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Tour Package Details

Sikkim Trek For 11 Days And 10 Nights

Tour Package

It has more than 15 magnificent peaks that are over 20,000ft high. And the trek through Yuksom, Dzongri and Goechala offers breathtaking views of several of them that includes Kanchenjunga - the third highest peak of the world and others like Pandim, Kabru, Ratong and more. 


Go through the Permit Requirements to know about all the permits to be obtained before you can start the trek and how to get them. 
 
DAY-1: Pemayangtse (2,082m or 6,840ft) - Yuksom (1,780m or 5,839ft) 
If you have less time, you can skip this stretch and drive down to Yuksom which is 35kms away. It takes about 1.5 hours by car. The trekking route up to Yuksom is only 16kms and takes about 7-hours of walk. This stretch actually gives you an opportunity to get acclimatized for the harder treks ahead. Whatever you decide, don't miss out on the Pemayangtse Monastery before you start your journey for Yuksom. It is one of the oldest and premier monasteries in Sikkim. 
 
Although loosely called as yaks, the domesticated animals used for carrying heavy loads for the treks are a cross between a male yak and a cow. Locals call them Dzo. 
 
The trail goes through scenic pastures and fields of paddy, corn and barley. Although sparse, the population here includes Nepali, Lepchas and Sherpas. You will see village huts as you walk along. You will pass by mountain streams like Rimbi Chu and Ratong Chu rivers.  
 
Yuksom is like a flat table land with barley fields & apple orchards and surrounded by mountains. From here you get a great view of small lakes. The Dubdi Monastery here is located on a hill top that can be reached through a trekking trail and takes about 35 minutes. The monastery is steeped with history. It is here where coronation of the first religious king of Sikkim H.H. Funchook Namgyal took place. It was done by the Lama Gyalwa Latchen Thembo who brought Buddhism to Sikkim in 1641 AD. The monastery was built soon after the King was crowned. 
 
There are tourist lodges in Yuksom for night stays. One of the better ones is the private hotel Tashi Ghang which offers 3-star equivalent accommodation. Other lodgings include Hotel Demazong which also has dormitories. 
 
 
 
DAY-2: Yuksom (1,780m or 5,839ft) - Bakhim (2,743m or 9,000ft) 
Although the trek starts from the market area, the trail then goes along the outskirts of Yuksom. You will get your permits at the KNP (Kanchenjunga National Park) check-post on the way. It hardly takes time to get one. 
 
This stretch of the trail is mostly paved with stones, climbs through dense tropical forests of pine, bamboo, fir, oaks and flowering trees like magnolias and rhododendrons. You will see different kinds of orchids on the way. 
 
The stretch is also a paradise for bird and animal lovers. Other than many species of birds, the forest area here is a habitat of varieties of animals including red pandas, Himalayan black & brown bears, barking deer, wild goats, Tibetan antelope and lot more. Don't worry, they won't come on your way. You will then cross four mountain bridges one after the other. 
 
Shortly there after, the climb gets quite steeper. Having trekked for about three hours, you should plan to take your lunch at one of the road side huts. After about 6.5 hours from Yuksom (14kms), you will reach the forest bungalow at Bakhim. This is where you will stay overnight, unless the tour operator organizes camping on tents. 
 
Alternatively, take a break at Bakhim, have some refreshment at the lovely tea stall, soak in the wonderful views of the Yuksom valley and move on to the village Tsokha, which is about 1 hour uphill trek. Many trekkers do that as well. 
 
 
 
DAY-3: Bakhim (2,743m or 9,000ft) - Dzongri (4,220m or 13,845ft) 
From Bakhim the climb gets really steep all the way up to Dzongri. The distance is about 8kms and you can cover that in about 6-hours. The mantra for this stretch is to go slow. But every step towards Dzongri will only take you closer to the heavenly view of Kanchenjunga. Initially the route passes through land areas that are cultivated through Dzos (kind of yaks) and mountain sheep. After about one hour of climb, you will reach the village of Tsokha where only handful Tibetan families live. 
 
This is the last village on the way and there is no electricity here. Some experienced trekkers come up to Tsokha on day-2 itself and stay here at a trekkers hut. Few of the families also offer their huts for overnight stay. Although there are probably only 10-12 families living in this village, there is still a Buddhist monastery built here next to the lake. Tsokha offers the first real view of the Himalayan snow peaks including the Mt. Pandim. There is a plan by the Indian government to develop Tsokha as a place with better amenities and arrangements for trekkers. That would require moving and rehabilitating the existing families elsewhere in Sikkim. The villagers don't seem to be happy with this plan. 
 
