- Close up views of the world's third highest mountain - Kanchenjunga
- One the most romantic trekking trails in India
Trekking beyond the meadows of Goecha la is raw adventure at its best where the visitor is taken into the realm of towering mountain peaks directly above the camp set amidst the views of rumbling avalanches and high mountain glaciers.
This is a tour designed for those who enjoy trekking in a leisurely pace, enjoying the beauty of nature and not rushing the experience.
Please refer to the itinerary for day-by-day activities.
Upon arrival at Bagdogra, our assistant will meet you at the airport and transport you to Darjeeling. Overnight at your hotel in Darjeeling (2130m).
Day 02: Explore Darjeeling
Early Morning at 4:00am, we will head out for an excursion to theTiger Hill, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Darjeeling, but you’ll have to get up early to enjoy it at its best!
The hill, about 14 km from Darjeeling is at an altitude of 8,515 feet and is famous for its spectacular views at sunrise. The top of Mount Everest is visible, between the peaks of Kanchenjunga and Makalu.
Come back to the hotel after breakfast to start your day tour including Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Himalayan Zoological Park, Tibetan refugees Darjeeling, and Happy valley tea garden. Back to hotel in the evening for overnight.
Day 03: Darjeeling to Yuksam -1,780 m. or 5,839ft
Transfer: to Yuksam - 6 hours
We leave after breakfast at 9:00am for transport to Yuksam. You can watch the ever-changing scenery along the way. For the first hour, we retrace our route until Singtam, after which we take a right turn and head uphill towards the Temi Tea gardens and then on to Rabongla (a small town below Maenam Hill from where we stop for lunch). Here we get our first close up view of the Himalayas. We then proceed downhill into the valley basin of the Rangeet River and cross the bridge at Legship after which we drive uphill again to finally arrive at our destination Yuksam, which is also our starting point of treks.
Day 04 : Tshoka - 3050 mt.
Trek: Yuksam to Tshoka - 7 hours 16km
We walk gently uphill, following the Rathong River gorge, through the dense mixed jungle with magnolia, rhododendron, ferns and several varieties of orchids, brightly coloured birds, and the occasional monkey.
Day 05 : Dzongri - 4220 mt. or 13.845ft
Trek: Tshoka to Dzongri - 6 hours 10km Trek
A fairly steep climb above Tshoka takes you into beautiful rhododendron forests, and you continue along a well-defined uphill path to Phedang. Today we will be treading above the 4,000-meter mark. We will be setting up camp by lunchtime and suggest that you spend a relaxed afternoon acclimatizing.
As usual on trek the choice of campsite depends on many variables, one of the most important is the close supply of water.
Day 05 : Rest and Acclimatization at Dzongri
Today we will explore the area, with the chance to climb the small peaks near to the campsite for tremendous views. This is particularly worthwhile in the early morning and the evening. While you can rest if you wish, there will be a short acclimatization walk around the local area to help prepare us for the next few days.
Day 06: Thangshing - 3,800m or 12,467ft
Trek : Dzongri to Thangshing - 5 to 6 hours 10km
Today we ascend gradually over open hillside for a mile or so to a low ridge visible from the campsite (13,500 ft/4,115m). From here, chhortens and prayer flags overlooking fabulous views of Khangchenjunga and Pandim make ideal photo compositions.
You then descend, at first traversing down towards Pandim on the far side of the valley, and then dropping steeply down on a good path through rhododendron forest to the Prek Chu River at 12,300 ft/3,749 m. for lunch (3 hours). There is a new trekking lodge here that the crew may use for cooking. We cross the river and ascend gradually for one and a half-hour, through pinewoods to reach a grassy campsite, beneath the shapely unclimbed peak of Pandim.
A new hut has been built here, which may be available for cooking and even sleeping.
Day 07: Samiti Lake (4500 mts/ 14760 ft)
Trek: Thangshing to Samiti lake - 3-4 hours 7km
Today's walk is fairly short to give you plenty of opportunity to rest before tomorrow's big day. You begin by continuing your walk parallel to the Prek Chu River. Sacred Samiti on the opposite side is a beautiful emerald green lake nestled in the midst of brightly colored wind-torn prayer flags and arrives at the emerald lake at Samiti. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 08: Trek from Samiti Lake - Goecha La pass (5002 mts/ 16406 ft)- Samiti Lake (12 kms/6-7 hrs)
An early start today to beat the inclement weather conditions that is common during the latter part of the day. Set off in the early morning, we climb the hill behind the Lake before traversing the moraine and then descending to the sandy bed of an empty lake.
