As soon as we reached the bottom, a long photo session with different poses was in order. I have never seen such beautiful landscapes in my life. It was like that old Windows XP wallpaper. A perfect combination of green and blue and white.
We started trekking back to the dormitory at 4.30 pm since the sunset was at 5.15 pm. We had our torches ready incase we don't reach on time. I think I saw the best sunset of my life here. I didn't capture it on my camera. I saw it. I experienced it.
At 5.30 pm we reached the dormitory. I took out my phone to see 80% full battery. I didn't use my phone the whole day, in fact I forgot it existed. Also there was no network so the battery didn't drain. By 6 pm it was pitch black. Clouds moved fast as if seeing it was a timelapse video with occasional view of million stars. Inside the dormitory there was no electricity. Some local trekkers on the other end of the dormitory were playing some very good music on their phone. We just laid there in our sleeping bags, shivering. Someone would pass some chips some biscuits and it went around among the 16 of us. The howling wind through the crack of the window was making weird noises. Every time someone goes out of the door, the cold wind would send chills down the spine. Oh, we hurled abuses at them. It was that COLD!
At 7.30 pm, Vikho called us for dinner. I had no stamina to get up. But it was my only chance at a proper meal since the morning breakfast. We went into the kitchen with our torches and served ourselves a plate full of rice, dal, aloo and chicken. I sat next to the chulha which was warm as someone left water to heat. The burning wood gave me some respite from the cold. I sat there for next two hours talking to other fellow travelers. Listening to weird travel stories and sharing them felt lot better than wasting hours on a smartphone.
In that cold wooden floor, amidst the howling wind sound, we slept in our sleeping bags like babies. There was nothing that would disturb our sound sleep. We left early next morning.