A steep rocky trail continues from Tsokha. As you trek along, you will pass by varieties of rhododendrons that bloom in spring. The flowers have different colors like white, red, pink etc, some are small but many are quite large. After about 2.5 hours of trekking along a steep gradient, you will reach a picturesque spot called Phedang (also known as Phittang). This is where you should plan to take your lunch. Start your trek after lunch. Soon you will be passing through a dense forest of rhododendron trees. If it rains, the trail here can get quite muddy and difficult for trek. 
 
Another 2.5 hours of walk along the steep trail through rhododendron forest and you will reach Dzongri, a place which is also known as "The meeting place of men and mountains, of god and nature". The board on the trekkers hut says "Welcome to Dzongri". The view of the snow range is awesome. You get a great view of the Darjeeling's landscape from here as well. 
 
You should stay here for the night. You can either stay at the trekkers hut or at tents that are set up by the tour operator. This is a flat area with great views all around. 
 
 
 
DAY-4: Rest day at Dzongri 
There is a view point at Dzongri (known as Dzongri Top) which takes 45 minutes of walk along a steep trail. You must visit the view point early in the morning. There are lots of Tibetan prayer flags on the Dzongri top that keep fluttering in the breeze. The sunrise and the view of the dazzling snow peaks of Kanchenjunga (8534 m), Kabru (7353 m) and Pandim (6691 m) appearing in the horizon is a sight that you won't forget for long. Other great peaks you can see from here includes Koktang (6147 m) and Narsing (5825 m). On the west is Singalila ridge that separates Sikkim from Nepal. 
 
Breakfast at Dzongri 
  
Photo: Blue Dragon Adventure 
 
Most of the tour operators will plan a rest day in Dzongri camp for day-4 and stay here for one more night. This is to help you acclimatize with the high altitude. However, if you are feeling okay and want to cut short the trek time, you can ask them to restart the trek early on day-4 itself after you comeback from the view point. You may even decide to skip the view point and proceed towards Thangsing. You can cover the view point on your way back. 
 
Camping at Dzongri 
  
Photo: Ashmita Trek & Tours 
 
DAY-5: Dzongri (4,220m or 13,845ft) - Thangsing (3,800m or 12,467ft)  
From Dzongri you will trek down towards a beautiful valley and then climb for the last one hour for Thangsing. The distance is 7kms and it can be covered in 4.5 hours. You will walk through lush meadows towards this picturesque valley which is located at the base of the mountain known as Jopine. 
 
As you walk by the side of the mountains, you get mind blowing view of the snow covered Pandim and Kanchenjunga. It's an awesome feeling that you are only walking to get even closer to these giant snow mountains. As you walk along the meadows, you will notice a series of five chortens (small Buddhist mounds for worships) on the way. 
 
There is a stretch that goes through a steep descent and you need to be careful as you take your steps. There is every chance of a slip in this rocky path. Eventually you each the base of the valley. There is a stream called Prek Chu river that flows through the valley area. The operator wold normally organize a river-side lunch.  
 
After lunch, you will need to cross the river over an wooden bridge, then climb for an hour through forests of rhododendrons to reach the camping ground in Thamsing. It is perched on a slope of Mt. Pandim. The tour operator sets up tents here. 
 
 
 
DAY-6: Thangsing (3,800m or 12,467ft) - Chemathang (4,800m or 15,748ft) 
Chemathang is located at the base of Mt. Pandim and 8kms from Thangsing. It takes about 6 hours of trek to reach Chemathang and the walk is mostly through the valley of Onglathang. All through the stretch you will be treated to amazing views of Kanchenjunga and Pandim, and it gets even better and better as you approach closer to the mighty snow peaks. 
 
Initially the route is more or less leveled although there are little ups and downs in between. In about 4 hours, you will reach a place called Lamunie. Some tour operators set up tents here for the day's enjoyment and overnight stay. However it's better to take an early lunch here and carry on so that you get closer to Goechala. 
 
