The summit of Maenam (3235m), 10km from Ravangla bazaar, is home to a small chapel to Guru Rinpoche (Padma Sambhava) and boasts superlative views, weather permitting – the mountain’s position on the watershed between the Teesta and the Rangit river systems means that overcast weather can veil the dramatic views of the horned summit of Narsing (5825m). Feasible as a day-trek, the stiff 1000-metre ascent of Maenam (2hr 30min–4hr) starts with steps rising from the bazaar up to the gompa before trailing off the road through the sanctuary where you may even be lucky enough to glimpse some wildlife, including the elusive red panda, black bear and a variety of birds. To catch the sunrise from the summit, take a good sleeping bag and food and water, as there is a dilapidated shelter in which to huddle from the elements, but little else. The route through the forest is confusing and you may want to take a local guide (Rs300), arranged through hotels in town or at the forest gate 1km above town where you pay an entry fee to the sanctuary (Rs25).