There was a pressing need to start early the next day and so we did. As the day began, at 6 in the morning, we climbed the well-laid stone steps on the steep hills to reach Chhomrong at just past 7 where we had our breakfast. This is where we got a glimpse of the Annapurna. The glimmering white mountain peeking out from the greyish clouds with the lush green monsoon hills underneath the layers of cloud – it was sight to behold. Nonetheless, Annapurna South was adamant on playing hide and seek with us. So, we moved on through the village of Chhomrong to reach Upper Sinuwa in about 2 hours where we refilled our water bottles. This section of the walk includes walking up and down the hills mostly through the rural villages of Nepal. Just when we were about to reach Bamboo, it started raining.
After a hearty lunch (dal bhat, of course) we resumed our walk – in the rain – which had gotten bigger as we were busy devouring our lunch. Luckily for us, we had our raincoats – or so we thought. With further steps, the rain only seemed to get bigger and bigger making the trails wetter and muddier. Walking in the rain made it difficult to enjoy the waterfalls and the jungle, as it would otherwise have been. Each hour of walk drenched us more. I had been walking a little ahead of my friends and therefore, decided to wait for them by a spectacular waterfall, a mere half an hour walk from Himalaya. As told, the waterfall can be seen falling from way high above on a clear day, as it cascades from one cliff after another, somewhat forming layers. However, even after 35 minutes of waiting beside the waterfall, my friends were nowhere to be seen. Hence, I made my move towards Himalaya in hope that I would meet them soon. As I approached Himalaya, I saw one of my friends drying his clothes in the veranda in one of the tea-houses. Apparently, they had taken a shortcut suggested by one of the locals. What a relief! A quick glance at ourselves and our belonging revealed our clothes and backpacks to be damp, and with them our spirits.
The river roared and the rain poured. We sought refuge over the warm dinner and not so warm bed at Himalaya. Fortunately for us, the rain stopped long before the morning and we had some functioning clothes which we assumed would be enough to carry us through to ABC and back.