The quiet, relatively new yet rapidly swelling town of PELLING, situated 2085m above sea level only 2km beyond Pemayangtse, is most notable for its expansive views north towards the glaciers and peaks of Kanchenjunga. High above forest-covered hills, in an amphitheatre of cloud, snow and rock, the entire route from Yoksum over Dzongri La to the Rathong Glacier can be seen. Frenetic building activity hasn’t detracted from Pelling’s quiet charm, with numerous hotel terraces that allow you to gaze in awe at the world’s third-highest peak, as well as easy access to attractive walks in the hinterland. One noticeable element missing is a bazaar, though a few shops are now beginning to appear.

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