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Yukosom to Dzongri & the Goecha la Tour

Yukosom to Dzongri & the Goecha la Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 23 day(s)
Group Size: 12 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1350 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1400 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrivel Delhi - Kathmandu. You will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Bagdogra - Kathmandu – Bhadrapur (by Plane) – Darjeeling. Arrivel Bagdogra Airport and drive to Darjeling, charming 4 hours journey, through Assam tea plantations and tiny villages takes us to Darjeeling. Built on tho of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalaya and is a popular destination for westerners and Bengalis alike. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 3: Darjeeling. We could take an early trip to Tiger Hill to see the sunrise. Afterwards we visit the famous Ghoom Monastery that enshrines an image of the Maitrreya Buddha (the coming Buddha). Later on we can visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and tea plantations. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 4: Darjeeling - Manay Bhanjang – Tonglu. Early morning drive from Darjeeling to Manay Bhanjang. The trail overlooks the Bengali plain south and we have tantalising glimpses of Kanchenjunga ahead, as we zigzang through rhododendrons.

Day 5: Tonglu – Garibas. We take a mossy paved path, that snakes through a succession of forest and hamlets, giving way, from time to time, to spectacular mountain sceneries.

Day 6: Garibas - Sandakphu. We steadily climb to join the ridge trail towards Kalpokhari. Afterwards we start a long and steep climb onto the Singalila ridge that leads us to Sandakphu. A remarkable 360* view from the top.

Day 7: Sandakphu - Phalut. We walk to the prominent for the magnificent sunrise over the Kanchenjunga, Jannu, Everest, Lhotse, makalu and Cho Oyo. Throughout the day, there are ever changing views yak herds, silvery pine forest tiny lakes ringed with grass, and the snow - capped Himalayan range in the background.

Day 8: Phalut - Raman. A pleasant descent through the woods takes us to Gorkhey (2500 m) then we climb up towards Raman.

Day 9: Raman – Rimbik. We pass through numerous villages and cross the Sri Khola over a remerkable suspension bridge.

Day 10: Rimbik - Pelling by car.

Day 11: Pelling – Pemayangtse – Yuksam by car. From Pelling, we will visit the Pemayangtse monastery. Perched at 2800 m, it is one of the oldest and must impressive gompas in Sikkim.

Day 12: Yuksam - Tsoksa. The trail leads up the Rathong valley, through thick, semi-tropical forests. Afterwards a steep climb takes us to the tiny Tibetan village of Tsoska. The landscape has now changed into pine, rhododendron and magnolia forests We get excellent views of the entire Himalayan range and Kanchenjunga.

Day 13: Tsoksa – Dzongiri. A steep trail zigzags up through temperate forest and large clusters of rhododendrons, to the vast clearing of phedang. During April and May, the spectacle is gorgeous, as the land becomes a mass of flowers (400 species have been listed so far). After 300 m, we follow the ridge to Dzongri, a pasture area for Yuksam yaks from April to October.

Day 14: Dzongiri – Thangshing (3930 m). We descend through rhododendron froest towards the glacial prek river. We establish our campsite on the grassy pastures of Thangshing. The southern ridge of kanchenjunga and the onglakhing glacier are visible directly ahead and there are close – up views of Pandim.

Day 15: Thangshing - Samity Lake (4200 m). A pleasant walk below the west side of Pandim, through dwarf azaleas and rhododendrons to Zemathang. We take our first footsteps on the onglakhing glacier, and climb up to the shores of the samity lake, reputed to be the sacred source of the prek river. Ringed by prayer flags, the lake feflects forked peak, kabru North, Gocha peak and other snow – capped peaks.

Day 16: Samity Lake – Gocha La (4940 m) – Thansing. We have to leave quite early this morning, as fog and clouds descend on the pass shortly after sunrise. The track to Gocha La climbs steeply through moraines. From the pass, ringed with colorful prayer flags, we can see kanchenjunga and beyond that, the Talung glacier.

Day 17: Thangshing - Lam Pokhari (4230 m). After a steep descent, we climb through alpine areas and pass by tiny lakes.

Day 18: Labdang – Tashiding (1740 m). An easy walk in an atmosphere becoming more humid and heavier as we descend.

Day 19: Tashiding - Martam by car. We visit the Tsshiding monastery, one of the most osolated in Sikkim, perched on the top of a hill set between two rivers.

Day 20: Martam – Gangtok by car. En route we visit Rumtek monastery, reputed for its religious Tibetan art. Visitors are welcome to attend prayers. Afternoon at Leisure in Gangtok.

Day 21: Gangtok - Bagdogra - Badhrapur – Delhi - Kathmandu.

Day 22: Day at leisure in Delhi. Safety day for your international flight.

Day 23: Transfer to airport and fly back home. End of the tour.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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