Blog by Pawan Ranta
Hidden deep beneath
the winter snow,
begin to grow.
Who will wake
when lilies bloom?
Who will appear
when spring is finally here?
Chaka meadows hike is for the ones in tireless twenties wanting to savour the spectacle of Kinner Kailash mountain range from close or for the ones in late forties when knees begin to protest against the gradient and you start appreciating the least challenging of the mountain trails. The trails starts from a point on Kalpa Roghi road near charming Kalpa ( Chini village) which is around 10 kms from district headquarter , Reckong Peo. One don’t need any prior trekking experience but a sound pair of lungs. I would say it’s a modest trek with great returns. The hike is steep though. We started hiking from a trail near hotel Rakpa Regency which leads to Chaka Meadows. Early morning start is advised because it gets quite arduous when the sun starts hitting on face and suddenly you start feeling the backpack load.
A good trek is not measured just by the physical coordinates of cool heights attained and scenic ridges traversed. Perhaps more crucial is the inner satisfaction that derives from walking with companions who stay agreeable under testing conditions and whose sympathies remain as a warm afterglow. The marvelous sunrise from the Kinner Kailash mountain , breathtaking views of the mountain range and beautiful views of Kalpa village are major highlights of the hike.
The trails is around 3 kilometers long and it runs along a stream. It passes through fields of Chini villagers and Cedar forest below the meadows. It’s a day hike and one can comfortably descend back to the Kalpa – Roghi road in evening.
Winter offers some of the prettiest, most serene trail adventures you can ever hope to have. Cleary sky , little or no crowd and snow laden peaks are some of the perks that comes with a winter hike. Unlike in summers when you need to start early in morning , one can start to hike in late morning in winters. Hiking in winters has its inherent dangers. So one is advised to carry good gear and dress in layers.