Drive in and out of Silguri. Bagdogra is the closest airport from Calcutta. It is about 20 km from Silguri. From Silguri the closest boarder town in Nepal is Kakarbhitta. It is about 30 km. You can either fly in from Calcutta to Bagdogra or take flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar or Bhadrapur (in Nepal) and drive to Silguri. We will assist you to obtain permit to visit following areas from the Department of Tourism, Government of Sikkim, Gangtok.
Day 1: Bagdogra to Gangtok. Upon arrival transfer to Gangtok (124km) 5 hrs drive by jeep passing through the towns of Siliguri, Rambi, Teesta, Melli and entering into Sikkim through Rangpo and passing through Singtam. Upon arrival check into hotel for overnight stay. Dinner at hotel.
Day 2: Gangtok Sightseeing. Morning visit the famous monastery of Rumtek situated 24kms from Gangtok, 1 hrs drive. On the way back visit the Research Institute of Tibetology. Drive back to hotel for lunch. After lunch visit the Cottage Industry, Flower Show and the Enchey Monastery. Overnight at hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 3: Gangtok - Yuksom (5900 ft). After breakfast transfer to Yuksom via Singtam, Temi Tea Estate, Rabangla, Kwizing and Tashiding. Lunch stop at Ravangla. Overnight at hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Yuksom - Bakhim (9200 ft). Yuksam to Bakhim 5hrs walk on the way crossing waterfalls like Churchery, and Mintogang and stream like Phakhola & Chursey. Break at Sachen for lunch. Climb steeply from Prekchu to Bakhim 11/2 hrs. Stay overnight at Bakhim.
Day 5: Bakhim - Phedang. Bakhim to Phedang 31/2 hrs walk passing through Tshoka the last tiny village of Bhutias at an altitude of 10,000ft and move to Phedang (11,550 ft). Night halt at Phedang.
Day 6: Phedang - Dzongri. Phedang to Dzongri (13,290 ft) 3 hrs walk quite steeply upwards crossing Deorali a view point and move to Dzongri. Night halt at Dzongri.
Day 7: Dzongri - Thangsing (3930 m). Early morning walk approx. half an hour up to the Dzongri pass from where views of the mountain ranges look ominously close. In front of you are the Kabru Dome, Frey Peak, Kokthang, Kabur, Rathong, Pandim Talung & Khangchendzonga Peaks standing aloft in all its celestial beauty. After breakfast 5 hrs walk up to Thangsing. Walk over the east shoulder of Dzongri pass and cross rambling terrain, stopping frequently to gaze upon the stunning line up of Himalayan peaks. Mt. Pandim & Kabru Dominate the foreground left and right of the Prekchu valley while Khangchendzonga takes backstage, its light coloured Sharp summit tapering to the east.
You start to hear the rumbling of the Prekchu River, this is the major elevation loss of this trek, ending at the edge of a broad rocky river bed. Stop for the lunch beside the river thereafter continue walk the west side and cross the wooden bridge, then traverse a lonely fir forest and follow the creek to Thangsing set at the bottom of the Tinchenkhang and along glacial valley. Overnight at camps.
Day 8: Thangsing - Samiti Lake. Trek from Thangsing to Samiti Lake (4060m) 5-6 kms is about 3 hrs walk. The initial walk is a gradual climb alongside a milky stream. Breaking into steeper slopes at a lone yak herder’s hut. You are now walking at a lateral moraine of a gigantic glacier. The trail again crosses high grasslands and picks its way through lichen-covered boulders, the mountains closing in both sides as the valley narrows. At last the campsite is visible just at the shore of an emerald coloured Lake Samiti set at the base of Mt. Pandim. Protected away from the ice-chilled winds, the small oasis seems far from all the demands you left at home. Lunch at Samiti. Overnight halts at camps.
Day 9: Samiti Lake - Goechala - Cockchurung. Trek from Samiti Lake to Goechala (4949 km) and back to Cockchurung is about 6-7 hrs walk. The harshness of the weather and the scarcity of drinking water does not permit camping at Goechala. An early start from Samiti Lake enables one to reach Goechala and return back to Cockchurung same day as the distance from the Samiti to Goechala is only about 6 kms. Be observant during your walk on this particular day, as this day you enter the Khangchendzonga National Park where you have plenty of chance to encounters herds of Blue Sheep and other rare Himalayan Fauna. Lunch at Samiti and after lunch proceed to Cockchurung. Overnight halts at camps.
Day 10: Cockchurung - Tshoka. Trek from Cockchurung to Tshoka via Phedang (15 kms) 5-6 hrs walk. The trail is gradual till Phedang passing through the Rhododendron forests and from Phedang descend to Tshoka. Lunch at Phedang. Overnight at camps.
Day 11: Tshoka - Yuksom. Trek the same way back to Yuksom via Bakhim, Prekchu and Sachen with lunch stop in-between 12 kms 5 hrs walk. Upon arrival at Yuksom check into hotel. Dinner at hotel.
Day 12: Yuksom - Khechupalri Lake - Pelling. After breakfast transfer visit the Dubdi Monastery & The Norbu Gang the place where the first king of Sikkim was coroneted. After lunch drive to Khechupalri Lake and then transfer to Pelling. Upon arrival check into hotel. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 13: Pelling - Bagdogra. After breakfast proceed to Bagdogra airport 5 hrs drive to connect your flight for onwards destination. Lunch at airport. Tour concludes.
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