Sandakphu - Phalut Trek | Day 3 | Phalut

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WEDNESDAY | 30th DECEMBER, 2015
Sandakphu -> Phalut

Today was the most challenging and riskiest day of the trek. I had to reach Phalut from Sandakphu, 21 km away, without any prior booking for a room to stay. Apparently, Phalut has only two huts with a very few number of rooms.

If I hadn't found a room here, I'd have to walk down to Gorkha, 12 km away, for a room. Thankfully, that didn't happen. I found a room because some group pulled out at the last minute.

The majority of the route is traceable here if you look closely.
The day opened with the trekkers fumbling in the dark to reach the best spot possible on Sandakphu to watch the sun rise and light up Kanchenjunga and the Everest. I was among them and managed to capture both of the sentiments using my amateur skills.
  
Mount Kanchenjunga, the second highest peak in the world,
as visible from Sandakhphu.
The sun always rises from above the most of the land when you're up in the mountains. As you can see, the gleaming line of yellow announces the coming of the star and right in the middle you will find the orb that has instant warming effect on the body.
  
The sun rising from Sandakphu.
Today was also the most beautiful day of the trek. The sight was a constant coaxing from Mt Everest and Kanchenjunga to go on as I covered more than twenty hills during the trek. Falling along the way were beautiful meadows with no trace of trees. My guide informed me that most of them were burnt in a huge forest fire decades ago.
 
The visible effect of the decade-old forest fire that burned everything to the ground.
I also came across some gentle yaks in these meadows. I couldn't help but laugh as they played around on the slopes. The leader kept eyeing me suspiciously as I clicked some photos. It had distinctive red decoration hanging from its ears to mark it apart from the others.
  
The yaks grazing on the meadows.
Kanchenjunga visible in the background.
The climb was, as usual, tough. It took a lot of energy to make that steep climb of the last two kilometres. Of course, clouds came in the way. I would love cursing them, but how can I! My heart was elated all the time!

It was such an emotional journey, being so far away from the din of the city, and everything that it brings along, walking through iced paths and beholding the Everest at every rest stop, that I had tears of joy when I finally reached the hut.

The view from my room is spectacular. The clouds are still in place so I can't click pictures of the view yet, but let's hope they clear by tomorrow morning. I do not want to miss the sight of Kanchenjunga. 
  
The lower hut, only the roof of which is visible, was where I stayed in Phalut.
Did I mention, Kanchenjunga, the second-highest peak in the world, is exactly 48 km away from Phalut peak! So large and so close that wherever you look, you'll find them. Of course, the goddamned clouds haven't let me take my share of looking yet. 

Please use the links below to start from the beginning if you've landed on this post directly, or to go to the next day of my trek if you're interested in reading more.

Day 0 | Darjeeling
Day 1 | Tumling
Day 2 | Sandakphu
Day 3 | Phalut
Day 4 | Gorkhey
Day 5 | Rimbick

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