Hills are a-calling, Travels

The long, REALLY long walk to Gairibas: Sandakphu Trek Day 2

In Bengali, there’s a popular song which, when translated, goes roughly like this – What if this path we’re on never ended? How would that be? It’s meant to sound romantic, but I’ve always found it a tad ominous. And turns out, I was right. This song became the theme of our “short and easy” …

Hills are a-calling, Travels

Journeying to Tumling and Almost Dislocating my Organs: Sandakphu Trek Day 1

“We’re not going to hike to Tumling?” I asked while standing at the busy rent-a-rover counter at Maanebhanjang. “This is your first trek. Let’s not push it,” said Rahul. I’d be miffed at the condescension, had it not come from someone far fitter & more experienced at trekking than I was. So I nodded and …