An exciting adventure in the Himalayas
By Allister Mark Syiemlieh, our guide in Northern India
“When you are looking forward to something, and for whatever reason the timing of it means you need to wait longer, when it eventually happens it’s impossible to control your excitement… I felt a similar rush when I first did the ‘Bunga Walk’ (An eight hour walk from the unique lodge 360 Leti, in Uttrakhand India, that takes you up to 3100 metres). I had heard so much about this walk and had been told that it would blow my mind.
And it was worth the wait and more.
As the site of Bunga, with its incredible crisp clear views of the Himalayas, especially the beautiful peak, Nanda Devi, the team here in Uttrakhand were deployed to find a trek that would be able to incorporate this amazing part of the mountains into a 4 night trek for our clients, starting and ending back at the beautiful 360 Leti.
It’s an uphill climb all the way to Bunga but when we reached the top, I remember standing motionless just captivated at the magnificence and proximity of the peaks.
The Great Central Himalayas, with the ‘Blessed Goddess’ – Nanda Devi (at 7816m, it is the highest peak wholly in India) towers over the rest and the view literally took my breath away. The heavily snow capped mountains and glaciers spread before me for miles like a huge white wall. The cold, the weary body didn’t matter any longer as I stood there in silence and paid my homage to the abode of the gods. It was a very special moment for me and I remember the sense of humility I felt, of how small and insignificant I was.
What made this trek so special?
It was everything put together – the risk, the euphoria, the challenge and finally pulling it off.
I’d like to think of this experience as one of my most memorable ones…I also saw the most brilliant sunrise and sunset during that time, the fading light casting a surreal orange tinge to the otherwise white tops of the peaks.”