The descent was trickier for there was the troop of monkeys on the prowl. Some even pounced at a couple of members in our group while they were climbing down one of the many ladders to be found on the route. The monkeys seemed to be fascinated with what they were carrying in their bags. They came from behind while the trekker was busy climbing down, opened the bag slyly and picked from the many items in there, eventually getting bored, even as the owner of the bag watched on, bewildered, praying that the ‘betal’ on his back moves away. The monkey did so after a while, only for the trekker to realise that the monkey had emptied a few items from the bag.
It would be fitting for those who savour a challenge and are experienced trekkers to embark on this trek in the monsoon for that is when one would be pitted against the elements. All in all, the trek is a test of endurance and a fine one at that.