Sikkim Dzongri Trek
Sikkim is a trekker's paradise. Amazing though it may seem, this whole glory can be savoured on a single trek through West Sikkim. Hugging the razor edged Singalila Ridge that divide the Himalayan between India and Nepal, this much-talked trek to Dzo ...
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Sikkim is a trekker's paradise. Amazing though it may seem, this whole glory can be savoured on a single trek through West Sikkim. Hugging the razor edged Singalila Ridge that divide the Himalayan between India and Nepal, this much-talked trek to Dzongri, gets the best of West Sikkim etched indelibly on adventurous minds.
From the trail head at Yuksom, the erstwhile capital of Sikkim in the velvet green of 5,800 feet, to the high point of Dzongri Top at 15,000 feet, right in the splendour of the Kanchenjunga National Park, the trek passes through thickly forested ridges crowded with rich flora to the heights above the tree line, finally culminating at the breathtaking snowy heights of the Kanchenjunga National Park. An unforgettable panorama of jagged snow peaks cutting across in an arc of 270 degrees through the azure sky, the landscape is incidental. It is the trekker who changes. This is indeed one of the most spectacular treks in the entire Indian Himalayas.
Sikkim Dzongri Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel a short briefing on the program for Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan & Darjeeling
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing
An exciting sightseeing tour of three beautiful historical cities in Kathmandu Valley that includes Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. In the meanwhile we will process and obtain travel permits for Tibet, Bhutan and India.
Day 03: Fly Bhadrapur and drive to Gangtok
Fly to Bhadrapur (Nepal) and drive to Gangtok. 126 km 5 hrs Transfer to hotel. O/N at hotel
Day 04: Gangtok Sightseeing and trekking permit preparation
After breakfast we visit the Enchey monastery, proceed downhill to the Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom. Here you can watch traditional handicrafts in the making. You can buy quality souvenirs and popular items that include carved Chokchis (Sikkimese tables with intricately carved designs), carpets, hand woven cloth, blankets, masks, lampshades and paper products. We then visit the Orchid Sanctuary where over 200 species of orchids are available
Day 05: Gangtok – Yuksom (1,780m)
After breakfast drive to Yuksom.( 139 km) 6hrs. Transfer to hotel & overnight at Yuksom. Yuksom is the base of West Sikkim ’s most popular trekking region, Dzongri and is also of historical importance
Day 06: Yuksom – Tsokha/ Phedang (3000 m) (12km) 6hrs,
We begin today’s walk by trekking for about one hour up to the picturesque village of Tshoka . Tshoka is home to a colony of Tibetan refugees who have erected a small monastery by a small lake. A fairly steep climb above Tshoka takes you into beautiful rhododendron forests, and you continue along a well-defined uphill path to Phedang (approx. 2/3 hours from Tshoka). Today we will be doing a shorter trail since we will be gaining much altitude.
Day 07: Tsokha – Dzongri (4000m) 4 kms, 3 hours
Another short day’s walking today as we are now treading above the 4,000m. We will be setting up camp by lunchtime and suggest that you spend a relaxed afternoon acclimatizing. A brief climb beyond brings you to a meadow where we can pitch our tents in a campsite with views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Khangchendzonga, Simvo and Pandim.
Day 08: Dzongri (4,500m)
Excursion of Dzongri. O/N at camp. (Rest for acclimatization)
Day 09: Dzongri - Dzongri La (4,500m)
Trek to Dzongri La. O/N at camp
Day 10: Dzongri - Tsokha
Trek back to Tsokha. O/N at camp
Day 11: Tsokha - Yuksom
After lunch trek to Dubdi monastery, ‘the hermits cell’, which is situated on the top of a lofty hill one thousand feet above Yuksom. The fir-clad mountains behind provide a dramatic background. Founded by Lhatsun Chempo in 1701, it is the oldest monastery in Sikkim . After visiting the monastery descend to the site where the first King of Sikkim was crowned in 1641 by three lamas.
Day 12: Yuksom - Darjeeling
Drive Yuksom to Darjeeling via Pelling. On the way visit Pemayangtse monastery. Transfer to hotel. O/N at hotel
Day 13: Darjeeling
Early morning visit Tiger Hill for sunrise view. On the way back visit Yiga Choling Monastery. After breakfast visit the Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Zoological Park, Tibetan Self Help Center and a tea garden. O/N at hotel.
Day 14: Darjeeling - Bhadrapur
Drive to Bhadrapur and catch the flight to Kathmandu (tour ends)
• All meals Breakfast, Lunch, tea and Dinner (vegetarian and non-vegetarian, freshly prepared)
• Porter charges, all permits required to enter the national forests during the entire trip.
• Accommodation at well maintained trekkers' Huts/tents at every place.
• Bottled drinking water.
• All land transportation
• All applicable government taxes.
• Nepal & India entry visa
• Your travel and medical insurance
• Flight Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu or other destination
• Telephone expenses, laundry expenses, or anything which is not mentioned above.
• Any extra charges incurred for transportation due to any natural or political disturbances like landslides, strikes, road blocks etc.