07 Nights / 08 Days
Day 01: BAGDOGRA TO RAVANGLA (2100 MTRS/98 KMS/5 HRS)
Upon arrival, meet our representative and after a brief introduction, we start our journey towards Sikkim. The border of West Bengal & Sikkim is about 02 hrs journey and at the border we apply for the Inner Line Permit (ILP/15 Mins max.)Drive to Ravangla and upon reaching check into the Hotel/Homestay. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 02: RAVANGLA TO YUKSUM (1750 MTRS / 62 KMS / 3 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. Freshen up and later meet our Trekking team which will take good care of you during the entire course of Trekking. Evening is free. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 03: YUKSUM TO TSHOKA (3000 MTRS/16 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 reaches a river named Prek-chu. 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 and then to Tshoka in no time where you will camp or stay in a Trekkers Hut for a night.
Day 04: TSHOKA TO DZONGRI (4000 MTRS/11 KMS/6 HRS)
Start after a breakfast and the climb towards Phedang. 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. Overnight stay in a trekkers Hut or a Camp.
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 (4300 mtrs). 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 (4300 mtrs/about 6 kms) via Doring which is a open meadow just below the mountain ranges. The excursion takes about 05 hrs (to-fro) later back to the camp site for an overnight stay.
Day 06: DZONGRI TO TSHOKA (11 KMS /5 HRS)
Start at your leisure as the walk is easy through the same way you have climbed up. An easy decent towards Phedang and then downwards to Tshoka. Altogether the walk will take about 4-5 hrs depending on the leisure walk you take. The hot lunch awaits you at the campsite. Evening is free.
Day 07: TSHOKA TO YUKSUM (16 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 08: YUKSUM TO BAGDOGRA (132 KMS / 06 HRS)
Start early so that you don’t miss your flight as the road condition in some of the stretches in west Sikkim is having a back-cutting and resulting in a traffic jam due to the continuous work in progress. Minimum time to travel down to Bagdogra should be 06 hrs.
NOTE: COSTINGS WILL BE GIVEN ON CASE TO CASE BASIS & DEPENDING ON A GROUP SIZE
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 Indian Visa
3. Copy of Sikkim Inner Line Permit (ILP)
4. 04 Nos. of Passport size Photographs for Trekking Permit and 02 Nos. Passport Size Photos for Inner Line Permit (ILP) = 06 Photos
**** PEOPLE WITH HEART PROBLEM, HIGH PRESSURE, MIGRANNE, AND ASTHEMA ARE NOT SUGGESTED TO UNDER TAKE 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.