New Delhi - Bagdogra (by air) - Gangtok (about 126 km / 05 hrs)
Arrive Delhi connecting fly to Bagdogra airport. Upon arrival, you
will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and drive to Gangtok.
Overnight stay at hotel in Gangtok.
A leisure day in Gangtok visiting places of tourist interest
including Tashi view Point, Ganash Tok, Hanuman Tok and famous Enchey
Monastery back to hotel after breakfast other Point visit Tibetology,
Institute of Cottage Industry, Dro-Drul Chorten, Rope way and Flower
snow world famous Rumtek Monastery. Return Back to hotel. Evening
walk at the Mall or shopping/leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Gangtok.
Day 3: Gangtok - Uttarey ( about 160 kms / 4 hrs)
An early departure from Gangtok by jeep to the trekking area in West
Sikkim. Six exciting hours through winding roads across valleys and
over hills clad with a variety of vegetation. We swoop down to cross
the wild Rangeet River before climbing steeply up to
(2,100 m.), perched dramatically on an airy ridge with a panorama of Himalayan peaks ahead. After crossing some spectacular bridges to the
road-head at Uttarey (2,000 m.), we spend our first night in a
trekking lodge and meet the local people who will accompany us on our
Begin Trek: Uttarey - Chiwa Bhanjyang (6 hours)
Today we start trekking from Uttarey to Chiwa Bhanjyang.
For eight days we thread our way up and over the highest reaches of
the Singalila Ridge, which forms the border between
We may meet the occasional yak herder but we are well beyond
permanent settlements. The names given to places around here however
exotic it may sound to your ear, are basically associated with their
purpose, such as high pastures, passes and ridge points. We pass
through a rich forest cover, swathes of rhododendrons, open ridges,
sacred lakes and remote passes. Our first day takes us to Chiwa
Bhanjyang (3,100 m). An easy trail rises gently through rainforest
until a final steep ascent for the last couple of hours bring us to
the Nepalese border and our first camp.
Day 5: Chiwa Bhanjyang
Trek: Excursion - 5˝ hours
This is an attractive setting to acquire some essential early
acclimatization. A hike to the nearby Singalila Peak at 3500 m will
give us valuable acclimatization and some excellent views.
Day 6: Dhor
Trek: Chiwa Bhanjyang - Dhor - (7˝ hours. Camp 3800m )
A gentle uphill traverse through forest and then over a more exposed
hillside brings us to prayer flags adorning our first pass and views
of distant mountains - a taste of what is to come. As we gradually
gain height we will appreciate the previous day’s acclimatization.
The occasional yak herder’s hut is the only sign of habitation as we
look down far below to the rice fields and cardamom plantations. Our
camp is in a remote and sheltered hollow below the ridge.
Day 7: Pare Megu
Trek: Dhor - Pare Megu (7 hours. Camp 3800m)
Rising just before dawn, a five-minute walk onto the ridge may reveal
the spectacular sight of sunrise on both Everest and Khangchendzonga.
Throughout the day we descend and climb, maintaining a steady height,
spiraling from one side of the ridge to the other until a rough steep
ascent takes us across a pass. Beyond, the trail wends its way
steadily through rhododendrons and past several Hindu shrines where a
second easier pass drops down to our camp close to a shepherd’s
summer settlement. Look out for the Blue Sheep on the high craggy
Day 8: Lam Pokhari
Trek: Pare Megu - Lam Pokhari (4˝ hours. Camp 4300m)
We walk easily on a good trail through woods until we begin a steady
rise up a broad valley where we catch our first closer view of the
entire Kabru range dominated by Mount Pandim (6,691m). A further 2
hours of ascent will get us to our camp with
Everest and a host of
other Khumbu giants dominating the distant skyline. An afternoon of
rest and acclimatization for the following day’s foot slogging.
Day 9: Gomathang
Trek: Lam Pokhari - Gomathang ( 6 hours. Camp 3900m)
Now we are in high mountain country and the forests lie far below.
For the past two days we have been walking in Nepal and today we pass
the sacred lake of Lam Pokhari, which marks our entry back into
Sikkim. A little snow underfoot can be expected as we climb to our
first pass, the Danphe Bhir La at 4,530 meters, the Pass of the
Pheasant. From here it is possible to see the whole of Sikkim with
the view stretching out well into Tibet and
Bhutan. A further hour’s
contouring and a small ascent reveals the Kag Bhir La (the Pass of
the Crow) where we may be lucky enough to view a panorama of
Himalayan peaks including Khangchendzonga. Reluctantly, we then must
head downhill making a steep descent to our riverside camp.
