As seen from the hill-station of Darjeeling, the massif of Kanchenjunga (8586m) dominates the northern horizon. Crossing the border into the Sikkim, this trekking makes a sensational trek to the world's third highest peak which begins with an ascent to the crest of the Singalila Ridge - the prominent spur of high ground that forms the border between India and Nepal. Here, we find views that extend to the distant peaks of Everest and Makalu. Our route continues northwards through a mountain widerness, taking us via high passes and a succession of lovely camping place to the valley of the Prek Chu. Here, above sacred Samiti Lake, we make our ascent to the Goecha La (4940m), a high and dramatically situated pass, directly opposite Kanchenjunga's huge south-east face. Providing a brilliant travel experience, as well as first-class trekking amongst fabulous mountain scenery, this is a simply superb trekking holiday in the Indian Himalaya.
This is a unique and exciting trekking, which provides a taste of some of the finest trekking in the generally restricted territory of Sikkim. We mostly use well-made and established trails throughout the trek, following the routes used by yak herders, to take their animals to high pastures for grazing in the monsoon months. The unspoiled Himalayan foothills trekking, variety of scenery, the lack of other trekkers and the pristine nature of the campsites are all qualities unique to this Sikkim trek. The pace of a trip such as this has to be governed by speed of our pack animals and porters.
Duration: 20 days
Maximum elevation: 4950m (Goechala)
Best season: September to December – March to May
Trekking type: Camping
*Darjeeling Toy Train, Everest Museum, Oldest Monasteries of Sikkim
*A splendid trekking holiday along the India / Nepal border
*Spectacular Views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and many others
*High Altitude Holy Lakes
*Close up views of Kanchenjunga from Goechala
*Superb combination of trekking, culture and sightseeing
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Delhi. In the afternoon, a city sightseeing tour is provided. Alternatively, you may choose to take it easy at the hotel.
Day 2: Arrive Bagdogra, drive to Darjeeling (2135m /85 km /3 and half hrs)
Transfer to the domestic terminal for the onward flight to Bagdogra. We then drive to Darjeeling and check in to our hotel.
From Bagdogra airport, we drive through flat land for 20-25 minutes and then drive up by hill road. Gradually, we get higher and the scenery is wonderful. There are several local hotels and shops along the way. We stop in Kurseong to drink Darjeeling tea which is very famous in the world. The road from Bagdogra to Kurseong is very good.
Leaving Kurseong, we drive through Sonada, Ghoom and then arrive in Darjeeling. During our journey, we can see beautiful small villages, nice green hills, some Tea gardens, Toy train and Kanchenjunga range. After Kurseong, in some places the road is little rough.
Darjeeling is one of the magnificent hill towns in the world. Situated at the altitude of 2135m in the shadow of the mighty Kanchenjunga, this queen of the Eastern Himalayas is surrounded by high green hills. The name of the town has been derived from "Dorje Ling", it was the name of a Buddhist monastery which once stood atop Observatory Hill, around which Darjeeling grew. The name also has a Tibetan origin, meaning where Indra's thunderbolt or weapon rested (Dorje- Thunderbolt, Ling- place). Today the town is an exotic maze of steps and terraces, hotels, colorful bazaars and charming hill folk. Well- known for the quality of its tea, Darjeeling offers wonderful views of lush, sprawling tea estates and the snowy peaks of the Kanchenjunga.
Day 3: Sightseeing around Darjeeling
Today, we visit most important and famous places of Darjeeling. In the morning we visit Ghoom monastery, Dali monastery and Tibetan refugee self help center and in the afternoon we visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and market square. If we have more extra days, can visit more interesting places and can do joy ride (Toy train ride).
Day 4: Drive to Pelling (1940m / 72 km / 4 and half -5 hrs)
Leaving Darjeeling town, the road steeply descend down to Singla bazaar though beautiful Tea gardens. The views of lush green tea gardens, valley and the Kanchenjunga range are superb. We visit one Tea factory on the way down. Beyond Singla, we cross Ramam River, this river is the border of West Bengal and Sikkim. Here is police check post in the Sikkim side where we should entry our Sikkim permit. After this check post, it is very short drive to Jorethang (20 km from Darjeeling). This is small busy town and main town is in the other side of Rangit River.
