The scenery keeps getting better. Wonderful, fun stop in Philim where they are celebrating Women’s Rights today.
Had a great chat with the local guys observing the festivities. They spoke no English but we somehow seemed to communicate with our eyes, hands, expressions, and laughter.
Then a quiet night in Elke as it rained most of night.
I moved ahead of our group passing 3 large groups of pack mules before veering right at the fork into Tsum Valley.
As I walked I could feel an energy surge. Something had changed and I had a feeling that I was entering Shangri La.
A few moments later I run into a group of Buddhist monks coming from Tsum. The head monk is Lama Lopay Tenzin from Sakya Kunga Shedup-Ling Monastary In Darjeeling. We have a brief friendly exchange and he gives me his card and invites me to Darjeeling. I say “Well ok. I will see you next year Lama.” Why not.
We continue on to Chumlein where there is a week long Buddhist festival just starting.
The vibes our fantastic. The people so friendly. So glad that Lance steered us here.