After five hours of negotiating the rugged terrain of dense forests, the incline was complete and we came across a vast expanse, an opening. The rocky path leading to this spot dissipates, allowing one to disengage one's brains and take a leisurely stroll. The sun shines brightly but the drizzle doesn't cease and there is a good chance of a rainbow being sighted.
We were supposed to rest at Hirdi village which is the first stopover as the descent begins but this particular spot seemed ideal for a stopover. Snacks were unwrapped, one thing led to another, and lunch happened.
The descent was tricky, mostly because of the heavy undergrowth which made the steep decline treacherous. Even the most seasoned trekkers in our group seemed prone to a misstep here and took at least a couple of falls. Newbies like me were slipping a lot more, every fall making me rue the lack of grip on my non-trekking shoes.