After Jorethang, all the time we follow the Rangit River and drive through beautiful small valley. We pass several small markets and arrive in Legship (32 km from Jorethang), this is the gateway to West Sikkim situated on the banks of river Rangit. It is famous for the Kirtetswar Mahadev temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Rangit Water World located nearby. The road for Pelling is separate from here.
From Legship, the road climb up through beautiful forest and the villages and arrive in Gezing (16 km from Legship), the district headquarters of West Sikkim. Leaving Gezing, we drive up to Pemayangtse Monastery (2085m). Pemayangtse monastery was built in 17th century, it is situated on high ridge and surrounded by snow clad mountains. This is one of the oldest and most important Nyingma monasteries in Sikkim. This is home to about 108 monks. Here three floors for public, here displays a wealth of statues, traditional paintings, ritual texts and wooden masks. Here we can see many different manifestation of Guru Padmasambhava and a wooden replica of Zangdog Palri, the celestial abode of Guru Padmasambhava.
After Pemayangtse monastery, it is very easy short drive to Pelling (2.5 km from monastery / 10 km from Gezing). Pelling is a peaceful village at an altitude of 1940m in the lap of Himalayas. It is fast developing into a tourist centre and settlement with lots of hotels and lodges. It offers wonderful view of Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Siniolchulu and other peaks.
Day 5: Drive to Uttare (1932m /26.3 km /1 hr), Trek to Archaley (2880m / 4 hrs)
Beyond the Pelling, the road gently descends down through beautiful villages and cross river (1413m) then climb up to the main road. We join with main road near Dentam. After 21 km drive from Pelling, arrive in Singshore Bridge, which is the highest bridge in Sikkim and second highest bridge in Asia. Uttare is about 5.3 km further from bridge. Uttare is beautiful village surrounded by green hills, situated at an altitude of 1932m. Here are some hotels, shops, police check post and Kanchenjunga National park office. This is the starting point for Singalila ridge trek. The police check post is in end of the village, where we should entry our permits.
From main market of Uttarey, we leave the road, walk through by the side of huge flat ground, ascend through SSP camp and join with small rough road. We use short cut small path all the time and walk through Sherpa village. There are several small trails but we should follow the main and keep climb up. It is very nice walk through village. From last part of Sherpa village we leave the road and climb up to top of the village, there is a nursery. After this nursery we turn little bit right hand side, enter in to the jungle area and climb up to small rest place locally known as "Thumki" (2407m / 1 hr 30 minutes). The path is very good and clear.
After Thumki the path is flat and gentle ascend for a while then climb up through beautiful mixed forest to a nice meadow (Uttarpani / 2657m / 1 hr from rest place). Leaving this meadow we climb up for 15 minutes to another rest place called "Ramite". We have very nice views of Kanchenjunga (8598m), Pandim (6691m) and some other peaks. From here we climb up again for 30 minutes to the camping ground of Archaley. Here is beautiful open meadow situated on small top. The water source is not far, just 5-6 minutes. It offers beautiful views of Kanchenjunga, Talung (7349m), Pandim and some other peaks.
Day 6: Trek to Kalizar (3450m / 5.1 km / 4-5 hrs)
Leaving Archaley camp, we descend little bit to a small stream, flat route for a while and then climb up through beautiful forest. After 30-40 minutes, we arrive in Hangeypani (2890m). Here is also a meadow but not good ground as in Archaley and not enough for large group. From here we have nice views of Pandim, Kanchenjunga, Talung and Kumbhakarna (7710m). From here we climb up for 25-30 minutes, flat easy route and then descend down to a huge very nice meadow. This place is called "Thulo Dhap" (2899m / 40-50 min from Hangey pani). The path is very good and nice walk through beautiful forest. Here is also a small stream. The mountain views of Kumbhakarna, Kanchenjunga, Pandim and other peaks are superb from here.
After Thulo dhap, we climb steeply up through very nice forest to the "Kharka Danda" (3290m / 1 hr). Here is a small nice ground and wonderful views around. From here climb steep up for 15 minutes, walk through nice ground (some ruined huts), turned little bit right hand side and gradually climb up to the camping ground of Kalizar (30-40 minutes from Kharka danda). Here is a small flat ground on top of the small ridge line. This is very nice place and offer wonderful views of 3 sister peaks, Kumbhakarna / Janu (7710m), Kokthang (6147m), Rathong (6679m), Kabru South (7317m) and North (7338m), Talung (7349m), Kanchenjunga (8598m), Simvo (6811m) and Pandim (6691m).
