ADVENTURE TREKS AND TOURS

Trekking In The Himalayas

From an elevation below 3000 M to the high altitude traverses, reaching upto the glacier zone at 5000 M.

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THE LAY OF OUR LAND

Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalayas

Our region is tangled mass of mountains, drained by Teesta & Rangeet Rivers. Wedged between Himalayan kingdoms Nepal & Bhutan and The Indian plains of West Bengal & it  also boarders Tibet (China).

The grain of the country rises steeply from near sea level to mighty peaks at 8500 m. in a short distance forming a giant amphitheatre, hewn as it were from the great mountains. This provides an arc of magnificent  snow clad mountains, as a backdrop to all tours in this region.  

The configuration of the great ranges,enclose an area, which gets the full impact of monsoon; thus blessing us with all types of flora, ranging from the subtropical to the alpine. All these factor makes this area “Paradise for Trekkers”

THE SINGHELELA RANGE

The Singhelila Range takes off from the great Himalayan Range at Trijunction of India (Sikkim), Nepal & Tibet(China), and runs in a southerly direction along the Indo Nepal border forming a series of magnificent peaks with such exotic names as Pyramid Peak ( 7123 m), the Twins (7350m), the Kanchenjunga group: comprising the main peak of 8586m, Simvo (6811m), Siniolchu 6888m, Pandim 6691m, Talung 7349m, Kabru 7338m and Janu 7710m.  There after range tapers down to the southern Singhelela range at an elevation of 3500 m. Khenchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world is the most southerly of the Himalayan peaks. It can be approached through Western Sikkim via Yoksom-Dzongri-Gocha La Pass, whilst the Southern Singhelila range is reached through Darjeeling via Tonglu (3063m), Sandakphu (3631m) and Phalut (3596 M).

THE GREAT HIMALAYAN RANGE:

From its juncture with Singhelela Range, the great Himalayan range marks the Tibet, India boarder running in the North. Easterly direction through the 5710m high Lhonak Peak and the passes of Chorten Nyimala (6544m) and Nakula (5270m). Thereafter, the range cuts across the Northern tip of Sikkim through the exotic peaks of Chomo Yammo (6312m), Khangchen Gayo (6889m) and the lofty Paunhari at 7056 meters.

South of this range lie the lovely high altitude valleys Leaching ( Valley of flowers and glaciers). which is  open to visitors. Further north a topographical peculiarity has resulted in a portion of the Tibetan plateau North of Great Himalayas called the Youmtso plains falling withinSikkim.

This area which is in the Northern fringe of Himalayan Range: presents a rare spectacle of brown rolling hills at an average elevation of 5000 meters dominated by the nearly 7000 meter high Himalayan peaks of Kanchenjunga and Paunhari in the lap of which lies the glacial lakes called Gurudongma Chu & Chu Lhamo. Sir JDHooker in his Himalayan Journal in 1854 writes, “I doubt whether the world contents any scene with more sublime association than this calm sheet of water 17000 ft. above the sea. With the shadow of mountains, 22000 to 24000 feet high sleeping in the bosom”

This region is approachable  via Gangtok & Chungthang. 

THE CHOLA RANGE

The Chola range takes off from the Paunhari Peaks in the south easterly direction forming the watershed of Teesta  River in India and Amo Chu in Tibet (China). This range forms the international boundary between India and Tibet.A number of passes in Chola Range connect Sikkim with  the Chumbi Valley in Tibet. The important cases are Tangarla, Chola Nathulal & Jalepla. The ancient trade route passed through the Jalepla -Nathula Passes. These passes are located astride the shortest and easiest land routes between India & Tibet. 

The Chola range is approachable through Gangtok & Kalimpong but is partially open to Tourist upto Tsangu Lake.

