We woke up fresh and excited as we had accomplished day 1. We got ready had our breakfast and headed to Highlanders guides and potters association to hire a guide. We met the same guy (he had I introduced himself as a guide and spoke pretty decent, so after mutual consent we decided to trek with him ) and completed the formalities and set out on the trek. However we had forgotten to ask one imp question, did the guide have adequate knowledge of the trek. Lil did we know that this was going to be a major life lesson in the days to come.
Maneybhanjang to tumling
We started our trek from Maney towards tumling.Our first step was to get the entry ticket for Singalila national park which costed 100 pp. This is where we got our first hint about our guide.His name wasn't listed on the board put up for registered guide however we were so blinded by our excitement of accomplishing day1 and finally starting our trek that we paid no attention to it.We started our trek around 10 am, initially trekking on the tar road and after couple of kms we started taking shortcuts an trekking within the forest. Sun played hide n seek throughout. The weather was pleasant and our spirits high. Thus we covered 10 km crossing paths with villages and one break for lunch.
We trusted our guide to show us accommodation in tumling. We were taken to Siddharth lodge, the place was good..empty and all to ourselves however the hospitality was pathetic, the owner was very rude and unkind. This should be your last choice of stay if you ever go to sandakphu.We stayed indoors as the temperature dropped to 6° and it was already dark by 6. We had our dinner at 8 and called it a day so we could wake up early morning for sunrise.