I knew that my mother had a sense of achievement after todays endeavour. However, she was still very gloomy. We tried to sleep in the tent for really long but she couldn't sleep. Then she began to shiver. We called the trek leader Mahi to the tent and he said that my mother couldn't bear the cold. He decided that my mother would descend the next day. My mother began to cry because she had come this far and going back without doing the summit was a disappointment. I would have cried on the mountain too if I ever had to go back. Plus, since I had won this trek through Tripoto, I wanted to make full use of this and enjoy the experience.
"It is okay to return from the trek. However, it is essential to have returned in the long run. The trek doesn't matter more than your life"
Mahi was extremely helpful and he stayed in our tent at night. He took care of my mother all night long and I can't be thankful enough. We knew that my mother would descend the next day, and maybe I would too. How could I ever let my mother descend alone, she would be very scared! But I had to make a choice.
"There, I lay under the stars, caring for my mother and tending her, waiting for a summit to be climbed, imagining the view of the summit in my head. I did not want to go back. The options were- my mother or the summit"
Things learnt on Day 2
1) The trek leaders at IndiaHikes are super helpful and its essential to approach them whenever there is an issue
2) You may be required to descend from the mountain if necessary and always listen to the trek leader when he asks you to descend.
3) Try to hold your mothers hand on a ridge when you are walking with her.
4) The food on the mountains at this height was also better than the food at my hostel.
Day 3- The next day had a lot in store including my choice to go back down with my mother or climb the summit. Stay tuned to know more and for some beautiful pictures and insights.