Knee knocking trail

Tripoto
28th Mar 2019
Photo of Knee knocking trail by Ayan Sadhu
Day 1

If you like adventure, if you die for walking roads less travelled, if you love challenging your own physical ability, if you love nature, if you like to see uncommon places in the vicinity of popular tourist destination with least google inputs, then, surely this knee knocking trail is going to be your next bait if you happen to visit West district of Sikkim. Popularly revered by the locals as a holy trek to Sirijona cave and Wadhan falls, it can be accessed from the lower Martam near Hee village. The flight of hundreds of steps plunging deep down to a awe inspiring waterfall amidst thick green outgrowth is surely a paradise even for the athiests. Nestled in the jungle in an uninhabited corner of huge rock wall, the waterfall is cocooned in the thick vegitation till the last turn of the flight of steps. It is said that Buddhist Guru Sirijunga's teachings were preserved for long in this place. (statutory warning: those having knee or heart ailments dare not undertake this trail as your knee is bound to knock and you ought to go out of breath in this journey).

Downward trail with top sun

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

Down, down and down

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

The surrounding

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

The trail

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

Confused recess

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

Keep on keeping on

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

Break time

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

Almost reached destination

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

A few more steps

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

The thick outgrowth

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

The falls

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

The enlightment

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

Return journey

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

The magnificient find

Photo of Martam, Sikkim, India by Ayan Sadhu

Trail duration: Approximately an hour to descend and almost 2 hours for ascending (it takes almost 4 hours for moderate speed)

Direction: after crossing Hee village, if one heads towards Utterey / Pelling a right hand side diversion road leads to lower Martam. One can visit Mangheen Limboo temple en-route too (on motorable metal road). Then another 2/3 kms motorable leads to a place in lower Mangheem near a grocery shop beside a thick bamboo outgrowth, from where the stairs can be accessed for the down hill trail.

Trip cost: Vehicle can be arranged upto lower Mangheem from Bermiok at Rs.500/- (appox.) but the trail costs nothing.

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