the shivling is at an altitude of about 18500 ft. There are chances of AMS also. what do you say Dr. Akashdeep
Back in Aug 2009, Me and a couple of friends went on the Shrikhand Trek. A truly DELIGHTFUL experience which is hard to forget. Although, because of our meaninglessly hectic city lives, we could only give about 5 days to this outing, out of which nearly a day and half was just driving time.
here are some pointers i can think of for this trek:
1) Bagipul and Joan village are not easy to find, if you plan to go, determine the exact directions and pinpoint on the map. (You can always ask me).
2) Good Trekking shoes, or any shoes with a good grip and laces are a MUST.
3) Carry your own gear especially if you want your own space and cleanliness. the tents that offer temporary accommodation on the way, stink and are on an anybody-who-pays-can-share basis. so be well equipped and carry your own tent.
4) Despite of Point3, try to be as light as possible, keep everything to be Minimal.
5) Maintain your own speed as different people have different paces while trekking. Do not rush and get yourself out of breath. Take your own time and if possible get adequate rest while camping and at the same time enjoy the enchanting beauty of the landscape.
6) A walking stick really helps especially where the surface becomes wet and slippery.
7) If you plan on taking the services of a porter, Be very clear on the price arrangement, Bhagat (Our porter) charged us for many other things which were not mentioned initially at all. We ended up bargaining and arguing with him, which was quite unpleasant and undesired.
8 Be Prepared for the rain. Carry extra plastic bags for cameras and cell phones.
1) Of Course, fitness is the biggest factor when considering trekking and this is no easy trek, DONT go for this trek unprepared. it takes you through steep climbs, which continue upto 7-8 kms in one shot, and once you start on the approach to the shivling, right from "Kali ghatti", which is about 3901 Meters ASL, there is a possibility of AMS setting in. to be prepared, you need to take it easy, carry appropriate medication and take all necessary precaution
2) Don't carry alcohol. Remember, Shrikhand Mahadevan Yatra is more of a Holy pilgrimage, and you may land up in trouble with the devotees if caught with it.
3) Don't expect any facilities all the way, once you start,besides some resting points and tea stops en-route, its only you, Other devotees and the wilderness.
Another message i want to add here is
PLEASE DO NOT LITTER. We are very fortunate that places like Shrikhand, still exist, despite of climate change, global warming, Urbanization and whatnot we still have nature in its most pure and finest form around us. LETS NOT RUIN IT. Do your bit, as little as it may seem to be.
Whenever i go for a trek, I make it a point to not litter anywhere, and make sure that no one around me does so either, not even something as small as a chocolate wrapper or plastic bottle. Of course, we must all know that these things are Non-Biodegradable and simply add to the decay of natural elements. I make sure that everything i use, is stored and brought back to a proper disposal area.
On a recent trek to Triund, we saw a group of 25 ill mannered school children from Chandigarh, who were not only ruining the utter peace and tranuqility of a place like triund by yelling out loud, but littering all along the way. They were going back towards Mecleodganj, and we were going towards triund in the other direction, me and my friend pretty much gathered all the plastics and wrappers they'd ignorantly thrown on the their way down, and disposed them in a proper disposal. maybe i should start a separate thread on that later..
Its a shame to see our own countrymen ruining our own country.
Sorry for being so off-topic and blatant, but this is something which bothers me, and should bother all of us.
Back to Shrikhand, a few pics from my trip:
For you Slice you really did a terrific job.On a recent trek to Triund, we saw a group of 25 ill mannered school children from Chandigarh, who were not only ruining the utter peace and tranuqility of a place like triund by yelling out loud, but littering all along the way. They were going back towards Mecleodganj, and we were going towards triund in the other direction, me and my friend pretty much gathered all the plastics and wrappers they'd ignorantly thrown on the their way down, and disposed them in a proper disposal. maybe i should start a separate thread on that later..