The whole area above Samiti Lake is called the Zemathang Plateau. You cross this under the shadow of Pandim and then ascend moraine to a height of about 15,700 feet where you rest above a glaciated lake mottled with snow and icy pinnacles. The Goecha La Pass is another hour away. We traverse the lake and proceed across a slope, and then on a well-trodden path to our objective, which is filled with bright colored prayer flags. The views of the east flank of Khangchenjunga and the mountains and valleys in the distance are stunning. We then return to our campsite at Samiti Lake.
Day 09: Samiti Lake - Tshokh 3800m. (14 kms/ 6-7 hrs)
It's worth getting up early to take a short hike to the ridge behind the camp. From here there are fantastic views of Kangchenjunga and one can look back up to the Goecha La. Leaving Thangsing, you take a different route, avoiding the long climb to the Dzongri Plateau. Descending to the Prek Chu, you contour around jungle to emerge at Phedang. Continue to Tshoka along another steep descent. This will save us a day on the return march, but does involve quite a long walk.
Day 10: Yuksam :
Trek: Tshoka to Yuksam -5 to 6 hours 16km
Overnight in hotel
Today you descend to the Prek Chu following the route you took up on the first day, and then contour gradually downwards to reach the village of Yuksam our starting point.
Day 11: Yuksum to Pelling: 24km Drive
The morning after breakfast, we drive to Pemayangtse peeling on the way visit Khechoperi Lake.
Khecheopalri Lake, originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri (meaning the heaven of Padmasambhava), is a sacred Lake for both Buddhists and Hindus, which is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake, and a height of about 6000ft.
According to Buddhist belief the lake is the emanation of goddess Tara blessed by Guru Rempoche. One should go to the lake and it is believed that whatever wish you pray silently it will get fulfilled. Later continue the journey for another 30 Kms ( 1.30 hrs) to reach Pelling and overnight.
Day 12: Pelling to Gangtok (120km)
After breakfast Drive to Gangtok the Capital town of Sikkim via Rabongla and the famous tea gardens of Sikkim,Temi Tea Estate. Check in and overnight halt.
Day 13 : Gangtok sightseeing tours. 4-5hours
After breakfast visit the Rumtek monastery, which is a famous monastery, all over the world, especially among the Tibetan Buddhists, and is situated near Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Originally called the Dharma Chakra Centre, it includes a beautiful shrine temple and a monastery for the monks.
Return to hotel for overnight.
Day 14: Gangtok - Bagdogra (by car) - Delhi (by plane)
In the morning after breakfast check out from the hotel, and drive towards Bagdogra airport to catch your flight for Delhi onward your destination.
Important note :
Please note important information for our valuable clients not allowed to carry any kind of satellite phone to Protected and Restricted Area in part of Sikkim and Darjeeling Himalayan areas.
- Accommodation All 2-3 star before trek and after trek.
- Transportation all private airport pickup and drop service with Sightseeing tours with friendly local driver as per itinerary.
- All government and local taxes.
- Entry fees of during Tours sightseeing.
- Services of porters at airport and hotels.
- During the trekking Mountain all necessary permits and any charges for carrying still video cameras.
- All expenses for guide and porters including.
- 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).during the trek.
- Meals will be freshly prepared and will be a mix of Indian, and Napali local. and tea Coffee.
- Over night at Camping during the trek.
- Local English speaking mountain guides lincensed holder.
- Some amount of personal gear of the clients carry porter,yak,horse.
- Private Transport friendly local driver.
- Group Medical kit box .
- Equipment we provided during trek: While on trek we will provide you Dome/Alpine trekking tents. Camping Mattresses, kitchen tent, camping stool, camping table, Warm sleeping bag, would be provided.
- Yaks/Porters: For carrying camping equipment, rations, vegetables and some amount of personal gear of the clients etc...
- Indian visa fee Air or train fare to and from Sikkim and Darjeeling.
- Soft drinks, beverages, Liquors and Laundries,telephone calls etc.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory).
- Any extra expenses incurred due to unforeseen causes, such as emergency road blocks, bad weather, etc.
- Your travel insurance Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
- Any other expenses not mention above as included in the price.
- Personal gear and expenses for the trek. Video and movie Camera Fees in the National Parks.
Please note important information for our valuable clients not allowed to carry any kind of satellite phone to Protected and Restricted Area in part of Sikkim and Darjeeling Himalayan.