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All The Good Things Are At The Other End Of Fear : Solo Trekking at Skandagiri | Part 3

Valley basking in the sunlight

All alone in that lonely place, I was undergoing a process of series of short naps.

Our mind is always at work, always alert, even when we are sleeping. Something might have alerted the mind and I woke up all of a sudden just to see some one standing at the entrance of the dilapidated temple…  (from the previous part)

Part 1 : At the other end of Fear | Skandagiri Trek

Part 2 : Fear That comes from Darkness | Skandagiri Trek


Part 3 :

And there he stood, looking at me. I quickly jumped out of my ‘floor bed’ where I was sleeping and reached for the stick I kept nearby. But by that time, he already made a retreat and ran away from the temple. I first thought it was a fox, but it was just a dog.

Then I checked the time and it was around 5 in the morning. It was almost time for the Sun to rise. So I decided not to try to attempt to sleep again.

I just got out of the temple to see the morning view. The first light of hope was already out there, clearing away all the fearful thoughts.

skandagiri valley in the morning
skandagiri valley in the morning

Sooner the normal life started as usual in those villages and towns at a distance.

_skandagiri morning view
Skandagiri morning view
_skandagiri morning view
Skandagiri morning view

By that time, Sun also made the announcement of its arrival.

_skandagiri Sunrise around the corner
Skandagiri Sunrise around the corner
Skandagiri Sunrise
Skandagiri Sunrise

So after the ‘almost sleepless night’, there it was, the beautiful view, the daily miracles of life, the beautiful sunrise.

All ways lead to Sunrise
All the ways lead to Sunrise

It made me think.

“What if I didn’t make the trip because I was scared. What if I didn’t even start the trip because of the bad reviews and reports of the ban on night trek? What if I went back when I lost my way?”

“Will I still be enjoying this beautiful view, if I quit at any of those doubtful moments?”

Valley basking in the sunlight
Valley basking in the sunlight

So it was evident to me that all the good things are at the other end of fear, at the other end of our comfort zones.

And I felt happy that I was alive to witness seemingly simple thing like a sunrise.

A new day, a world of new possibilities.

And then I had a new friend too.

And there he was, my new friend
And there he was, my new friend

The same dog that appeared at the entrance of the temple.

He followed wherever I went. My trek wasn’t a solo one any longer.

My new trekking partner
My new trekking partner

And this dog taught me that it is good to have a company and reminded me of a Christopher McCandless quote — ‘Happiness only real when shared.’

With that changed perspective, I captured a hundreds of sunrise pictures in different perspectives.

Sunrise at skandagiri
Sunrise at skandagiri
Sunrise celebration
Sunrise experimentation

And I started to walk down along with my new friend. He showed me the right path this time. I simply had to follow. He waited for me whenever I stopped some place to take pictures.

On the way back from skandagiri
On the way back from skandagiri

And I reached the base pretty quickly as I was on the right path unlike the previous day.

My new friend left me before I reached the village area. I kept on walking through the villages enjoying the morning village visuals.

When I looked back : skandagiri
When I looked back : skandagiri

The day was just starting for many, in the village.

Lazy Morning
Lazy Morning

And the walk continued through the village roads with grape plants on both side.

Grapes
Grapes

And to make this travel memory sweeter, some random stranger ( a villager) offered me a ride on his motorbike to the town.

Altogether solo trekking to Skandagiri was a trip to remember.

And this time, the mountains taught me “all good things are at the other end of fear”. The past lesson from the mountains was “Never Quit“.  With those new and old lessons lingering in my mind, I was already planning another mountain trip.


PS : A fictional version of this journey can be found in one of the last chapters of “Journey Is My Path“.


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17 thoughts on “All The Good Things Are At The Other End Of Fear : Solo Trekking at Skandagiri | Part 3

  1. I felt like I was there with you, and feeling the movement from fear to joy. I too become excited and full of joy when I’ve pushed past my comfort zone, past the fear, into a new place to discover the blessings on the other side.
    Namaste, Alison

    1. Thanks a lot Alison for reading this travel story and for your kind words. 🙂
      Yes, there is a special sort of joy when we push past the comfort zone and come out of it successfully 🙂

  2. It was a wonderful read as always. You are becoming brave. It’s good to know that the grapes are not sour after all lol. I really think u shud carry some basic camping gear w u at all times. a blanket n an inflatable mattress at the minimum n even a 1 person tent. good luck w ur future journeys 🙂

  3. Skandagiri is one place I missed going to while in B’lore; had the opportunity twice, but somehow it didn’t happen. Kudos to you for doing to alone. 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing your journey, Jithin. this part is wonderful : “all the good things are at the other end of fear”.
    So true. and beautiful sunrises.

  5. It was really interesting to read of the solo trekking trip. I did feel I was reading your book and not a blog post all through parts 1 and 2 and I wondered. Then, I decided to wait for the conclusion. It was wonderful reading, once again and this time with lovely photos. 🙂

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