How I learnt Faith can take you places Fear never can, in North Sikkim's DelugeMonday, May 02, 2016
|Gurudongmar Lake, the jewel of North Sikkim|
|THE BACKSTORY: To cut the long story short, I made grand plans for a cool expedition. Fell sick, coughed up blood, couldn’t walk without support and made it out alive only thanks to much kindness from friends and strangers. All of this started from a campsite set a kilometre before the iconic Chandrataal in Spiti where I first collapsed in a heap and things unravelled rather unpleasantly from there. Arriving home with tail between my legs and a three-week unused leave, I was a bundle of sadness. Angry and miserable at having missed Chandrataal (and a summit climb the following week), I was furiously looking for equally grand lakes, if not grander. That’s when it struck me I could visit Gurudongmar Lake in north Sikkim – a turquoise blue jewel set in the surreal desertland bordering China. (I actually wanted to visit a lake further ahead of Gurudongmar called ChoLhamu that is supposed to be India’s highest but that was not going to happen, not that time.)|
Thus, a 20 year old driver and two women in their 20s set out in a deluge to the remote corner of the state where they wouldn’t come across any other traveller for the next 4 days.
|Brimming streams tumble down into valleys||Mist covered mountain slopes|
|Glacial stream in Thangu Valley on the way to Gurudongmar Lake|
“In your face, you nonbelievers!”
We finally hitched a ride to the lake, he agreed to drop us but we would have to figure out our own means to get back to Giagong. Blindly we jumped at his offer, this meant that we might have to walk back the 11kms to the army check post since hitching a ride would be impossible considering Sikkim in monsoons was as deserted as a shopping mall on a Monday morning. And walking in the thin air meant either one of us could collapse in a heap, again!
Isn’t it strange, despite all the detours how things always fall into place towards the end?
“Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
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