Having accomplished the Day 1 ride just in time, we were excited to see the sun set behind the mountain. Sarchu is a vast plain area surrounded by mountains from all sides. It was the toughest terrain where we were to spend the night. Accommodations available in Sarchu are camping tents, mostly full service tents wherein package includes evening snacks, dinner and morning breakfast. There were a few setups of such camps, mostly the tents were erected in a semi circular arrangement, with a common dining hall.
We parked the bikes and after a couple of photographs, we realised that it was colder than we expect. Temperature seemed to be sub zero, add to that the wind. After we unloaded the luggage, we made ourselves comfortable in the tent accommodation available there. After the hot tomato soup, which was served in our tents, we were still struggling to keep our selves warm. It was here in sarchu, that we had the effect of low oxygen content in the air, clearly visible. Unloading the bikes was tough, taking out the soggy wet shoes from the mountain stream en route was difficult. Even more difficult was to change clothes. Most of us didn’t even took out our riding gear and slept wearing those. It was 8 PM when we were called for dinner. It was so cold that we somehow crawled in the cold and went to the common area to have the dinner. We had already dropped our plans for nightscape and star trail photography thanks to the cold. The night sky was crystal clear. Something we had not seen in years. I could remember my childhood days, when we in summers, we used to sleep under the sky, and during power cuts, when there was no inverter, the night looked that way. But, here in Sarchu, it was even more clear because of no pollution at such high altitude. It seemed that it was a campfire all that was needed at that moment, but we were sceptical that whether the fire be able to beat the cold. Hence it was decided to go and sleep, relax ourselves and prepare us for the next day’s journey.