Tumling (2970)- garibas(2600)- kaiyakatta- kalipokhri (3185)
The previous night the temperature went all the way down to 0°c and we were all layered up covered with 2/3 layers of blankets. The tea house in tumling had a large upstairs hall in which 12 beds were provided , So all of us decide to be in the same hall some of us slept on individual beds . Others who had their partners along with them cuddled up . After a good night sleep I woke up at 5:30 am and the first thing we did was look out of the window. For the first time on the 4th day I got to see the kanchenjunga peak , The entire sleeping Buddha . The view was so magnificent and also the early morning sun rays hitting the peak just lit up its top and it was breathtaking. We spent a moment just watching the sheer beauty of the mountain, moments like this make me wonder Am I a mountain man or a beach person ,such contrasting views. The view marked the beginning of our day. Such a pleasant way to start your morning.
By 8 we all had our breakfast bags packed and ready for our next leg of our trek towards kalipokhri. The walk started from tumling headed towards the top of tumling and then gradual descent to singalila national park . The walkway in the national park was well laid out ,we pass through white rhododendrons (flowers commonly found here) trees. As it was almost autumn leaves were falling and the path was filled with leave. To add to this the temperature on the previous day night fell close to 0° the sidewalk was covered in ice crystals waiting for the sun to melt them. The trail was very beautiful and you could also spot variety of small birds which are not found elsewhere . The path was slowly descending towards garibas, which sits a lower altitudes than tumling.
By the time we reached out rest point in garibas we have covered 6.5 km from tumling and it was almost 11am . We stopped had tea and momos and took some rest before we started our steep ascent towards kaiyakatta. The accent was very steep which lasted for 2 km that took us close to 1hr. The accent consisted of partly using the road and the steps next to the road. Like how wind changes its direction quickly , the weather from sunny became very overcast and cold. By time we arrived at kaiyakatta we have covered total 9 km and it was close to 2pm. While we were having our lunch inside our rest point the weather outside became very cold and slowly hail stone started falling. We stayed inside a little while longer as the hail started to increase its size and become much bigger while falling .
We stayed in till it subsided , started our trek to final point of the day kalipokhri. The route to kalipokhri was mostly flat terrain with here and there ups and downs. Due to the hail and also the altitude we were at we were literally walking in clouds with visibility of 10-15 feet . Due to the lack of visibility the 4km walk looked relentless . The path was the motorable road to sandakphu from kaiyakatta. The cloud mist as we were walking through it didn't allow us to have any views. By the time we arrived at kalipokhri it was 5pm and we had done close to 13km trek for the day . The temperature in kalipokhri was also quite low I would say close to 5° when we arrived. We had early dinner like other days and went to bed by 9pm.