Nandakini river near Ghat. Trekking path is on the right
We (myself, Deshpande, Jambukeswaran and Krishnamurthy) reached Lucknow by Pushpak Express. We were joined by three more persons from Lucknow – Bhupal Singh (Team Leader), Rastogi and one teenager (whose name I am not able to recollect). Next day, we had briefings about the trek from Ashish Roy Chaudhary, General Secretary, MONTREK. Incidentally, he happened to be our colleague from Lucknow Office. After collecting haversacks, sleeping bags, tents etc, we boarded Doon Express in the evening and reached Dehradun the next late morning. Next day, we boarded an early morning bus and reached Purola ( 150 kms) early afternoon. After lunch, we got a bus bound for Netwar (1380m). Unfortunately, due to a landslide, we had to abandon the bus about 4 kms before Netwar. After crossing the landslide, we got a jeep which dropped us to Netwar. By the time we could complete the formalities with Forest Office for the trek, it was already dark. Hence, we decided to stay at Netwar.
Waiting for a jeep somewhere on way to Sankri
As we were alighting from the jeep, a young handsome man introduced himself as the caretaker of GMVN Rest House. We were not aware of the existence of this Rest House in Sankri. We checked in the Rest House and after lunch at the road side dabha, the afternoon was spent in arranging two porters as Bhupal Singh and one teenager accompanying him could double up to pick up some of our loads in their sacks. In the event, the problem propped up when so called leader of the porters based in Sankri resented for our bringing 'outsiders' as porters. We had to convince them that the two persons we brought with us were not porters but had joined us for trekking from Lucknow.
Sankri village was located about 1 km down the road. As usual, the GMVN had a superb location being perched on a high hill surrounded by tall trees. The area was very quite as if everything had come to a standstill. Since GMVN had no electricity, we finished our dinner early and retired to beds. As the night fell, the road side suddenly came to life with lots of commotion. We came out of the room and noticed that some men, apparently drunk, were quarrelling among themselves and to our surprise, one of them happened to be the Caretaker of GMVN. The nuisance continued till midnight after which we could get a sound sleep.