As I have started to my short travel stories with How I Got Stuck in Morocco? , now it’s time to share ‘Becoming Hero in the Himalayas’ which was a matter of life and death. It’s like a horror story for me as I felt in every single cell of my body when it happened. Are you ready to read now?
Short Travel Stories: Becoming Hero in the Himalayas
Let’s say you’re hiking and suddenly you’ve lost the trail. I would recommend you to just walk back, whatever it takes. Cause you’re in trouble! Let’s throw back and go to the fifth day of my 10-Day Langtang Trek in the Himalayas.
The 5th Day in Langtang National Park:
After a challenging 4-day hike, we’re 5 now. Which means I’m in trouble. Cause it’s very possible that I’m likely to be behind… As always, I’m not questioning the goal of the day, just listening to my music and focusing on the trek. Without knowing that we are hiking from 1500m to 2997m. I feel very confident cause I already achieved to reach Kyanjin Ri peak. Anyways, that day Nico whom has been always in the front, is behind me somehow. And the first stop of the day is a village seems like an ant from the place we stand. So, even though I listen the most uplifting playlist, it’s not working that day. Even I eat one of my sneakers which are about to finish. No way…
After a while, I see drawbridge. Bridge means first going down and then hiking up:/ When I look to the other side, I see the other 3 fellas walking. So I say hi and wave them. When I reach the bridge after millions of steps, I realize that at the end of the bridge there is no sign and no trail at all! There are 2 paths, but it’s impossible them to be the trail. So I decide to wait for Nico. But he is so aggressive that day. I assume that he is tired, without knowing he has diarrhea. So I ask which path should we use and he answers not even thinking about it at all because of his situation. So we take the left one, but this is not the one the rest of the group took I’m sure. Path is going up, but they were along the river level… So we hike up, up and up… We assume that this is the short way. But in the end, after walking and hiking we have a surprise. There is an end!
What should be done in this kind of situation? You should go back. But we decide to go down! Just from the place we are. I wouldn’t go directly down, but I am confused and I don’t wanna get lost alone! So in between big rocks and bamboo trees we start going down…
Holding bamboos, and calculating every single step we walk down from the cliff. There is almost no soil to stand to. So we are extremely careful. It’s even harder with the backpacks, cause they effect our balance on the cliff. So we finish half of the way, despite the rocks. Nico is in the front, guiding me.
At one point he says come from here. There is no other way. Only a big rock which is flat and smooth and under it there is the soil. However, my legs aren’t enough long to reach the soil. So with my right hand I hold a roof of a tree and on the other hand I hold a couple of bamboos and trying to reach the soil. As soon as I reach it, it slides as it’s only covering the rock. So at that point, since the rock is smooth and there is no place to cling with my foot, the bamboos break beacuse of all my body weight and plus 10kg backpack. So, now I’m hanging on the root. I’m holding the root as I am holding the life. My left side is like paralyzed and I can’t use my left arm since it’s in an adverse condition. Trying to find a bulge to put my foot on, but nope! So I am calling Nico. In the first place, since I go out his view he doesn’t understand this fatal situation. Then he comes.
After this point it’s getting more dangerous. Cause he’s standing on the very little piece of soil above the root. He says give me yur hand. Is it that easy? Anyways I reach out with my left arm. He pulls me but it’s not enough. He wants me to give the right also. How come? It’s like surrendering… Just then the root of the tree comes away because of his weight and I hold his ankle. He says release my ankle and give your hand to me. Cause he is sliding down with the soil now. My mind blows away, I am kinda departing. And of course I’m crying. But he successes to focus my mind to our condition and I finally hold his hand. He pulls me until the waist and then the rest comes. He is taking my backpack, but I’m shaking. He is trying to occupy me. But I’m still living those moment. Oh God! How come I can walk after this?
Nico is just leaving himself to the gravity and then with his baton he is creating a step for me so that I put my feet to go down. So it’s like rock climbing without any equipment and with a heavy backpack. Finally, we make it to the trial.
Interestingly nothing happens to my leggings and shoes. And except from some scarves on my arms, no injuries happen. As soon as we find the trial I say OK, leave me here. There is no way for me to walk more. Nico doesn’t let me stay. And watches me until I calm down. After chanting ‘Om’, my energy changes and I start to follow Nico. Roughly 1 hour of slow hiking, we reach that village. During that walk I cry and lough at the same time. My energy is kinda crazy, makes my body shaken. When Benji and Lily recognize us, from the point they are waiting for us, they go crazy. And after seeing my like that, they don’t ask any question. Later on, Lily says whatever happened to you to make you cry and laugh at the same time, tell me I wanna do that too! 🙂
The funny part is even if I’m crying, I cannot neglect the beauty around myself. I am amazed of myself, shooting photos when I’m shaking…. And after all of this, I have the strength to hike up another 3 hours… I am amazed that I finish that day with full of satisfaction. Nature is something that you can’t get angry to when things work not well. And it still glamours you and you let yourself to be lost in it again, again and again…
Things to pay attention on before hiking
What I am saying is that, the signs for the trials are not sufficient. For this reason, without a map, an app or powerbank don’t start hiking. And if it’s possible have some company whom can take care of you if needed. Nature is as scary and dangerous as beautiful. And sometimes cruel… From the shoes you wear, the batons you hold, the way you tie your bag, everything becomes important in the moment of danger, in the dark, under the rain… Just follow the trial. Within a 10-day hike, loosing our way twice, caused 2 accidents, hopefully nothing resulted with a fatal injury or something serious.
If you ask me, I would do it again. I am a bit crazy:) But my suggestion is to be careful.
Another post is on the way regarding the route we followed and how we started our Langtang Hiking Trail.
Until that time:
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