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Unique Experiences:

•  Visit Sikkim in the eastern Himalayas – an oasis of peace and tranquillity and an ideal destination for trekking
•  Treat your eyes with the view of magical Himalayas virtually going beyond the sky
•  Pass through wooded hills of oaks, spruce, and giant magnolias and rhododendron
•  A truly magnificent trek in one of the more remote areas of India

Participants:

Small Group Exploration – normally no more than 2-5 travellers. Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled; to go beyond the ordinary.
You can be min. 1 and max. 8 travellers on this tour. You can book 1 person, but we cannot guarantee more participants.

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Trip Length: 11 Day(s) 10 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Every day
Travel Season:

Best Season to Trek: April to October

Type of Transportation: Private Vehicle,Trekking
Type of Accommodation: Budget Class hotel in standard room with private bathroom and camping in tents
Physical Rate: 4/5
Child Policy:

Child age: No special child rate, adult rate applicable for child aged 12 and above
This tour is not recommended for: Children below 12

Included in Price:

Accommodation: Accommodation in budget hotel on day 1 and day 10. Camping on rest of the days.
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners.
Transport: Vehicle for the Pickup and transfer for trekking place with all road taxes and parking fees.
Guide: English speaking guide during the trek.
Others: Kitchen equipment, tent, table and mattresses, vegetarian food, cook, helper, horses/porters for luggage.

Excluded from Price:

•  Visas, travel insurance (compulsory)
•  Environmental fees in the National Park is USD$ 200 for 2 to 10 Pax. This needs to be paid directly by guests during the trek
•  Video and movie camera fees in the Kahchendzonga National Park
•  Riding horse and sleeping bag during trek
All other expenses not stated as included in the above

Map

Locations Visited:
Darjeeling, Yuksom, Bakhim, Phedang, Dzongri, Thangshing, Lamuney, Goecha La, Tshoka, Yuksom Village, Shachen
Start City:
Darjeeling
End City:
Darjeeling

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport/Train station - Yuksom
(1,859m) Today we will pick you up from your arrival point as per your location/ Bagdogra Airport, Gangtok, Darjeeling/ Kalimpong, NJP Rail Station or Bhadrapur Airport in Nepal. We will take you to a beautiful 5 to 6-hours drive to the village of Yuksom of western Sikkim. The drive takes you through lovely forests and little hill towns. You'll check in at a hotel or lodge at Yuksom and in the evening you meet with the camping crew. Over night at hotel.

Day 2: Yoksum - Bakhim
(2,790m) you will get an early morning start with the traditional “bed tea”. After breakfast in the hotel, and begin your hiking journey into Sikkim’s pristine wilderness. The hike today will last about six hours and pass through wooded hills of oaks, spruce, and giant magnolias and rhododendrons. You will take a break for lunch along the route and then continue up the Ratong Valley, making a steep climb up to the camp in Bakhim. Overnight in a forest bungalow or Camp.

Day 3: Bakhim - Phedang
(3,689m) Today is the most challenging day of the trek as you will gain altitude along steep climbs. After breakfast, you will begin a moderate climb through yak- and sheep-grazing areas around Tshoka, a resettlement camp for Tibetan refugees and the last village encountered on the trek. Here you will see first close-up view of Mount Pandim (6,693m). After Tshoka, the trail continues up through rhododendron forests to our lunch spot at Phedang (3,689m). After lunch, you will rest overnight in Phedang. Overnight in tents.

Day 4: Phedang
Enjoy the day at leisure. Listen to the local stories and legends from the guide. The day is set aside for acclimatization.

Day 5: Phedang - Dzongri
Today the trail continues up through the rhododendron forests. After breakfast at Phedang (3,689m) you will trek up to Dzongri (4,031m). You will reach Dzongri by lunch time. Overnight at Dzongri.

Day 6: Dzongri - Thangshing
(3,801m) After breakfast you will begin our three-hour hike to Thangshing. Along the way you will have beautiful views of Kabru, Sinolchu, Simvo, Pandim, and Goechala Peaks. You will start with a nice, easy walk with a gradual downhill incline through the thick low growing rhododendron forest for about an hour, then a steep downhill incline brings us to Kokchorung (3,689m) and then you will start a gradual uphill climb along the Onglathang valley through meadows and gorges to camp in Thangsing, which is by the Prek Chu river. You will reach Thangsing by lunchtime, with the rest of the afternoon free for more hiking, or to hike to the base (about 4,573m) of Jopuno peak, which is about a three-hour hike.

Day 7: Thangshing - Lamuney
(4,207m) Today you will begin our approach toward our last camp at Lamuney. Today’s walk is a short (2.30 hours) gradual uphill hike through the Onglathang valley past yak herders and grazing yaks. After lunch at camp, you’ll have the afternoon to do some optional day hikes to either Samiti Lake (4,390m) or to the base of Mount Tinchin Khang’s glacier (4,726m).

Day 8: Day hike to Goecha La - Thangshing
Today you will start early for the hike up to the Goecha La and back. The walk takes about six hours roundtrip and it is challenging and strenuous. Depending on the weather; the terrain is also more challenging than the previous days on trek. (Those who are unable to go to Goecha La and would prefer an easier day can have a two-hour hike to a lower viewpoint at 4,573m). The viewpoint provides great views of Kanchenjunga and the surrounding peaks. Trip members who are up for it are strongly encouraged to undertake the hike up to the Goecha La (5,000m) it’s the finest possible view of the Kanchenjunga. Descend all the way to Thangshing (3,801m) and overnight in camp.

Day 9: Thanshing - Phedang - Tshoka
Today you will leave the Onglathang Valley behind as you will descend to Kochchurong, about one hour from Thangshing, and trek back to Tshoka along a different route. This route is a little longer, off the beaten path, and goes along the edge of the hill for about three hours. You will join you previous trail at Phedang where you will have lunch then continue to the village of Tshoka, where you will spend the night.

Day 10: Tshoka - Yuksom Village
Today after breakfast you will trek back from Tshoka to Yuksom Village. You will have your lunch at Shachen and after lunch you will go for a trekking to Yuksom. Check in at a hotel at Yuksom. In the evening you will meet the camping crew for farewell.

Day 11: Yuksom - Darjeeling/Airport/Train
We drop you in Darjeeling, at the airport or at the train station.

Important: TRIP DETAILS
6 days strenuous hiking at high elevation (max. 4,268 m') and some long drives
5 nights camping, 2 nights’ hotels. Enviromental fees in the National Park is USD 200 for 2 to 10 Pax. This needs to be paid directly by the guests during the trek.

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