Day 7: Hike to view point (Phoktay Dara / 3605m / 30-40 minutes), Trek to Major (3289m / 4 hrs)
From camp climb steep up for 30-40 minutes to the view point. There is small clear path. We have super panoramic views of Mera peak (6654m), Chamlang (7319m), Baruntse (7220m), Nuptse (7879m), Lhotse (8571m), Everest (8848m), Makalu (8481m), Chomolonzo (7815m), Three sister peaks, Kumbhakarna (7710m), Kanchenjunga (8598m), Pandim (6691m) and many others. We can see many peaks far away towards Bhutan side and really beautiful views of many Sikkim and Nepal hills and many villages around. This is fantastic view point.
After enjoy with great views, we come back to camp for breakfast and pack everything. We follow the main Singalila path and climb up to the Singalila top. Most of the time, we walk along the ridge line and can see wonderful views. There is a Mani wall and some prayer flags on the high point. From here we have same view as from Phoktay Dara. Later, we come back down and walk along the ridge line through Phokte Dhara then descend down through beautiful Rhododendron and Pine forest to Chiwa Bhanjyang (3145m / 50-60 minutes). Here is Police and SSP camp where we should entry our permit. It will take little bit more than 30 min for all process. We have hot lunch here.
Leaving Chiwa Bhanjyang, the path gradually ascend and flat for a while and then up steep for 20-25 minutes through beautiful Rhododendron forest. After then it is very easy level and gentle ascend to Major, we walk through Barberry trees and grassy slope. In Major (50-60 min from Chiwa Bhanjyang / 3289m), there is a small beautiful green ground and a ruined hut. This is an alpine meadow, very good place to make camp and it makes short day to go Dhur. This is very quiet place.
Day 8: Trek to Dhor (3780m / 6 hrs)
Leaving Major Camp, we climb small up to the ridge line, another trail join here which comes through Nepal's side along the ridge line. There are some old huts in Nepal side which are use by Yak and shepherds. The path continues along the ridge line and climb up to the view point. After 40- 50 minutes, we arrive on the ridge top (view point / 3543m). The view point is marked by many prayer flags and cairns. It is on the top of the ridge line and offers breathtaking view of Chamlung-7319m, Baruntse- 7220m, Nuptse- 7855m, Lhotse- 8516m, Everest- 8848m, Makalu- 8463m, Chomolonzo- 7871m, Three sister peaks, Kumbakarna- 7710m, Kanchenjunga- 8586m, Pandim- 6691m and several other peaks and green rolling hills and valleys of Nepal and Sikkim. This is the best place to see Panorama views of Nepal and Sikkim Himalayas.
After view point, the trail drop down about 100m and then again climb up to top of the ridge line (30-40 min). We walk along the ridge line, gradually ascend and small climb to the last top from where we descend down to lunch place. There are several small ups and downs on the way. The views of the mountains, green rolling hills and the villages are wonderful. There are also some shepherds huts and can see many Yaks, sheep, Goats border pillars. In some places the mobile phone is work. We have lunch in the bottom of second last climb. There is a Yak herd's hut and huge slope ground (3408m / 2 hr 230 min from view point). There are not any water between major and lunch place to make lunch.
From lunch place, the path is steep climb for 30-40 minutes and then gently ascends and descends along the ridge line. After then, we gradually climb up and turn to the left side of ridge line to the beginning of Dhor (40 min from begin of climb). We set up camp at first ground before descend down to the hut. Here is a green slope ground, water is little close from here. This is not enough for large group. There are growing lots of small Rhododendron trees around. The main second ground is about 15 minutes further from here, it is green flat ground in deep place but water is very far.
Day 9: Trek to Pare Megu (3925m / 8.79 km / 5 hrs)
After camp, we descend little down near hut and follow small trail, it is gentle ascend and then descend down to second camping spot. From second camp, the path continues through left side of ridge and gently climbs. About 1 hr 15-20 min later, we arrive in small top there are some prayer flags and Cairns (3869m). We walk along the ridge line through beautiful rhododendron trees. There are several ups and downs on the way but not any big climb and drop. The scenery of the mountains, green hills and the valleys are very nice. After another 1 hr 15-20 min walk from small top, arrive in little low point (hill crest) of the ridge line (3768m).
