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Yuksom - Dzongri - Goechala Trek
16 Nights - 17 Days
Tour Id - YDG-01
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Description

Yuksom To Dzongri & The Goecha La Trek

This popular trek in Sikkim, is from Yuksom to Dzongri and onwards to Goecha La, and has superb views of Kanchenjunga. From Yuksam, the trail follows the Rathong Valley to Bakkhim and from here a steep ascent to the village of Tshoka. Above Tshoka the trail reaches Phedang. A further stage brings you to Dzongri (4020 M). From here the trail drops steeply down the river to Thangsing (3930 M).

Dzongri is situated at an altitude of about 4020 M, in west Sikkim. It offers the trekker a most fascinating close-up view of Kanchenjunga and Mt. Pandim. To the west rises the long outline of the Kyangla ridge. Dzongri is trekker's paradise. Goecha La is situated at an altitude of about 4940 M. Goecha La offers a mind catching sight of the mountains like Pandim, Kanchenjunga and the others. The trek to Goecha la really is getting out & getting trekked. There are only few trekking routes around the Kanchenjunga National Park that are open to visitors. The trek is traditional which follows a picturesque route past lush vegetation and wonderful mountain views until it reaches a high pass. The training courses of the Himalayan Mountaineering.

Itinerary

  • 1
    Day

    Arrive Bagdogra airport to Gangtok

    Arrive Delhi connecting fly to Bagdogra airport. Meet the guide at the airport and drive to Gangtok. (126 km/5 hrs). Overnight hotel
  • 2
    Day

    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. Stay O/N.
  • 3
    Day

    Gangtok – Yuksum

    Drive to Yuksam(1,780 m.) from Gangtok. Arrive Yuksom In the evening take a walk to the Yoksom Coronation site, a simple stone bench, where the three monks appointed the first king of Sikkim. Visit the near by Ani Gompa (Buddhist nunnery). Overnight at Yoksom.
  • 4
    Day

    YUKSUM – BAKHIM (Alt. 2,750 M.)

    Trek from Yuksum to Bakhim 14 kms time taken approx. 6 hrs. Trek begins with a low gradient until you cross Sachen and the third bridge, walk through dense forest of pine and oak after crossing river PrekChu it is straight 70 degree uphill climb this is the toughest stage in the entire trek , It will last for 2 Hrs depends on the fitness of the clients Finally we will come to Bakhim this is just a resting point for the first day. This campsite has only one hut of forest department in the hilly dense forest. Overnight at Camp or tourist hut.
  • 5
    Day

    BAKHIM – TSHOKA (Alt. 3,050 M.)

    Trek then we reach Bakhim the trail from Bakhim passes through magnolia and rhododendron trees the most tiring uphill climb. Tshoka is a small village housing about twelve thatched roof houses mainly Tibetan settlement. If weather remains clear we can see Mount Pandim, Aralunchong, Lama – Lamini,Pandim. Overnight in Tent or lodge
  • 6
    Day

    TSHOKA- DZONGRI (Alt. 4,020 M.)

    Trek from Tshoka to Dzongri is still a steep climbing time taken approx. 5 hrs we go through dense forest of rhododendrons there’re over 400 flowering species , a place called Deorali Dara provides a agnificent view of mountains.Then we reach Phethang for a break .After Phethang still further climbing we reach Dzongri here the Vegetation is thin and we tend to find only small bushes and shrubs for the night stay here is a tourist hut Its usually overcrowded and noisy. In Dzongri early morning we take a walk to Dabla Khang( DzongriTop) the view from this place is magnificent one can view all the peaks .Acclimatization here is must for further ascending trekkers. Overnight in tent.
  • 7
    Day

    Rest day & Acclimatise at Dzongri – The day is for rest and acclimatization.

    On this day one can savor views of the mountain peaks by climbing up to Dzongri Top. From here you get a panoramic view of Kabru (7,353 m.), Ratong (6,678 m.), Kanchenjunga (8,534 m.), Koktang (6,147 m.), Pandim (6,691 m.) and Narshing (5,825 m.). Towards the west, the Singalilla Ridge, which separates Sikkim from Nepalm can be seen. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
  • 8
    Day

    Dzongri - Thangshing - 3,800 m.

    Dzongri to Thangshing – 5 to 6 hours - Overnight camping Today we ascend gradually over open hillside for a mile or so to a low ridge visible from the campsite (13,500 ft/4,115m.). From here, chortens and prayer flags overlooking fabulous views of Khangchendzonga and Pandim make ideal photocompositions. You then descend, at first traversing down towards Pandim on the far side of the valley, and then dropping steeply down on a good path through rhododendron forest to the Prek Chu River at 12,300 ft/3,749 m. for lunch (3 hrs). There is a new trekking lodge here that the crew may use for cooking. We cross the river and ascend gradually for one and a half hour, through pinewoods to reach a grassy campsite, beneath the shapely unclimbed peak of Pandim. A new hut has been built here, which may be available for cooking and even sleeping.
  • 9
    Day

    Thangshing - Lamuney (near Samiti Lake) - 4,298 m.

