“To have a moment to touch the waters of the Ganga, after all this time, is like dipping your hands in pure sunshine ” – Lisa te Heuheu
Earlier last week we made our trek to the Gangotri Glacier. We started in a little mountain town, which we arrived at after hours of driving up mountain roads. As we began our hike, we were accompanied by porter, which we’ve never had before. They helped us carry everything to Bhojwasa, which was our basecamp for that day. We each had a 30 liter pack and gained a lot of altitude that day. As we were climbing, some of our team was hit with altitude sickness so we had to keep an eye on everyone and go slow.
Fortunately, our camp was set up by the time we got there and we were able to cook a hot meal and settle into the tents for a cold night. Camping right next the Ganges was absolutely amazing! It was the land of rock and water and we were blessed with the beautiful sight of the mountain ranges as the sun set.
The next day we packed up and hiked out to the glacier. The team was getting better adjusted to the altitude sickness, but we still took it slow regardless. As we hiked we saw everything from blue sheep to rock cairns. Finally we saw the edge of the dirty ice, hiked a bit further, and reached the beginning of the Ganges. It was so cool and everyone was really excited. A few of us took off our boots and dipped our feet in the freezing glacial water. Deep breaths and deep thoughts enhanced our gratitude for being in this special place. It is hard to express the emotions exactly, but it is a powerful place and one we fought hard to get to. Now that we’re here, we feel like our trip has finally begun!