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Throughout the trip, he gave us the history and background of every place we visited TID -8559 (Oct 12-25,2014) Guide Karma Lama Thank you. My wife Carol wrote a "review" of the trip and I am
Sikkim Dzongri and Goecha La is highly rated trek for its conventional beauty in eastern Himalayas. The combination of its rugged terrains and trail at some stretches that challenges and test your dexterity as a trekker and eventually exposure to surreal alpine landscapes ring in a sense of completeness as a trek. A tryst in particular as you will be greeted with spectacular view of the mighty Kanchenjunga (south-east face), amidst a majestic panorama of Mt. Pandim, Kabru, Simvo and great many other peaks of the Eastern Himalayas all along the way. Complimented by enchanting walk through the Tshoka Rhododendron forests, then through vast alpine meadow past Dzongri and Thansing, climb to see the dazzling blue waters of Samiti Lake, ultimately, a spell binding view from Goechala pass (4940m).
Also some of the cultural attractions that defines spiritual Sikkim, prior and post trek in Namchi, Yuksom and Pelling respectively.
Day 1. Bagdogra - Namchi
Approx. 95 Km/4-5hrs drive . Altitude 1675m in Namchi.
On arrival at the airport, meet our representative and drive to Namchi, a small town with the Kanchenjunga range at the backdrop. The road passes through the foothills, along the bank of the Teesta River and enter Sikkim at Melli. On arrival if time permit, pay a visit to the chardham complex. Overnight in Namchi.
Day 2: Namchi - Yuksom
Around 85kms/4-5hrs drive. Alt. 1850m.
Early morning visit Ngadak monastery. Subsequently after breakfast proceed towards Yuksom. On the way we take a break at Ravangla in order to visit the Buddha Park. After the visit continue our journey to Yuksom, the first capital of erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim and the main trail head towards Mt. Khangchendzonga. We rendezvous with our trekking staffs in Yuksom. Overnight in Yuksom.
Day 3: Yuksom – Tshoka
Approximately : 16kms/5-7 hrs trek. Ascent 1500m & descent 620m. Tsokha 2950m.
Today we begin our trek; the gradient is moderate to slightly difficult. The trail passes through a sub tropical forest comprising of oaks, chest nuts, magnolias and orchids and cross over Paha Khola and climb up to Sachen. From here the trek until Prekchu river is relatively gradual , after crossing the river it is a steep climb with noticeable gain in altitude until Bakhim (2625m). The views of Mt. Pandim and Mt. Tenzinkay is astounding along with the view of Yuksom valley below. After a short break we continue with steep descent and ascent to Tsokha. Overnight in Tsokha
Day 4: Tshoka - Dzongri Approximate: 10kms/ 5-6 hours. Ascent 1100m/descent 200mts. Dzongri 4000m.
From here on the trek starts to get serious with rapid altitude gain and rough trail conditions. The trail goes through rich vegetated forest of rhododendrons, following rocky terrain until Phedang (3200 m). After a break at Phedang, we continue gaining more altitude with a change in vegetation from temperate to alpine. The trail climbs up along the ridge and descends down to the verdant meadows of Dzongri surrounded by mountains on all sides, offering surreal alpine landscapes and vista of Peaks such as Koktang 6,147m, Ratong, Kabru 7,338m, Kangchenjunga 8,586m, Simvo 6,815m and Pandim 6,691m. Overnight in Dzongri.
Day 5: In Dzongri (acclimatization day)
Early morning hike up the ridge till Dzongri peak for Sun rise view of Khanchendzonga range and the Onglathang valley on the back drop (1hour). After breakfast, you can also hike to Gingay Dara with its panoramic views of the Rathong Valley and Rathong Glacier as well as the snowy peaks of Koktang, Kabru, Frey and mountains to the south of the Kanchenjunga. We will also be able to see in the distance the H.M.I. Base Camp, the area designated for high altitude mountain training. The hike to Gingay Dara is moderate, about four hours round trip. Overnight in Dzongri.
Day 6: Dzongri - Lamuney Approx: 9 kms/6 to 7hrs. Ascent 480m & descent 260m.
Today the hike is relatively moderate with a mixture of gentle descent and ascent in some stretches. The hike traverses through lush green meadows and dense Rhododendron forest. After crossing the Prekchu river it is a gentle ascent to the meadows of Thangsing. From here the hike is on a gradual gradient through meadows with grazing yaks. The ascent becomes more steep and the terrain becomes more rocky as we near Lamune campsite. If time permits we can hike further to visit Samiti lake or we can visit the next day on our return journey to Thangsing. Overnight in Lamuney.
Day 7: Lamuney-Goechela-Thangsing 4948m/7-8hrs.
