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... They were delighted. Nimo told us with a big grin that he is saving to buy a goat for his family and now almost has enough money. They took off and we waited at the roadside.
When the taxi hadn't shown up at quarter to eight, Dave called Andrew. Don't worry he'll be there Andrew insisted. But Andrew did call the driver and called us back to let us know that the driver was waiting for a passenger and would be there shortly.
... no wildlife, no animals, no birds. We were leaving all greenery behind. And there i had the first glimpse of Gurudongmar Lake. The entire view was fabulous.
Gurudongmar Lake is situated at a height of 17100 ft, and is among the top 15 highest lakes in the world and is the second highest lake in Sikkim as well as in India, the first being Cholamu lake at a height of 18000 ft, also situated in Sikkim. Being the ...
... That wet nap was then used for Kelly.
We arrived in Kurseong a couple minutes later. It's a one road town, & we saw a guesthouse, but not much else that would be catering to travelers. We had planned on doing a homestay on a tea plantation located 4km outside of town, but considering that Kurseong is literally on the side of a mountain, & that the plantation was probably down in the valley, we decided to continue further. Darjeeling has ...
Friday 22nd Feb day 76
We are now in Gangtok, the Capitol of East Sikkim, situated in the Eastern Himalayans, elevation 1800M.
We left Darjeeling for the Karmi Farm homestay, some of us travelling 20kms over a bumpy road in jeeps with all the luggage while the rest of the group trekked from Darjeeling, dropping down into the valley from 2100m to 1000 m which took 3hrs and then a 4hr climb to the farm with a guide.
Karmi Farm ...
... trodden paths through undergrowth which was even steeper and more difficult. And barely shorter at all. An hour of this, and I was seriously second guessing my belief that I could do this. Eight months on the road with very little in the way of demanding exercise – thank God for those yoga sessions or I’d have never made it. With a constant fight between lungs and legs to see which could burn the most, the two hours ticked by painfully slowly ...