THE LANDSCAPE

The tracts of mountainous country shut in by the Singhalese and Chola Ranges consists of a tangled series of interlacing ridges, rising range upon range to the foot of the wall of high peaks and passes which mark the abode of snow and from where the Teesta and the Rangeet Rivers carve out a number of beautiful valleys. In 1917 Persy Brown described the scenery thus. ‘ The mountain scenery in the area is superb. The lines of hills as they rise range beyond range or meet and melt into one blue chain or are lost in some far valley. The gathering sweep and dispersal of the clouds, as sunshine follows storm and storm sunshine, the dark slopes broken by the gleam of falling water, the wooden ridges the look down upon escarpments wrought by landslip and torrent and beyond and above all the towering fortresses of the mountains,  these are the views never to be forgotten.

TREKKING FOCAL POINTS & TREKKING ROUTES

For those who are interested in Himalayan views and alpine flora, 4-6 days of trekking in the Sandakphu area of Singelela range from Darjeeling at altitude upto 3800 meters enable some breathtaking views. Tangle Peaks at 3000 mts looks directly on to Darjeeling, the Bengal plains, and commands a view of the Khenchen Dzonga group as well as of the Chola range. Count Chomalhari on the Bhutan. Tibet boarder is also visible. Sandakphu at 3600 mts commands a most spectacular view, the entire Khanchen junta range towers over a basin of silver fire  and rhododendrons in the background. In the West at a distance of 160 kms, the Everest group of peaks is visible. To the East is the Chola range and Chomalhari in Bhutan. It is a panorama of the Himalayan ranges of unsurpassed beauty.

For a close up view of the Kanchenjunga group of peaks and to visit the high altitude zone of the pastoral life of yak herdsmen, a ten day trek in the Dongri (Dongri) -Gochela region in Western Sikkim from Yoksom is rare and unforgettable experience. However this is only for fit & experienced trekker as GocheLa is 4955 meters in altitude, & the ascent steep.

Dongri at 4000mts. offers a good view point for the Kanchenjunga at close image and is only two days march from the road head at Yuksom. The Trek beyond Dongri is awe inspiring, climbing through the Prek Chu Valley flanked on the East by the Pandim peak and the Tingchenthang Glaciers. On the West is the Onglakthang glacier sliding down from the 6115 m high Gocha peak. From the meadows of Chumthang the route ascends to the Goche La which is formed by a deep depression between Pandim and the spur of Kabru and looks down into the Talung with its great Talung glacier winding its way down from the mighty peaks and precipices of Kanchenjunga. For those unable to the sunrise view of the Khenchenjunga from Pemayangtse is unforgettable.

For visitors interested in views without much trekking effort, Kalimpong, Samthar and Darjeeling offers easily accessible view posts. Darjeeling is ideal for viewing Singhelila Range while Kalimpong views cover the entire arc comprising the snow peaks of Singhelila Range, the Great Himalayan Range and Chola Range. These include Kabur, Kanchenjunga , Siniolchu, Chomo Yumoo, Khanchenjunga, Paunhari, Chola Nathulal, Jelepla and Gyamochen. 

The trijunction of Bhutan- Sikkim and Bengal at the 3152 meters high Rachel can be reached in a 2 day trek from Lava, close to Kalimpong. The arc of mountains astride the Rilly Valley located at average elevation of 2000 meters, with mild climate, offer the visitors an interesting experience of midrange himalayan flora. The virgin forests of Lava and Lolegaon, the wild and uninhabited Neora Valley and the scenic Samthar plateau, are all within reach from Kalimpong. All ethnic groups are represented in this belt including the vanishing tribe of the lepchas. Panoramic views of the entire arc of snow caps from ‘The Farm House” at Samthr rivals the view from Darjeeling Tiger Hill at Sunrise.

Explore Our Trekking Destinations

Max Elevation 3152 m. Views of Khangchendzonga and Chola Range
Grade: Moderate
Period: Nov to Apr
Best for flowers in bloom: Feb- Mar
Best for views: Nov

Trek Summary

 

Himalayan forest Trek, through the uninhabited Neora Valley to the 3,152-m high Rechela Pass at the Tri-junction of West Bengal, Sikkim and Bhutan.

