Day 2:Dhak to Guling (3-4 hours)

Today we start early, around 8 am, from our Hotel in Joshimath and reach the last point on road for the trek, Dhak Village. You arrive at the village after a short (30 mins) but very picturesque ride for around 10 Kms from Joshimath where you get a beautiful view of peaks like Dronagiri on your left. We gear up to start the trek at around 9 am from Dhak. With Himalayan villages and their beautiful step farms on our left, we move up the dusty trail that offers a consistent and moderate incline. After 1.5 Kms, we will pass Karachi village on our left. As we keep moving up, one can see water streams which are used by the villagers for irrigation purposes. For a person who sees such idyllic settings, the lush green step farms (mostly paddy) along with the small canals with pure mineral water gushing through, for the first time, the scene can be mesmerizing. After hiking up further for around 500 meters, we pass through Tugashi village. One can witness the typical mountain village lifestyle here from the way they store their agricultural produce, their cattle & cattle houses, the unique structures of wooden Himalayan houses and much more that is difficult to put in words. As we move up from Tugashi, the dusty & rocky terrain makes way for much greener terrains. The forest area kicks in and civilization reduces its presence gradually from here. The hike from here till the campsite at Gulling is a steady incline up through the jungle and moves along with a small water stream on the left. After a total walk of 4 Kms (from Dhak) we reach our lunch spot, at Gulling. Gulling is a nice campsite with Oak, Rhododendrons, and some pine trees around. We camp for the night.

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