The crisp, chill wind woke us up like a cold towel that swept our face. The light was smooth and clear. Palms curled up into warmer clothing. At 6,725 feet above sea level, the weather was comfortable. The terrain was hospitable. River Beas was flowing gently caressing the road. We were a motley group of 17 — both male and female trekkers. Some, new and others, had a fair amount of experience. We got down from the warm air-conditioned comfort of the luxury coach onto the Manali Kulu Ghat section road. Eyes savoured the mountain and its green clothing, the river and the blue sky. Satiated, we moved on.