The Chola Range borders Sikkim and Tibet. This ridge with its 4700 M high fabled NatuLa and Jalepla passes, has been crossed by mule and yak caravans trading between India and Tibet from times immemorial. On the South of this range lies the RacheLa pass. This was the opening through which caravans of yore traded between India, Sikkim and Bhutan. At this spot was also held an annual fair. Here everything from Yaks to herbs, and prayer wheels to beads were exchanged. Rachela offers grandstand views of the Chola Range.

The Neora Valley offers, flora from the subtropical to the alpine, wildlife, and more than 200 species of birds. The return trek is via the picture postcard Rishi Valley.

The Trek begins and ends at Kalimpong. Pick up from Bagdogra, Darjeeling or locations in Sikkim can be arranged with overnight stop at Kalimpong.

We will pick you up from Kalimpong and drive you to Lava, 2100m, through pristine forests to spend one night at lava exploring the Buddhist monastery. On the second day, we will drive to the top of Hill 2400 m- where the jeep road ends to start our trek. Making a rapid descent to the Neora River Valley at 1650 meters, we walk through bio diverse virgin forests to steeply climb to our first camp at 2000 meters. On the third day we make an early start to enable clear views. Taking the steep forest trail, we will reach the 3050 meters high Rachela in just 2 ½ hours of steady climbing. On the return we divert to the Rishi River Val!ey, inhabited by the various friendly ethnic Lepcha, Nepali & Bhutia hillfolk. Over two days we will be walking through lovely forests, cardamom plantations and picture postcard hamlets, for a nature and culture experience. The trek terminates, at the Changey Waterfalls, which drop for more than 200 feet, in three parts, one of which is a natural channel cut into a rock face. We return to Kalimpong on the fifth day to end the trek tour.

Day 01: Kalimpong- Lava, 2100 m

 

The 02 hrs drive is along the ancient trade route between India and Bhutan – once a mule track but now a paved highway. Climbing steadily from 1400 meters to 2000 meters, we will pass through the small bazaar town of Algarah,and Lava, 2100 m through some of the finest virgin forests in this region.

Lava is a small bazaar amidst forested hills. It originated as a halting place for trade caravans going to Bhutan. It was fortified during the Bhutan rule, and latter the British captured and destroyed the old fort. A Buddhist monastery of the same period has been expanded and is active. It is fast developing as a focal point for Eco-tourism.

Upon arrival check in at hotel/ guest house/ home stay. Explore the surrounding forests and visit the nature interpretation centre of thje Forest department. Take a tour of the Buddhist Monastery and attend evening prayers.

Overnight at Lava in hotel / guest house / home stay.

Day 02: Drive Lava- Zero Piont, 2500- trek to Alubari, , 2400 M ( Neora Valley)

 

Drive along a forest road to reach the road ending point ( also called Zero point) at 2400 Mtrs. We start our Nature trek by walking steeply downhill, through a variety of bamboo’s to Neora River at an altitude of I650 M. Thereafter we will trek for 03 hrs to the head of the valley through bio diverse sub Himalayan forests and flora, to our Camp at Alubari, 2300 meters. Overnight in camp.

Day 03: Trek Alu Bari – Rachela, 3152 m – LamPokhri, 2000 m ( Rishi Valley)

A 06 hrs Nature trek to the Rachela Tri-junction and thereafter down to the Rishi Valley. First a stiff climb to a ridgeline at elevation. 2600 M, followed by a steady climb along the ridge, through bamboo, Rhododendrons, Magnolia and other vegetation, takes us to the 3152-M, high Rachela Pass, and the Tri-junction. The trekking time is 3-4 hrs.

The Rachela pass at an elevation of 3152 M, is virtually the tri-junction of Sikkim, Bhutan, and Bengal. In the past it was the focal point for trade routes Standing at the treeless tri-junction, you see the old mule tracks, and four major ridges dividing the valleys of Neora, Rishi, Jaldhaka, and Rangli. Both the Chola Range and the Singalila with Mount Khangchendzonga are visible, including the passes of Chola, Natula, and Jalepla, opening into Tibet.

