The trip starts from City of Siliguri, Situated at Northern part of east Indian of West Bengal.Participants from various destinations meets here at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or Bagdogra airport or at Tenzing Norgay Bus terminus.From Siliguri the team on a hired cab will reach at a Place call Maneybhanjan,the entry point of Singalila National Park from the southern part.
We trekked the route from Shrikhola to Tumling. It was easily a 5-6 hour trek for a fair walking speed on a 30 degree to 45 degree steep trail. The treak route is basically a path for localites, through the forest first, then into open place for a 15-20 min duration, then goes again into forest which decreases rapidly with height increase as you ascend onto Tonglu peak.
While on the trail, Mt. Kanchenjunga suddenly appears on the right side of the trail. The sight really boosts your energy up for the rest of the trail. From this point on, Kanchenjunga will be your companion for the rest of this trip.
We reached Tonglu at around 4:30, we started the trek from Dhotre at around 12'o clock. At Tonglu we had soupy noodles at a localites house, which seemed utterly delicious for we were tired and fascinated by the view from Tonglu peak at the same time. We had a great sunset view from the peak over Mt. Kanchenjunga. There is a trekkers hut in Tonglu too, one can stay there instead of Tumling if one wants to be on the higher peak as Tumling is about 100 m below Tonglu. But nothing to worry much as the view of Kanchenjunga, as I felt is even better from Tumling.
From Tonglu, it's a easy descending/straight path to Tumling for around 30-45 minutes. When we reached Tumling, it was full dark, with stars blinking up over the clear black sky. We had our lodge (Mountain Lodge) booked by our guide. After putting down our backpacks, we came out. It was most probably the most pristine time I ever had! It was all quiet, only light was from our torches, we looked up at the sky, it was full of stars, had never seen such vast star-carved panorama. We clearly spotted milky-way.
Next early morning (at 4'o clock), we set out to see sunrise from the Tumling peak. In December, the sky is so clear, that you will get great view of everything and sunrise did not disappoint us as well.
Tumling being just a halt en route Sandakphu Trek, there is nothing much for sight-seeing. We actually did not plan for Sandakphu that time, instead had planned for two nights relax at Tumling. We roamed around Singalila National Park, which starts 2 km from here, in the morning. Chichatted/Played Cards in the afternoon/evening.
The following day, we started descending towards Mane Bhanjan. Had Meghma Monastery, Chitrey village on the way down.
Altitude - 2950 m...
U will fall in love with the place immediately u reach there... 4-5 home stay , a cold breeze ... If u r lucky , the sleeping Buddha is just in front of u... And , as the sun will set... U will feel that u r d only person living in this planet ...
After dinner at 8 pm , just have a walk in the surrounding,,, and look at the sky... It's full of stars... In no. they r more than u can imagine...
P.s - electicity is there, u can charge ur phone. N camera..
Vodafone and Airtel network are available (Theoritically) , though we have to manage to use the house owner's phone , and made some call in ISD rate .
TOA - 4:25 am
TOD - 8:35 am (Next day)