An early departure (before dawn - sometimes as early as 3AM) is strongly advised to reach the view point to see the first ray of the sun striking the Kanchenjunga range and moreover we will have more time to spend at Samiti lake on return.
The trail goes thrugh the glacial moraine with views of Mt Pandim all the time and descend to Zemathang. A tough scramble over rocks and boulders will finally bring us to the view point with the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the smaller peaks of Rathong and Kabru. After enjoying the sunrise view, return downhill to Lamune for lunch. After lunch walk down to Samiti lake and spend some time around the lake, before continuing back to Thangsing for overnight.
Day 8: Thansing - Tshoka via Phedang Approx. 16 kms/ 5-6hrs/ 1000m descent
From here on we will start losing altitude as it’s largely downhill. Instead of returning to Dzongri, we will use a more direct route, skipping Dzongri by following the trail to the left. The trail goes through Rhododendron forest all along the way with Mt Pandim and other peak to the left till Phedang. After resting in Phedang the trail to Tshoka is steep descent. Overnight in Tsokha (2895m)
Day 9:Tshoka - Yuksom 16kms 5hrs
Today the trek is much easier as it is almost downhill walk until Sachen. From Sachen the trail goes up and down generally losing altitude. With a few ups and downs finally we reach the comfort of our hotel in Yuksom.
Overnight in Yuksom.
Day 10: Yuksom-Turuk
After breakfast, drive to Turuk. En route stop at the small town of Pelling, and also visit Pemayangtse monastery located nearby. Then drive to the ruins of Rabdentse, the 1st capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim. Later we continue our journey to Turuk Heritage Home, located in charming village with good views.You will stay in Turuk Kothi, a Heritage Home Stay.
Day 11: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Note: Our small group journeys are organised with our own private camping equipment's, tents, guide, cooks and other support staffs.
Group SizeMin 2 Required
MealsAll meals, including some high tea.
Trip AccommodationIn comfortable 3-4 star type hotels and lodges during the tour and in trekker's hut and tent camps during the trek.
RouteBagdogra - Namchi - Yuksom - Trekking - Yuksom - Turuk
Trip Type Trekking
Trip SeasonsSpring and Fall are the best time to do this trek.
Best MonthsApril, October, November
Good MonthsMarch, May, September
Lean MonthsJune, July, August
Not RecommendJanuary, February, December
Prices & Dates
Cost is tiered based on number of participants. At the time of signing, cost will be calculated based on two participants (minimum). Before the final payment due date, we will send you revised invoice based on sign-up. Should additional sign-up take place after the final payment, we will refund the difference accordingly.
Cost from $1600 Per Person (Request detailed Information)
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- Accommodation in hotels during the tour and in camps during the trek
- All meals, including some evening tea
- All land transfers and transportation by private vehicle
- Entrance fees to the monuments
- Trekking Permits
- English speaking Guide
- Fully organised trek with all meals and beverages. Trekking Equipment’s including tents, trek mats, blow pillow, hot water bag, Pack animals (horses or Yaks) to carry luggage, basic medical kit and support staffs (Guide, Cook, assistants and porter/horseman)
- International/domestic flights.
- Personal Gears (sleeping bag, clothing, shoes etc)
- Personal expenses such as bar/beverages in the hotels, optional tips/gratuities to staffs, laundry, gifts etc
- Any additional cost of forced upon by changing itinerary due to your health/medical, political situation, or inclement weather.
- Travel medical insurance.
Hotels in Yuksom
Hotels in Pelling
Hotels in Siliguri
Hotels in Namchi
Dawa Lama hails from queen of hills – Darjeeling. He is well versed in cultural aspects but his love for mountains, wilderness of Trek is more profound. For his love for the trek, he treaded many paths less travelled. He feels at peace and at home in mountains and he believes that being in mountain is being close to his root and to his very existence. To give wings to his passion, he enlisted in mountaineering course in H.M.I. Darjeeling and disaster management course and completed in flying colours after one and half years .
Following the tradition, he started as a a cultural guide in 2008, simultaneously, he was pursuing his degree course also and completed in 2004. His early education was in school run by Jesuits father. He grew up watching the sun rises at far horizon of eastern Himalayas from Tiger hill, which still is one of his favorite place.
Nima Dhondup Bhutia is the senior most guide for Darjeeling, Sikkim and Doars Tour. From past political turmoil to changing tourism scenario in the region, he has seen it all from close quarter. His career as guide started from 1980, and going great gun still. His experience along with amicable nature and soft-spokenness brings forth a subtle difference in every tour that he conducts.
He was born and brought up in Tibetan Self-help camp in Darjeeling, when it was still quaint and serene towns unlike now. He still remember fondly the days of yore and growing changes that the time dictates. He graduated from one of prestigious school – Mt Hermon school in 1977. You will still find vestige of old school of English in his accent.