Sunday, January 22, 2012


4 am - our guide is here to wake us up! We need to leave soon to catch glimpses of the famed sunrise at Kanchenjunga. I put on all the warm clothes that I am carrying and still think maybe I could have done with another layer. The star-lit sky with almost full moon is a delight to watch. The brilliance of nature which we so miss in our urban setting! Inspiring though it was, it wasn't enough to motivate me to take out the camera and click in the cold :)

An hour's climb later we were at Dzongri top, well before the sunrise.

The eager wait...

Finally the spectacle begins...

Few amongst the loads of pics taken...

The prayer flags at Dzongri top

Today was reserved as a rest day... and the rest worked wonders to get rid of our altitude sickness. Unfortunately, Narendra had sprained his ankle on the way down from Dzongri top in the morning. Till afternoon his condition hadn't improved much. We were two days of rigourous trekking away from our destination - Goecha-la. However leaving someone alone in these conditions was not an option, we decided to all turn back.

With the trek aborted, Deepesh and I decided to go back to Dzongri top to see the sunset.

The sunset was beautiful... but the real spectacle was unfolding on the other side... the moon rise and changing colours in the sky

It had been a day well worth the effort! 

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