Mists in the sky misted our hopes of viewing the Himalayas the previous day. But again, we set off at 5 am to the nearest cliff to witness what would become the most magnanimous sunrise I have ever seen, because life never dies till our hopes do!
The chilly night has turned all water in Sandakphu to ice and the blowing winds almost froze us. But we couldn't lose the sunrise for anything and so we climbed the cliff and sunlight had not yet kissed the Himalayas.
Soon, the mighty Kanchenjunga began to get a reddish colour, and soon the endless Himalayan ranges began to appear all around. The sunrise lets you understand how fast the earth is rotating on its axis and soon all the mountain peaks from Nepal to India to Bhutan, and extending further to Arunachal Pradesh came into view. The sight was surreal and the "Sleeping Budha" appeared before our eyes, so close that we would feel like touching the peaks! The Kanchenjunga took shower in the golden rays of the sun, and so did all other peaks. You stand there, so little a homo sapien, surrounded by Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu, the highest peaks in the globe.
The same mountains have been standing there atop from times immemorial, and will do for thousands of years to come. And for that split second, you realize the sheer insignificance of human egos.
The sun has risen far from horizon, decorating the silvery skyline with the snow crowned peaks, and descended we, neglecting the cold , neglecting the winds.