KHANGCHENDZONGNA “WHITE MAGIC” TREK
TREK (12 Nights / 13 Days Deluxe Trip)
This itinerary is built around a strenuous trek that takes you to Goechala at 5000 meter. Opposite the south-eastern face of Mt. Khangchendzonga (8345 mtrs.), the third highest mountain in the world and also one of the most majestic peaks. The trek begins through dense sub-tropical forests and passes vast pasture lands of grazing Yaks and finally reaches the alpine region where the only vegetation are Rhododendron shrubs rising a few inches above the ground. The day temperature could rise to a maximum of 20ºc during trek while the minimum temperature could hover around zero.
DAY 01: Fly to Bhadrapur Drive to Gantok along with the Teesta valley to the Sikkim border at Rangpo and onto Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim . Under the majestic Mt. Khangchendzonga, the guardian deity of Sikkim and the third highest mountain in the world, Gangtok is a happy blend of the traditional and the modern. Check into hotel.
DAY 02: Excursion to Tsomgo Lake . (Distance : 70 km | Time : 5 hrs) It is situated at the east of Gangtok at an altitude of 3650 meter. The Tsomgo Lake is a typically beautiful mountain lake just 15 kms from the Indo - Tibet border. The journey to the lake offers a magnificent view of Mt. Khangchendzonga and other peaks of Sikkim Himalayas.
En route visit Enchey Monastery, this 90 year old monastery perched on a hillock overlooking the city follows the Nyingmapa sect and is the main monastery in Gangtok.
On the way back from Tsomgo Lake visit, Government Institute of Cottage Industry: This Centre offers you the opportunity to observe the local artisans at work and their skills being imparted to young boys and girls. If you want to take back souvenirs, the institute's salesroom is well stocked with local handicraft and handloom products.
Flower Show Pavilion: Situated on the ridge above the city, this centre displays the floral diversity of Sikkim . The famed orchids of the state are on display as also a stunning variety of seasonal flowers. Overnight Hotel
DAY 03 : Drive from Gangtok -Rumtek to Ravangla 1950 Meter (Distance:-98Km/ Time 4 hrs approximately). Enroute visit Do-Drul Chorten : One of the most important Stupa of Sikkim built by the late Venerable Trulsi Rimpoche in 1945-46, it contains a mandala of Dorji-Phurpa, holy texts, mantras and is encircled by 108 prayer wheels.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology: Situated close to the Chorten, this institute is a repository of the largest collection of Tibetan artifacts outside Tibet . Also renowned worldwide for the study of Buddhist philosophy and religion, it is a treasure house of rare Thankas, Buddhist icon and objects of art.
Rumtek Monastery : a magnificent monastery built by the late Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of the Kagyupa sect, as an exact replica of the original Kagyu monastery in Tibet . It is also the international headquarters of the Karma Kagyu centres.
On arrival at Ravangla check in at Mt. Narsing Village Resort, an ideal place to experience the peace and tranquility of the Sikkimese countryside coupled with the warmth of the typical Sikkimese hospitality. A couple of hours of hike into the nearby villages will help you loosen up for the tough trek ahead. Overnight Hotel
DAY 04: Drive from Ravangla toYuksom 1770 meter (Distanc e : 58 km | Time: 2 ½ hrs (approx.) Enroute visit Tashiding monastery- the most sacred monastery complex in Sikkim . Overnight Hotel
DAY 05: Trek Yuksom-Tsokha 2745 meter (Distance: 12 km | Time: 5 hrs (approx.) The trek begins after breakfast through dense semi-tropical forest occasionally crossing beautiful mountain streams. The last two-hour trek to Tshoka is a steep climb. The first glimpses of the magnificent Mt. Pandim (6891 mtrs) can be seen. Overnight Trekkers huts/Tents.
DAY 06: Trek Tshoka - Dzongri (4200 meter (Distance: 9 km | Time: 3 hrs (approx.) A steep climb through fascinating rhododendron forests. The magnificent view of Mt. Khangchendzonga and Mt. Pandim can be witnessed all through the route. Overnight stay in a Trekkers huts/Tents.
DAY 07: Dzongri A day return excursion to Dzongri Pass along a route through towering white peaks. Also a day for acclimatization. Overnight Trekkers' hut/tents.
DAY 08: Trek Dzongri - Thangsing 3930 meter (Distance : 8 km| Time: 3 hrs (approx.) A relative easy trail with a clear view of Mt. Khangchendzonga . A slight climb after crossing a mountain stream for camp for the night. Overnight Trekkers hut/Tents.
DAY 09: Trek Thangsing - Samiti Pokhari 4500 meter ( Distance: 6 km| Time: 3 hrs (approx.) The trail with magnificent views of Mt. Pandim all along. Overnight Trekkers huts/Tents.
DAY 10: Trek from Samiti Pokhari - Goechala - Thangsing 5002 meter ( Distance: 11 km | Time: 5 hrs (approx.) An early morning climb along a gully to view the east face of Mt. Khangchendzonga bathed in the rays of the morning sun. Descend to Thangsing. Overnight Trekkers huts/Tents.
DAY 11: Trek from Thangsing to Tsokha ( Distance: 12 km | Time: 4 hrs (approx.) Descend to Phedang and then to Tsokha through dense forests. Overnight Trekkers hut/Tents.
DAY 12: Trek from Tsokha – Yuksom ( Distance: 10 km | Time: 4 hrs (approx.)
The last day of the trek. Retrace the trail to Yuksom at your own leisure. If you arrive early you can visit Dubdi Monastery, the oldest monastery in Sikkim built Gyalwa Lhatsun Chenpo, the revered Buddhist monk who introduced Buddhism in Sikkim in 1641 AD or stroll around the tranquil Karthok Lake . Overnight Hotel.
DAY 13: Drive from Yuksom – Bhadrapur. Distance: 127 km | Time: 4-6 hrs (approx.)
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per the itinerary.
- During trek accommodation on twin sharing of a tent.
- All meals on trek prepared by kitchen staff.
- All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary in Jeep (max. capacity 4 clients).
- Porter- age for equipment, baggage & provision during the trek.
- Experienced English speaking guide.
- Permit & entry fees during tour & trek.
Cost does not include:
- Personal & baggage insurance.
- Personal expenses – tips, laundry, phone etc.
- Lunch & Dinner for Standard Hotel based rates only
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Extra costs on account of change of itinerary by clients.
- Extra costs on account of road blockages, strikes and events beyond our control.
- Trip Duration : 12 days
- Trip Grade : Pleasure