We decided to start our trek early as it was predicted to rain heavily in the afternoon. The trek seems less hectic as it was mostly the downhill walk this time. But we were unaware of the fact that was waiting for us. By the time we crossed the first water fall, we saw that the there had been a landslide and there is no route to go down from there. Up in the mountains, we saw a group of people climbing with a guide. We tried calling them for help but due to the distance and drizzling they were not able to hear us. We decided to follow their steps and decided to climb the mountain ourselves.
We climbed through few broken trees, fallen stones and rough bushes and managed to reach a waterfall which was adversely impacted by the landslide. The water was falling from the spaces left out of fallen stuck tree branches and dump of soil and mud. We had to cross the waterfall in regards to reach to another side. We collected our courage and carefully stepped in to the waterfall. It was only 3 of us and we could not see a sign of life except few roars of bear which were adding to our fear. Some how we managed to cross over and sadly found that there was no way to go from there. It was a "DEAD END". By the time we realized that we need to go back, all of the sudden another landslide occurred in front of us and we saw the route from where we climbed up getting destroyed by more trees, mud and stones and this time it was much tougher to go down by the same way we climbed up.
We had 2 choices either to wait for another landslide to hit us this time or take a risk to go back the same way we came up and try to find help. Obviously! we chose the second one.
We somehow managed to reach back to the point where we started and tried looking for help. We were covered in mud from head to toe and were lost in that forest. Luckily after the struggle of hours we successfully found a local who helped us through the landslide area and guided a route that was comparatively less dangerous. This experience taught us the value of life and how to stay calm in such situation.
We reached back at the base by the late in the evening and collected our luggage from the local shop and took taxi towards Bhuntar. Local buses are only available till 5Pm and we reached back by 7Pm. From Bhuntar we got a volvo back to Delhi and completed our trip in 5 days including the travel time.
" This trip has been wonderful from all ends. We captured the beauty of nature and life and saw the adverse of weather and how dangerous it can get if you are not calm and composed. One should always be aware of sustaining in worst and learning from it."
Kheerganga- A trip, I will always cherish!