Since beginning, when I started trekking, I always wanted to do a trek which is not just a walk (level, ascend or descend) but more than that. A trek where I get some adventure and knowledge about nature, a trek which is not just famous one and spoiled by crowd who come on name of adventure and throw plastics here and there. I got a chance to complete such a trek last October when my friend Nikhil started his own trekking company. He searched a lost trek with good amount of efforts and help of locals and invited me to give a try. I would like to share my experience for my walk into nature. Day 1 (30th Sept’17): Faridabad to Chopta (Chhoti) – Encounter with leopard (1700 Ft) Faridabad to Chopta generally takes 10 hours. Nikhil wanted to leave one day earlier so that he can do all arrangements for our great hospitality but I insisted him to accompany us as he is a great guy and his presence is always a fun. We (Nikhil, My Brother Gokelesh and I) started sharp 6:00 AM (in my i10) from Faridabad assuming we will reach by 5 PM. As soon as we reached Ghaziabad we felt everyone from Delhi NCR was heading to Haridwar/Rishikesh since this was Dashara week and a long weekend. Traffic was slow on national highway and every major city on route had traffic jams. It took us almost 10 hours to cross Rishikesh including two halts (Breakfast near Modinagar and Lunch at Rishikesh). Later we stopped in Devprayag for Sangam sightseeing just before sunset. Nikhil started worrying as he knew that Chopta will be closed by the time we reach there and we will not get any option for dinner. Gokelesh and I asked him not to treat us as his customers and I mentioned that I will not write this in my blog . We brought Rations from Srinagar (To use during Trek) and Dinner from Rudraprayag. From Rudraprayag, it takes 40 mins to reach Chopta. We were tired enough for the day and never knew that one surprise was still waiting for us. As soon we were about to enter Durgadhar village, Nikhil suddenly whispered and asked me to slow down the car, unknowingly I stopped the car and then realized that I stopped the car just beside a leopard hidden in thicket and car window opened. Nikhil scared and asked me to run the car which I did. We stopped after 50 meters, closed windows and returned to shoot the leopard (with camera ) and he was still there but crossed the road in meantime. We stopped the car there. By the time, I started my camera, a Mahindra pick-up came and leopard ran away by heavy noise. I wish, I could click the leopard. After this sudden encounter, we were excited because next couple of days we had to spend our nights in same forest area and we were expecting more surprises where beginning was like this. At the same time, I was little bit scared too. We reached Chopta at 9 PM where Nikhil has setup his homestay. We had dinner, I discussed my safety concerns with him, he ensured that we will return safe after this trek. He also briefed next day’s plan and we had a good sleep then.