The moonlight Himalayas-
I reached the munsyari last night, after 8 hrs of office and 24 hours of local bus journey, around 7 pm. All tired and looking for a hotel I couldn't really look at the beauty of the town. My friends joined me at around 10 and after having our dinner and a couple of drinks under the moonlight, in front of the great Himalayas, we slept in our beds ready to see the great Himalayas by opening all the curtains while sleeping.
The next morning
We woke up around 8 and just layed there looking at the Nanda Devi. It was so peaceful that I just layed sipping me tea. We got up all excited to start the trek. Since we were not much experienced in snow trekking, we needed more time than others, we couldnt start the trek before 12. It was a slow start, but as we are started moving upwards the views and the snow started giving us motivation.
We then reached KMVN around 3. Had our lunch and planned to reach the top and return here to stay the night. We then resumed our trek all excited but now it was time to trek over the snow. It was getting difficult at time as the snow was dirty and slippery. The trek was getting steeper as we continued but the excitement to see that range from the top wasn't letting us stop. We reached khalifa top around 5 and it was almost sunset.
We were too exhausted and it was getting to hard to walk as it was ankle level snow. The only motivation I had to move forward was THE SUMMIT.
Most of my friends were wearing normal shoes and it was getting slippery for them to walk on the frozen water and ice. So they did something weird to overcome that difficulty as I was amused how well it worked. They brought extra pair of socks to wear on the shoes seeing them wear was funny at first, but when they started to walk I could see how comfortable they were. But it had a big flaw, the socks used to freeze in half an hour or so, then u have to take them out and dust off the ice and you can carry on again. But get a lot of them.
I had no energy left but was just looking up at the summit and was moving forward. It was almost dark and everyone wanted to return but I couldn't just return from there, it was too hard. We had no other option, it was almost dark and moving up and returning would have taken 2-3 hrs. So we decided to return. I just sat there disappointed looking at that beauty and promised myself to return within a year to climb my first unfinished climb.
Also I was really disappointed that I couldn't see the sunset from the top. Everywhere I go, I have to see the sunset. May be I am obsessed, but it's the best thing there. It was the reason I was giving my everything to reach the zero point that evening. But then I got up, turned around and saw this. It was more beautiful than the sunset itself. The sunlight lighting up the great Himalayas and the sky above it, literally.At that moment I was satisfied as this was worth everything.
We then returned to KMVN and sat in front of the bonfire, shivering and enjoying everything we could from that awestruck view of the Himalayas. We then had a nice dinner and slept with the plan to descend tomorrow morning.