From here, we leave the ridge line and gradually ascend and descend by left side of the ridge line of hill slope. It is beautiful walk through small forest of Rhododendron. About 1 hr later from low point, we arrive in small green ground, it is very easy 25 minutes walk to Taruni Pani from here (3909m). There is a small shrine and many prayer flags in Taruni Pani. Small water comes out from bottom of huge rock.
Leaving Taruni Pani, the path gradual ascends, flat in several places and then descend down to Pare Megu (3920m / 1 hr from Taruni Pani). The Budi Pani is just before Pare Megu, here is also small shrine and water spring. Pare Megu is huge alpine meadow, here are several beautiful green grounds, Yak herds huts and surrounded by rocky and green hills. Here are growing lots of Pine, Rhododendron and magnolia trees and can see many alpine flowers. It is in Nepal's side. Here we can test Yak's meat, milk and fresh cheese. This is not scenic place.
Day 10: Trek to Lam Pokhari (4320m / 7.70 km / 5 hrs) or Jamle Pokhari (4433m/ 10.52 km / 6-7 hrs)
From camp, we descend down about 10 minutes then gradually ascend through the Pine and Rhododendron forest. After 30-40 minutes there is a steep climb for 25-30 minutes (4045m) and gradual ascend for while and then descend down to huge grassy ground. From here the tree line is over. We gradually ascend to a small hut which is built for Pilgrims (4091m / 3 hrs from camp). It was built by Nepalese and uses it when they come in "Timbu Lake", this is situated on the top of very nice ridge and very famous holy lake. This is cove by snow during the winter. This area is very famous for many different holy lakes and thousands of pilgrims from India and Nepal visit here every year in monsoon season.
Leaving this hut, we gently climb up to the Pre Jumle. It is very nice and easy walk through beautiful green ground. We can see lots of alpine flowers around here. Pare Jumle (4280m) is situated on the top of Singalila ridge and border line of Nepal and Sikkim, here is also camping ground and some small lakes around. It offers wonderful views of the mountains and green hills. If weather is clear, this is the best place to have hut lunch.
From Pare Jumle, it is very easy 30-40 min walk to Lam Pokhari (4320m). It is gentle climb, ascend and then descend to camp. Small trail is separate and goes down towards Yambung from little further from Pare Jumle. Lam Pokhari is situated in the foot of Danphe bhir in a small bowl. Lam Pokhari means" long pond", here is a very nice long lake and good camping ground in the side. This is beautiful place surrounded by rocky peaks. There are lots of small Cairns in the end of lake. It is very nice views of Singalila ridge, many green hills and some snowy peaks from here.
Beyond the lake there is a small climb and then gradually ascend to the bottom of Danphe bhir first pass. From here, it is short climb for 15 min by zigzagging path to the pass (4485m / 40-50 min from camp). There are some old Stupas, Cairns and many prayer flags. It offers wonderful view of Baruntse, Mera peak-6654m, Makalu and Everest, Singalila ridge, many rocky peaks and lush green valleys.
From here, the path gently descends and ascends to the second top (4500m / 30 -40 min from first pass). Here is also some Cairns and prayer flags, this is better than first pass for Mountain View. It offers breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga, Talung-7349m, Kabru North-7338m, Kabru South, Dome, Rathong-6579m, Kokthang-6147m, Kumbakarna-7710m, Pandim-6691m, Tenzinkhang, Shimvo and some other peaks.
From top we descend little bit down to a very nice meadow and make camp (1 hr 30 min from Lampokhari). There is huge grassy ground in the left side of main path. We can set up our camp wherever we want. From here we have really wonderful mountain views from very close distance just in the front. This is the best place to make camp. The Jamle Pokhari (Lake) is just few min walk. We can also walk up to the small ridge line from where can see Laxmi Pokhari. We can climb up also to the view point to see the Nepal Himalayas.