Day 10: Tikip Chu
Trek: Gomathang - Tikip Chu (8 hours. Camp 3850m)
We leave our lovely meadow camp to climb through forests of sweet
smelling silver fir and rhododendrons. Soon we are in high mountain
terrain again. Look out for the brightly colored Danphe birds (Impeyan
Pheasant), which nest in the high crags around the Kamsey La, 4,200
m. As we drop down into the meadows of Kokling, we are already
looking up at our next pass of 4,300 m. that we reach with a steady
ascent up a steep crag to a skyline dominated by the dizzying
pinnacles and icy cliffs of Kanchenjunga. Once again we end the day’s
hike with a steep descent to our campsite by the Tikip Chu, which has
its source high on the Rathong mountains (6,679 m).
Day 11: Dzongri
Trek: Tikip Chu - Dzongri (3 hrs. 4,030 m.)
Today our route joins the regular trail up to the
Goecha La. A steady
climb through ancient fir forest, juniper and rhododendrons gradually
opens out to the summer pastures of Dzongri. Another high camp, but
we should be well acclimatized by now probably in contrast to some of
the trekkers we meet who could be on day 3 of their
Dzongri Trek at
4,000 m., ‘the headache zone’!
Day 12: Lamuney
Trek: Dzongri - Lamuney (6 hours. Camp 4,200 m)
Down the hill to Kokchulang where we are likely to accost other
trekkers making us look back in retrospect towards really
appreciating the peace and solitude of our last few days. We move
easily up the valley passing the busy trekkers campsite of Thangsing
to our own riverside camp a short distance below the Samiti Lake.
Day 13: Zemathang
Trek: Lamuney - Zemathang (4 hours. Camp 4,650 m.)
We walk steeply uphill to the crest of the ridge behind the lake and
emerge dramatically into a harsher world of higher Himalayan scenery.
In the foreground glaciers and snowfields suddenly look accessible
and behind, the gigantic snow peaks loom close, especially on nearby
Mt. Pandim, soaring over our heads. We move on more easily through
this spectacular alpine terrain into our final high camp nestled in a
sheltered green hollow, a little below the Goecha La.
Day 14: Goecha La
Trek: Zemathang - Goecha La - Thangshing (10 hrs. Camp 3,800 m.)
We aim for the Goecha La (The Locked Gate), which lies at almost 4,
940 m., and begin well before sunrise in the clear cold morning air.
Around us is an awe-inspiring Himalayan landscape of tumbling
glaciers, pinnacled ridges and soaring peaks dominated by the mighty
bulk of Khangchendzonga towering above, but the view from our own
‘summit’ is equally stunning. Reluctantly we return to our high camp
for a welcome breakfast. Thereafter, we head down to Thangsing where
the air feels wonderfully rich at just 3,600 m. A long day of around
10 hours depending of course, on how much time we spend at Goecha La.
Day 15: Tshoka
Trek: Thangshing - Tshoka (5 hours. Camp 3,000 m.)
On new ground today, we follow the traditional route back to the main
valley. Tshoka is an enchanting little Tibetan settlement perched on
a mountain spur. It will be our first encounter on this trek with
permanent village life, and the novelty of having a roof over our
heads will add a new dimension to the journey.
Day 16: Yuksom
Trek: Tshoka - Yuksom
Our final day, and freewheeling downhill almost all of the time. We
descend through rainforest rich with bird-life and flowers, across
spectacular bridges spanning cascading rivers whose sources are high
in the mountains we have so recently left behind. Tired and elated we
arrive in Yuksom and our charming traditional hilltop hotel. This
will be our last evening with the trekking crew so we will be
celebrating our achievements, and a final thank you to the local
staff. Overnight Hotel Tashigang.
Day 17: Flight to home destination
After breakfast transfer to airport for onwards journey or proceed next destination.
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Accommodation in double rooms on twin sharing basis with bath and WC
Rooms on the departure day.
Stay in Tent during trekking (All the meals included).
Trekking support with trekking guide, cook, potters, yaks, trekking
meals & beverages,
services for trekking permit, Khangchendzonga National Park fees &
While on trek we will provide you Dome/Alpine trekking tents on twin
mattresses, camping stool, table, kitchen tent etc.
All Transfers and departures on arrival and departure by Indo
Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an air-conditioned
of Personal Expenses such as Tips, Laundry, Telephone Bills,
personal insurance however covers immediate medical facilities, extra
expenses due to unforeseen circumstances such as
calamities, Ropeway, Airfare Ticket, Himalayan toy train ride in
Darjeeling, tips etc.
Camera Fees (Still or Movie).
Any Flight Charges.
Unspecified Meals etc.
We always look forward for any changes in the itinerary as wished
by you for your individual trip.