Trek #1: Naddi to Guna to Gallu

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anna, fabrizio and i went on a 3-day trek, starting in the little village of naddi. when we stepped out of the rickshaw to begin our hike, we were greeted by a wall of snow-covered mountains beneath the most crystal clear blue sky...amazing.
we followed a crooked little old man in sandals for a bit.
said hi to curious children.
worked our way through masses of sheep.
relaxed at guna temple, gathered wood and set up camp.
befriended the guys (little boys!) who run the "shop."
cooked our pasta in their shop.
evening and morning aarti in the background of our fire and the bird calls.
little boys from the shop hung out at the fire with us.
crawled down an entire mountain of stairs.
adored a beautiful little girl proudly holding a beautiful little lamb.
crossed a river that, next time, we will hike up.

up the mountain, through forests, on random paths that may have been trails.
followed another scrawny man for a bit.
aim: get to triund.
reality: get to galu devi, see tons of people and civilization, feel our lack of breath and muscular fatigue...and go find a campsite instead.
camped at the magical place we found on our hike the previous week, atop pine needles with our faces to the sunset.
...and a scorpion!
[camping there felt Good. really Good. we sang songs, laughed a lot, ate canned fish and everything we had left...it was perfect.]

>>travel note: don't go from naddi to guna temple to triund. you need to backtrack too much, and it's just too much physical effort to go down and up, only to hit a whole bunch of tourists and somewhere you could've walked to in an hour from mcleod.

>>the shepherds hike DAILY what we scheduled 3 days for...in a few hours.

>>gaddi (mountain villagers) trekking shoes: sandals...if any.

>>trekking here (northern india? himachal? india? himalayas? mountains?) means something different than trekking in new zealand, the states... you walk through villages, meet shepherds and nomads, cross paths with herds of sheep and goats and cows... ask directions and advice.
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uh oh....think its okay?
uh oh....think it's okay?
night 1: guna temple
night 1: guna temple
the man who cooked our dinner.
the man who cooked our dinner.
McLeod Ganj
photo by: Stevie_Wes