Yuksom Dzongri Trek is a popular trek in Sikkim, is from Yuksom to Dzongri and onwards to Goecha La, and has superb views of Kanchenjunga. From Yuksam, the trail follows the Rathong Valley to Bakkhim and from here a steep…
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Yuksom Dzongri Trek is a popular trek in Sikkim, is from Yuksom to Dzongri and onwards to Goecha La, and has superb views of Kanchenjunga. From Yuksam, the trail follows the Rathong Valley to Bakkhim and from here a steep ascent to the village of Tshoka. Above Tshoka the trail reaches Phedang. A further stage brings you to Dzongri (4020 M). From here the trail drops steeply down the river to Thangsing (3930 M).
Dzongri is situated at an altitude of about 4020 M, in west Sikkim. It offers the trekker a most fascinating close-up view of Kanchenjunga and Mt. Pandim. To the west rises the long outline of the Kyangla ridge. Dzongri is a trekker's paradise. Goecha La is situated at an altitude of about 4940 M. Goecha La offers a mind catching sight of the mountains like Pandim, Kanchenjunga and the others. The trek to Goecha la really is getting out & getting trekked. There are only a few trekking routes around the Kanchenjunga National Park that are open to visitors. The trek is traditional which follows a picturesque route past lush vegetation and wonderful mountain views until it reaches a high pass. The training courses of the Himalayan Mountaineering.
The North-Eastern region of India offers numerous adventurous and remarkable trails that attract a lot of travelers across the globe. Yuksom Dzongri Trek begins from Yuksom and finishes at Yuksom in 5 days. For the trekkers who want to explore more in a short duration, the Dzongri trek is the most suitable option. Trekkers on this wonderful trek get to explore and see the mesmerizing exquisiteness of scenic landscapes during trekking. In actual fact, Dzongri and Dzongri La (viewpoint) is the paramount spot to get a view of the spectacular mountains and its towering peaks in the Sikkim Himalayas.
Yuksom Dzongri Trek is Mt. Kangchendzonga (8585 meters), the 3rd highest mountain in the world, you can also discover some of the most famous peaks during this trek from the Dzongri View Points like Mt. Kabru south (7317 meters), Mt. Kabru north (7338 meters), Mt. Simvo (6811 meters), Mt. Pandim (6691 meters) Mt. Kabru Forked (6108 meters), Mt. Rathong (6679 meters), Mt. Kumbhakarna (Janoo) (7710 meters), Mt. Kokthang (6147 meters), Mt. Goechala Peak (5127 meters) and Mt. Frey Peak (5830 meters). This makes it one of the must-do treks in the Himalayas.
DIFFICULTY : MODERATE
MAX ALTITUDE : 4000 METERS
BASE CAMP : YUKSOM
DURATION : 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS.
BEST SEASON : PRE & POST MANSOON
Day 1) Yuksom / Tshoka (3050m /13 km/ 6-7 hrs)( Camping/ huts)
We begin our trek today through a small village and stop at the Kanchendzonga National Park, check post for checking formalities. Continue to walk through semi-tropical forests, home to a variety of flora and fauna. Crossing the last of the two hanging bridges over rivers Paha Khola and Tshuchey, we arrive at Sachen. Break for lunch and continue to walk to Bahkim. We cross a long old swinging bridge over Prek-Chu, it’s a steep climb of 70 degree uphill to Bakhim and againg we continue climbing steeply to the Tibetan Refugee settlement of Tsokha as we trek through pine and giant rhododendron forests. Here we also get our first view of Mt.Pandim (6780m) and Mt. Tenchinkhang which could be seen from all points of our trek. Tshoka itself is a small village consisting of about a dozen houses and monastery, inhabited by the Tibetan refugees. O/N private hut.
Tshoka to Phedang (3750m / 7 kms / 3-4 hrs)(Camping) - B/L/D
Today after breakfast we continue to walk uphill Trek through the properly maintained trail till one reaches Phedang – A small clearing in the middle of the pristine Rhododendron Forest with excellent views of the Kanchenjunga range of mountains. One can have a spectacular and pristine view of the Panoramic Mountain Views from the Phedang Camp site itself. This Camp site is one of the most important location for proper Acclimatization before reaching 4000 + meters and is good for one night camping.
Day 3) Phedang to Dzongri (4030 m / 5 kms / 2 hrs)(Camping /huts) - B/L/D
Today we continue our uphill journey through temperate to Alpine forest till we reaches Dzongri Camp site. A 40 min steep walk, as we reach the ridge’s top, Deorali Dara or Windy hillfrom where one gets the awesome views of the Mountains and its peaks. A nice leisurely hour walk through the smaller rhododendron trees and juniper bushes before we reach Dzongri.
Day 4) Dzongri – Acclimatization / Dzongrila 4500m (40 mins)(Camping/ huts) - B/L/D
Rest day for acclimatization. Rise early at dawn, a 30-40 mins steep hike amidst thin air to Dabla Khang (Dzongri-la’s top ) to view the sunrise on Kangchenjunga and the neighbouring peaks; Rathong 6683m; Kokthang 6150m; Kabru Dome 6604m and Forked Peak 6116m. Return to camp for breakfast. Free to explore, hike to Laxmi Pokhari and we can take a walk toward the Black peak for acclimatization from where we can see Frey’s peak and the Rathong valley. Return to camp site. O/N camping. (As discussed depend on your time, fitness and choice) O/N trekkers hut.
Dzongri / Tshoka (3050m / 9 kms / 4–5 hours) – B/L/D
Same way trek back to tshoka. Late/Hot lunch at tshoka . (depends on your timing and)
Tshoka /Yuksam ( 1875m / 13 kms / 5-6 hours)(Hotel Stay)
Trek back to yuksam the same way. hot lunch at sachen.
Yuksom on twin/Triple sharing basis. While on trek we will provide you Dome/Alpine trekking tents. Camping mattresses, kitchen tent, camping stool, camping table etc would be provided.
- Meals: At Hotel only breakfast will serve. While on trek, all meal. Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental.
- Yaks/Porters: For carrying camping equipment, rations, vegetables and some amount of personal gear of the clients (one bag not weighing more than 8 kgs).
- Professional local trekking guide and kitchen staff would accompany the group
- Entry fee and Inner Line permit (ILP) etc
- Driver allowance
• All Toll Taxes
- Air fare
- Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.
- Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
- Any meals/services not mentioned above
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
- Travel insurance
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