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Gorkhey

Sourav Das
Phalut To Gorkhey ( 15km/ 5-6 hours)We wer'e unlucky to witness the sunrise from Phalut as it was a cloudy day. The trail from Phalut to Gorkhey was full of adventures. As soon as we left Phalut, we started to witness heavy snowfall throughout the day and this is where your waterproof jacket comes into play. The trail had all snowed up and it was mostly descent expect for the last hour which was steep descent but the weather made it very challenging for us as it was very slippery cause of muddy trails along with snow but our guide Buddha Bhai, who is indeed a great human being and is very friendly ,cracks a joke so that we can enjoy our trek to the fullest. This is the most beautiful terrain that you will be walking upon sometimes in the dense forest and sometimes in snow covered trails. We reached Gorkhey at 2:30pm and had our lunch but there was something more written in our journey. In Gorkhey it started snowing as crazy as the whole night it rained and turning the entire valley to cover with snow.
Rosy Paul Chowdhury
Gorkhey was part of my Sandakphu itinerary. Hence, it was on the 6th day of Trekking when we reached there. The route started from Phalut top through 16 KMs of pine forest downhill walk. Unless one decides to plan from Rammam which would be a short route. Anyways this article is not for route planning but one and only Gorkhey.When the legs were about to cry out with fatigue and body needed that extra calories during lunch hours, reaching a picturesque valley was like reaching heaven itself. Towards the last 1 km one could see the peaceful village and Gorkhey river flowing through its lush green meadows. The surroundings sent those extra boost to my tired eyes, bones and muscles to ignite the dormant spark within me and I forgot that I was tired. After all my other hunger for serenity was addressed at the right time.After climbing down, the first thing we did was having a simple yet delicious rice meal made by our Homestay owner. The arrangement was simple and basic where 4 ladies had to accommodate in a single room but when we realised where we have reached all the way down, it felt like a castle later. This was not the place where you can call a taxi for touring, not the place where you can find a shop for all the essentials, even not the place where you can call an Ambulance in case of an emergency. People need to carry things, even patients on their shoulders for logistics and medical requirements. Yet they made their houses with glass windows and all basic amenities which we the city people requires to adjust on this remote environment. Yet, they were simple, smiling people and so approachable!Post lunch I walked towards the stone beds on the shores of the Gorkhey river. Just wanted to sit and have a quite afternoon with only the sound of the gushing river that was calling the upcoming winter. It was early November with an increasing chill in the air but lucky to have the crystal clear blue sky above. The vicinity was also clearer this time than the rest of the year and tree lines going upwards could give you a thrill that one could experience ahead while reaching towards the next destination.
We crossed the small bridge and checked in at Paradise Hotel for one night. We had a few packets of Wai Wai with us, told them to cook for us, they charge ₹20 to add veggies and cook, for each packet.We went to the stream and dipped our feet in the cold water. It was quite soothing after the long downhill trek. We returned to hut and continued the Rummy, until we were called for dinner. It was rice meal. After dinner, playing cards for a while more and a little bit of stargazing we went to bed, as we need to wake up early tomorrow.
DAY 5 – REACHING GORKHEYThe next day turned out to be bitterly cold but the golden hue of the sunrise made it worth leaving the warmth of our sleeping bags.It was almost a down hill trek. We trekked through the enchanting bamboo forest, which took us nearly 5 hours. I was numb with cold and was thankful for the lunch break. Samandan was amazing, pretty as a picture, nestled as it was in a valley between two mountains with a pristine stream flowing nearby. Gorkhey was another two km away.The day’s trek ended in Gorkhey, a quaint little village with a gurgling stream. The water in it was freezing! Just as we were getting ready for dinner, I asked my friend to pour water for me to clean my lunch box, but the water froze half way through the pouring! I was forced to abandon my cleaning and had to eat out of the greasy box. The price one has to pay, living in the rough! It certainly makes you appreciate the niceties that one takes for granted back home.
DAY 5 – REACHING GORKHEYThe next day turned out to be bitterly cold but the golden hue of the sunrise made it worth leaving the warmth of our sleeping bags.It was almost a down hill trek. We trekked through the enchanting bamboo forest, which took us nearly 5 hours. I was numb with cold and was thankful for the lunch break. Samandan was amazing, pretty as a picture, nestled as it was in a valley between two mountains with a pristine stream flowing nearby. Gorkhey was another two km away.The day’s trek ended in Gorkhey, a quaint little village with a gurgling stream. The water in it was freezing! Just as we were getting ready for dinner, I asked my friend to pour water for me to clean my lunch box, but the water froze half way through the pouring! I was forced to abandon my cleaning and had to eat out of the greasy box. The price one has to pay, living in the rough! It certainly makes you appreciate the niceties that one takes for granted back home.