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<Sikkim Singalila Trek - Sir Sam & Lady Anne>
Above: The Cowans at Dzongri
 

Inaugurating Quest Himalaya Adventures -
General Sir Sam Cowan and Lady Anne Cowan

It couldn’t have been better for us than to have had a renowned former commander of the redoubtable British Gurkhas, General Sir Sam Cowan and his charming wife, Lady Anne Cowan as the very first clients of Quest Himalaya in the fall of 2006.

Last year Lady Anne and Sir Sam who for many years have extensively trekked in the Nepal Himalayas decided to visit Sikkim primarily to meet up with a dear friend and then continue their vacation with a trek into the Singalila-Dzongri region.

<Sikkim Singalila Trek - Lady Anne in Kokling>
Above: Lady Anne at the Kokling campsite - 13,200 ft.

This is what they have said about us:

“We spent 25 memorable days in Sikkim, starting with a few days in Gangtok to visit some of the many places of interest there and in the immediate area. This was followed by a four day tour up to North Sikkim to stay in the beautiful village of Lachung which enabled us to spend a day driving up an amazing mountain road to the high hamlet of Yumesamdung at 16000 feet. Plenty of time was spent driving on this tour but we had a comfortable vehicle, an excellent driver and the scenery was stunning throughout.

Our main effort was a 10 day trek from Yuksom to Nambu. This is not a trek for the faint hearted but we are well into the veteran stage and coped without major problems. We were well rewarded for the effort we made. The views of Kanchenjunga and many other surrounding peaks from above Dzongri are very impressive. The highlight of the trek was camping in the high pasture of Pangmalong just below the 14,600 feet Danphebir pass. The views next morning from above the camp site were as stunning as any we have seen during many hundreds of days trekking the high trails of the Himalaya. There is a quite magnificent view of Kanchenjunga, and to the west one looks straight into the great east face of Makalu with clear views behind of the ridges from both Nepal and Tibet that run right up to the top of Everest. Further to the west, many more peaks can be seen.

We finished off the trek by enjoying the luxury of a night’s stay in the Norbu Gang resort hotel in Pelling. From the verandah of our small chalet we could enjoy more wonderful views of Kanchenjunga, and indeed of just about our entire trek route.

We rounded the trip off by staying two nights in the excellent Mayfair Hotel in Darjeeling. We had been to this most famous of the Raj hill stations a few times before but it never loses its special appeal. It was the perfect end to a most memorable trip.

Quest Himalaya organized every detail of this long and complicated trip: hotel bookings, provision of transport, organisation of all the necessary paper work and administrative support on the trek. Everything worked extremely well and the excellent trek support merits particular mention. We can recommend Quest Himalaya with confidence.”

Sam and Anne Cowan,
Oxford,
England

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