We woke up to the the sound of rain falling on the flysheet. The view outside was mesmerizing. I ventured out in the rain to get water from the stream. Some trees had fallen a few metres from our tent. I didn't think much of it then. The rain didn't want to go away. After waiting till 4 in the evening, hungry and disappointed, we packed our bags and tent and started the journey downhill. As luck would have it, we were in for a ride. More trees had fallen along the path and barely 200 metres from the camp, we found our way blocked by a tree. After crawling underneath the tree to the other side, the sight that lay infront of our eyes gave us goosebumps.
Due to the uprooting of trees, landslide had occurred in the night and our way down was gone! But we still had to go down because going up wasn't an option. We decided to slide down the mountain, on our backs, a couple metres at a time. The trek route was intact at some places but most of it was blocked by the uprooted trees or had been partially washed away in the rain. Slowly, after several bruises and cuts, we got down to the river.But our bad luck hadn't just run out yet. We were greeted by an overflowing river which seemed impossible to cross. After a lot of contemplating and weighing in the pros and cons of stepping in a flooding river, I decided to risk it. Facing towards the oncoming flow of water, I stepped in the river and started walking sideways. I lost my footing a couple of times, fell face first into the river but holding on to dear life, I finally crossed it. My clothes and almost everything in the bag was drenched by the point. I tied two elastic cords and threw it towards Raunak and pulled him to the other side. After crossing the river, we found a homestay in Bagi where we took shelter from the rain. We were informed of the flood warnings by Hem, the guy who ran the place. The bus back to Mandi had also been cancelled and the next available bus was one day later.
There was seemingly no way out of this fiasco until the day after tomorrow. We were exhausted and fell asleep right after having a hearty and warm dinner,
with our wet clothes drying all around the room.