I woke up at 2.30 AM to click night skies and captured some jaw-dropping views. My group-mates woke up by 3 AM and we got ready to leave by 3.30 AM. Our guide had advised us to reach the summit before 11 am. We wore our headlamps and started our summit day around 3.45 AM.
We started taking small steps as the inclination was a little too high and we were supposed to gain almost 900m in a few hours, starting from Khullara Top. (Making it possible to see symptoms of AMS)
Gladly, neither one of us felt the signs of AMS throughout the journey.
As we crossed the base of Pangarchulla peak, it completely changed the landscape from green to a white wonderland. Our guide from here carved a path in ice and we followed it. Climbing Pangarchulla Peak is not tough, but it is laborious. We had to fight with our body and mind to make our way to 4700m in deep snow, with some boulders, and magnificent views surrounding us, beautiful enough to make one stop and just stare.
The last 100m of the summit is the craziest one. It was like walking on a rope, upwards! The inclination, too steep and the path, narrower than your foot-size. To top it all, on one side you can see thousands of feet deep valley and on the other, massive glacier. Ti ti Bhaiya held my hand and dragged me to the top.
It was all worth the effort. At the summit, we enjoyed the stupendous panorama of Garhwal Himalayan ranges. We could easily spot Mt. Trishul, Nandaghunti, and many others. After spending about an hour there, we started descending to Khullara Top campsite.
It took 3 hours to reach the campsite. While descending, the weather changed dramatically. It went from sunny to hazy in moments, and it started snowing. Ti ti bhaiya guided our way and we slid down crazily on slopes and reached campsite before the sunset.