Day 11: Trek to Yangseb (3968m / 6.2 km / 5 hrs)
From camp, we walk through middle of 2 lakes and climb little bit to the ridge line to see Laxmi Pokhari (25-30 min). The Laxi lake is just beyond. From the ridge top, we come back and descend down through grassy slope. 1 hr 15-20 min later, arrive in small nice green ground / meadow (4196m). From here, it is very steep descend down for 1 hour to Gomathang (3797m). In some places, the path is little slippery. In Gomathang, there is huge green ground, a river and one new Yak herds hut. This is in very deep place. We stop here for lunch. The scenery along the way is wonderful and can see lots of flowers.
In Gomathang, we cross river by local bridge and gently climb through Pine, Juniper and Rhododendron forest. After 20 minutes, it is steep climb for 25-30 minutes and arrives in small ridge line. From here, we descend for a while and then climb up to the top of slope ground (4043m / 30-40 minutes from small ridge). There are growing lots of Juniper trees around. From here, it is very easy 30 minutes walk to Yangseb. The path gradually descends and ascends through dense Rhododendron forest. From Gomathang to Yangseb, it takes little bit more than 2 hrs.
Yangseb is beautiful place, here is very nice green ground near small stream. It is surrounded by Pine, Magnolia and Rhododendron forest. Lots of small birds sing around the camp and can see some snowy peaks in the back side.
Day 12: Trek to Pangding (4298m / 5.57 km / 4 - 5 hrs)
After camp, the path gradually ascends and descends through dense forest and then steep climb for 30 minutes to top of the small ridge (4092m). From here the tree line is almost finish. Here are many dead Juniper trees. It is very nice views of lush green valley, rocky peaks, Danphe bhir and the hills along the way and can see Tenzinkhang and Siniuchuli from top. Here is also mobile network connection. The best point for network connection is marked by prayer flag.
From this top, the path is gradual ascend and level for 15 minutes then descend little down. Again, it start gentle ascend and climb up to small pass (4256m / 40-50 min from small top 1 and half hrs. from camp). There are growing lots of Juniper bushes in the hill slope. There are some Cairns with Mani stones and prayer flags on the top. From here we can see beautiful view of Tenzinkhang, Pandim, Kabru North and Kabru South. And Pangding also can be seen from here.
Leaving this pass, the path steeply descends down to the valley floor (25 min) and then gradually ascends to bottom of the steep climb (4155m / 3 hrs from Yangseb). We cross small stream (jumpable) before the bottom. Some trekkers stop here for hut lunch before last steep climb. Here is very nice green ground near stream in the wide valley.
From valley floor, it is very steep climb about 30-40 minutes to small top (4305m / 3 and half-4 hrs). Here are some Cairns and wonderful view of Mt. Pandim. After this top is very easy 20 minutes walk to camp. The path is gentle ascend, flat and descend down to the camp (4298m). Pangding is nice place, here are very good grounds for camp. Here are not any trees, only alpine grass. From here we can see nice view of Koktang - 6147m, Rathong - 6679m, Kabru South - 7317m, and Kabru dome - 6600m. We can see also lots of alpine flowers and some Himalayan birds.
Day 13: Trek to Dzongri (4032m / 6.77 km / 5 hrs / lower route)
Few minutes later from camp, the trail leads down through small ridge line and drop down by the left side of huge ridge. There is small path through steep slope, here are growing lots of Juniper bushes and small Rhododendron trees. In some places, it is little slippery. About 1 hr 15-20 minutes later, we arrive in small nice place, there is a beautiful waterfall. From here, path is better and walks through dense Rhododendron and Pine forest to valley floor (30 min), here we cross small stream by Log Bridge. 10 minutes later, we cross Rathong River by very good wooden bridge (3714m / 2 hrs).
Beyond the bridge, there is a new small camping ground near huge rock. After this ground, we climb small up steep (15-20 min) and join with main trail of Zamling gaon and HMI base camp (3783m / 2 hrs 30 min). Towards left side continues to Bikbari and right side leads to Dzongri and Tsoka.
From trail junction, we turn right side. The path is flat for a while and gradually ascends then climb up-up through Rhododendron and Pine forest. There is a small descend in the half way, bottom of huge rock face. After this, we climb steep up about 30-40 minutes and then gradual ascend / climb to the top of small ridge. After this top, it is very easy and gentle ascend to Dzongri through nice hill slope. We join with main path on the top of camping ground near old hut. We can arrive here for late lunch.
