BTME and Western Highlanders (a division of High Places) completed a trek to Tungnath the highest Shiva temple in the world in the Garhwal Himalayas today. The trek started with Whitewater rafting in the mighty Ganges at Rishikesh. We did a 10+ kilometer stretch going through 3 main rapids. Of course the rafting trip included more than a couple of dips in the river. The same day we reached Ukimath. Interestingly, Ukimath is the winter seat of Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar. The trek to Deoriya tal saw most of us get our first experience of camping in tents. The view of Chaukhamba, Kedarnath, Satopanth and Neelkanth was breath taking. The tent camp with the lake and peaks made the place look enchanting. The Tungnath trek was a little tough and saw us reach almost 12,000 feet. We were treated to more expansive views of the peaks. Then the thunderstorm hit us. Thunder and lightning kept many of us awake that night. Morning saw us start early and a little apprehensively. But what a sight awaited us. The skies cleared up for quite a while and we got some incredible views of the mighty peaks. We reached Chopta and went further down to Ukimath. The Kalimath trek gave many of us our first experience of river crossing by a cradle. We were quite excited. Our group comprised of kids from Oman from the American British Academy Muscat, the Indian School Sohar, the Indian School Muscat, the Indian School Wadi Kabir and the Indian School al Ghubra (CBSE International). We also had an ex-Indian School Nizwa graduate who is pursuing her post graduate studies in Management. What a diverse group. Would it gel... Not only did it gel but caring, sharing and helping each other the group completed the trek successfully. The trekking experts, Nirmal Khare and Pancham Kelkar, made sure that the participants got to know the do s and don ts. Mrs. Anagha Gupte who co-ordinated the trek made sure everyone was safe and cared for. Doctor Gupte s trekking and mountaineering tales kept everyone enthralled in the evenings. We saw the sangam of Alaknanda and Mandakini at Rudraprayag and the sangam of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda at Devprayag which then becomes the might Ganges. All in all a fantastic trek. Three Cheers to Himankan 2016.