We woke up at 4:30 in the morning to start trekking in the darkness of pre-dawn period towards the summit. Leaving the tents right on time, we made our way through the dense forest that embellished the remaining 5.5 km of our journey. Despite wilderness, the terrain remained to be full of big boulders making the climb steaper than expected. It was nearing 7:30 am when we got teased by probably the first ray of sunlight. As the sun started expanding its kingdom, the mountain ranges that we could see at distance started to turn golden. Not much after this point when we were welcomed by snow that was glistening like some infinite source of pearls scattered on the ground.
As I gawked at the setting sun, I felt I was going through one of the most divine and surreal moments of my life. It reflected well on our lives. The temperature was exponentially approaching the freezing point and the only source of heat was ready to wave good-bye to us like a fair-weathered friend. The farewell was beautiful yet fearful. After this, despite all hardships, we were on our own. It seemed as if the only support system had decided to leave you on your own, especially during the time when you needed someone the most. There was a subtle tinge of beauty in this otherwise painful realization.
This is how basecamp looks at 5'o clock. It took us some time to set up our camp and by that time the Sun said BYE and Moon said HI. It was below 0 degrees and I concluded to lit a bonfire to stay warm.
Next morning, I woke up listening to the birds chirping and chilly waves. That was something which cannot be described in words and neither the photographs can do the justice. The temperature there was somewhere around 2/4 degree Celsius. Believe it or not that for me was surreal, mountains covered with clouds and fog, chilly waves going under your skin, it was an experience worth visiting Nag Tibba. After cherishing the view of long ranges of beautiful mountains, I had my breakfast and left for the Nag Tibba peak. We had to leave early in the morning because we need to complete at around 16KM trek (5km to Nag Tibba peak and 11km back to Pantwari village) in a single day.
Finally, after quite a struggle and some weird experiences, I reached the base camp at around 6:30 in the evening along with fellow trekkers who were following me throughout the trek. The moment I reached there I was astonished to see that place, green meadows, a pleasant sunset and a lot of mountains all around you; that panorama left me ineffable. We relaxed for a while since, I was starving I had some snacks (tea with vegetable pakoras, an Indian snack) with tea provided by Himalaya Shelter. Simple food also becomes exotic when provided in a remote area. Thereafter, I simply sat there and watched the sun go behind the mountains. It was a great day, we sat before the bonfire, had our dinner and called it a night.