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... a local tour operator.
Something about Rupen: The guy is really helpful. We went to his guest house at zero miles, met him, spoke to him. His friendly nature and helpful advises are going to be most important in next few days.
We asked for the information about North Sikkim. We wanted to enter North Sikkim through him, but want to travel freely there. Also want to visit Gurudongmar Lake.
Few points regarding this:
... platform we can see into Tibet, Bhutan and the nearby Sikkim. I then walked back and stopped in at a small cafe. I had some momos and pancakes and read my book on my ipad. I then headed back to the hotel via the post office. Back at the hotel and Hadley felt a bit better but didn't feel like eating anything so in the evening I went to the usual noodle soup place and bought Hadley back a few snacks. Then relaxed in the room and got an early ...
... most immediate is Kangenjunga - the third highest mountain in the world. On a really clear day, you can see Everest but it is about 120 miles away so it looks quite small. The 04:00 start is to see the sunrise which paints Kan...... in a beautiful pink glow. However the area is notorious for fogs/mists and clouds which hide the show more often than not. Today was likely to be one such day.
So as you go ...
... individually. It was uphill all the way and we were closing in on 5000 metres above sea level. Tom pushed ahead and was soon at the viewing point. I was about 15 minutes behind and soon Alex and our guide followed me. We joined a group of Indian tourists and ate some of our breakfast at the summit, but again, I was terribly cold from the incredible quantity of sweat frozen into my ...
... which was a much needed warmer as the sun had now gone down. There was no heating in the cinema which made for a bit of a frosty time but the film helped to take our minds off it for a while.
They also had an intermission for 2-3 minutes and so we jumped out and ran around for a while to warm up and bought some popcorn. But this was no regular popcorn, it was cheese popcorn. Sounds awful we know but it was actually ...