At an altitude of 4,200 m Dzongri is among the best trekking destinations not only in Sikkim but also in India. The sights of the milky white peaks all around Dzongri are bound to keep you gazing with awe.The view from this place has too much to be recommended : a patchwork of green and gold streaked with blue - reminiscent of an abstract etching, framed by the majestic snowcapped peaks shining not very far away.
The awesome presence of the great mountains thrusting their snowy peaks deciphers the strength of the Tethys Sea bulging its muscles to reach this towering height. No less than 14 of them soar majestically to 20,000 ft. plus. The centre of attraction of course remain the Kanchenjunga.
Detailed Trip Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Bagdogra meet our representative and drive towards capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok. (124 kms/3-4 hrs) Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: After Breakfast you can visit Rumtek Monastery followed by Do-Drul Monastery, Ranka Monastery, Tibetology, and finally spend your evening at Mg.Marg.
Day 03: Gangtok – Yuksom (123 kms/6-7 hrs) Today we will drive to Yuksom. The base of our trek. Dinner and overnight stay in Guesthouse. Here we will meet our guide potters and get our bags ready for trek.
Day 04:Yuksam (1785m)– Sachen(2200m)The trail from Yuksam starts at the local market and follows main road towards the north. The trail climbs gently out of the valley and hugs the right bank of the Ratong Chu River, which can be heard thundering through the gorge below.
Day 05:Sachen(2200m)-Tsokha(2900m) The trek to Tshoka is steep. We first cross the wooden bridge over prek river. The bridge is lined with Buddhist prayer flags and swings as you walk on it .After crossing the bridge we climb into the forest of oak & rhododendron The local malt Tumba is pretty popular. You will find it in cafes at Tshoka . From the monastery at Tshoka, get the fantastic views of Mt. Pandim and the entire Kanchenjunga range. The stay options in Tshoka include camps, forest hut or the forest rest house. For overnight we will be doing camping here.
Day 06: Tshoka-Dzongri(4010m) This is the day which all Goechala trekkers look forward to. The climb is steep today . If you come here in spring the trail passes through the densest forests of blooming colourful Rhododendrons. After a few hours into the trek we reach Phedang, a large clearing with superb mountain views. Continue on the trail & reach Dzongri . It is large meadow surrounded in all direction from Snow clad peaks of Kanchenjunga range. Enjoy the experience of surrounded by Himalayn might from all directions . Don’t forget to ask for the names of peaks from your guide. Camp overnight at Dzongri.
Day 07: Rest day & Acclimatize at Dzongri The day is for rest and acclimatization. On this day one can savor views of the mountain peaks by climbing up to Dzongri Top. From here you get a panoramic view of Kabru (7353 m), Ratong (6678 m), Kanchenjunga (8534 m), Koktang (6147 m), Pandim (6691 m) and Narsing (5825 m). Towards the west, the Singalila Ridge, which separates Sikkim from Nepal, can be seen. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Day 08: Dzongri –Tshoka./li>
Day 09: After Breakfast we move down to our base Yuksam. Retrace the same path from Tshoka to Yuksom. Its an easy trek. Take a quick halt at Sachen. From Sachen the trail goes up and down with mosty downhill. The last section has a few ascents before you reach Yuksom. This is the last day of trek. Halt at hotel/Homestay.
Day 10: Early in the morning after breakfast we leave for Dubdi Monastery(First monastery of Sikkim, followed by Cornation throne(here the first king of Sikkim was Crowned). After Lunch we move towards Tashiding. Halt near monastery Bhutia Community Homestay.
Day 11: : After Breakfast visit Tashiding Monastery, spend ur morning at monatery,after lunch transfer to temi tarku Homestay followed by Temi tea garden and Factory(you can buy tea leafs). Halt at nepali Homestay.