Mountain Walking

Postcards from Sikkim

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Dubdi Monestary in Yuksam belongs to Nyingmapa sect of Buddhist Lamaism; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Like Lung ta (Prayer flags), Chorten or Stupa are an integral part of Sikkim Himalayas; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Chogta valley overlooking the mountain town of Tangu; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Snowy peaks towering over the Gurudongmar road; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Mt. Chomo Yummo (6829 m) marks the Indo-Chinese border in North Sikkim; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Kangchengyao Massif; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

Ref: Across Peak & Passes in Darjeeling & Sikkim by Harish Kapadia

Mt. Kangchengyao (6889 m) lies in the Dongkhya range of mountains in North Sikkim; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Lachung town, North Sikkim; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Yumthang valley in North Sikkim; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Bridge to the Yumthang hot springs; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Lachung chu weaving its way through Yumthang Valley; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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River and road alike, Yumthang Valley as seen from Yumesamdong; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Yumesamdong in North Sikkim is popularly called Valley of Flowers; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Valley of Flowers awaits onset of winters; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Bridge across Lachung chu adorned with prayer flags; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Kabru Dome (6600 m) towers the the glacial lake of Shiv Pokhri; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Rathong glacier is the birthplace of Rathong river; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Frey Peak (5830 m) in West Sikkim is named after famous mountaineer George Frey who fell and died while attempting to climb the peak; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Rathong valley in Kanchenjunga biosphere reserve is home to mighty peaks – from left to right Frey Peak (5830 m), Kokthang Peak (6147 m), Kokthang North followed by Rathong Pass and Rathong Peak; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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Rathong Peak (6678 m) rises over the the Rathong glacier on the right while on the left is the Kokthang North Peak. Rathong Pass at 5181 m joins West Sikkim to Nepal ; Photo: Swarjit Samajpati

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