DZONGRI-GOECHALA TREK & TOUR
12 Nights / 13 Days
Day 01: BAGDOGRA TO NAMCHI (1850 MTRS/78 KMS/4 HRS)
Arrival at Bagdogra Airport, meet our representative, after brief introduction, drive to Namchi, a town situated at 5500 fts in South Sikkim. Enroute Permit (ILP) formalities at Melli Check Post. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 02: NAMCHI TO YUKSUM via TASHIDING MONASTERY (1750 MTRS/85 KMS/4 HRS)
Check out after breakfast and drive to Yuksum. Enroute visit Tashiding monastery, build in the mid 1700’s, this monastery is among the very important Nyingma-pa monastery and the monastery where the “Bumchu” festival takes place. Later drive to Yuksum. Upon arrival, check Into the Hotel. Evening is free. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 03: YUKSUM TO BAKHIM (2750 MTRS/12 KMS/7 HRS)
TREK to Dzongri Goechala starts from Yuksum and as you pass the KNP Interpretation center, you are on the rough and rugged trail towards the mountain. It will take about 3.5 hrs to reach Sachen (2100 mtrs/7 kms) where the lunch awaits the group. After lunch, the walk begins again and reach a river named Prek-chu and the same river which you will meet again in few days in the mountain. From Prek-chu, the real climb starts, though short in distance but this the stretch which could make you feel real tired. You will reach Bakhim in no time where you will camp for a night.
Day 04: BAKHIM TO DZONGRI (4000 MTRS/13 KMS/7 HRS)
Start after a breakfast and the climb continues crossing Tshoka on the way. Now the trail through the Tall Pine/coniferous trees and different species of Rhododendron starts and thus make you feel warmth and gives you a much needed spirit to keep on walking till you reach Phedang (3500 mtrs/7 kms) where you will stop for a lunch. Phedang is a place from where you start to get a glimpse of mountain of the Eastern Himalaya starting with Mt.Pandim (7000+ mtrs) The last climb of the day is easy in terms of distance but again considered quite tough because of the continuous gain in altitude and the air getting thinner with every step you walk. Once you reach at the top (Dewrali Dara/3950 mtrs) one will easily forget all the hardship of the walk once you see the mighty Khanchendzonga and its adjacent peaks right infront of you. From here it is a very easy 30 minutes walk to the campsite.
Day 05: REST DAY/ACCLAMATIZATION/EXCURSION TO DZONGRILA PASS
Wake up at 04 am and start to go to Daf-lha-ghang or also known as the Dzongri Top/View Point. The view of the sunrise over the mighty Khanchendzonga and other peaks is easily a view of life time. The 360 degree view of the Mountain of the great Himalaya and all those high hills and valleys which you leave behind when you climb up. Later come back to the camp-site, have breakfast and rest for a while (about an hour or little more) and the day starts with a decent climb towards Dzongrila Pass (4200 mtrs/about 6 kms) later back to the camp site for a overnight stay.
Day 06: DZONGRI TO THANGSHING via KOKCHURUNG (4050 MTRS/7 KMS/4.5 HRS)
Take the trail heading right from the Dzongri trekkers hut and go to the top of the ridge. It is a kilometer and 20 mins to the ridge top. From the ridge top you get to see Kanchenjunga, Pandim and the other peaks to the right towering over the meadows. Descend through the Rhododendron shrubs to the meadows. The meadow gently slopes down. The walk through the Dzongri meadows in the lap of the mighty mountains is as breathtaking as the view from Dzongri top. The Rhododendron shrubs suddenly give way to Rhododendron forest. The descent becomes steep and you lose more than 500ft. Kokchurung springs up at the end of the descent. From Kokchurung, walk down to the bridge across Prek-chu. Spend some time on the bridge experiencing the cool breeze of the river. The water below looks icy blue. On the other bank you have the Rhododendron forest again. They flower in June but at any time, the moss lined trees with their branches spreading out in all directions make it a fairy tale walk. It is then about just a walk to reach Thangshing. Overnight in the Trekker’s Hut.
Day 07: THANGSHING TO LAMUNEY (4400 MTRS/4 KMS/1.5 HRS)
Wake up early to hike to the top of the ridge above Thangshing. The altitude gain is about 200 mtrs and will take about 30 minutes steep climb to reach to the top from where the view of Mt.Khangchendzonga, Lamuney and the base of Mt.Pandim is seen beautiful. Spend some time at the top before the descend to the camp site. Breakfast and after a while start a shortest walk of the entire trek to reach Lamuney. You will reach Lamuney by the lunch time. After lunch, the little hike to Samiti Lake is worth of all as in the afternoon time, the sightings of the Blue Sheep in these areas are likely to be very high. Evening is free. Overnight in the Tents.
Day 08: LAMUNEY TO GOECHALA (5000 MTRS) & To KOKCHURUNG (3850 MTRS)
This is the longest day of the trek and so start your day really early at 3 am is to give you multiple advantages.
- A 3-3:30 am start ensures that you reach the first view point or the sunrise point right in time to see the first sun rays hitting Kanchenjunga.
- It also makes it easier to walk on the moraines that you find after the sunrise point as the snow is still hard.
- The probability of getting good views is higher in the mornings.
- Lastly gives you enough time to go all the way to Goechala and return to Kokchurung.
