I was up by 6am, getting ready for the remainder of the trek down to Subramanya. Srijal and few others decided to start early, skipping breakfast. I initially thought of same, but I shall wait for breakfast. Breakfast arrived, I filled my tummy to my content, and I set out to Subramanya on my own. The morning was a delight to the eyes with the hazy greenery all around me. I did realize that this will be all gone once I step in Subramanya and enter civilization. But hey, all good things must come to an end.
I was actually happy to be all by myself; surrounded by verdant mountains + no one to bug you. 1 hour into descent and I was joined by fellow trekker Pankaj. Pankaj had recently relocated to Delhi and we chit chatted our way down to Subramanya. We didn’t speed it up, we were content with our relaxed pace.
Soon enough we exited the forest. As much as we were happy that we completed our trek successfully (we were stinking like rotten meat!) also was the disappointment that the we will be soon back to our usual lives. Me and Pankaj decided to take a quick shower and change of clothes in a small lodge near the hotel, paying up 150 bucks. And boy-o-boy, did it feel good! Once all refreshed but of us headed towards the parking lot where our vehicles were waiting. Upon reaching we realized that lot of ours were still making their way down. I took a quick bite near a restaurant. We left Subramanya by around 12pm, once all the hikers reached. Once sleeping bags were deposited we soon headed back to our origin Bengaluru. We had some sumptuous lunch at Sakleshpur.
We reached Bengaluru by around 9:30 pm. Most of us alighted at various points once we entered city, thanking each other for the wonderful memoirs and promising to see each other in one of the other mountains very soon…