Dzongri Trek with Darjeeling 9N/10D
DZONGRI TREK WITH GANGTOK AND DARJEELING
Day 1: – Bagdogra – Gangtok: 124 kms/4 hrs approx:
Transfer from Bagdogra airport to hotel. With options to stop at local attractions along the way. Overnight at Gangtok.
Day 2: Gangtok Local sightseeing:
After breakfast visit to the World famous Rumtek Monastery, situated 24 kms from Gangtok. This is the headquarters of the present seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa, Head of the Kagyud Sect. This Monastery is said to be replica of the monastery at Tsurphu, Tibet with its traditional architecture, exquisite paintings, intricate wood work, housing treasures of manuscripts and icons. Rumtek is a splendid example of Tibetan monastic art.
On the way back visit Do-Drul Chorten Stupa: An awe inspiring stupa, encircled by prayer wheels which you may spin while walking around, clockwise only, to offer the prayer “ Om Mane Padme Hum Re”. Nearby, simple housed are two giant statues of the Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava.
Tibetology: A unique institution devoted to Tibet logy the only of its kind in the world where is displayed perhaps the largest collection to Tibetan artifacts outside Tibet. After lunch visit Govt. Institute of Handicrafts Cottage Industries: this place you can buy local handicrafts such as carpets, woodcarvings or nick-knacks. You may also see the artisans at work. Flower Show at White Hall: Specimens of Sikkim’s famous Orchids and other flora. Driver provided and options are flexible for sightseeing during the day. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Gangtok to Yuksom:
Drive from Gangtok to Yuksom. With options to stop at local attractions along the way. Overnight at Yuksom hotel.
Day 4: Yuksom to Bakhim 5/6 hours, 16km
Yuksom (1760m), a former capital of Sikkim, is now no more than a village on a plateau with commanding views of southern Sikkim. It also marks the entrance to the Kangchenjunga National Park.
The trail heads north entering an oak and pine forest high above the Rathong River. The trail is well defined, with substantial bridges crossing the side rivers. Apart from one small clearing, there are no settlements en route. Just beyond the confluence of the Rathong and Prek Rivers (the latter conjes from the Gocha La) the trail descends steeply to a substantial bridge. There’follows a 600m ascent to the small settlement of Bakhim (2750m), occupied by a family of Lepcha farmers. There is a Forest Rest House and a campsite, complete with a small spring, just below the settlement: From Bakhim, enjoy commanding views down the Rathong Gorge to Yuksam.
Day 5: Bakhim to Pethang: 4-5 hours, 12km
The trail from Bakhim heads up past the first rhododendron and magnolia trees to Tsokha (3050m).
Tsokha is a comparatively new village founded in the early 1960s when the Sikkim government granted this tract of land to Tibetan refugees who had fled over the border in 1959. The village consists of a dozen or so houses, a gompa, and rows of chortens (reliquaries or shrines to the memory of a Buddhist saint) lining the trail.
Just above the village, the trail splits. A small trail diverts towards the Rathong Vdley, while the main trail continues up the ridge. Steep in sections, it passes through magnificent rhododendron forests. The forest trail is well defined, with wooden boards over the potentially muddy sections.
Pethang (3650m) is a small clearing for camping. The water supply is down the side trail leading to the Prek Valley.
Day 6: Pethang to Dzongri: 2-3 hours, 7km
From Pethang a steep ascent leads to the upper limit of the conifers and the top of the ridge separating the Prek and Rathong Valleys. Wonderful 360degree views extend south down the valley and across the ridges beyond Yuksam; northeast to the sacred peak of Pandim (6691m) on the far side of the Prek Valley; west, beyond the Rathong Valley, to the Singalila Ridge; and north ridge, the south face of Kangchenjunga (8586m); the world’s third highest peak.
The route along the ridge is covered with dwarf rhododendron bushes and leads to the open, grazing meadows at Dzongri (4020m). The Trekkers Huts are just below the main grazing area, while the best campsites are further in an open meadow. Dzongri is a vast, windswept area where yaks from Yuksam and the surrounding villages graze from late March until early October.
From Dzongri, the views include Kokhang, Rathong and Kabru South, while ‘Pandim is the highest peak on the east side of the Prek Valley. The nearby Dzongri Peak, about 300m above the camp, is the lest vantage point to view Kangchenjunga and the surrounding peaks. Climb the peak ,early in the morning for the best views.
Side Trip: Dzongri La and Rathong Valley4/6 hours, 13km return:
The trail heads to the Dzongri La (4550m), small pass to the west of Kabur Peak. This two hour trek, with a steady ascent dust before the pass, is rewarded by fine ° iews across to the Rathong Glacier and the peaks that enclose Rathong Valley: Rathong, Kabru South, Kabru North, Kabru Dome and Forked Peak.
Return directly to camp or continue for one to 1 ½ hours to the Rathong Valley for liner views of the spectacular.peaks at the Dead of the valley. The trail then heads down the valley before commencing a steep iscent back to Dzongri. Take a local guide, as the trail is difficult to follow in places.
Day 7: Dzongri to Tsokha:
Trek back to Tsokha. O/N at camp
Day 8: Tsokha- Yuksom:
Trek back to Yuksom. Transfer to hotel. Relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Yuksom– Darjeeling (98 kms/4 hrs) approx:
After breakfast drive to Darjeeling. Transfer to hotel. After lunch visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Zoological park etc with option of visiting other attractions with driver. Evening free to stroll around Chowrasta Mall.
Day 10: Darjeeling- Bagdogra airport
After breakfast drive to Bagdogra Airport for your onward journey, with options to stop at attractions along the way.
- All surface transfers by an independent vehicle
- Accommodation in deluxe hotels at Yuksom/Gangtok/Darjeeling
- Breakfast included
- All meals during the trek
- Trekking equipment such as two men tents, mess tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, ground sheets, sleeping mats, cooking utensils etc.
- Mountain guide, Porters, pack animals such as horses or yaks to carry equipment and food.
- Permits, Khangchendzonga National Park fees, environmental Fees etc
Cost does not include:-
- Meals at hotels
- Hard or soft drinks
- Air or train fare
- Camera fees
- Anything not mentioned in the cost include
- We request you to bring your own personal sleeping bags for better hygiene. But if you require we can also provide good sleeping bags.