Start trekking down to the Rishi Valley, through forested slopes, to reach our Lam Pokhri, campsite, in 3.30 hrs. Overnight in camp, on the banks of this holy lake, at an altitude of 2000 M. ( near Mulkharga camp).

Day 04: Trek Lam Pokhri – Goltar Rodge 1800 m – Change Village, 1400 Mtrs.

Interesting 06 hrs Nature and culture trek through the upper reaches of the Rishi valley. The trail descends into deep valleys and crosses over two steep ridges. We pass through picture post card country, of forests, cascading streams, cardamom plantations, and friendly hamlets, The elevation varies between 1200 to 1800 M. We camp overnight in a small village with opportunity to interact with the locals.

Day 05: Trek to Changey falls. Drive to Kalimpong

A short trek of 3 ½ hours to the road head near Changey falls. We first descend to the Rishi Valley floor, and then view the Changey falls to finally climb up to the road head where we transfer to a jeep to drive back to Kalimpong via Lava in 2 ½ hours.

TREK TOUR ENDS.

Max Elevation: 3000 m
Grade: Moderate
Period : Mar-May and Oct to Dec
Best for Flora: Mar- Apr
Best for views Nov- Dec

This short trekking experience offers great views of the Khangchendzonga and Chola Range. The trek starts at Dotery, and climbs from 2700 m to 3000 m in 07 kms traversing through pristine forests of Rhododendrons and Magnolias, with many varieties of orchids and diverse flora. Exotic bird species like the scarlet Minivet, Kalij pheasant, Blood pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Parrotbills, and Fire-tailed Myzornis can be spotted. Red pandas may also be seen. from Tonglu view point you will get a fabulous views of both, Khangchendzonga and Chola Ranges. Mount Chomalhari, in Bhutan is also visible.

The return trek is via the forest road down to Manebhanjan.

Tour starts and ends at Darjeeling . Pick up from Bagdogra, Kalimpong or locations in Sikkim can be arranged with overnight stop at Dotery.

Itinerary

Day 01: Darjeeling -Maneybhanjan, 2134m- Dhotery, 2700 m-Trek to Tumling, 3000m

After an early breakfast, at Darjeeling set off by jeep, on a 21 kms, 1.30 hrs drive through the Himalayan foothills to Maneybhanjan . To get to the start point of our trek, we will continue our drive for another 19 kms from Manaybhanjan, to the lovely little village of Dhotrey at 2700 m.

From Dhotery to Tumling , the walking trail is a moderate steady climb from 2700 m to 3000 m in 07 kms traversing through a deep forest of Rhododendrons and Magnolias. The surrounding forest is a birders delight . Rare and exotic species like the scarlet minivet, kalij pheasant, blood pheasant, satyr tragopan, parrotbills, and fire-tailed myzornis can be spotted. The mammals that could be seen are the red panda, leopard cat, yellow-throated marten, barking deer, wild boar, and others.

Red pandas reared at the Darjeeling zoo were reintroduced into the wild at the national park. Rajesh Bedi and Naresh Bedi made a documentary on it called Cherub of the Mist that went on to win some awards. There are many varieties of orchids and diverse flora in the forest, which explains the heady fragrance that hangs in the air.

Today being your first trekking day you will feel the strain on your climbing muscles and lungs. Easy pace over the 7 kms trail, will enable you to complete the days trekking in 4-5 hrs.You will stay overnight at ei Tumling in a comfortable private lodge, or at the trekkers hut at Tonglu.You will stay overnight at either Tumling in a comfortable private lodge, or at the trekkers hut at Tonglu.

Day 02: Trek Tumling- Tonglu Ridge- Tumling – -Garibas, 2621 Mtrs

Rise early for a sunrise view from Tonglu ridge view point. Weather permitting you will get a fabulous views of both, Singalila and Chola Ranges. Mount Chomalhari, in Bhutan is also visible. Return to Tumling for breakfast.

