After a whole day and night of acclimatization in snow line, the day finally arrived for the big climb. We started at 5am in the morning and started our ascend to the first stop which was another base camp 2kms from snowline. We regrouped there with a group of british climbers who had a guide with them. Together we climbed till Lahesh cave, where we rested for sometime to catch our breath. Two things about Lahesh cave which I will never forget:
1. The thin air
2. And the shining grey mountains on the top.
After 3 hrs of gruesome climbing and changing weather, there we were finally at the pass. We took blessings from the trishul at the top. But we could only stay there for 20 mins as we could see the storm coming towards us.
The Descent was comparatively faster and we got just in time for supper.
The tents were set, the fire was alive and we had a small group with our Ukulele on point.
So, there we were 3 best friends sitting by the fire at 3500 mtrs above sea level and the mountains as our guardian. I sat stargazing completely oblivious to the fact that I was about to meet the love of my life.
At exactly 8pm we saw some commotion. It was a large group coming to the base camp. At first I was sad to see more people but I could see a adorable soul among them. It was my mystery girl, with her hiking boots, a multicolored rucksack and shitty french. I was awestruck at the first glance but kept it to myself.
The group after settling down came towards the fireplace and she sat right beside me. She was fancy, she had the big city sophistication and boy!! was she getting attention. I tried to keep to myself, I had my sky full of stars and a bottle of old monk. But, damn!! she was distracting.
Slowly, we got into talking and she was fun to talk with. We shared so much in common and our love for the mountains and the unknown got sparks flying.
But, then again she was a big city fancy chick and I was a wandering nomad. I wondered if this was the start of something or was it just a passing butterfly.
We couldn’t really got to talk alone that night.