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Sikkim - Kanchanjunga Trek

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Duration 15 Nights
Best Time Oct - Apr
Routing Arrival Kolkata Bagdogra Darjeeling Pelling Yuksum Tsoka D'zongri Thanshing Lake Samity Goechal la Lampokhari Labdang Tashiding Martham Gangtok Bagdogra Kolkata Dep

This recently opened trek route encompasses the area southwest of Dzongri and as defined by its name, includes several days of hike traversing the Singalila Range, the lesser mountain chain that rises from the northern hills of Darjeeling District and extends to converge with the Khangchendzonga (or Kanchenjunga) massif. The Singalila is also the divider that demarcates the western borders of Sikkim and Darjeeling with Nepal. As one traverses this razor-edged borderline ridge, spectacular views abound on both sides with rare species of rhododendron in bloom (at the right season), and an occasional herd of yaks with its herder will be your only source of contact with civilization for quite a number of days.


DAY 01 :

Arrival Kolkata

Upon arrival at Kolkata International Airport meet to our representative, & transfer to hotel, for rest of the night.


DAY 02 :

Kolkata-Bagdogra-Darjeeling (Flight + 90 Kms Drive)

Morning transfer to the domestic terminal for the flight to Bagdogra.

  • If the weather is clear then we can have views of many of the Himalayan giants' peaks
  • Upon arrival at Bagdogra Airport meet to our local representative and transfer to Darjeeling
  • On arrival at Darjeeling check in to the hotel, for the rest of the time have some recreation

Overnight at hotel.


DAY 03 :

Darjeeling Sightseeing

Early morning trip to Tiger Hill to see the sunrise.

  • Commence voyage around 04:30 hrs
  • Witness the Khanchenjunga during the sunrise
  • Drive back to hotel en route visit Ghoom Moanstery
  • After breakfast visit Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
  • Japanese Temple
  • Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre
  • Toy Train Ride up to Ghoom and visit Batasa Loop

Rest of the time visit The Mall and Chowrasta, once done visiting the places, have an overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 04 :

Darjeeling-Pelling (145 kms)

After breafakst drive to Pelling via Melli check points through the Testa River.

  • En route visit Pemayangtse Monastery & Rabdantse Runes,
  • Pelling is famous for magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains of Kanchenjunga

On arrival check in to the hotel for overnight stay.


DAY 05 :

Pelling-Yuksum (1790 m)

After breakfast drive to Yuksum and the road winds its way through picturesque countryside and tea plantations. There may be time in the evening to do and acclimatization walk up to Dubdek monastery above the village. From today's camp there is a good view of the following days walk which will take us up the heavily forested Rathong valley. Overnight at hotel.


DAY 06 :

Yuksum-Tsoka (3050 m)

The trail leads up the Rathong valley, through thick, semi-tropical forests. Afterwards a steep climb takes us to the tiny Tibetan village of Tsoka. The landscape has now changed into pine, rhododendron and magnolia forests and will give an excellent view of the entire Himalayan range and Kanchenjunga. Overnight at camp.


DAY 07 :

Tsoka-D'zongri (4020 m)

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 300m, we follow the ridge to D'zongri, a pasture area for Yuksam yaks from April to October. Overnight at camp.


DAY 08 :

D'zongri-Thanshing (3930 m)

We descend through rhododendron forest 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. Overnight at camp.


DAY 09 :

Thangshing – Lake Samity (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 reflects Forked Peak, Kabru North, Gocha Peak and other snow-capped peaks.


DAY 10 :

Lake Samity-Goecha La (4940 m) - Thanshing

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. Overnight stay at the camp


DAY 11 :

Thangshing-Lam Pokhari (4230m)

After a steep descent, we climb through alpine areas and pass by tiny lakes. Overnight at Lam Pokhari.


DAY 12 :

Lma Pokhari - Labdang - Tashiding (1740 m)

An easy walk in an atmosphere that becomes more humid and heavier as we descend. Overnight stay at the camp.


DAY 13 :

Tashiding-Martam (Drive)

We terminate our trek and come to road head to take jeeps to Martam. We visit the Tashiding monastery, one of the most isolated in Sikkim, perched on the top of a hill set between two rivers. Overnight at hotel or camp.


DAY 14 :

Martam-Gangtok

In the morning after breakfast, drive to Gangtok. En route we visit Rumtek monastery, reputed for its religious Tibetan art. Visitors are welcome to attend prayers. In the afternoon have some leisure time in Gangtok.


DAY 15 :

Gangtok

Breakfast at hotel, later take a day out for sightseeing in and around Gangtok.

  • Rumtek monastery, located on a hill facing Gangtok, 24 kms away
  • Institute of Tibetology and a Tibetan handicrafts centre
  • Orchid Sanctuary, just south of the town
  • Do Drul Chorten
  • Enchey Moanstery
  • Namgyal Institute of Tabetology
  • M.G. Road or Lala bazaar


DAY 16 :

Gangtok-Bagdogra-Kolkata

Morning drives to Bagdogra, in time take flight to Kolkata, and later connect flight to onward destination. End the Services.

Cities Standard Deluxe
Kolkata Peerless Inn The Park
Darjeeling Fortune Resort New Elgin
Pelling Norbugang Resort Hotel Pandim
Yuksum Hotel Tashigang Hotel Tashigang
Gangtok Nor-Khil Mayfair

Inclusions:

  • Hotel accommodation in Kolkata on twin sharing room plus breakfast basis and at rest of the places on twin sharing half board basis
  • Air-conditioned car for arrival/ departure transfers and sightseeing in Kolkata
  • Non air-conditioned jeep pick up from Ex. Bagdogra airport, for overland safaris, sightseeing, excursion and drop and pick up during the trek in Yuksum (West Sikkim)
  • English speaking local guide during the sightseeing in Kolkata and local Buddhist English speaking guide in Sikkim part
  • English speaking accompanied escort / trek guide during the trek
  • All trek arrangements on full board basis
  • Services of a cook, camp boy, mules or donkey during the trek to carry the camping gear and personal luggage of clients (Maximum 20 kg)
  • All camping gear including sleeping tents, toilet tents, kitchen tents and dinning tents etc
  • All trek permits and nature conservation fee
  • Monument and monastery entrances during sightseeing
  • All applicable taxes including service tax

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