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Sikkim Darjeeling Dzongri Trek

13 days, Sikkim

Sikkim Darjeeling Dzongri Trek
This popular trek in Sikkim, is from Yuksom to Dzongri and onwards to Goecha La, and has superb views of Kanchenjunga. From Yuksam, the trail follows the Rathong Valley to Bakkhim and from here a steep ascent to the village of Tshoka. Above Tshoka the trail reaches Phedang. A further stage brings you to Dzongri (4020 M). From here the trail drops steeply down the river to Thangsing (3930 M).

Dzongri is situated at an altitude of about 4020 M, in west Sikkim. It offers the trekker a most fascinating close-up view of Kanchenjunga and Mt. Pandim. To the west rises the long outline of the Kyangla ridge. Dzongri is trekker's paradise. Goecha La is situated at an altitude of about 4940 M. Goecha La offers a mind catching sight of the mountains like Pandim, Kanchenjunga and the others. The trek to Goecha la really is getting out & getting trekked. There are only few trekking routes around the Kanchenjunga National Park that are open to visitors. The trek is traditional which follows a picturesque route past lush vegetation and wonderful mountain views until it reaches a high pass. The training courses of the Himalayan Mountaineering


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Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu (D)
Upon arrival, transferred to hotel for check in. At local time 3.30pm, First, we will visit Bouddhanath Stupa and then Swayambhunath Temple, said to be 2500 years stupa on a hillock, which offers a breath-taking view of Kathmandu City and you will also be able to see the beautiful sunset. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant and you will be free to stroll around the busy streets of Kathmandu. Stay overnight at Hotel Marshyangdi or similar.

Day 2:Kathmandu -Bhadrapur (by air)darjeeling (2134mtrs). Distance: 81 km | Time: 3 hrs approx. (BLD)
After breakfast, drive to airport and fly to Bhadrapur (45 min flight)Meet, meet assist drive to Darjeeling – "the Queen of the Himalayas", a bustling town with a nostalgic touch of the British past. Afternoon explore the markets.

Day 3: Darjeeling. Full Day Sightseeing (BLD)
Early morning drive to Tiger Hill to for a singular experience of the first rays of the sun bathing the Himalayas. On the return visit the Ghoom Monastery. Built in 1875 the monastery which follows the Gelugpa sect, houses one of the largest statue of the Maitreya Buddha-"the future Buddha".After breakfast, visit 'Toy Train' still operates on the original steam engines and the loops and zigzags along the mountainside. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a fascinating experience and is one the best ways to see Darjeeling.On return visit The Himalayan Zoo which houses the Himalayan fauna like the Red Panda, black bear, yaks, tigers, snow leopard etc. in their natural habitat, and the adjacent Himalayan Mountaineering Institute - a premier training centre for mountaineers and a museum detailing the ascent of the Mt. Everest by Tenzing Sherpa & Sir Edmund Hillary and numerous other expeditions.Also visit Tibetan Self Help Centre, a centre of training young people in the intricate art of Tibetan handicrafts and handlooms. The sales emporium is open to visitors to pick up souvenirs. The Day's sightseeing is topped with a visit to a tea garden to observe the processing of some of the finest tea in the world.

Day 4: DarjeelingYuksom (123 kms/6-7 hrs) (BLD)
ToDay we will drive to Yuksom. The base of our trek. Dinner and overnight stay in guesthouse/tents.

Day 5:Yuksam - Bakkhim (5-6 hrs/ 2744 m) (BLD)
ToDay we will start our 1st Day trek to Bakkhim with packed lunch. We follow a well-marked forest trail that winds high above the Rathong River. The trail winds through forests of conifer and oaks, mosses and ferns and past frequent side streams that tumble down the hillside. After four to five hours the trail crosses a substantial bridge just upstream of the confluence of the Rathong River and the Prek River. From the bridge it is a further one hour ascent to the small settlement of Bakkhim (2750 metres), where a single Lepcha family live. The Lepchas, the original inhabitants of Sikkim were forced to move to the remote regions when large numbers of Tibetans migrated to Sikkim in the 17th century. Although there is a Rest House in Bakkhim, on arrival set out camp for overnight stay.

Day 6: BakkhimTshoka - Phedang (3760 m) (BLD)
In the morning after breakfast we ascend the meadows above Bakkhim before reaching the village of Tshoka. Tibetan refugees who were granted this tract of land by the Sikkim government founded the village about a generation ago. From Tshoka the trail ascends steeply through magnificent rhododendron forest to the grazing meadow at Phedang (3700 metres). A short stage but necessary for acclimatization before continuing to Dzongri. Overnight at camp.

Day 7: Phedang - Dzongri (4320 m) (BLD)
From Phedang an early start is imperative. The trail ascends steeply for one hour before we gain our first uninterrupted views of the peak of Kanchenjunga (8586 metres) and Pandim (6691 metres). From the vantage point it is a further two to three km across the open meadows to the camp at Dzongri (4020 metres). Here we gain views of the main peaks along the Singalila Ridge- the impressive divide between Nepal and Sikkim. The panorama includes Koktang (6147 metres), Rathong (6679 metres), Kabru Sth. (7317 metres) and Kabru Nth (7338 metres). Overnight at camp.

