Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur
which takes about 45 minutes. You will then take a drive
from Bhadrapur to Kakarivitta (Eastern Border town of Nepal).
You will undergo with some custom formalities and then drive
to Gangtok by jeep which takes about five hours. Stay overnight
Day 02: Sight seeing in and around
Gangtok. Stay overnight at hotel. You will visit the following
places of interests:
Enchey Monastery, White Memorial Hall, Dodrul Chorten, Namgyal
Research Institute, Sanga-Choling Monastery of Tibetology
(NRIT), Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Tashi View Point, Saram
sa – Epeca garden, Rumtek Dharma Chakra Monastry.
Day 03: Drive from
Gangtok to Yuksom. (5900ft) after you take your breakfast,
you will drive to Yuksom via Singtam, Temi Tea Estate, Rabangla,
Kewzing and Tashiding. Stop for a lunch at Ravangla. Stay
overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Trek from Yuksom to Bakhim (9200ft) Yuksam to Bakhim
5hrs walk on the way crossing waterfalls like Churchery,
and Mintogang and stream like Phakhola & Chursey.
Break at Sachen for lunch. Climb steeply from Prekchu
to Bakhim 1½ hrs. Stay overnight at Bakhim.
Day 05: Trek from Bakhim to Phedang
(11,550 ft). Bakhim to Phedang 3½ hrs walk passing
through Tshoka the last tiny village of Bhutias at an altitude
of 10,000ft and move to Stay overnight at Phedang.
Day 06: Trek from Phedang to Dzongri
(13,290 ft). Phedang to Dzongri 3hrs walk quite steeply upwards
crossing Deorali a view point and move to Dzongri. Stay
overnight at Dzongri.
Day 07: Trek from Dzongri to Thangsing. (3930 m)
Early morning walk for about half an hour up to
the Dzongri pass from where views of the mountain
ranges look ominously close. In front of you are
the Kabru Dome, Frey Peak, Kokthang, Kabur, Rathong,
Pandim Talung & Khangchendzonga Peaks standing
aloft in all its celestial beauty. After breakfast
5 hrs walk up to Thangsing. Walk over the east shoulder
of Dzongri pass and cross rambling terrain, stopping
frequently to gaze upon the stunning line up of Himalayan
peaks. Mt. Pandim & Kabru
Dominate the foreground left and right of the Prekchu
valley while Khangchendzonga takes backstage, its
light coloured sharp summit tapering to the east.
You start to hear the rumbling of the Prekchu River,
this is the major elevation loss of this trek, ending
at the edge of a broad Rocky River bed. Stop for
the lunch beside the river thereafter continue walk
the west side and cross the wooden bridge, then traverse
a lonely fir forest and follow the creek to Thangsing
set at the bottom of the Tinchenkhang and along glacial
valley. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 08: Trek from Thangsing to Samiti
Lake (4060m). The trail is about 5-6 kms which takes about
3 hrs. The initial walk is a gradual climb alongside
a milky stream. Breaking into the steeper slopes
at a lone yak herder's hut. You are now walking
at a lateral moraine of a gigantic glacier. The
trail again crosses high grasslands and picks its
way through lichen-covered boulders, the mountains
closing in both sides as the valley narrows. At
last the campsite is visible just at the shore
of an emerald colored Lake Samiti set at the base
of Mt. Pandim. Protected away from the ice-chilled
winds, the small oasis seems far from all the demands
you left at home. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 09: Trek from Samiti Lake to Goechala to Cockchurung
(4949 m). The trail starts from Samiti Lake to Goechala and
back to Cockchurung which is about 6-7 hrs walk. The harshness
of the weather and the scarcity of drinking water do not
permit camping at Goechala. An early start from Samiti Lake
enables one to reach Goechala and return back to Cockchurung
same day as the distance from the Samiti to Goechala is only
about 6 kms. Be observant during your walk on this particular
day, as this day you enter the Khangchendzonga National Park
where you have plenty of chance to encounters herds of Blue
Sheep and other rare Himalayan Fauna. Lunch at Samiti and
after lunch proceed to Cockchurung. Overnight halts at camps.
Day 10: Trek from Cockchurung to Tshoka.
Trek from Cockchurung to Tshoka via Phedang (15 kms) 5-6
hrs walk. The trail is gradually ascends till Phedang passing
through the Rhododendron forests and from Phedang descend
to Tshoka. You will have your lunch at Phedang. Stay overnight
Day 11: Trek from Tshoka to Yuksom.
Trek the same way back to Yuksom via Bakhim, Prekchu and
Sachen with lunch stop in-between 12 kms 5 hrs walk. Upon
arrival at Yuksom check into hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Drive from
Yuksom to Kakarivitta. The last day drive from Yoksum to
Kakarivitta in a jeep which takes about 5 hours. The drive
ascends through the mighty hills a narrow road full of entertainments
and adventures. The best part of the Jeep in Sikkim is they
are well maintained and every jeep is sure to have a Hi-Fi
stereo system that varies from Tape recorder to CD. You will
have lunch in Kakarivitta and will take a short drive
to Bhadrapur airport and fly to Kathmandu. Stay overnight
in a hotel at Kathmandu. (You can drive till Bhadrapur
and take a flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu)