03.12.2018 - 03.12.2018
Before winter set in I thought I would visit Sikkim and investigate the possibility of fitting in a trek before the snows got too heavy in the hills. I met a young lady on the train to Darjeeling (Lydia from Austria) and she also wanted to go trekking, so we caught a shared Jeep up to gangtok (capital of Sikkim).
It's similar in layout to Darjeeling, being set on a very steep hill the streets traverse the hillside terraces. There is even a European style precinct in the centre which is spotlessly clean - remarkable for part of India.
To trek here as a foreigner we need a permit and we have to go with a guide. We have opted for a 6 day trek up into the hills to hopefully get close views of kachenjunga (3rd highest mountain). Lydia has only a few days and going any higher into the hills has been advised against as it will be too cold and windy. There are no lodges, so we will be camping. As well as the guide there are Porter's and a yak to carry the equipment/food etc.. should be interesting. The agent arranging it has actually climbed kachenjunga (though didn't get to the top for to bad weather), so I totally trust him. It is rather an expensive week by Indian standards, but this is an opportunity we both thought we shouldn't miss.
Have now arrived in yuksom. It's freezing even in our hotel! There will be no internet or probably phone signal for the next 7/8 days - so don't phone the embassy mum!
I'll be in contact when I can.... If we don't freeze to death first!
WiFi isn't strong enough to attach any photos.
Bye for now.