Travel holds surprises for you and makes you do unplanned and unexpected things – have you experienced this? On almost all of the treks that I have been to, I have at least one crazy story to tell.
And I love this fact about travel and treks – after all, these stories enliven the experience and make it so much more special and forever etched on my heart.
One such story is from my 2-month-long solo travel to Sikkim. On this particular exploration, though, a friend had joined me in Sikkim. We had hired a vehicle to visit north Sikkim – which is the prettiest part of Sikkim, in my opinion. After visiting north Sikkim, we had planned a trek to Goecha La – a gorgeous mountain pass in the Kanchenjunga mountains. This day, we woke up at 3 in the morning to start for Gurudongmar Lake – one of the highest lakes in India, and in the world as well.
Almost 3/4th of the stretch to the lake is a really bad road, and only the final few kilometres has a well-maintained, smooth road. This final stretch is also extremely scenic with nothing but only dusty brown mountains and long winding mountain road. But traveling on the bad roads (if it can be called so) and braving the cold was totally worth. It also snowed for a while as we were getting closer to the lake, and the temperature dropped much.
The scene kept changing, the sun played hide and seek with the moody mountains. The air got thinner as we stepped out and started walking towards the beautiful lake. The sun came from behind the clouds, the wind blew sending the clouds away to another place behind the snowy mountain.
The lake has a spiritual and religious significance and therefore, you can find numerous colourful prayer flags quietly fluttering in the cold breeze. And then there it was – the gorgeous Lake Gurudongmar of north Sikkim with clear water and reflection of the snowy mountains dancing on its ripples.