Written By IGS Group A - India Expedition 2008
We began our trekking week in Manabajang. The first day was challenging and by the end we were exhausted but rewarded with a magnificent view of Mt. Kachenjunga the next morning after the mist and fog cleared. The next few days were not as difficult and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely!
Everyones highlight of the trek was the view of Mt Everest and being given hot tea while admiring the sight from Sandakphu. Although that was the best point of the trip that day we enjoyed a heavenly walk directly along the Singalila Ridge. Everest and Kachunjunga were in our sight all day and even though it started raining (heavily) we were glad to arrive at Molley where we spent the next two nights. over the next two days the sherpa Mingma took us to his favourite viewpoint and we went to a yak hut were we tried yak milk tea! We then had a friendly cricket match with the soldiers on border patrol, after a thrilling game we ended up losing but our spirits were still high for the evening quiz. The last days of our trek were all downhill or flat, we got to know the sherpas very well and were able to give them a lovely send off when our trek finished.
Our next destination was Gangtok, after a full day of travelling we were all exhausted. In Gangtok we visited the Rumtek monastery where we had a hilarious guide who we all wanted to take home with us. We bought souvenirs at every place we went to, especially some people in particular! Today we trravelled to Kalimpong and we begin our community project tomorrow. We are all very excited and ready to begin the work!
From Team A