- Do not plan to leave earlier than 3 am as it is mostly not required and the lack of sleep can tend to tire out people unnecessarily.
The trail to Goechala goes behind Samiti Lake and beyond. Mt. Pandim is always to your right and the left is also lined by huge snow walls. Climb to the ridge on top of Samiti Lake and then traverse right on the narrow trail on the flank of the mountain. A bit more of a climb and you reach the sunrise or the first view point of Goechala in less than two hours from Lamuney. Mt. Pandim and to your right and Kanchenjunga raises just in front. Retrace your path to Lamuney, and then head to Kokchurung with your belongings. Stay at the trekker hut or pitch tents by the river at Kokchurung.
Day 09: KOKCHURUNG TO TSHOKA via PHEDANG (13kms /6 hours)
Take the diversion to the left inside the forest instead of climbing up to Dzongri. The trail remains mostly flat with small descents and ascents only to switch between mountains. Rhododendron trees line your way all along and the Prek-chu flows below. Look left and at a number of places you get lovely views of Mt. Pandim and its neighbors. Phedang is 10 kms away and this is one of the longest trails between two known campsites. It takes about 4 hours to reach Phedang. From Phedang you retrace the descending trail to Tshoka. The days trek takes about 6 hours on an average. Overnight at the Trekker’s Hut.
Day 10: TSHOKA TO YUKSUM (15 KMS/6 HRS)
Retrace your way from Tshoka to Yuksum. It’s much faster and easier than your trek up. Sachen comes up quickly being a pure descent. From Sachen the trail goes up and down generally losing altitude. The last stretch has a few climbs which make you wonder but it’s soon over and you find yourself back in the friendly Yuksum neighborhood. Check into the Hotel.
Take a hot shower and relax.
Day 11: YUKSUM TO DARJEELING (2250 MTRS / 125 KMS /5 HRS)
Heck out after the breakfast and drive to Darjeeling, a hill station in North Bengal is world famous for its tea production and is a home to World Heritage Toy Train. Upon arrival check into the Hotel. Evening is free. Stroll around the mall (Chowrasta) Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 12: LOCAL SIGHTSEEING
Today, we can opt to visit few important places in Darjeeling starting with the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute with a museum and Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park. Later we visit the Tibetan Refugee Center and then Happy Valley Tea estate and factory site. Evening is free to walk around. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 13: DEPARTURE
Check out after the Breakfast and leave for Bagdogra Airport or Njp Railway station for onward destination.
Documents required to procure Trekking Permit from Department of Tourism - Govt of Sikkim - Gangtok.
*You will have to send me the scanned copy of the following documents in advance via email to procure the Trekking Permit from Gangtok.
1. Copy of Passport (Front page and Last Page)
2. Copy of Valid Indian Visa
3. Copy of Sikkim Inner Line Permit (ILP)
4. 06 Nos. of Passport size Photographs.
Minimum 2 Foreign Nationals have to be in the group to procure Protected Area Permit from the Department of Tourism - Government of Sikkim to undertake this trek.
#WHAT TO BRING
1. Check-in & Check-out time 12:00 hrs.
2. If arrival of guest is by train at Railway Station, please be informed that our representative will be there to receive the guest at the exit gate (near enquiry counter) If you arrive at Airport our executive will be there at Exit Gate of the Airport.
3. On arrival of guests, we will provide them local contact number of our executive, who will handle the entire operation.
4. Do not leave your belongings in the vehicle unattended. We will not be responsible for losses occurring in such cases.
5. Some of the tourist spots might be closed due to different circumstances and in this case we will try to divert you to other tourist destinations. If your visit coincides with such holiday and you miss sightseeing and you want to undertake the same sightseeing on another day, there will be extra charges payable for the same.
6. Please maintain timing for sightseeing / transfers which will advisable by our executive.
Other necessities and information:
Due to the wide range of temperature and climatic conditions it is advisable to dress in layers. For protection against cold, layered clothing is better than one or two thick garments. Clothing should preferably be made from natural materials, which allow the body to breathe.
Bring comfortable sport shoes for light hikes & sightseeing; hiking boots for treks; semi formal shoes for dinners/appointments/functions.
We should bear in mind that the higher the altitude, the cooler the weather, and that with a brisk wind blowing down off the mountains, even a low-lying valley can become quite chilly. The Northern and the Western part have a much harsher climate, with summer monsoon rains and winter snowfalls which may block passes leading into tourist spots. Winter in Sikkim and Darjeeling is from mid-November till March, and at this time of the year the climate is dry and sunny for the most part, temperatures peaking at around 15c. in the daytime and falling below zero at night. The monsoon usually arrives in mid-June, with light rain falling mainly in the afternoons and evenings. At the end of September, after the last of the big rains, autumn suddenly arrives, and is a magnificent season for trekking until November.
Nepali, Hindi and English are commonly spoken in the main towns and are the principal medium of instruction in schools throughout the state.
Sikkim and Darjeeling are one of the safest destinations in the world however you should still exercise caution when visiting. Avoid drinking tap water which has not been boiled at all times as most water sources in Sikkim and Darjeeling are untreated. One can easily acquire affordable treated and bottled water. People prone to car sickness should bring appropriate medicine as the winding roads on the mountains have plenty of curves and turns. Bring any medication you take regularly, or might need to take for a periodically recurring condition, such as asthma.