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... pole for me and said I would need it. He had arranged for the share taxi to Darjeeling to meet us on the road far below at 7:30 am. Nima and his buddy carried our packs ahead of us down a steep and narrow mountain trail.
It took us 15 minutes. We handed the boys a ...
... enjoyed sweeping views of stagerring beauty. Have your camera ready as the entire journey to Gurundangmar lake is covered with snow covered mountain meadows and thundering. On our way at 15000 ft we stopped to have some magi. There are a few shops at Thompu. As it was really cold i decided to buy some gloves. We also took jackets on rent. So if you forget to take jacket don’t worry you can take it on rent at a nominal price. ...
Enchey Monastery was first built in the 1840s and resulted in Gangtok becoming a pilgrimage place. The monastery as now seen was built in 1909. It is built on a ridge of a hill, and even though it is a small monastery provides spectacular views of the Kanchendzonga peak. It is a pilgrimage place that houses 90 monks and provides sanctuary for orphaned and refugee ...
I woke before the sun and went upstairs to hotel lounge to catch up on my blogging. The hotel is blocked to the east by other buildings, so it didn't occur to me that a spectacular sunrise might be in store. To the west were the Himalayas, Mt. Kangchenjunga (the world's third highest peak, behind Everest and K2) in the forefront, shrouded in shadow.
So focused was I on my blogging that I nearly missed ...
... as it is sandwiched between all 3 places.. lovely markets spread up and down ridiculously steep sides of the town- 140 steps up some places - my mum counted!
Everywhere there are Chinese knock-offs "genuine fakes" of mountaineering gear - not sure would want to rely on them up in mountains if not real though!
Visited Hannah Memorial Academy today - absolutely humbled by the experience. The school takes 1.5 hours to get there by jeep - downhill about 2000 ...