The Sangh Nath
“The clouds are passing through the snow cladded peaks..wait I am among clouds now, they are passing though me! Am I dreaming?” and I called out “Sudhakar, come out of the tent and watch this!!” The early morning scene was a total contradiction to last evening’s show; calm, pleasant and mesmerizing.
We started off our trek a little late, cause its only a 4kms climb for the day. We climbed though the rocky trail and during our climb we met trekkers coming down and cursorily enquired “How is the weather up there? Did you guys make it to the summit?” To our disbelief the answer was “No” from the trekkers descending.
Yet we hoped, the weather will clear out when we reach the summit base camp and possibly we will make it to the summit. After ascending for 2 hours straight, we could hear from a distance, loud and clear-“The Sangh Nath”
Amar Bhai upraised us that there is temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh on our today’s trail at altitude of 14,300 ft and that is where the sangh nath is coming from. The sound uplifted our spirits, and we raced our way to Kalu Vinayak temple; where Lord Ganesha abodes in solidarity with multiple Trisuls decorating his shrine. All of us gave a go to blow the sangh and none succeeded other than our Sathish sir(aka CM, Lawyer from Mumbai in his mid fifties). Everyone was astonished by his ability to blow the sangh, while we youngster went out of breath to blow it.CM was our Rockstar from day 1, with his never retiring enthusiasm.
The scenery have changed completly from what we have witnessed in the past 4 days. Its white, its mesmerizing, its snow from thereon. With gaiter on, we walked through the soft snow. I enjoyed every step of mine in the snow, playing and writing names on the snow. But I guess Vinisha, our Dentist in the batch enjoyed the most. She went one step ahead and started sliding(some people call it slipping and falling, but I don’t :-D) every now and then in the one hour long walk in the snow.
Can it get any better-Oh Bhagwabasa ( I had to Google to get the spelling right). Camps pitched at such serene location, with water streams from the melting snow flowing between the tents and snow in the background.
After lunch a bunch of our guys started exploring the place around and we walked few hundred meters in to the trail that we were about to take the next day to reach our ultimate destination. We could visibly see the fading trail in the snow leading to the lake.
We were more surprised when we spotted a rodent feeding on the grasses and moving elegantly between the rocks at almost 15000ft! Nature is truly fascinating!
The evening ended with introduction to our harness kit and spike aid to walk in snow and very strict instruction from the “Technical members” who decides whether we could make it or not. We withdrew in to our tents after an early dinner, to wake up at 2.30am the next morning-The summit day!
Almost by 7.30pm, the snow fall started! This is the first time in my life I am witnessing snow fall. For the next couple of hours it snowed gently and steadily with occasional lightning. We were alerted by our crew not to sleep until the snow fall ceases and kept on clearing the accumulating snow on the tents. With this snow fall, our hopes of making to the summit has crumbled.