After that, we descended quickly, had some evening tea at Sari village and sped our bikes all the way to Chopta. The sun was setting fast.
A few kilometres before Dugalbitta, we found snow patches on the road. Due to the lack of an option, we decided to ride on snow and went all the way up to Dugalbitta. There were patches when we were literally riding on snow, and the first response after we got down on Dugalbitta was,
‘Dude, today we could have rode even on a rope”.
We stopped at Dugalbitta, had some tea again and inquired about the track ahead by the tea vendor. He advised us to stay there itself for the night as it was almost impossible to go ahead.
But, we were determined to go to Chopta. After a little discussion among themselves, we decided we would leave our bikes there itself and trek the 7-8 km of road in the night itself. We estimated that in the worst possible case, we would reach Chopta by 10 o’clock.
We started our journey by 6 o’clock and hitchhiked for half of the way. We covered the rest distance on foot, in the moonlight, the whole landscape was black and white. The moonlight reflected by cotton white snow lighted our way.
It was a Godly experience. Only seven persons, walking alone in the wilderness. We had an awesome lot of talented people with us, also a ‘Sharmaji ka Launda’ who had this amazing quality of narrating jokes. We thoroughly enjoyed the jokes and other ghost tales and covered the path comfortably. More than the content, his narration of them was funnier. And, we had a rule that the character of the jokes would be among ourselves.
Needless to say, it was a laughter walking trek for us and we didn’t get any sense of time and tiredness.
We reached Chopta at around 8 o’clock. We only found a single shop there. Luckily, he had lodging and food for us and was humble enough to ask only reasonable rates even at that condition of time. We would have easily agreed to pay him much higher than what he demanded. But, hilly people are good hosts, this was our second experience in two days.
We had some tea and lighted a bonfire.