After lunch, we set out for Thangsing, where we were halting for that night....
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Gurudongmar Lake, also noted as Gurudogmar Lake, the lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava, otherwise called Guru Rinpoche, originator of Tibetan Buddhism who went to the lake in the eighth century. It is one of the most noteworthy lakes on the planet, situated at a height of 17,800 ft in the Indian state of Sikkim. The lake can be reached by street from Lachen via Thangu. As indicated by a legend, when Padmasambhava went to the lake he saw a favorable phenomenon in the lake and after that he thought of it as a decent augury to enter the territory of Sikkim, then known as Demojong. It is currently said that the lake provides a shelter to any pregnant lady offering prayers to God at the lake. The lake looks small at the spot where devotees offer love, yet the bigger piece of the lake is not visible because of uneven geography impeding the complete perspective at this area.
The Rumtek Monastery also noted as the Dharmachakra Center, is a gompa situated in the Indian state of Sikkim close to the capital Gangtok. It is a point of convergence for the sectarian pressures inside of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism that portray the Karmapa controversy. Initially constructed under the course of Changchub Dorje, twelfth Karmapa Lama in the mid-1700s, Rumtek served as the fundamental seat of the Karma Kagyu heredity in Sikkim for quite a while. The religious community is at present the biggest in Sikkim. It is home to the group of monks and where they perform the customs and practices of the Karma Kagyu ancestry. A stupa made of gold contains the relics of the sixteenth Karmapa. Inverse to that building is a school, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies. The Rumtek Monastery is highlighted in the 2014 Indian mystery thriller novel, The emperor's riddles by Satyarth Nayak.
25.10.2016Woke up at 4:00 hrs and had to climb to the dzongri top early in morning to see the perfect surise. The trail was narrow and beautiful. It was a 2HR climb and was worth it. From the top you could see lamune, the last camping site and the mighty kanchenjunga peak was visible.We came down to the camp site at dzongri at 8:00hrs , freshen up , had breakfast and started our trek for thansen.Today was a 8hr trek and the views were the best today.First we had to climb this peak with a steep incline which was pretty tough but I did it.Now came the beautiful meadows. They were green, orange and red colored with the beautiful sunshine above the views were amazing.Now after around 2 and half hrs of meadows came small waterfalls. Green little trees and bushes and water going through all of them. Water was all around and we were jumping on rocks to cross it, occasionally stumping my foot in water and slipping and balancing myself back. I cannot explain how beautiful it was in words. I don't have the pics of that time yet. Then came a decline trail, not too steep , more or less plains with fog all around.It was magical.Then came narrow paths with water going through it, it was slippery. On my right side was steep mountain with water sliding through it, on my left was steep downward decline with brownish red shrubs. Now came a steep downward decline to a big waterfall. The decline was a 2hr trek through dense forest. It was just as if I was in another world, I saw things that I cannot believe myself. The dark green shrubs and curled up trees and bails and huge rocks and occasional small waterfalls through the way.The decline was tough but somehow I managed to do it. From here the next camp site wasn't far.At the valley of this peak was a cottage and this place was called kokchurang. We sat here for a while, refueled ourselves and started the trek again.Now we crossed two waterfalls and then we had to climb up this another peak for like another 1 and half hr.The waterfall was beautiful and besides it was a range of huge and by huge I mean freaking huge rocks covered with green algae or some type of grass(not sure) and more over the whole scenery was covered with light fog. And so the scene was magical. It was imaginary. I sat there at the edge overlooking this scene, tired as hell but feeling the view. I was eating my lunch at that time. I kind of felt alone at that moment and also realised that we humans are so puny in front of nature. I was deep thinking. Then came harshali, she sat alongside me and we both were eating pulav rice(lunch) and enjoying the view.I don't know weather it was the view or it was real but I felt kind of attached to her and attracted. I didn't say anything(must be infatuation). We are good friends.(Shouldn't be confessing things like these here 😝😝)Then came the trek leader and others, I continued the trek up the hill and soon others caught up to me. And we continued the trek together. Now as we reached the peak the trail was huge rocks, had to cross them, then we trekked alongside a waterfalls and then reached THANGSING . It was covered with clouds and was freaking cold . Couldn't see anything in front. It was thrilling though!We stayed till night in the cottage at this camp site talking about stuff of all kinds and debating about different subjects. At 1600hrs it was snack time .. got pakodas for snacks. They were delicious.At this time I was tired and sick of mountains , I was having a little bit of home sickness and had blisters all over my sole of feet. I was even missing facebook and snapchat 😂😂😝.And now the weather was getting worse. Our trek leader announced that if the weather stays this way the next day also, we would have to forfeit the trek and return back. It was 0℃ and windy and at night it was -4℃.Everyone had dinner at 20:00hrs and went to sleep .THANGSING :3,932m