After a liesurly breakfast, your guide will lead you along a trail through the Singalila National Park. Mature forests, cascading streams and wild flowers, are a delight to the senses. A easy paced downhill walk of just 06 kms will bring you to Garibas in just 02 hrs. Check in at the trekkers hut or a comfortable private lodge, in time for lunch.

In the afternoon explore the surrounding forests with your guide . Overnight at Garibas in the trekkers hut or a private lodge.

Day 03: Trek Garibas, 2621 – Phoktey- Phedi Khola, 1800 m.

Drive to Darjeeling 65 Kms
Today we will take the return trek down hill descending 800 m in 3-4 hrs . The walk is through pristine forests . Picnic lunch enroute. Drive to Darjeeling in 03 hrs.

TREK TOUR ENDS.

Max Elevation: 3636 m
Grade: Moderate
Period : Mar-May and Oct to Dec
This trek climbs steeply from the road head at Dotery, 2700 m, for three days to reach the Sandakphu –Phalut ridge at an altitude of 3600 m. Passing through the lovely forests of the Singelila National Park, it offers the spectacular sunrise view from Tonglu ridge.

From Sandakphu there are breathtaking views of the Khandchendzonga Range towering over a basin of silver firs and Rhododendrons, in the foreground. In the West the peaks of the Mount Everest group are visible, whilst on the East lie the Chola Range with views of passes leading into Tibet.

The knee wobbling descent to the road head at Rimbik is through forests with flora, flowers and mountain streams.

There are 3 versions of this trek

Standard version: 05 days trek.
Version 01: Designed for trekkers in a hurry. The 4 day version is suitable for fit and experienced trekkers.
Version 02: 03 days trek is for trekkers in a tearing hurry. They must however be experienced and fit, willing to take up a challenge and aware of risks involve in relation to high altitude health hazards.

All trek tours starts and ends at Darjeeling . Pick up from Bagdogra, Kalimpong or locations in Sikkim can be arranged with overnight stop at Dotery, on request.

Itinerary for the Standard Version

Day 01: Darjeeling -Maneybhanjan, 2134m- Dhotery, 2700 m-Trek to Tumling, 3000om

After an early breakfast, at Darjeeling, set off by jeep, on a 21 kms, 1.30 hrs drive through the Himalayan foothills to Maneybhanjan . To get to the start point of our trek, We will continue our drive for another 19 kms from Manaybhanjan, to the lovely little village of Dhotrey at 2700 m.

From Dhotery to Tumling , the walking trail is a moderate steady climb from 2700 m to 3000 m in 07 kms traversing through a deep forest of Rhododendrons and Magnolias. The surrounding forest is a birders delight . Rare and exotic species like the scarlet minivet, kalij pheasant, blood pheasant, satyr tragopan, parrotbills, and fire-tailed myzornis can be spotted. The mammals that could be seen are the red panda, leopard cat, yellow-throated marten, barking deer, wild boar, and others.

Red pandas reared at the Darjeeling zoo were reintroduced into the wild at the national park. Rajesh Bedi and Naresh Bedi made a documentary on it called Cherub of the Mist that went on to win some awards. There are many varieties of orchids and diverse flora in the forest, which explains the heady fragrance that hangs in the air.

Today being your first trekking day you will feel the strain on your climbing muscles and lungs. Easy pace over the 7 kms trail, will enable you to complete the days trekking in 4-5 hrs. You may be able to witness a pleasing sunset.

You will stay overnight at Tumling in a comfortable private lodge, or at the trekkers hut at Tonglu.

Day 02: Trek Tumling – Garibas,2621 m- Kal pokhri, 3108 m

Rise early for a sunrise view from Tinglu Ridge view point. Weathger permitting you will get a fabulous view of both the Singalila and Chola Ranges. Mount Chomalhari in Bhutan is also visible.