Dzongri is very popular place. Here are very nice grounds for camping and some huts for normal trekkers. This is the best place to see view of Sikkim Himalayas. Mostly trekkers spend one more extra day here. From Dzongri viewpoint, it is breathtaking panorama view of Kanchenjunga range and many peaks.
Optional Trekking route
Panging to Bikbari (4100m / 4 hrs)
We follow the same route to Rathong River (lower path). There is also higher route to come in Bikbari but I have not been by this higher route before.
From trail junction, we turn left side and follow this path to Bikbari. It takes about 1 hrs 30-40 minutes to Bikbari camp. The trail is very good through Pine and Rhododendron forest, it is higher from Rathong river and gently ascend. In some places there are small climb and the last part is level. We cross Rathong River again before camping ground. Here is a very nice green ground near small hut. The last camping ground is about 15-20 minutes further from here towards HMI base camp. From camp to HMI base camp is 2 hours walk. We arrive here for lunch. It is in deep place but can see nice views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru Dome, Kabru North, Kabru south and black Kabru. In the afternoon, we can visit HMI base camp.
Trek to Bikbari via higher route (4120m / 7.61 km / 6 hrs)
Leaving Pangding we climb up through grassy hill slope for 15 min. We have really nice views of Rathong, Kabru south and North, Kabru Dom, Forked peaks, Pandim and Tenzinkhang. After 15 min it is very easy and enjoyable flat route, descend down for a while to the small valley then gently ascend to a stream / near big boulder (1 hr 15-20 min / 2.17 km / 4249m). We cross river by natural (stone) bridge and climb little bit to join with main path. We can use also main path. After join with main trail, we climb gently up to top of the ridge line (4429m / 1 hr). There is a Cairn on the top and little beyond is very nice flat ground and 2 huts. The mountain views are wonderful and become very close.
From this place, we steeply descend down for 25-30 minutes to the small valley floor (4220m / 4.5 km). The path is very slippery because of small rocks. Here we cross a small stream (jumpable) and climb steep up to the top of last ridge (4523m / 5.65 km /1 hr). From top we walk through a ruined hut and steeply descend down to the camping ground of Bikbari (40 min). The last part downhill is little slippery. We make camp in very nice ground. Bikbari is very nice place. The whole valley is dominating by Rathong, Kabru group and Forked peak.
# Trek to Dzongri via Dzongri Pass (4026m / 6.82 km / 4 hrs)
Leaving the camp we follow the river for 15 minutes and then cross Rathong River by bridge. After bridge, it is gentle climb and ascends to nice grassy ground (1 hr from bridge). We walk through this ground for few minutes then climb steeply up to top of the pass (4360 / 4.32 km / 2 hrs 30 min from camp). There are some Cairns with Mani stones and prayer flags on the pass. It offers wonderful views of snowy peaks.
Descending down from the pass is very easy. We walk through very nice hill slope to Dzongri (1 hr). It joins with main route near hut on the top of camping ground.
DZONGRI VIEW POINT
This is fantastic view point. From where we can see all the famous peaks, it is just 50-60 min. walk from camp. We should start early in the morning and be there before sun rise. It offers super panorama view of Kanchenjunga-8586m, Talung-7349m, Kabru North-7338m, Kabru South-7317m, Kabru Dome- 6600m, Ratong- 6679m, Koktang- 6147m, Simvo- 6811m, Pandim- 6691m, Tenzinkhang and some other peaks.
Day 14: Trek to Lamune (4160m / 9.99 km / 6 hrs)
Early in the morning we go to view point and come back to camp for breakfast. Leaving the camp, the path gradually ascend over open hill side (4080m /20-25 min), here are some Chhortens on the skyline and nice view of Kanchenjunga and Pandim. From here, gradually descend for 30-40 min, there are some small ups and downs. About 40-50 minutes later, the path steeply drops down to Kokchhurung (3745m / 50-60 min steep down / 3 hrs from Dzongri). It is beautiful walk through Rhododendron forest and nice view of Pandim and Tenzinkhang. Kokchhurung is situated in the bottom near Prek Chhu River, here is a small hut which is use as kitchen by trekkers and some small camping grounds. Some trekkers make camp here. It is surrounded by dense forest.
