DAY 3 i.e SUNDAY we had to start our trek to Kedarkantha peak (which is ideally a 3 days trek but we decided to do it in a day because of time shortage)
The last day when we discussed about this trek with locals around the difficulty level of the trail, it came as a shock to them that we were planning to do it in a single day. We were quiet worried post observing their reaction since we kept this short trip unplanned and went with the flow.
But I still remember one Lady from Sankri telling me that ‘if you are a True Pahadi and have done a few treks before or lived in mountains, then you can easily do this in a day, like the way we do everyday’ AND this is what touched & motivated me all the more to challenge ourselves
Hence, we started the trek at 7 am from Sankri(6450ft) & reached Juda ka Talab (9150ft) around noon and the Kedarkantha base camp (11250ft) around 3 PM. We had to limit our breaks so that we can try and reach close to summit but the weather changed our plans and it started to rain while we were having lunch at the base camp.
We did not pitch our tents neither did we arrange it because we had no plans to stay overnight. Luckily the same guy from @meraki met us at the base camp with one of his friend & had the same game plan like we did. Keeping their suggestions in mind and not taking any more risks we started to trek down towards Sankri via Hargaon route (comparatively short but hell slippery)
We started downwards around 4:30 PM (after thinking and making multiple attempts to trek towards the summit but practically it wasn’t a good decision)
We reached Sankri around 7:30 PM, it was a little dark by then and we were all wet and brown since we slipped multiple times due to rain but at the end, what did we get?
A sense of satisfaction! Satisfaction of not giving up till the end. I along with my friend were gazing stars that night and realised that we know we couldn’t reach the summit, I know this was the only trek in my experience till now which I left incomplete but we had no regrets, We’ve got amazing experience, wonderful confidence and bunch of good memories from these 3 days!