Day 8: Dzongri – Tsokha (10 kms/4-5 hrs) (BLD)
Start retracing steps descending towards Tsokha by going through a bypass route directly to Tsokha. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 9: Tsokha – Yuksam (14 kms/5-6 hrs) (BLD)
Retrace steps towards Yuksam on the final Day of the trek. The going is easier as the path is mainly downhill. Dinner and overnight stay in guest house.

Day 10: Yuksom - Gangtok (1700 mtrs.) Distance: 124 km.|Time: 4½ hours (approx.) (BLD)
The drive to Gangtok runs through the two most important watershed areas of Sikkim. First a downhill drive to cross the Rangit river and climb up to Ravangla (2000 mtrs) and then down to the Teesta valley and up again to Gangtok. The drive provides an experience of the mountainous terrain of Sikkim and the sharp altitudinal variations.Enroute visit the Tashiding monastery reached after a 45min walk from the road. Tashiding literally meaning the "Central Elevated Glory" is the most sacred monastery complex in Sikkim and was described by Guru Rimpoche as the heart of "Beyul Demazong". Built in 1716AD the complex is also the location of the "Thongwa Rongdol" Chorten. Just a sight of this sacred Stupa is said to wash away one's sins.

Day 11: Gangtok –Tsongmo Lake-Gantok (BLD)
After breakfast, we will drive to Tsongmo Lake. One of the most beautiful landscapes in Sikkim. On Gangtok - Nathu La highway, Tsomgo Lake is situated at an altitude of 12,400 ft. Also known as Changu Lake, Tsongmo Lake is regarded as a sacred lake by the local Buddhists and the Hindus. Tsomgo Lake extends to 1 km in length, deepens to 15 meters and happens to be oval in its shape.Lunch will be served on the way. After lunch drive back to Gantok. If time permit, we will visit to the Government Institute of Cottage Industry a centre that offers you the opportunity to observe the local artisans at work and their skills being imparted to young boys and girls. If you want to take back souvenirs, the institute's salesroom is well stocked with local handicraft and handloom products. Do-Drul Chorten - One of the most important stupas of Sikkim built by the late Venerable Trulsi Rimpoche in 1945-46, it contains a mandala of Dorji-Phurpa, holy texts, mantras and is encircled by 108 prayer wheels. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology - Situated close to the Chorten, this institute is a repository of the largest collection of Tibetan artifacts outside Tibet. Also renowned worldwide for the study of Buddhist philosophy and religion, it is a treasure house of rare Thankas, Buddhist icon and objects of art. Flower Show Pavilion - Situated on the ridge above the city, this centre displays the floral diversity of Sikkim. The famed orchids of the state are on display as also a stunning variety of seasonal flowers.

Day 12: Gangtok – Drive to Nepal border and transfer to Bhadrapur airport fly to Kathmandu. (B)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we would continue 1hour drive to Nagarkot, 2300m above seal-level, this scenic spot, with a spectacular view of the sunset and Mount Everest can be seen on a clear Day. In the evening, watch the sunset of the Himalayan at Nagarkot.

Day 13: Kathmandu – Fly Back Home (B)
After breakfast, Drive to Kathmandu airport (1 hour drive) and flight back Home

Trip & Facts

    Trip Facts

  • Group Size:Minimum 2 Pax
  • Grade: Strenuous
  • Season: Spring & Autumn
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Tented Camp
  • Transportation: 4WD drive, Airplane
  • Walking Hours a day: 4 to 7 approximately
  • Duration: 13 Days

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (D)
Day 2: Kathmandu -Bhadrapur (by air)darjeeling (2134mtrs)
Day 3: Darjeeling. Full Day Sightseeing (BLD)
Day 4: DarjeelingYuksom (123 kms/6-7 hrs) (BLD)
Day 5: Yuksam - Bakkhim (5-6 hrs/ 2744 m) (BLD)
Day 6: BakkhimTshoka - Phedang (3760 m) (BLD)
Day 7: Phedang - Dzongri (4320 m) (BLD)
Day 8: Dzongri – Tsokha (10 kms/4-5 hrs) (BLD)
Day 9: Tsokha – Yuksam (14 kms/5-6 hrs) (BLD)
Day 10: Yuksom - Gangtok (1700 mtrs.) Distance: 124 km.|Time: 4½ hours (approx.) (BLD)
Day 11: Gangtok –Tsongmo Lake-Gantok (BLD)
Day 12: Gangtok – Drive to Nepal border and transfer to Bhadrapur airport fly to Kathmandu. (B)
Day 13: Kathmandu – Fly Back Home (B)

Includes/Excludes

Cost includes:
Domestic airfare Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu
Airport pick up and drop-off
Hotel accommodation as per above itinerary
During trek stay in tent
Service of licensed and trained guide and porters
Meals and hot beverages as per above itinerary
Local transportation as per above itinerary
National park/conservation area entry permits
All necessary documents permit (where applicable)
Coordination quick rescue service incase of emergency (cost covered by your insurance plan)

Cost does not includes:
Travel Insurance
Excess baggage charge if more then 20Kg and hand bag more then 5kg
Nepal visa fee US$25, Sikkim -India visa fee 70SGD(we can apply for you in Singapore)
Airport taxes and airline fuel surcharge (payable in Singapore)
rescue charge (incase of emergency)
Drinks (cold and alcoholic)
Expenses of personal nature

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