Here we cross small stream by log bridge and gently ascend and descend to Prek chhu river bank (15 min). We cross small branch by small bridge and few minutes later main Prek chhu river by very good bridge. The view of Pandim above the tree line is superb. After the main bridge, we follow river bank for few minutes and gently ascend to Thangsing through Pine and Rhododendron forest. Thangsing (3930m / 4 hrs) is wide open place situated in the bottom of famous trekking peak Tenzinkhang. Here is very nice huge green ground and simple hut. The whole valley is dominating by Mt. Pandim. The forest is over just before Thangsing. We arrive here for lunch.
From Thangsing, it is very easy walk to Lamune. The path gradually ascends along the valley. The Tenzinkhang, Pandim and some other peaks are standing in right side and Kanchenjunga at the head. Lamune (4160m / 2 hrs from Thangsing) is beautiful place situated on the bottom of holy mountain Pandim. Here are some nice grounds for camping. It is wide open place. This is the last place for camping, after this it is not allowed to make camp. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains.
Day 15: Visit Goechala (4950m / 4 hrs) and back to Thangsing (8-9hrs)
We have an early start today with bed tea at 2:45 am, breakfast at 3:15 am and start walk around 3:40 am. We should use torch light. Beyond the camp, there is a small up for 25 minutes and then arrive in Samiti Lake (4302m /2. 05km / 40 minutes). This is holy lake, here is a long lake and beautiful ground at bottom of the moraine in a small bowel. The views of the surrounding mountains and the reflection on water are beautiful. The Pandim is standing above it. We walk along the lake side. Some time here are comes many golden Ducks.
After the lake, we cross small stream (jumpable) and gently climb up to small spur through hill slope. The path is very good and clear. From here, we make a small round and arrive in first view point (4600m / 3.77 km / 2 hrs). This view point is a top of Moraine ridge and best pint to see sun rise view on Kanchenjunga and other mountains. Here are some Cairns and many prayer flags. All Kabru range, Talung, Fork peak, and Kanchenjunga are standing in the left side of the valley, Simvo and Goecha peak at the head and the holy peak Pandim and Tenzinkhang are in the right side of the valley. It is very nice views of all peaks, Glaciers and Moraine
From this view point, we steeply descend down for 10 minutes through very slippery steep slope and heads on the level across a dry stream and rocky glacier for 40-50 minutes (left side of dry stream bed). We continue towards last high ridge / moraine and then turn right side by the foot of the ridge. After 15-20 minutes, we climb steep up for 50-60 minutes through zigzagging trail and arrive on top of the ridge (Goechala / 4950m / 2hrs).Here are several Cairns and prayer flags. There is glacier lake just below. We can't see top of Kanchenjunga from here but many beautiful peaks and glaciers are very close.
Descending down from Goechala is very easy, retrace. We can have pack lunch on the way. From Goechala to Thangsing, it will take about 4 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Bakhim (2695m / 14 km / 7-8 hrs)
Leaving Thangsing, we re-trace to Kokchhurung (50-60 min). From here, we take lower pat and join with main route at Phedang. The Dzos will take higher route and come through Dzongri. The lower trail continues through dense Rhododendron forest, it is gently ascend and there are also some small ups and downs. We can see and hear singing many little birds in this jungle. The views of Tenzinkhang and Pandim through trees gap is superb. About 4 hrs later, arrive in Phedang where we will have hut lunch. In Phedang (3695m), there is a nice green ground with one kitchen hut. It is surrounded by thick forest of Pine, Rhododendron and Magnolia.
From Phedang, the path steeply descends down to Tsoka. There is beautiful path through dense forest. From Phedang to Tsoka is 2 hrs walk (2955m / 6 hrs from Thangsing). This is small Tibetan village with small lake and tiny Gompa but now all the villagers have been shifted in Yoksum. Here are some small grounds for camp and one hut which is belongs to forest department.
After Tsoka, it is easy 40-50 min. walk to Bakhim. The path is very good and steep descend. Bakhim (2695m) is open place at the middle of forest. Here are some camping grounds, one simple hut for trekkers and small local tea shop. It is surrounded by green hills, Yoksum can see from here.
Day 17: Trek to Yoksum (1720m / 12.8 km / 5 hrs)
From Bakhim, the trail steeply descends down to Prek Chhu River (2250m / 30-40 min). It is very good zigzagging path through beautiful forest. We cross Prek Chhu River by long suspension bridge. After bridge there is a small up steep for 20-25 minutes to small top (2350m /2.34 km) and then continuously descend through beautiful dense forest to Yoksum. There are some small ups and downs on the way and some rivers.
