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Sandakpu – A trek to the gates of shangri-la – Day 5

Today would be the final day of the trek and everyone knew it would be hard to say goodbye to our wonderful team with whom we had been together for the past week.

The wakeup call at 6 as usual. The descent to rimbick started after a headcount. The guides had gone ahead and we were following them. We crossed a waterfall enroute to srikhola were we took a few snaps before moving on

Unkown Waterfall

An hour more of descending and we reached a hanging bridge which we were told was old and unstable. Only two people could cross it at a time.

Rickety Old Bridge

Soon we reached sirikhola and took some rest before heading to the river to spend some time. The rest of the group arrived and a few of them headed down to the river to play and to spend some time while the others took rest at the hotel

Sirikohla River

We were on our way to rimbick afer finishing our lunch. The trail from sirikhola was pretty much flat with few ascents.

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We reached rimbick in a couple of hours and as today being the last day of the trek, a valedictory ceremony and a ‘Barakana’ was arranged.

Certificates and medals were given out to all the participants and a few of them shared their thoughts on the trek

Certificates and Medals

Jeeps were organized to drop us back to darjeeling, the next day. A 4 hr ride took us back to the basecamp.

When we reached there we came to know there would be a bundh in darjeeling the next day and we were asked to leave the place after having lunch. Final goodbyes were said and everyone departed to their own destinations thus bringing to an end a memorable trek with an amazing group.

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Sandakpu – A trek to the gates of shangri-la – Day 4

After getting up early in the morning to watch the sunrise, we headed back to our rooms to pack up our stuff and begin the descent to gurdum. Sandakphu was the last of the steep ascents that we had encountered. The rest of the the trail was a direct descent to rimbick.

Breakfast was served and after a group photo we did adeiu to sandakphu and to kanchanjunga and other peaks and began our descent to gurdum

G7

We were walking in reserve forest and the scenary along with the route was different compared to the last few days

The road less travelled

The descent continued for a few more hours and soon we could see gurdum a few miles below. The terrain also changed and the loose stones towards the end of the trail made walking difficult. The valley provided us with a beautiful backdrop and after a few snaps we continued on our way.

We were welcomed as usual by the camp leader after reaching gurdum base camp. Checking into our rooms we took a much needed rest before we were called for lunch

Shots near gurdum

While the others spent the afternoon chit-chatting, Me shashi, sajjan and few others went to a view point just below the camp. The view was amazing and we spent an hour there before heading back to the camp

View from View Point

Evening was spent playing games till dinner was served. Soon it was time to hit the bed as the next day was the final day of the trek

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