Shooting at sub-zero temperatures, surviving on Maggi and boiled eggs, hiking up steep heights, and the sheer thrill of reaching your snow-capped destination! Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone with the entire cast of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani create a riot of adrenaline as they set out on an extraordinary trek to Manali (errr…Gulmarg).
The thrill of climbing up a mountain is unmatched
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Superstars or not, they all had to walk for hours, brave extreme weather conditions and deal with long power cuts at their hotel with no warm water supply. Just imagine! But it was all worth it for the unforgettable journey they got in return. As they say, it’s about mind over matter, survival of the fittest. But that doesn’t mean treks aren’t for everyone. You just have to know how to pick the right one for you and go up the ladder of adventure.
Inspired by this spirit of exploration, I charted a series of treks from easy-peasy to hard core.
Here are three that caught my fancy:
Let’s start with the backdrop of the movie itself. While the trek is not entirely shot in Manali and some of the incredible landscape is actually in Kashmir, the actors did cover some gorgeous trails in Himachal. For instance, they went up to the famous Hampta Pass, which offers incredible views of the grand Himalayas. The trek is truly an experience of a lifetime.
But if you’re looking for something easier to begin with, you can go for a day trek to Solang Valley. On your way, you would encounter ancient villages, pine forests and apple orchards with remarkable views. You can go on a ropeway ride to Mt Phatru at a height of 3,200 metres. And if you really want to raise the stakes, try paragliding and take that leap of faith.
Take a leap of faith - try paragliding at Solang Valley | Photo Credit: Raman Virdi / Flickr
The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is an absolute treasure of natural beauty. Home to rare animals such as the Asiatic black deer, snow leopard, brown bear and brown sheep, as the name suggests, the valley also has beautiful shades and species of flowers.
It’s a fascinating and rewarding trek as it takes you along the rivers Ganga and Alaknanda and the holy towns of Rishikesh, Dev Prayag and Rudra Prayag. The trail is a treat for the eyes as you soak in the views of alpine flowers, lush green vistas and the majestic peak of Ratban Parvat.
Soak in the incredible views at the Valley of Flowers | Photo Credit: Alosh Bennett / Flickr
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Another beauty less-explored at Uttarakhand is the Chopta-Tungnath trek. The path from Chopta, a small village, to Tungnath and finally to the Chandrashila peak will take you to a whooping height of 4,000 metres. A little demanding, but one the hundred percent gratifying climb will capture your heart as you gaze at the magnificent surrounding peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba. Every photographer’s dream, the sights you see will stay with you forever.
Feel on top of the world as you go from Chopta to Tungnath to Chandrashila
The list can go on. It’s a classic case of too many treks, too little time. Now it’s up to us to seize the moment, carpe diem baby!