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Sikkim, India

18 April to 5th May
Another yongo tour

India Tour Operators : Showland Holidays
www.snowland-holidays.com


Arrive at Indira Ghandi International Airport in New Delhi.
Rachel and Kelly with Mohinder our tour guide.


Get on the bus to our hotel


Stop to buy bottled water


Hotel room in New Delhi


Dinner at a nice restaurant


Sugar and spices to freshen up your mouth after a meal.


Kelly trying out the local ice cream


Buying grapes


Next day, simple breakfast


Taking local flight to Bagdogra


Budget airlines something like Air Asia


View of mountains from the plane


Arrive at Bagdogra airport, waiting for jeeps.


In the jeep with Yeow, Kelly and Rachel


On the way to Darjeeling


Tibeten monastery on the way to Darjeeling


Arrive at Seven Seventeen hotel in Darjeeling


Nice cosy hotel room


Shops


Walking around in the evening


Dinner at blind date restaurant. Ate some moh moh (something like pau)


B arber


Next morning, wake up early to catch the sunrise.
Abit hazy so can't see much. Very cold.


Interesting scenes of locals coming to see the sunrise


Hot coffee


Selling postcards


Kelly and Rachel


Getting cameras ready


Furry dog


Stop by at Tibeten Temple


Lovely breakfast at hotel


Shops


Selling newspapers


Pigeon house


Traders on the way to the zoo ..


Himalayan mountaineering institute


Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.
A museum where you can see lots of interesting stuff like the people who have climbed Mount Everest, and all the equipment that they use, also has a small scale model of the Himalaya mountain range with all the mountain peaks labeled.


Snow leopard at the zoo


Red panda


We visit the home for the orphans, Tibeten refugee self help center, Darjeeling


Tea plantation


Yeow, Rachel and Yoon Kian sampling some Darjeeling tea.


The houses on hillslopes in Darjeeling


Showing off my new shawl


Bookshop in Darjeeling town


Shopping


European style building in Darjeeling town


Dinner in a posh restaurant


Tandoori Chicken


We visit the hotel owners house... on top of the hotel (penthouse)


Snacks and tea in the hotel owners house.


Tibeted hotel owner and Kelly, my room-mate


Inside hotel owners tibeten prayer room ...


Mr. Chin facinated by the Darjeeling toy train.


School


Mr and Mrs Chin


Pema, our professional jeep driver from Darjeeling who listens to hip hop music


Tea ladies plucking tea leaves


Toilet stop


La la lah


More houses on hill slopes on the way to Sikkim


Sikkim checkpoint


Checking passports etc...


Bridge


River


Stop at another Tibeten monestary...one of the oldest ..


Who's got a bigger stomach ?


Waterfall


Shops at waterfall


Arrive at Yoksum, starting point of the trek


Check in to guesthouse and take group photo with jeep drivers


Next morning, briefing by Mohinder.


Start walking around the village


Cows / Yaks ... lots of cows in India because they don't eat beef.


National park office.. I think...


Ok, start trekking. Me overconfident, carrying stupid backpack ...


Early part of the trail on first day


Keep walking .. still a long way to go...


Up on a hill.


Me and Mohinder having some tea at a tea house along the trail.


Mohinder helps me to carry my backpack... and shoes.


Yaks having dinner...


Arrive at camp site... this is our tent ...


Hut where we have our dinner


Toilet


Next day start trekking...
Tree with red flowers... forgot the name (ok ok its rhododendrons)
.. the white flowers are Magnolia..


Lunch break at open area... lots of other trekkers.
No appetite, still having diarrea .. oh yeah its my birthday...
Later that night, had a small celebration. They baked a cake and gave me an umbrella as a present together with birthday card.

 


Next morning at 2nd campsite... quite cold at night.. about 3 degrees.
Kelly had to rub my hands and give me hot water to drink.


Feeling ok in the morning and walking around taking photos.
Washing dishes at stream.


Mohinder at the kitchen tent.


More photos of 2nd campsite..


Feeling ok and start trekking ...


Group photo .. total 12 of us in the group


Yaks carrying our luggage


Porters


Mohinder, Saw Hoon and Chia.


Another campsite


Our porters and cooks ...


Today feeling lousy.. but only have to walk 2 hours..
flat plane..no uphill .. so its ok


Arrive at 4th campsite... spending 2 nights here.
I stayed in the tent. Not feeling well.


Next morning the rest of the gang go up to the summit.
Wow, nice view. I stayed in the tent. Photo from Shoo Chan.


YK and Shoo Chan


Chia


Lake


Nice shot of snow capped mountain from Kelly


View outside my tent. One of the peaks is Mt. Kangchenjunga,
highest peak in India and third highest on earth.
Quickly took photo and went back into the tent.


Brush teeth. They also gave me some hot water to prepare a drink.
If you leave the basin outside the surface will freeze !


Kelly takes photo of me and Mohinder in the tent.
Mohinder, "Don't worry, we are here"


Next day too weak to walk. Need to be carried down.


Lalu and Lachmi take turns to carry me.


Oh, need helicopter ...


Saw Hoon offers me support.


Next day feeling better ....


Stop by the same tea house. I managed to walk down.


Saw Hoon, Mrs Chin and YK


Me wearing Saw Hoon's clothes. Back at Yoksum guesthouse
after managed to walk down 8 hours. Tummy getting big.


Next day visit another temple


Lunch


Me and Kelly


Tomato soup


Jeep driver buys vegetable for his aunty.


Hotel room in Gangtok


Dinner ...


Next morning we go watch sunrise in Gangtok


Stop by for a drink.


Go hospital for checkup, since I'm still having diarrea and bloated stomach.


At the hospital


Glucose and antibiotics drip. Was at hospital for about 2 hours with Rachel
while the rest of the gang go sightseeing.


Mohinder's birthday !


More houses on hillslopes in Gangtok. Its something like
Genting Highlands / Cameron highlands .. cool air.


Next day on the way to Bagdogra airport


Me and Kelly, my room-mate


Bloated stomach ... 4 months pregnant...


Group splits with another 5 extending trip to Bhutan.
Bye bye to Mohinder.


Lunch at Bagdogra airport


Next day, tour of New Delhi in the blazing heat 40 degrees


Mahatma Ghandi Memorial


India gate


Mahatma Ghandi Museum


Mahatma Ghandi Museum


I sit down with Ghandi in this air conditioned room while
waiting for the rest of the gang to finish touring the museum.


The rest of the gang visit some ruins while I stay on the bus...


Spend the last day at New Delhi hotel room, resting.

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