Mountain Trek in Sikkim

Introduction

Mountain Trek in Sikkim | Outdoor Himalayan Treks

Mountain trek in Sikkim, the mountainous state in the north-east of India, attracts the enthusiasts of adventure and lovers of pristine alpine nature. From Yuksom to Dzongri is by far the most popular trekking route of this region, serving a balance of spectacular Himalayan views, the invigorating breath coming from the alpine forest consisting of oak, chestnut, pine, maple, rhododendron, and magnolia; and the culture and lifestyle of the people living on the way. The package also includes the sightseeing trips of Gangtok and Darjeeling. Book the package with us and have a first-hand experience of the hill Shangri La — the legendary summer retreat from the time of the British colonizers.

The specialty of this Mountain trek in Sikkim is that it consists of 5 to 6 hours of daily walking and gentle altitude gain. With the low risks of altitude sickness and with gentle hike duration, this trek in the Sikkim Mountains makes generous returns to you in terms of mouth watering sights and reinvigorating experiences, both physically and mentally.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 11 nights and 12 days

Trip Grade: Moderate

Minimum Altitude: Bhadrapur Airport in Jhapa of Nepal

Maximum Altitude: 4329 m, Gingay Dara

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: From Kathmandu to Gangtok (1437m)

Day 2: Sightseeing in Gangtok

Day 3: Drive from Gangtok to Yuksom (1780m)

Day 4: Trek from Yoksom to Bakhim (2790m)

Day 5: Trek from Bakhim to Phedang (3760m)

Day 6: Trek from Phedang to Dzongri (4031m)

Day 7: Side Trip to Gingay Dara (4329m)

Day 8: Trek from Dzongri to Tshoka

Day 9: Trek from Tshoka to Yuksom

Day 10: Drive from Yuksom to Darjeeling

Day 11: Darjeeling sightseeing

Day 12: From Darjeeling to Bhadrapur

Itinerary Details

Day 1: From Kathmandu to Gangtok (1437m)
On the first day, you fly from Kathmadu to Bhadrapur and transfer by vehicle to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Drop into your hotel and refresh yourself.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Gangtok
Get prepared for an astonishing sunrise over the Kanchenjunga and Siniolchu range from Tashi View point, about half an hour’s drive from your hotel. Then we return to the hotel, have breakfast and visit some happening places of the town, including the center where traditional arts and handicrafts are manufactured and sold. In the afternoon, we visit the notable monasteries around the town.

Day 3: Drive from Gangtok to Yuksom (1780m)
It takes about 5 hours to reach Yuksom from Gangtok. First check into your hotel, refresh yourself, and visit some beautiful monasteries in this old capital of Sikkim.

Day 4: Trek from Yoksom to Bakhim (2790m)
The first day of the trek takes us mostly through the alpine forest consisting of oak, spruce, rhododendron, and other trees. Occasionally we have enticing glances of Kabru and Kanchenjunga mountains.

Day 5: Trek from Bakhim to Phedang (3760m)
Today is more strenuous than the earlier day, with considerable altitude gain. The route passes through alpine meadows, encountering a small village named Tsoka en-route. We stop at Phedang for overnight stay.

Day 6: Trek from Phedang to Dzongri (4031m)
We walk only about 3 hours today, mostly through rhododendron and fir forests. From Dzongri, spectacular views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Kanchenjunga and many other mountains greet us, making us forget all our strain and stress. The camp in Dzongri, the large alpine meadow, also offers great experience of life.

Day 7: Side Trip to Gingay Dara (4329m)
Another treat of superb sunrise awaits you from Dzongri, the sunrise that paints the entire mountain range over Onglakhang Valley in fabulous colors. Then take breakfast and make a short hike to Gingay Dara. Dara commands outstanding scenery of Rathong valley, Rathong glacier, and the row of peaks that stand around Kanchenjunga. You will spend your night at the camp in Dzongri.

Day 8: Trek from Dzongri to Tshoka
Now you start making the return trek, and our stopover for the day is Tshoka, a small village inhabited by the Bhotia people.

Day 9: Trek from Tshoka to Yuksom
We arrive at Yuksom from Tshoka today.

Day 10: Drive from Yuksom to Darjeeling
We drive to Darjeeling from Yuksom today, making a brief stop at Khechopalri lake to contemplate its serene beauty. The crystal clear water of the lake and its tranquil surrounds are really appealing, really refreshing. The fluttering Buddhist prayer flags around lend it a certain religious aura.

Day 11: Darjeeling sightseeing
Darjeeling sightseeing will start with a treat of outstanding sunrise view quite early in the morning from Tiger Hill, a fitting start for a day in the city famously regarded as the queen of hills. In the afternoon, you will not miss the well-trimmed tea gardens, the giver of green beauty of Darjeeling hills and the giver of distinct taste. You can also visit the zoological garden, mountaineering institute, and the self-help center for Tibetan refugees, where they produce wonderful handiwork.

Day 12: From Darjeeling to Bhadrapur
Today you leave India and arrive at Bhadrapur airport in Jhapa. From there you will transfer to Kathmandu.

Guidelines

Fitness Level:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:

Your familiarity with the mountainous terrain and previous trekking experience will be plus points.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

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