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Sandakphu is a place where people love to go by trekking .This trek starts from Manebhanjang for a distance of 32 km. The road is full of stones and hairpin bends. Because of shortage of time, we hired a car from Manebhanjang to Sandakphu. People who are trekking to Sandakphu, generally, take a break at Tumling for the first day, then at Gairibas or at Kalapokhri for 2nd day. Usually it depends on the capacity of walking. As we were going by a land rover (no other car would have gone there), it took almost three hours to reach Kalapokhri. Upto that place there were some drizzling and the sky was cloudy. But after Bikebhanjang (a place between Kalapokhri and Sandakphu), snow fall started. It then became a snow storm soon. The road was full of heavy snow and our good old land rover started skidding. We were forced to walk the last one km to reach Sandakphu. That was a "dangerously beautiful" experience. All our hopes of viewing Khangchendjonga from Sandakphu were lost. The storm lasted till midnight. And in the morning it was that what you can see!!!!

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