Kasturi trek is a round trek passing Goecha la pass and offers you an extraordinary mountain views. In order to avoid backtracking the same route as on Goecha la trek, we have designed Kasturi itinerary where you will visit Lampokhari lake and some of the unexplored trails of the Kanchendzonga Natonal Park. The last two nights of the Kasturi itinerary will give you an opportunity to experience Nepali and Buddhist families home stays respectively.
Note: Trek to Kasturi is rated slightly difficult than the usual Goecha la trek as you will cross couple of more high passes over 4500m.
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 – Lamune via Thangsing (The trail from Dzongri continues along the right bank of the river towards east. After cresting the hill the path drops into the valley and then crosses the bridge over the Prek Chu River. It’s an hour climb from the bridge to Thangsing (3800 m) located on the slopes of Mt Pandim. Dinner and overnight stay in tents
Day 09: Today is the most challenging day as we trek upto View point 1 & return to our camps on the same day. But we have the advantage of leaving some of heavy stuff from our rucksack at the Lamune camps & trek with lighter load. The distance is long & steep so we start way before sunrise. Continue on the trail till you reach View Point 1. The view from point 1 is breathtaking with Mt. Pandim and Kanchenjunga standing right in front of you. Spend some time here and then descent to Thansing. Reach Thansing by evening. Camp at Thansing
Day 10: After Breakfast we move towards Chamrey(4300m) via Lampokhari lake. 5hrs walk. Overnight campstay at chamrey
Day 11: After Breakfast from Chamrey move towards steep valley to Kasturi
Day 12: Kasturi to Labdang village, nepali homestay. After being in the mountains for sometimes you will walk to the village where you will experience the village life of your potters guide and local peoples. Hence welcome back to civilization.
Day 13: Final day from labdang village move towards tashiding monastery. Overnight stay at the Buddhist home.