After the stupendous success of our last HAT (High Altitude Trek) to the Valley of Flowers and Hemkunt Sahib (in August 2016), we were looking at other options from IndiaHikes (yup, we are now convinced they offer the best experience, are priced right and are run professionally for treks in the Himalayas), preferably in the snowy season (safer half of the season:)). One of the guests to Suragi over the new year’s eve suggested Kedarakanta and the team nodded in unison, although not all of the previous ones joined and some new ones stepped in.
It was a rainy day, one after almost 3 days of continuous rain, when we started out towards Kaas from Kedige. The long road trip had well and truly begun as we wound through the Western Ghats from Madangeri on NH 17, as we took a short cut towards the Karwar/ Hubli road. Since the start was an early AM affair, we stopped by at Yellapur for a sumptuous breakfast which also served as a good strategy to avoid climbing up the ghats full stomach for some of the co passengers.
The excitement was palpable. Whatsapp group messages buzzing with last minute packing tips, running in and out to get the last set of items on the list, door bells ringing with e-commerce delivery folks and more….. Chaotic:) The past couple of nights have been with little sleep too, partly due to the sheer amount of preparations needed (procrastinated in to the last few hours:)) as well as in anticipation of a trip that’s taken years in planning and a few months in preparations.