Blogs from Sikkim, India, Asia

Advertisement

Asia » India » Sikkim May 29th 2020

So, as the snow continues, we begin our way back to the 1st hut. The first hour back to the hut by the river was fairly easy as the 8+" of snow covered all the stones and we are just walking along. But the next 6+ hours get long! A package of crackers and a powerbar help keep the energy going. At times, slipping and sliding I find myself losing some steam! I think we all thought it was a localized storm and we would hike out of it. But the further we went, the deeper the snow and we begin to realize the storm probably came up the valley. Poor Umbert is breaking trail, and only 5'5", many times the snow is above his knees. I quickly learn being #2 is almost as tiring as ... read more
But it is beautiful
Back at the 1st hut and we are glad to be here!
Drying our clothes in our room

Asia » India » Sikkim » Kangchendzonga May 19th 2020

Another retro blog - Dec 23, 2003 I am not even sure why we decided to visit Sikkim and base camp of the 3rd tallest mountain in the world. But, I am pretty sure we did not even know where Sikkim was before we started planning. Having climbed Kili 2 yrs earlier, obviously that memory had softened! After spending 2+ wks in Darjeeing and Gangktok, which is another blog, we arrived in Yuksom to begin our trek. Yuksom is a very small village, pleasant and very quiet. We meet a couple from the US, that have just completed the trek today. They had some great views, but said it was very cold at night, and they did get snowed on. They used their lighter sleeping bags with silk liners, down jackets and still froze. We brought ... read more
The beautiful trail
One of many suspension bridges on the trail
Cold and windy but beautiful!

Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok November 23rd 2019

Two weeks running around visiting family and friends and after short hop to Chennai it was time once again to see if I still enjoy my nomadic wandering. On the flight to Chennai and to Bagdogra (Airport for Gangtok) the thing that stuck me most was the dust cover that pervaded over India. Even from a 1000 meter altitude it was virtually impossible to see anything on the ground (no fun getting a window seat, cant see anything below). Looking at a 4,500Rs taxi fare I Had booked a shared taxi from “Whizzride” for my 4½ hour journey to Gangtok, capital of the state of Sikkim. The car arrived a bit late due to traffic congestion, we finally started off around 2 PM. Due to some accident ahead there was a huge delay en-route and it ... read more
Botanic Garden
Enshay Monastery
From Hanuman Tok

Asia » India » Sikkim » Kangchendzonga November 23rd 2019

Zero Point and Yumthang Valley As often happens, we were ready at 0600 hrs, nobody else were up. After some breakfast we finally left the hotel at 0730. We were rather disappointed that we could not explore Lachung which was rated as one of the most picturesque and culturally thriving little towns in Sikkim. As we reached Lachung only after dark there was little chance of that. Now the importance of Lachung has shifted as the gateway to North Sikkim with hordes of tourists using it as a staging post for their tour of North Sikkim. Soon we were driving through the narrow lanes again. I had given up counting the number of "hairpin bends". Again we were just hugging the sides of the hills going up the hill then going down to the valley cross ... read more
Zero point1
Zero point 2
Dangerous roards

Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok November 22nd 2019

Trip to Chongu (Tsongmo) Lake Continuing from earlier blog; I had not organised any activities in Sikkim and the best part of second evening was spend visiting the various travel agents. Thank fully they were all near or around the MG Marg (often in a small lane leading from it. Many of the agencies were not very interested as did not organise group tours and solely catered for private tours. He had another tourist from Malaysia who was in the same position as I was. The agent then organised our permits etc. Even if there was nobody else, we could still go together with the guide/driver. This of course reduced the cost by half. I received a text from the agent that I will be picked up from the hotel at 0830. We started dot on ... read more
ready for the ride
roads to get to
roadview

Asia » India » Sikkim » Lachung November 22nd 2019

To Lachung What comes to mind is the old saying "It's not only the destination but the journey is as important". We (me and the girl from Malaysia, Khadija) were at the travel agents to discuss this group. The agent told us that he had another couple who would be interested in going with us. They turned up a bit later. The girl was friendly enough, but the boy only took one look at Khadija (in her head dress) and never looked at us again. They gave some lame excuse and left. Another pair would have halved our cost. I left my luggage at the hotel and took only my back pack for the 2 day journey. We left Gangtok 0945. Our first stop was a view-point outside the city. Even though we climbed to the ... read more
Hills & Valley
River crossing
Chumthang Hydro dam

Asia » India » Sikkim » West Sikkim March 30th 2019

From Nepal we walked across the bridge that is the border into West Bengal, India. Already in the eastern part of Nepal we could see a lot of tea plantations, but now travelling to tea capital Darjeeling there is tea everywhere. With two shared jeeps we end up in Darjeeling, positioned on a high ridge and therefore again quite cold. We were surprised how lively the town is and especially Indian domestic tourists know how to find this place and spend some time during their holidays. We walked around the town, visited the Happy Valley Tea Estate and drank a lot of cups of nice tea, because obviously this is what you do in a place called Darjeeling. We got to experience a somewhat nostalgic government bureaucracy, when we applied for a local permit; first at ... read more
Walking across the border bridge from Nepal to India
Shared Jeep to Darjeeling
Darjeeling

Asia » India » Sikkim April 30th 2017

30.04.2017 Lachung, Yumthang & Zero Point Lachung and Yumthang are the two most picturesque places in the whole of Sikkim with stunning views of mountains. Lachung means the 'Small Pass' .Lachung is a small mountain village at an altitude of 8,610 ft and located about 118 kms... read more
At-hotel-in-lachung
on-the-way-to-zero-point
zero-point

Asia » India » Sikkim April 29th 2017

29.04.2017 Today we were starting at 3.30 in the morning. So got up early. There was no light. In the candle light we got ready. Had to take bath with cold water because no light. Everyone was ready by 3.45. We started. On the way beautiful sunrise. As usual no actual seen can be seen. In morning it was pleasant to travel. As it was cold we had worn two sweaters. Himalaya is always beautiful. At hight trees were less. We took a halt for tea. Our Golu had brought bread and butter from Gangtok. This we carried. Here, they put it in cooker. And they heat it on gas/ chulha. Butter is melted . We ate bread butter. Took tea. Army people gave us this service. Their posting is there. For acclimatization, they are put ... read more
Gurumar Dongar
Gurumar Dongar
Gurumar Dongar

Asia » India » Sikkim April 28th 2017

28.04.2017 Today we were going to Lachen. Lachen is a town in North Sikkim. Located at elevation of 2750 meters. It means "Big Pass' This destination is being developed as a tourist point. Here the roads are not good. Now the development work is going on. It is a package tour there. Tour agents book package tour for one or two days. Local people run a hotel. They also arrange for food. One has to keep in mind that food, hotels are not as five stars. People do not eat roti/chapati and are reluctant to make one. Only rice, Dal and vegetables. Sometimes they gave egg curry too.Our driver took chicken on the way bread and butter was also carried by him from Gangtok as it is part of package. Our package was for 2 days. ... read more
At hotel At Gangtok
At hotel At Gangtok
At hotel At Gangtok




Tot: 2.971s; Tpl: 0.013s; cc: 10; qc: 72; dbt: 0.0352s; 1; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 1; ; mem: 1.5mb