    Trek Thangshing to Lamuney - 3 hours - Overnight camping. Today’s walk is fairly short to give you plenty of opportunity to rest before tomorrow’s big day. You begin by continuing your walk parallel to the Prek Chu River. Sacred Samiti on the opposite side is a beautiful emerald green lake nestled in the midst of brightly colored wind-torn prayer flags.
  • 10
    Day

    Lamuney - Goecha La return - Choakchrung

    Trek to Goecha La (4,984 m.) and return to Choakchrung. Overnight camping An early start today to beat the inclement weather conditions that is common during the latter part of the day. Set off in the early morning clmbing the hill behind the Lake before traversing the moraine and then descending to the sandy bed of an empty lake. The whole area above Samiti Lake is called the Zemathang Plateau. You cross this under the shadow of Pandim and then ascend moraine to a height of about 15,700 feet where you rest above a glaciated lake mottled with snow and icy pinnacles. The Goecha La Pass is another hour away. We traverse the lake and proceed across a slope, and then on a well-trodden path to our objective, which is festooned with brightly colored prayer flags. The views of the east flank of Khangchendzonga and the mountains and valleys in the distance are stunning. We then return to our campsite at Choakchrung:
  • 11
    Day

    Choakchrung to Tshoka - 3,800 m.

    Trek Choakchrung to Tshoka – 7 to 8 hours - Overnight camping It’s worth getting up early to take a short hike to the ridge behind the camp. From here there are fantastic views of Khangchendzonga and one can look back up to the Goecha La. Leaving Thangsing, you take a different route, avoiding the long climb to the Dzongri Plateau. Descending to the Prek Chu, you contour around jungle to emerge at Phedang. Continue to Tshoka along another steep descent. This will save us a day on the return march, but does involve quite a long day.
  • 12
    Day

    Tshoka to Yuksam –5 to 6 hours Overnight in hotel

    Today you descend to the Prek Chu following the route you took up on the first day, and then contour gradually downwards to reach the village of Yuksam our starting point.
  • 13
    Day

    Yuksum to Pelling

    Early morning drive to Pemayangtse visit Khechoperi Lake Drive 24 Kms ( 01.30 hrs) to the holy Khechepheri Lake. Continue the journey for another 30 Kms (1 hr 30 min.) to reach Pelling. O/N at Pelling.
  • 14
    Day

    Pelling - (2,085 m.)

    Morning Visit the Pemayangtse Monastery. This is a premier monastery of Sikkim built in the 17th century. afternoon A short walk to Sangobhholing Monastery (02 km/45 min.) located on a hillock above the hotel. On a clear day the view of the mountain range is breathtaking. O/N at hotel.
  • 15
    Day

    Pelling to Darjeeling

    Morning transfer from Pelling to Darjeeling - on the way visit Tashiding Monastry continue drive (Optional 2 hrs white River rafting at Rangit and Teesta River) and again drive to Darjeeling via tea Garden arrive evening check in hotel and free) (135 kms/06 hrs). Evening free to explore the town. Overnight hotel.
  • 16
    Day

    Sightseeing of Darjeeling

    Early morning tour to Tiger Hill (at around 4 am) to view sunrise over mighty Kanchenjunga. The view is splendid on clear weather day. On the way back, take a look at Ghoom Monastery and the Batasia Loop. Afternoon visit to Himalayan Zoological Park (Closed on Thursday), Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Gumbu Rock site and Tibetan Refugee self-help (Closed on Sunday) Center Tea Estate. Overnight hotel.
  • 17
    Day

    Departure from Darjeeling to Bagdogra Airport

    Moorning after breakfast transfer from Darjeeling to Bagdogra Airport/Bhadrapur Airport 4/5hrs drive 130km ) Our service is finished.

Inclusions

    Airport pick up & drop including all necessary transportation, need and clean good category hotels Accommodation in Gangtok, Yuksom, Pemayantse and Darjeeling with Bed & Breakfast (CP Basis).  Trekking support with all Tea house, trekking guide, cook, potters, yaks, trekking accommodation with meals & beverages, services for trekking permit, Khangchendzonga National Park fees, Sikkim trekking royalty & other necessary services. While on trek we will provide you Dome/Alpine trekking tents on twin sharing basis, Camping mattresses, camping stool, table, kitchen tent etc.

Exclusion

    Expenses of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, alcohol and personal insurance however covers immediate medical facilities, extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances such as landslide/strike/accidents/natural calamities, Ropeway and tips etc.

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