Sikkim

 

 

 

Top: view of Ratong Valley from

Gingay Dara (pass), including Ratong Glacier.

Just above: panorama of the range and glacier in Sikkim near Kanchenchunga,

third highest mountain in the world (28,000 feet).  

Kanchenchunga is the sharp peaked mountain to the right in the image.

 

Images on this page were taken in October and November, 2007, in

West Bengal and Sikkim, India.

The camera was a Canon S5 IS

(a small number of photos were taken

with a Canon Digital Rebel XT).

 

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  Quote from the Dalai Lama,

  posted in the Tibetan Refugee

  Craft Institute, Darjeeling.

 

 

 

 

 

Images From The Trek:

 

 

  Ratong Glacier.  Himalayan Mountain Institute

  (for Indian Army) training area.

 

 

  Setting memorial fire at Gingay Dara

 

 

 

 

  Rock rubble below Kanchenchunga near camp at Lamuney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Glacial moraine below Kanchenchunga

 

 

 

 

  Saddling pack horses.

 

 

  Panorama of Kanchenchunga (composite of 6 photos)

 

 

  Returning from Kanchenchunga with pack horses

 

 

 

 

  Rhododendron (12 inch leaves)

 

 

 

 

  Pandim Range (21,952 feet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Jamling Tenzing Norgay taking photos of

  Kanchenchunga shrine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Trail hut, sign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Tibetan refugees craft works, Darjeeling, India

 

 

 

 

 

  Tibetan refugees artists, Darjeeling, India.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Tibetan refugees/artists, Darjeeling, India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Tomb of Tenzing Norgay, Darjeeling, India

 

 

 

 

 

  Snow Leopard, Darjeeling Zoo.

 

 

 

 

 

  Main square, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

 

 

 

 

 

  Craft sellers, Darjeeling, India

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Tea plantation, Darjeeling, India

 

 

 

 

  Rice paddies, Sikkim, India

 

 

 

 

 

  Monastery at Pemayantse, Sikkim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Road worker, Sikkim (after clearing a rock slide)

 

 

 

 

 

  Leprosy health notice, Sikkim.

 

 

 

 

  Monastery, Yoksum, Sikkim.

 

 

 

 

  Bridge on trail to Kanchenchunga, Sikkim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Crafts for sale, Choka Village, on trail to Kanchenchunga.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Hiking through rhododendron forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Vista through cypress forest.

 

 

 

 

  Camp at Dzongri

 

 

 

 

 

  Sunrise at Dzongri

 

 

 

 

 

  Sunrise at Dzongri

 

 

 

  Camp at Dzongri, Sikkim

 

 

 

 

 

  Camp at Dzongri, Sikkim

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Wake up tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Jamling Tenzing Norgay breaking camp.

 

 

 

 

 Ratung Valley

 

 

 

 

 

  On trail to Kanchenchunga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  On trail to Kanchenchunga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Cypress and rhododendron forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Snow in rhododendron forest

 

 

 

 

 

  Forest along trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Stream below Kanchenchunga, Sikkim, India

 

 

 

 

  Pandim Peak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Dinner tent scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Ridge at sunset near Pandim Peak.

 

 

 

 

  Camp at Thangshing

 

 

 

 

 

  Camp at Thangshing

 

 

 

 

 

  Vista of Pandim Peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Buddhist prayer tablets, Lamuney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Pack horses near Kanchenchunga base camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Kanchenchunga after dark

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Frozen Samiti Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

  On trail to Kanchenchunga viewpoint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Jamling looking at photos from shrine

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Shrine at Kanchenchunga viewpoint

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Guide and sherpas

 

 

 

 

 

  Frozen Samiti Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Ice on trail from Kanchenchunga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Boy at Choka

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Rooster at Choka

 

 

 

 

 

  Sunset from Bakhim

 

 

 

  Pack horses, Sikkim Trek.

 

 

  Car washing, Yuksom

 

 

 

 

 

  Carrying a boy, Yuksom

 

 

 

 

 

  Buddhist students returning from school, Yuksom

 

 

 

 

  Bamboo, Sikkim

 

 

 

 

 

  Separating rocks along river.

 

 

 

 

 

  Working through the border between Sikkim and

  West Bengal, two Indian states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Dogs at New Elgin Hotel.  Darjeeling.

 

 

 

 

  Food market.  Darjeeling

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Chickens for sale.  Darjeeling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Movie poster.  Darjeeling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Waiting for the train, Darjeeling.

 

 

 

 

  Food seller, Darjeeling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Fixing electricity, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

 

 

 

 

  Railroad station for the Toy Train.  Darjeeling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  View of Ganges Delta, Bangladesh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  End of the trail, New Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Host and guide: Jamling Tenzing Norgay,

                 with wife So Yung.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Traveler:  B. K. Richard

 

 

 

  60th Birthday, complete with prayer scarves,  ...

  and with flowers and a phone call to Yuksom

  from Kelly!

 

 

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