After 3.87 km walk from Bakhim, we arrive in Sajan (2223m). This is small open place, here is a small camping ground and a hut for kitchen. Some trekkers make camp here. Here are growing lots of stinging Nettles and can see many Orchids and birds. About 15 minutes later, we cross small stream by Cement Bridge and again after 25-30 minutes cross big river by nice suspension bridge. There is a beautiful water fall. Leaving this river, the path gently ascends and descends to Pah khola through beautiful forest. Some time, we can see Longur Monkeys and many birds. There are growing lots of decorational plants, orchids, Cobra Lili and many different flowers along the way. Pah Khola (1850m), here is also a long suspension bridge and new gate of Kanchenjunga National Park. In this river, there is a kind of frog locally called "Pah" which is use as medicine by local people.
Leaving this river, the path gradually descends, ascends and again descends down to Yoksum. It is about 40 min easy walk. There is a new KNP check post before Yoksum but not in use.
Yoksum was the first capital of Sikkim, literally means the "meeting of three great lamas", as it was here that the first Chogyal (ruler) of Sikkim was consecrated in 1641, by the three Lamas, who came from Tibet. The spot where this ceremony took place in 1641 can still be seen here. Yoksum has a lovely lake and is the gateway to Kanchenjunga National Park. The village is spreading widely, here are many good hotels, some restaurants, guesthouses, shops and many big prayer wheels inside the huge room. Mostly hotels are in the beginning of Yoksum which is the main market. Here is also a Police check post.
The Dubdi monastery is about 2 km from Yoksum in the top of small wooded hill, overlooking Yoksum. It was established in 1701, after the consecration ceremony of first Chogyal and is the oldest monastery of Sikkim. The monastery enshrines the statue of the three famous lamas. It is about 30-40 min walk from Yoksum. In Yoksum, here is also a new monastery.
Day 18: Drive to Kalimpong (1250m / 80 km / 5 hrs)
Leaving Yoksum, all the time we drive down through some beautiful small villages, waterfalls and small towns. Along the road, we can see many prayer flags and flowers and sceneries of green hills, villages and terraces are really wonderful. After 19 km drive, arrive in Tashiding which is very popular for its monastery and holy Stupas. From here, we steeply drop down to Rangit River and cross it by long good suspension bridge. We pass Rangit dam on the way and cross this river again in the beginning of Legship (13 km from Tashiding). All the time, we follow the Rangit river to Jorethang, here cross this river just before main market (32 km from Legship).
After Jorethang continuously follow the Rangit river but the road is higher from the river. It is beautiful drive through nice forest, there are some small market area on the way. We can see many monkeys along the road side. About 29 km drive from Jorethang, we arrive in Melli which is the border of Sikkim and West Bengal. Here is a police check post, this is last check point of Sikkim. Here, we cross Rangit river and drive to near Tista bazaar (3 km). From here, we leave main highway and drive up to Kalimpong though beautiful forest and villages (14 km). We arrive here for late lunch.
Kalimpong is a small hill town situated at an altitude of about 1250m, Kalimpong enjoys the best climate in the region. Kalimpong means the fort of the King's Minister. It lies in Darjeeling Gorkha Hill council. It is ethnically and culturally similar to Darjeeling. Most activity centre on the bus stand in the heart of the town. Kalimpong's main attraction is its flora, particularly orchids, here we can see more than 2oo different orchids. Now, it is very popular also for Buddhist goods. Here, the places of interest are Durpin Dara Hill, Flower Nurseries, Market area, Paper factory and the monastery. From Durpin Dara Hill, it is wonderful view of Kanchenjunga range and other peaks. In Kalimpong, here are many good standard hotels, guesthouses and restaurants.
Day 19: Drive to Bagdogra airport (80.5 km / 3 hrs), Fly to Delhi
From Kalimpong to Bagdogra is 3 hrs drives. We have a reasonably early start for the drive back to Bagdogra Airport, where we check in for the flight to Delhi. Arriving in the Indian capital in the afternoon, we transfer to our hotel. This evening we will have a ‘farewell’ dinner.
Day 20: Departure to your home
Airport transfers are provided for all clients.