We took rest for the night & started for the summit at 3:30 morning of 1st January.
I was carrying a bottle full of warm water with me and although we were drinking only a few sips from it, we were advised not to drink so much as it would make our body cold and cause issues. Hesitantly i agreed and continued scaling the mountain. When we reached near the summit, my throat was all dry and craving for a few drops of water, so i took out my bottle and started to drink from it only to realise that the whole water froze inside the bottle. The only alternative was to consume sweet toffies and continue with the trek.
Upon reaching the summit/top around 6:30 am, at a height of 12,500ft above ground level and temperature of -22 degree, I saw the first sunrise of 2018. I have made a point of always beginning my year with a new adventure, a new destination and a new experience, and this was by far the best. We stayed there for hardly 4-5 minutes, as it was freezing cold. But just those 5 minutes were enough to recharge me with the energy to step into the year with enthusiasm, strength and positivety. The sense of achievement of completing a summit we had very few expectations of finishing, pushing myself way above and beyond my limits, I got more in touch with my inner self.
In the end,
“He is not the light but the darkness. He is nothing and everything at the same time. He is the ‘destroyer’ of the universe. Only to recreate it.
He is Shiva.” Cause if it’s not us who looks after the nature, protect what’s left of the trees and vegetation, then our future generations would not have any trend left to embark upon. So let’s come together and make a pact not to cut trees and do our best to keep the Himalayas clean and green, so that our kids are not robbed of such enthrilling trek experiences.
"माटू हमरू, पाणी हमरू, हमरा ही छन यी बौण भी... पितरों न लगाई बौण, हमुनही त बचौण भी।
Soil ours, water ours, ours are these forests. Our forefathers raised them, it's we who must protect them.
-Chipko movement 1973"