Today I woke up with mixed feelings – “of elation” at having successfully completed the family adventure trekking with kids and “some anxiety” that the trip was coming to a close. Having thoroughly enjoyed the 4 days, time to head back to civilization was imminent.
A day before, the crew had already figured the start point for the way downhill. Today, we make our own path to the village of Ghiyagi.
After one last look at the campsite, where we spent 2 glorious days, we started towards the end of our family adventure trek. Today, we will descend almost 500 meters. It took us 3 hours to make this journey. Here is a photo blog of the downhill trek from Crystal Cave.
A temporary shelter we came across on the way down. These are typically used by shepherds who come down to these lower mountains during winter
Posing with the white wildflowers all over on the ground.
Selfie time in the woods as we take a break
Happy for the much needed respite after an hour of downhill trek
The much traveled bag
Posing on a fallen tree trunk. We saw many such logs on the way down
The awesome green colored rock sheets that we climbed over
Mountain goat we met and cuddled on the way down. Isn’t she cute ?
First view of civilization after 4 days of family adventure trekking with kids
Close up of Shoja village, the first settlement during our descent. We had to go further down to Ghiyagi as this village is not accessible by vehicles
One of the house in tiny village we crossed
A colorful house in the village. Check the lovely windows
Villagers we met on the way down, happy to pose for me
The excellent support crew making the family adventure trek successful
We did not leave anyone back ! Mission successful 🙂
After this it was an hour drive from Ghiyagi to Jibhi, which was where we were put up for the night.
On the way to Jibhi from Ghiyagi
Evergreen conifers enroute to Jibhi from Ghiyagi
A stream flowing along the road
One of the many beautiful Iris that we saw along the road. Not sure if they were grown or growing in the wild !
Our hotel by the river in Jibhi. Happy to be back for a nice hot shower – for sure 🙂
Things you may want to know before the travel (Travel tips)
- Walking downhill is quite tough on your knees and toes, so walk at your own pace
- Good hiking shoes is a must
- Keep your clothes layered and space in your backpack. As you climb down, you will start feeling warm. The extra layers can be put in your backpack
- Keep yourself hydrated and carry enough water for until you reach civilization
- At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I re-iterate : Apply sunscreen throughout
Link to other days of the family adventure trek
Day 1 – Jalori Pass to Serolsar Lake
Day 2 – Family adventure : Serolsar Lake to Shepherd’s hut
Day 3 – Family adventure : Exploring Crystal Cave and its surroundings