7thApril 2008: 5th Day trek - Early next morning before sunrise went up to the ridge above Molley and too some pictures of Kanchenjunga. the weather was a bit clear and so could get some views of the entire range. But could not see the peaks of Nepal (like Everest, Lhotse etc) that Bhanbu said can bee seen on clear sunny days.
Entire Khanchenjunga Range .... as seen from ridge above Molley
Chotu the kid (nephew) assistant of Molley Trekkers caretaker to left
At 7:00AM, after breakfast at the Trekker's Hut, we were ready to start the 5th day trek. We debated if we should go on to Phalut or go directly down to Ramam. Bhanbu and Paladhar felt there was no extra value-add in terms of Kanchenjunga Views (from Phalut); as I have already seen pretty clear views of K, from here in Molley; so we decided to head for Ramam. The trail to Ramam was downhill and thru some thick and pretty lush green forests; with plenty of red and white rhodendrons on the way. Being downhill we even took a few shortcut trails that local villagers use here. And thus reached Ramam in good time by 10:45AM.
White Rhodendrons ...... on the forest trail from Molley to Ramam
View from Ramam .... mountains across the valley are in Sikkim
Ramam Homestay GH Owner and his "ever" smiling wife, who cooks all the meals for guests staying there
7thApril 2008: 5th Day trek - Early next morning at 7 AM left Ramam and started trek to Rimbik via Srikhola ... it was down hill most of the way and pretty scenic too.
A pretty Srikhola GH ... we had chai here!
On the trail from Srikhola to Rimbik we passed several village Homes, with some pretty flowers decorating their frontage (pics below and left).
Some 4-5 kms out of Srikhola we got a local share jeep to take us teh last 4 Kms to Rimbik. So we arrived at Rimbik well ahead of time (at 10AM) an dfound teh nmain street crowded and full of roadside hawkers; as it was Tuesday and the local "market" day!
We got the Noon share-jeep to Darjeeling, that left half-hour late. Dropped Bhanbu at Maneybhanjang and settled his account and with an extra Bonus Tip (for his excellent service and special care during the trek) and I finally reached Darjeeling, by 6 PM and checked in Aliment Hotel again.
Some Darjeeling Skyline pictures from Hotel Aliment Roof terrace are below and on left margin.
Darjeeling Town View from Hotel roof terrace