Legend has it that: "Centuries ago when the locals faced the dearth of water and went to Tibet for water. They were handed over a box which was said to open after reaching the village. But the villagers were so curious for knowing what is inside the box. They opened it before reaching the village. Two fishes jumped out of the box and created these two gigantic waterfalls."
So we were on our way to our Nerak campsite, which is 200ft higher than the Chadar river. Our camp tonight was known to be the coldest nights and there were expected to be strong gusts of wind. The Nerak village was 2000ft higher than our campsite, and once we reached our campsite, many decided to trek all the way to the village and bring in the local alcohol which is called "Chang".
That night, we had a taste of some "Chang" which tastes like ale. The alcohol content was quite low and tasteless but it brought the feeling of warmth which was perfect for enduring the temperatures that were -30 at that time.
Day 5 & 6 - The Return from Nerak
The next two days, we begin our journey back. That morning we awoke to the sounds of breaking ice. "Quick, quick, quick, the ice is breaking, we have to leave now!" exclaimed our trek guide. It was well early into the morning, where many of us was still asleep but hearing this shook us.We also noticed that it was snowing! Today, we thought that, we'll be retracing our steps and it should be fairly simple, but I guess this is when you can never underestimate what comes next. When you're in nature hands, you need to adapt and think quickly. Every second counts and if we hadn't left on time, we would have probably been stranded.
So we made our descent to the Chadar and I noticed that my gumboots were eerily grating against the breaking ice. I heard creaking sounds and wondered if it could handle my weight, or would it just break at any moment. As I put my foot forward, carefully trying to avoid my thermals and socks getting wet, but that's when it hit me that there was no escape. By now, the water was knee deep and had seeped through my gum boots and pants, all in frozen temperatures. I looked up at that moment and also remember the sky to be slightly overcast with dull grey streaks.
With all doom and gloom, I quickly leaned back against the rock to make that swift change to a new pair of socks, and minutes later, I regained my strength like the rest of the team mates and continued walking like a pro.