After breakfast, we left the for the 14km trek to Chopta with a guide.
(Note: I would advise for a guide since the trek is complicated with a lot of confusing trails. The guide can be hired at the lake itself.)
Some members of the guy group decided to leave late and we were to mark the way for them with tissue paper. The trail was long but kept shifting from rocky terrain to dense forests, meadows and downhill towards a stream.
It took us about 5 hours to reach Chopta which was but a very small and beautiful town covered with glorious mountains on one side.
It was evening and the rest of the trekkers had not yet reached. (Our tissue rolls were limited and had finished just before the last hour of the trek.)
Due to unavailability of any network, no contact could be made. The sky was getting darker when we decided to go back and search them with the help of a local, calling out names and signalling with torches in the dense quiet forest.'
We finally found them taking rest in an abandoned hut which was a big relief and the end of an adventurous and tiring day.
It was Diwali and no better way to have celebrated it in the absolute noise and pollution free town of Chopta with a handful of people.