German climber Gaby Lappe exploring the new climbing routes in their Yumesamdong, Gangtok expedition Credit: EastMojo image 

Gangtok: Exploring the untouched natural beauty of Sikkim, three German professional mountaineers — Kai Maluck, Gaby Lappe and Clemens Pischel — have discovered six new routes in some of the toughest rock faces of Yumesamdong area of North Sikkim.

The newly discovered routes have been named as Supernorama, Yak Slabs, Grazing Grounds, The Yak Trek, Yakline and Right Nak by the German climbers.

A natural high-altitude rock-climbing expedition was held for the first time in Sikkim from October 28 to November 6. A 16-member team, including three German climbers, Namgyal Trek & Tours (Gangtok) tour guide Tashi Namgyal Sherpa, liaison officer Bishnu Gurung, porters and cooks, started from Gangtok for the 10-day expedition.

This was the first time that the German climbers climbed natural rocks in India and the experience they had was amazing.

“The high altitude was something different and it was a bit difficult to acclimatise with it and it is our first time in India,” expressed the climbers.

“I hadn’t climbed rocks/mountains in India and it was an amazing experience to start with Sikkim. I love creating new routes and publishing them in journals/books. I think it makes the world a better place. The tourists are happy, there is income in the tourism business and also provide job opportunities for the locals,” said Kai.

Gaby, on the other hand, said that a stay for two weeks in Sikkim was a very short period and they didn’t get enough time to explore more places.

The German mountaineers along with the members of Namgyal Trek & Tours (Gangtok) and liaison officer Bishnu Gurung

“I would definitely come back,” said Gaby.

Gaby further encouraged the women from the country to come into the filed and have the adventurous experience of rock climbing.

Talking about their experiences, Tashi Namgyal, sherpa of Namgyal trek & tours (Gangtok), said that it was amazing learning for them as the locals because they got so much to master from the professionals.

“It was also our first time on natural rocks. It was difficult due to the cold weather and high altitude but it was worth the experience,” Namgyal added.

Bringing into light to some of their observations during the 10-day expedition, the tour operators appealed the state government to take immediate action on cleaning the hot spring as they found it to be dirty.

Namgyal P Sherpa thanked 24 Mountain Division Kalimpong, state home department, forest department, tourism department and SP check post for their support.

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