Finally it arrived.
Summit day it was. No need to repack and reload today as we will be coming down to the same campsite after summit. The most challenging and difficult part was waiting!
We started around 8.30am and quickly gathered pace as there were no heavy backpacks to hinder our march. We first reached Brahmatal, the iconic point of the trek which was barely 400m away from our campsite. It was frozen to such an extent that you could walk over it without drowning. Although I didn't take that risk. After a brief photo session , we began our ascent towards summit. There was no trail to be honest. All we had to was clutch whatever you can , place your poles and climb up the mountain. It was extremely tiring. We had to take frequent breaks in between to rejuvenate ourselves. The trek leaders kept spurring us on. But with time it got even more difficult as thick 2-3 ft layers of snow impeded our pace constantly. Those who have trekked in similar conditions know how much effort it takes to make a single step against such resistance. In the last part, I literally crawled up with the help of my stick. Finally, I Made It!!! It was amazing. I was so dumbfounded by the view that I kept sitting, staring those endless mountain ranges for almost 15 minutes straight. From left to right, beginning from Choukhamba.,Nandaghunti, Hati-Ghodi, Trishul, Maikatoli, Mrigathuni, The Pindari range..Everything was right before us. Customary photo sessions took place. After all you don't get to visit such places everyday in your life. We spent almost an hour in the top. Now came the scary part, the descent. And this is where I understood the importance of a well qualified trek leader. Naveen bhaiyya was great to say the least. He guided us at every step and helped to cross all the challenging areas offering his hand. Finally we returned our campsite around 2pm. We spent that afternoon having great fun. Summit was done and dusted and everybody was in high spirits. It was time to return to the folds of civilization the next day.