From Lamunie, a trek for about one hour will take you to the Lake Samity, a wonderful deep lake with crystal clear greenish blue water surrounded by gorgeous mountains. As you look around, you get amazing view of the snow mounts of Pandim, Kanchenjunga, Kabru and others. The colors in the snow keep changing as the sunlight shifts and clouds pass. Walk around the boundary of the lake and watch varieties of birds. There is a trekker's hut here which has been closed down. Camping is no longer allowed in the lake area. This is a holy lake for the Sikkimese. 
 
The last stretch of the route is quite steep and goes through rocky areas full of boulders. You pass by many small lakes, glaciers and glacial moraines to finally reach Chemathang. It's located in a quiet and serene area. Tents are set up here for overnight stay. 
 
DAY-7: Chemathang (4,800m or 15,748ft) to  
Goechala (5,000m or 16,404ft) & Return 
 
Goechala Pass is about 3kms from here on a steep route. It takes about 3 hours to reach and the terrain is full of rocks and boulders. After the first hour as you navigate through rocky hills, you will reach a view point. As you keep approaching the view point, you start getting breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga which keeps coming closer & closer. You are finally standing face to face with Kanchenjunga snow peaks. 
 
Goechala 
  
Photo: Blue Dragon Adventure 
 
Goechala Pass is another couple of hours from the first view point. There is a second view point in between which is a glacial lake and can be seen from a ridge.  
 
The last 2-hour stretch is the most strenuous one. There is a no marked trail any longer. It's a steep uphill rugged terrain through loose rocks. There are also steep descents at some places that you need to carefully negotiate. Then you pass through a glacial moraine, a large flat area which is like a frozen lake covered with snow and surrounded by the gigantic peaks of Kanchejunga, Kabru and Pandim. 
 
Dzos at Goechala 
  
Photo: Blue Dragon Adventure 
 
Once out of the moraine, you will finally start trekking along the Goechala pass itself. The snow covered pass and the mountain slopes on the sides look like skiing fields. As you walk along for another 20 minutes, you will finally see prayer flags and you know you have reached your destination. The majestic Kanchenjunga can't be any closer. It is interspersed with many glaciers. 
 
If you look back up, you will see many tiny glacial lakes that look so lovely. Often, you can even witness mini avalanche in the snow mountains surrounding you, the roaring sound of huge mass of snow & rocks rushing down the steep slopes. 
 
Goechala Pass 
  
Photo: Ashmita Trek & Tours 
 
Tip: Goechala weather can be very unpredictable. In no time cloud or fog can come and put a white blanket all around. And if it gets windy (which happens quite often), you can't stay on the pass for long and need to get back to your camp. So if you have time, budget an extra day at Chemathang so that you have a chance to try your luck one more time. 
 
 
 
DAY-8: Chemathang (4,800m or 15,748ft) - Thangsing (3,800m or 12,467ft) 
So you are now heading back along the same route that you came by. During this stretch of the return trek, the guide usually focuses on showing you the various high altitude flora and fauna, including rare birds and Blue Sheep. Try to carry a binocular, because I remember when our guide showed us a Blue Sheep he spotted far away near a bush, it just looked like a dot from a distance. Stay at Thamsing overnight. 
 
DAY-9: Thangsing (3,800m or 12,467ft) - Dzongri (4,220m or 13,845ft) 
This stretch is an uphill trek through rhododendron forests. It takes about five hours to reach the dzongri camp back again. This time go up to the Dzongri top (the view point) and experience the wonderful sunset over the snow mountains. Stay at Dzongri overnight. 
 
DAY-10: Dzongri (4,220m or 13,845ft) - Bakhim (2,743m or 9,000ft) 
Take a different route this time through a village called Jamling Gaon (also known as Jamlingthang). This village is named after Jamling Norgay, the fourth son of Tenzing Norgay. Like his father, Jamling too climbed the Everest in 1996. It's a nice place to take a break. On the way you will pass by lovely forests of magnolia and rhododendrons. During the spring time, the flowers bloom in different colors. In this area itself, you can see about 10 different types of rhododendrons. The experience is further augmented by the spectacular giant magnolias and their typical fragrance. 
 
DAY-11: Bakhim (2,743m or 9,000ft) - Yuksom (1,780m or 5,839ft) 
This is an easy four hours walk back to Yuksom. You can either decide to stay overnight at Yuksom, or if you had pre-arranged a taxi, then head back for Darjeeling or Siliguri. 


Things To Do

Trekking
Hiking
Water Rafting
Rock Climbing
Homestay