After an overnight bus from Delhi, My brother and I reached Dehradun bus terminal around 5:00 AM in the morning and took an auto to Dehradun railway station. With our 15kg backpack we waited at the station for our cab driver Charan Singh who will take us to Sankri, our base camp.

While we were waiting for the cab I saw few other people with their backpacks, introduced ourselves and later came to know that they were our trek-mates. Meanwhile Charan Singh arrived with 4 cabs and soon we all 22 trekkers were off to Sankri.

It was like a great road trip from Dehra to Sankri, amazing uphill drive with amazing view of hills and plains together, bright sunny day with cold air. We took a small stop at Kempty falls and had light breakfast among the picturesque landscape.

View from Kempty Falls.

Kempty falls: The Kempty Falls are situated on the hilly tracks of Uttarakhand, India, 13 km from Mussoorie on the Chakrata Road. It is nearly 1364 meters above sea level, at 78°-02’East longitude and 30° -29’North latitude. The Kempty Falls, and the area around is surrounded by high mountain ranges at an altitude of 4500 feet.

Kempty Falls.

After getting stuffed at Kempty falls we were again set off to Sankri following the Yamuna River. Then followed a small stream and then the river Tons which is a major tributary or River Yamuna almost till Sankri.

We made several stops in between for sight-seeing and leg stretching including one major stop for lunch at a small town Purola.

Team having lunch at Purola. (Photo by a trek mate).

After lunch and few small stops and amazing drive we finally reached Sankri at around 5:30 in the evening and met our trek leader Saranbir singh at GMVN (Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) guest house.

GMVN guest house, Sankri.

Then a small session of introduction followed by mouth-watering dinner and then we spent the night resting for the amazing trek tomorrow.


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