About The Listing
Type of Trip : Trekking
Level : Medium
Location : Sikkim
Duration : 13 Days 12 Nights
Trip Start : Bagdogra
Trip End : Bagdogra
The Dzongri – Goecha la Trek is the most popular trek in Sikkim. An absolute classic, this trek gives you spectacular views of Kanchenjunga up close, apart from many other smaller peaks which surround it. Tea-houses exist till Dzongri, beyond that tents will be mandatory. You will be camping throughout on the trek. The high altitude lakes, crystal waters in rivers, the fluttering prayer flags at the high points make this whole trek special.
Day 01: Arrive Bagdogra and drive 3 to 4 hrs to Darjeeling.
Its day one as you arrive at Bagdogra Airport and drive for about 3 to 4 hours to tea estates and small hamlets to reach Darjeeling (2134m). Darjeeling is a beautiful hill station which is most famous for its unique tea which has got geographical recognition and the colonial toy-trains, apart from the Kanchenjunga itself. Your overnight halt is at the hotel.
Day 02: Darjeeling Sightseeing.
There are many interesting places to see around Darjeeling starting from the HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTE Museum and Zoo, which has been very well maintained. There’s the monastery in Ghoom and a vibrant market where one can hang out for the whole day.
Day 03: Drive Darjeeling to Yuksom (1780m) (4 to 5 hrs).
Drive to Yuksom, the former capital of Sikkim and the start point of our trek. Yuksom is a historical town in the West Sikkim district and the name means “meeting place of the 3 learned monks”, who came from Tibet to select Phuntsog Namgyal as the first king of Sikkim. The oldest Monastery of Sikkim – the Dubdi monastery is an hour’s walk from Yuksom.
Day 04: Trek to Tsokha (3005m) (7 to 8 hrs).
Today you embark on your trek. Your first destination is Tsokha which lies 18 kms ahead and would easily take about 7-8 hrs. You follow the Rathong river gorge. This section is tough as the gradient steepens in a short while. Magnificent forest trail with trees of oak, pine, rhododendrons and magnolia. You pass a small trekker’s hut at Bakhim, 2 kms from there is the small settlement of Tsokha with terraced farms. Tsokha is the last village on the trail and a vantage point for viewing the sunrise over Mt. Pandim. You cross about 4 bridges across different rivers on the way, all of which flow into the Rathong river. It’s a camping night so just relax and enjoy.
Day 05: Trek to Dzongri (4030m) (6 to 7 hrs).
Another long day with altitude gain of almost 1000m. Almost midway through the trail lies Phedang which would be a good stopover for lunch. From Phedang the trail keep climbing till the highpoint at Deurali with a shrine and fluttering prayer flags. Great place to view all the snow-clad giants that abound – Kanchenjunga, Sinolchu, Kabru, Pandim, Jopuno, Kokthang, Narsing and Talung. From here it is a gradual descent to Dzongri with a few trekker’s hut and camping grounds. All around looming high into the sky are snow-capped giants. Most of the trail is filled with tall, dense rhododendrons on either side of a wood-paved path. At Phedang, the ground clears to views of some high peaks.
Day 06: Rest Day at Dzongri.
The day is for much needed break, 2 long days of walking to rest and acclimatize in Dzongri. The early risers can trek to Dzongri top, to view the glorious sunrise on the Kanchenjunga Massif. The trek takes about an hour and it’s best to start very early to catch the first glimpses of light on the snow giants. The act can be repeated in the evening for another set of enchanting views as the sun descends. The day can be spent doing short hikes around the camp.
Day 07: Trek to Thangsing (3850m) (4 to 5 hrs).
You ascend a little from Dzongri till a high point and then descend all the way to the Prek Chu River and then ascend again to the big meadow at Thangsing with Mt. Pandim rising up right in front. After a taxing day it’s time to retire in camp.
Day 08: Trek to Lamuney (4298m) (2 to 3 hrs).
A short walk all mostly on the meadows along the Prek Chu on a gradual gradient. The steepness increases and the terrain becomes rocky as you reach Lamuney. The emerald green Samiti Lake is a little ahead with colored prayer flags fluttering around. After an exuberant adventurous day it’s time to sleep, as tomorrow you will welcome morning quiet early.
Day 09: Trek to Goecha La(4984m) and back to Thangsing(3850m) (8 to 9 hrs).
The Big Day you have been waiting for! You make a very early start (about 3am) and walk around the Samiti Lake with Pandim always on your right up the moraine and descending to a sandy bed of a dried lake called the Zemathang Plateau. You cross this and ascend for about 2 hours to reach Goecha La. The view from here is absolutely stunning as you look directly into the eastern wall of Kanchenjunga and the smaller peaks of Rathong and Kabru. You enjoy the sunrise and the views before descending to Thangsing and further down to Lamuney. Day ends with a halt at camp.
Day 10: Trek Thangsing to Tsokha (6 to 7 hrs).
You backtrack and take a slightly altered route missing Dzongri and going through Phedang. The whole trail is filled with Rhododendron blossoms. From Phedang you retrace or way back to Tsokha, your first campsite.
Day 11: Trek Tsokha to Yuksom (6 to 7 hrs).
Its day eleven as you descend to the bridge across the Prek Chu and follow the up and down trail all the while losing altitude till you reach Yuksom. Its night time and your camps are waiting to pamper you.
Day 12: Drive Yuksom to Kalimpong. Visit Pemayangtse Monastery enroute.
As your expedition is coming to an end its time to drive to Kalimpong passing Pelling on the way where you can visit the Pemayangtse Monastery. It’s your last night at the camp, so relish your stay to the limit. You’ll miss it for a long time.
Day 13: Drive Kalimpong to Bagdogra (4hrs) and take a flight to Delhi.
It’s your last day at the camp. After an early breakfast you drive for 4 hrs to reach the airport at Bagdogra. Fly out. Trip Ends!
|Package Options||Cost/Person||EMI Option|
|Entry Closes On||07 May, 2016|
|Single Entry||₹ 66,300||EMI starts* ₹ 5,891|
- All travel from Bagdogra airport and back to Bagdogra airport by road (by non AC car)
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Darjeeling
- All arrangements for staying while on the trip, accommodation on twin share basis in lodges/tea-houses
- All meals from Dinner on Day 1 to Breakfast on Day 7
- Sanctuary fee / royalty / permits where applicable
- All trekking arrangements - experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook, etc
- Includes 3.5% of Service tax & 0.125% Clean India Cess
- Sleeping bag and items of personal clothing
- Airfares & airport taxes
- Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, insurance, camera fee
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
Terms & Conditions
Cancellation 45 days prior to departure 95% return.
Cancellation 45 to 30 days prior to departure 50% return.
Cancellation 30 days prior to departure no return.
Tips, Hints, Precautions
Q: What to bring on expedition?
A: Good attitude! pair of trekking boots, good pair of sun glasses, sunscreen lotion, insect repellents, personal medicines, water bottles-refillable, caps, walking sticks, toilet paper rolls, woolens for the night, windcheaters, waterproof camera bags, rain coat, good sleeping bags with inners, battery backups, small back pack for personal carry, medicines and energy.
Q: Where do we eat our meals?
A: If you are on a tea-house trek you will eat breakfast and dinner at your tea-house. You will stop for lunch at one of the various trail side restaurants. And snacks are always easy to find at tea stalls including tea and coffee.
Q: I have never been on a trek before. Can I still come? Will I be able to complete the trek?
A: Yes we welcome first timers. Just ensure that you are excited about the trip and in good physical shape (comfortable walking for 4-5 hours in a day).
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