Yuksom to Dzongri and The Goecha-La Trek, 18 Days
Sikkim, located in the eastern, Himalaya, sits between Nepal and Bhutan, while to the north lies eastern Tibet. Sikkim is a mountainous kingdom, well known for providing stunning views of Kanchenjunga (8598m), the world’s third highest mountain which straddles the border with Nepal. Sikkim Goecha La Trek is also rich in flora and fauna and has diverse ethnic mix eighth rich cultural traditions. The people are predominantly Buddhists and there are many active monasteries where traditional and ancient rituals are practiced in an atmosphere of peace and serenity.
Sikkim Goecha La Trek start from Yuksom (1770 m), the trail climbs through dense semi tropical forests, before changing to rhododendron, pine, azalea, and giant oak. Sikkim Goecha La trekking eis not difficult and follows delightful trails. Spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, Pandim and other peaks of the Singalila ridge, separating Sillim from Nepal are visible for the entire trek. On our return, we trek back to Yuksom and visit Gangtok, Sikkim’s hilltop capital and stay two delightful and relaxing nights among the tea gardens in Kalimpong before back to Bagdogra airport.
Duration for treks of this grade stretches up to two (2) weeks. Trails generally go above 4500 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 7 hours. The perfect setting of introduction to moderate & challenging trekking. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well.
Day 1: Arrive at Bagdogra airport and drive to Pelling
Day 2: Visit the Pemayangtse Monastery
Day 3: Drive to Yuksom (1,780m)
Day 4: Trek to Bakhim (2,750m)
Day 5: Trek to Phedang (3,700m)
Day 6: Trek to Dzongri (3,950m)
Day 7: Rest day & Acclimatization at Dzongri
Day 8: Trek to Thangshing (3,800m)
Day 9: Trek to Lamuney (near Samiti Lake) (4,298m)
Day 10: Lamuney to Goecha La and return to Choakchrung (4,984m)
Day 11: Trek to Tshoka (3,800m)
Day 12: Tshoka to Yuksam (1,780m)
Day 13: Trek to Yuksom [1,780 m/5,840ft]
Day 14: Drive to Gangtok via Rumtek monastery
Day 15: Sightseeing Tour in Gangtok
Day 16: Gangtok to Kalimpong
Day 17: Sightseeing Tour in Kalimpong
Day 18: Departure from Kalimpong to Bagdogra Airport
If this itinerary does not suit your requirement or if you would like to customize it, please do not hesitate to contact us. This itinerary can be customized according to your required time frame and budget limit.
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