Today's trek duration and distance was not that much. We were told that there would be a lot of resting time.
We took our packed lunch, repacked our bags and started for next campsite, Luhasu campsite.
So as the altitude went on increasing the temperature was decreasing. During nights it would drop to even -15℃ as the guide said. Water in the drum would freeze and even our shoelaces!
Wearing 6 layers of clothes and being in sleeping bag with a blanket over it was still of no use, our teeth would still clatter!
But this was all worth because of those peaks one could see, those clear skies, pretty sunrises and sunsets and all such wallpaper scenes every where you look!
The transport system in the mountains is wholely dependent on the mules. They carry gas cylinders, huge bags etc with them. And whenever they cross us, we need to move to the mountain side of the route.
So after hardly an hour's climb we reached Juda Ka Talab. It is a frozen lake. It was strictly announced that no one would step on the surface for safety concern. Here we took pictures to our heart's content.
One thing that is constant for treks, may it be Himalayan, may ut be Sahayadris, is local dogs! They start for the trek with you and even end it with you. These dogs are real sweethearts, they guide you, eat with you and even wait for you if you stay aback!
So with tea breaks, lunch breaks, photo breaks we reached Luhasu campsite around 4.
Tents were allotted and sleeping bags were distributed. Here our schedule was to have dinner by 5.30, bournvita by 6.30 and Good Night at 7! This was because Luhasu was actually base camp for Kedarkantha summit and we had to start for the summit at 2 am.
Luhasu was the prettiest campsite of all! The mountain view ,directly from the tents ,was a checked item from my bucket list! Also one more thing about Luhasu, which got our hearts was we were given Gulab jamun at the elevation of 10,000ft! It was absolute heaven viewing the prettiest sunset!
When it was hardly possible for us to stand on the snow outside, we went into the tents. We had to wake up after few hours and finally start for the summit!
As I mentioned earlier, we started our trek hoping we somehow get lucky and the weather clears and we can reach summit, and it worked! 10 batches before us weren't able to reach the summit due to bad weather issues.
From Kedarkantha basecamp to the summit we did not have to carry our rucksacks, just a water bottle and a torch.
Tomorrow was going to be what we came for!