- Places: Bagdogra, Gangtok, Yuksom, Bakhim, Phedang, Dzongri, Thangsing, Samiti, Goechala, Cockchurung, Tshoka, Khechupalri, Pelling, Bagdogra.
- Activities: Sightseeing, Monasteries visit, Waterfall visit, Lake visits, Camping.
From Darjeeling hills where tea plantations stretch as far as the eye can see, to Sikkim, an ancient Himalayan kingdom of Tibetan culture, this trek offers breath-taking views of the Himalayan Treks along the way. On this 19th century trails, discovered by the British, we will trek on easy but narrow paths along the Indo-Nepal border.
Sometimes at the edge of the jungle and sometimes through the scenic forests of rhododendrons, orchids, pine and magnolia we will steadily trudge to the higher valleys and to the Rolling Meadows used for grazing by the gentle yak-herding Lepchas. The Singalila Range is one of the atypical spots on earth where the view embraces five summits rising above 8000 meters, amongst them Everest, Makalu and Lhotse are prominent.
For the people of Sikkim, Kanchenjunga is more than just the third highest peak in the world; it is believed to be the abode of the state’s patron deity. Our visit of the main Sikkim Treks (Pemayangtse, Tashiding, Rumtek) provide us with a glimpse of Sikkim’s distinct culture and will make this journey a rare endeavour. It’s an exotic journey to remember.
Day 1: Bagdogra to Gangtok. Upon arrival transfer to Gangtok (124 km) 5 hrs drive by jeep passing through the towns of Siliguri, Rambi, Teesta, Melli and entering into Sikkim through Rangpo and pass through Singtam. Upon arrival check into hotel for overnight stay. Have dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Gangtok sightseeing. In the morning visit the famous monastery of Rumtek situated 24 km from Gangtok. 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. Spend the night at hotel. Includes: (B, L).
Day 3: Gangtok to Yuksom (5900 ft). After our breakfast, we will transfer to Yuksom via Singtam, Temi Tea Estate,Rabangla, Kwizing and Tashiding. We will stop for lunch at Ravangla. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Yuksom to Bakhim (9200 ft). We will trek from Yuksam to Bakhim which is a 5 hrs walk. On the way, we will be crossing waterfalls like Churchery, and Mintogang and stream like Phakhola and Chursey. We will take a break at Sachen for lunch. Climb steeply from Prekchu to Bakhim 1 and 1/2 hrs. Stay overnight at Bakhim.
Day 5: Bakhim to Phedang. We will trek from Bakhim to Phedang which is a 3 and 1/2 hrs walk passing through Tshoka the last tiny village of Bhutias at an altitude of 10,000 ft and move to Phedang (11,550 ft). Night halt is at Phedang.
Day 6: Phedang to Dzongri (13,290 ft). Three hours steep ascent leading to Deorali which gives a beautiful view of the surroundings. Move to Dzongri. Take a night halt at Dzongri.
Day 7: Dzongri to Thangsing (3930 m). Early morning, we will walk approximately half an hour up to the Dzongri pass from where views of the mountain ranges look toweringly 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 and Kabru Dominate the foreground left and right of the Prekchu valley while Khangchendzonga takes backstage, its light colored 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 the walk towards 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. Stay overnight at camps.
Day 8: Thangsing to Samiti Lake. Trek from Thangsing to Samiti Lake (4060 m) 5-6kms is about 3 hrs walk. The initial walk is a gradual climb alongside a milky stream. After this we break into steeper slopes at a lone yak herder’s hut. Walk 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 colored 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 will be at Samiti. Stay overnight at camps.
Day 9: Samiti Lake to Goechala to Cockchurung. Trek from Samiti Lake to Goechala (4949 m) and back to Cockchurung is about 6-7 hrs walk. The harshness of the weather and the scarcity of drinking water do 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 on this day you enter the Khangchendzonga National Park where one has plenty of chance to encounters herds of Blue Sheep and other rare Himalayan Fauna. Lunch at Samiti and after lunch proceed to Cockchurung. Stay overnight at camps.
Day 10: Cockchurung to 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. From Phedang descend to Tshoka. Have lunch at Phedang. Stay overnight at camps.
Day 11: Tshoka to Yuksom. Trek the same way back to Yuksom via Bakhim, Prekchu and Sachen with lunch stop in-between 12 km or 5 hrs walk. Upon arrival at Yuksom, check into hotel. Have dinner at hotel.
Day 12: Yuksom to Khechupalri Lake to Pelling. After breakfast, visit the Dubdi Monastery and the Norbu Gang the place where the first king of Sikkim was coroneted. After lunch, drive to Khechupalri Lake and then transfer to Pelling. On arrival, check into the hotel. Includes: (B, L).
Day 13: Pelling to Bagdogra. After breakfast proceed to Bagdogra airport, 5 hrs drive to connect the flight for onwards destination. Have lunch at airport.
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