Yoksum to Dzongri & the Guicha La
Duration: 13 Nights and 14 Days
Highest Altitude: 4,940m
Best Time To Trek: October To Mid December
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Bhadrapur and transfer to Kakarbhitta to Pemayangste 7-8 Hours drive. O/N hotel
Day 2: Pemayangste - Yuksom
It is 43-km drive. After visiting the Pemayangtse monastery, one of the oldest in Sikkim, transfer to Yuksam which gives glimpses of Sikkimese life and provides a good acclimatization for the next few days. Passing through terraced fields of rice, barley and corn, the track is dotted with Nepalese, Shepra and Lepcha huts. Crossing first, the Rimbi 'Chu', gets to the turbulent mountainous streams of Sikkim. A tableland of barley, Yoksum provides beautiful vistas of mini lakes with the Himalayan background. O/N camp.
Day 3: Yuksam - Bakhim (2,750m or 9,000 ft)
The trail now runs through wood hills abounding in flora and fauna going, as it does, though moss-laden forests of Oak, Spruce, Chestnut, Fir, Pines, Giant Magnolias and Rhododendrn a botanists' paradise. Not to be outdone, the naturalist's can view hundreds of varieties of exotic of birds, butterflies and orchids. It takes six hours before the Bakhim forest bungalow is reached for the night. O/N camp.
Day 4: Bakhim- Phedang (3550m)
8-km and 5 hours away, each step to Phedang. O/N camp
Day 5: Phedang-Thangsing (3,930m or 12,467 ft)
15-km from Phedang, the four hours' trek leads through meadows and valleys down the burrows leads into the most beautiful valley of all situated at the base Joponu peak. To reach the camping grounds dwarfed in the giant valley, one crosses a wooden bridge over the stream under the watchful even of majestic Pandim.
Day 6: Thangsing-Samiti Lake (4,250m)
Situated at the base of mighty Pandim, Samiti Lake is 6-km from Thangsing and takes 3 hours to trek. O/N camp
Day 7: Samiti-Goecha La (4,940m) - Thangsing
Still higher and steeper, is the Goecha (also spelt as Guicha) pass about 8-9 kms away but taking a good three hours to cover. This is the northernmost and highest point of the trek. Return to Samiti and after lunch trek back to Thangsing. O/N camp
Day 8: Thansing - Dzongri (4030m)
Trek to Dzongro about 9 kms 5-6 hrs walk with the steep climb from Kokchurung. O/N camp
Day 9: Dzongro to Bikbari (3950m)
Trek to Bikbari about 4 hrs. Thenexcursion to the base camp of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute of Darjeeling, world famous as a centre for training would be mountaineers. Splendid views of the peaks, Frey, Koktang, Kabru, Ratong, Chandra Peak and the Kabru Dome are obtained from here. En route one passes the forbidden Kabur Rock, which none is allowed to climb. From Chowrithang a two-hour walk along the glacier leads to the Houe-Chu Lake, the special feature of which is its accumulated milky water. Return back to Bikbari. O/N camp
Day 10: Bikbari-Dzongri-Bakhim
Trek back to Bakhim via Dzongri and Tshoka about 8-9 hrs. O/N camp
Day 11: Bakhim -Yuksam
A leisurely walk of about 5 hours bring one back to Yoksum. O/N hotel
Day 12: Yuksam-Tashiding (1,470m or 4,822 ft)
A pleasant 6-7 hour steady walk or 2 hrs drive beautiful trail through fields and Cardamom groves, giant bamboos and orange gardens leads to the Tashiding monastery which crowns the hill-top. One can camp near the monastery. O/N camp or lodge
Day 13: Tashiding - Legship (520m) - Darjeeling
this is the last day and a 4 hour walk 0r about 1.5 hrs drive down hill all the way brings the trekker to the village of Legship along the Rangeet valley ending the delightful 'Pilgrimage Trek' Transfer to Darjelling about 4 hrs drive. O/N hotel
Day 14: Darjelling to Silguri(Bagdora) (4 hours for drive ) - to Delhi fly or Darjelling ot Bhadrapur drive 6 Hours and fly to Kathmandu)
For Cost details of above Package, Please contact us.
Land transfers as per the above itinerary with escort in a non a/c jeep, hotel accommodation
(standard category) as per the program in Darjeeling & Sikkim on twin sharing basis on full board, guided
sightseeings, all trek arrangements on full board on twin sharing tented accommodation, trek guide, permits,
cook, kitchen boys, 2 men sleeping tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, carry mat, foam mat, animals/porters, insurance
of local staff, wild life entrance and environmental fee.
Cost does not include:
E expenses of personal nature like personal clothing, sleeping bags, beverages,
telephone calls, laundry, personal insurance, extra expenses due to accidents/natural calamities,
air fares, airport taxes, camera equipment fee, toy train ride in Darjeeling, etc.