|Bekumpul suda kenen kami ingat ada heli :(|
|Screencaptured from Lilian's video. Sama-sama naik, sama-sama makan.|
Not wanting to spend anymore precious minutes at the top and afraid that thick fog might blanket the peak once again, we finally started our dangerous descend. We were already drained out but the thought of coming down and seeing our family again gave us the courage. The mountain guides had told us beforehand how dangerous the trail might be and we had to be extra careful.
|beginilah kami turun.|
At 7.30pm, we reached Gunting Lagadan Hut, the place where we stayed the night before. Thanks be to God, it was not badly damaged and I could still go inside to retrieve my backpack. At around 7.41pm, we started the journey from Laban Rata to Timpohon gate. It was horrible. They were many landslides, and the earth beneath our feet was cracked. The mountains kept on shaking and the sound of the boulders falling down the mountainside really terrified us. We forced ourselves to run, even in pain, because the will to survive was very-very strong. Dakat suda kubuang begku tau. Bikin berat saja. At 12.18am, we safely reached Timpohon Gate (Idil and I was among the last in our group). I cannot express how relieved I was to see all the people who had been waiting since morning. Thank u mountain guides for making it possible for us to survive and for being there with us all the way. And thanks to the firemen at Timpohon Gate as well, who gave me bottled water and who helped me to carry my backpack to the gate.
My family and friends told me that actually we were one of the luckiest. We got to witness the before, during and after of the majestic mountain’s near destruction. I am very thankful and grateful that I made it to the top because even if new trails will be made to enable climbers to scale its summit once again, it will never be the same. Thank God for taking care of me and holding my hands throughout my ordeal and thank u Aki for knowing that I do care and respect you. I might climb and visit you again in future when the new trails to your summit are made. Not all of us who made it to the summit that day were lucky, some perished during the earthquake. My heartfelt condolences to the family of climbers and mountain guides who lost their lives that day.