Solang to Bakarthach – First day
Round trip to Bakrathatch by crossing the Beas kund – Second day
Bakrathatch to Solang – Third day
And I followed the plan. Resting for a day after taking the Hampta Pass trek, next day I woke up early and took local transportation to reach Solang, which is around 12 kms from Manali.
Day 1 (Trek of 13 kms)
Solang valley -> Dhundi -> Bakrathatch
Solang valley is always a must go on the list of all travelers to Manali. And then I got to know why, the valley offers adventurous rides throughout the year. In summers its paragliding and in winter snow its skiing. The slopes here are ideal for carrying out the activities. Capturing the splendid views of the valley in my mind, I started my trekking expedition.
The starting was a bit rough owing to the ascent but furthermore, nature started showing its marvelous colors and I forgot everything but to get lost in it. The mountains covered with chiplets of snow appeared serene, the thick forests invited me t get lost inside and the river bank alongside pacified my inner soul. To reach Dhundi, I needed to cover 8 kms and I hardly got any idea about how long it took.
Dhundi is a small peaceful village with pristine nature. I was lucky enough to locate some wild flowers around. Their varied colors played like the innocent smile over a kid’s face. Resting for a while, I continued further towards Bakrathatch. The river Beas was my constant companion during this trail. Sometimes I dipped my feet through and the other times crossed it by stepping over stones or walking over temporary bridges by shepherds, it gave me immense pleasure.
After an hour, I encountered some huts along the river side and a snow bridge afterwards. As the snow was melting in the month of April, I preferred to cross the river via a bridge made of wooden planks. In next 45 min, I reached Bakarthach . Totally tired then, I managed to take a sneak peak over the large expanse around. Greens all around and the cattle grazing the area made me remember the landscapes and scenes from some movies. But this was real! It was evening by then, I ate something and put myself to rest as to save some energy for the following day.
Day 2 (Trek of 6 kms)
Bakarthach -> Beas kund -> Bakarthach
I started early as I wanted to spend the maximum time near the Beas Kund. The boulders and terrain was making the path tough to handle but the destination was exciting enough to give me the courage to carry on. The area was mostly covered with Birch trees and hence is also called as Bhoj Patr. Next on the path was a ridge, whose direction was pointed towards by the cairns. (Cairns are the heap of rocks kept one over the other to find the way through when the clouds come low and hence, reduce the visibility).
Some waterfalls came across my way, henceforth. I took some halts, drank the mountain water and continued. Finally, the lake appeared, the birth place of river Beas with clear blue waters and a sight so divine. To overcome my fatigue, I dipped my feet into the lake and turning numb vanished it all away. It is believed that great sage Vyas, the author of Mahabharata, meditated here. I wanted to spend the night there, enjoying the beauty of the combination of all the ecosystems and listening to the soothing sound of the waters around. But all the camp arrangements were rather done at Bakarthach and a disappointed me, started the journey back. By the evening, I reached the campsite and kept on replaying the magnificent memories I had collected earlier.
Day 3 (Trek of 13 kms)
Bakarthach -> Solang Valley
The morning sun imbibed positive vibes within me, I felt some motivating energy. My heart was filled with cheer in regards to the masterpiece I had just witnessed yesterday. I progressed with my journey back to the beginning. Passing through the same dancing rivulets and the more-like-home mountains. It will sound strange but everything on my way was the same but it felt different. The difference which only a gratified heart would understand.
I wished I could stay there forever but then realized that there are lots more journeys and stories waiting for me to add those in my life’s experience book and I cannot do injustice to them.