We were sleeping and my friends Rahul & Swapnil woke me up at 12 to wish me. We went for some tea and breakfast at 1 and packed our bags, as we had to carry a backpack with us, as it was a pass we had to cross the summit and go on the other side of Buran ghati. Before starting Gautam called everyone we were a total of 25 people in the group he told us to form a circle. My friends were in the tent they were packing their stuff. He called me to the center, for a second I thought I won't be going to the summit maybe because of my low oxygen but instead, when I was standing in the center everyone started to sing Happy Birthday for me. The temperature was around 0, no vision complete darkness everywhere just the head torch vision a lovely start of the day close to nature, no contact with the world outside.
We started the summit climb, it was a steep ascent, around 2 and a half feet of snow, difficult to walk on that snow but we covered maximum distance till it was dark. At around 5.30 we reached the summit. That view from the summit. We were at the highest point, 15000ft that feeling from the summit cannot be expressed in words. Yes, it was my birthday, I was at the top of the world, I had never celebrated my birthday in such a beautiful way. After some time we started rappelling down as the descend was too steep and covered with snow, like the wall in a game of thrones. After that, we had an option of either descending a few feet or just sliding in the snow, after so much effort who would walk? Mostly every trekker just slides down. Then we were just sitting there waiting for everyone, took a group photo and started walking towards our campsite.
While walking on that patch, covered with snow and mountains on all four sides, my eyes were just filled with tears, I had never imagined in my life that I will spend my birthday in such a way. We reached our Riverside campsite(11,800ft) by around 2.30-3 and the next thing which was on my mind was to go to sleep. We woke up by evening and we all gathered in the dining tent. We all were having a casual conversation with a small solar light in the tent, and suddenly the light went off. Within few minutes the lights came back and there was cake in front of me With HBD Saurabh written on it. Such a beautiful gesture by the trek leaders and the kitchen team, making such a delish cake at 12000 ft without any types of equipment, it was just the best cake I ever had in my life. After dinner, I and Swapnil were just standing outside our tent for the last time because tomorrow was our last day for the trek. At that time we just realized that in the past few days we forgot that we had a life apart from this, we had our families, we had our job and from the past few days, none of that thing came to our mind even once.