Return to Tumling for breakfast. After breakfast, take the trail through the Singalila National Park. Mature forests, cascading streams and wild flowers, are a delight to the senses. A leisurely downhill walk of just 06 kms will bring you to Garibas in just 02 hrs. Thereafter the track climbs steeply for 2.5 Kms to the hamlet of Kayakata. In 1.30 – 02 hrs. Another 03 Kms of gradual ascent brings us to Kalpokhri ( The Black Lake) in 01 hr. of easy trekking. Overnight at comfortable private lodge.

Day 03: Kal Pokhri, 3108 Mtrs – Sandakphu, 3636 Mtrs.

Today is a hard days trekking It is quite a steep climb to Sandakphu and you are no doubt likely to feel the effects of the thinner air as you climb over 3000 meters for the first time. However, there is plenty to distract the mind, as you are rewarded with remarkable panoramic views of some of the peaks of Sikkim and eastern Nepal. The very steep 6 kms trek will take 03-04 hrs.

If the weather is clear, there are remarkable sunset and sunrise views from Sandakphu, of Everest, Makalu, and Khangchendzonga. Overnight at comfortable private Lodge.

Day 04: Sandakphu, 3636m – Srikhola, 1800m

Awake early for breathtaking sunrise views of the great peaks. Weather permitting Khangchendzonga, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse and the other, lesser peaks of Sikkim and eastern Nepal. are on view.

After breakfast trek down through deep forests to the bottom of the valley and scenic Srikhola – a mountain stream. It is a very steep knee wobbling descent for 13.5 Kms, and will take 05- 06 hours. Tonight you will stay at another private lodge or at trekkers hut.

Day 05: Srikhola, 1800m – Rimbik, 2286m – Darjeeling

After breakfast you will continue the trek to Rimbik – a picturesque mountain village. You ascent gradually, to 2286m. on a 5.5 Kms long trail. The last days trek will take about 02-03 hrs.

Upon arrival transfer to your jeep for the 68 Kms, 4.30 hrs, drive back to Darjeeling.

Itinerary for Version 1: 04 days Sandakphu trek

This is a Strenuous trek requiring endurance, as you get up to Sandakphu in two trekking days instead of three. You also miss the views from Tonglu Ridge and you are exposed to high altitude health hazards . Only advised for fit trekkers who have experience of high altitude trekking.

Advised to read Version 1 in full for more details and photographs.

Trek Summary

This trek climbs steeply from the road head at Dhotery at 2220 m, for two days to reach the Sandakphu –Phalut ridge at an altitude of 3600 m. Enroute there are the lovely forests of the Singelila National Park, and the view point of Tonglu. From Sandakphu there are breathtaking views of the Khandchendzonga Range towering over a basin of silver firs and Rhododendrons, in the foreground. In the West the peaks of the Mount Everest group are visible, whilst on the East lie the Chola Range with views of passes leading into Tibet. The knee wobbling 06 hrs descent to Srikhola is followed by a 02 hrs steady climb to the road head at Rimbik . You will see forests with flora, flowers and mountain streams. Trek tour starts & ends at Darjeeling.

Day 01: drive Darjeeling -Maneybhanjan, 2134m- Dhotery, 2700 m-TrekDhoterey- Tumling, 3000m- Garibas, 2621 m

Trek 7 kms to Tumling. Continue to Garibas through Singalila NP. Overnight at Garibas.

Day 02: Trek Garibas, 2621 m- Kal pokhri, 3108 m- Sandakphu, 3636 m

Trek to Kalpokhri 5.5 kms in 3 hrs. Continue to Sandakphu . steep climb at altitude . 6 kms in 3-4 hrs. Overnight at Sandakphu.

Day 03: Sandakphu, 3636m – Srikhola, 1800m

Sunrise views for Khangchendzonga and everest group.

Steep 13.5 kms knee wobbling descent, through deep forests to the bottom of the valley in 05- 06 hours. Overnight at sri Khola.

Day 05: Srikhola, 1800m – Rimbik, 2286m – Darjeeling

Continue the trek to Rimbik It is a gradual ascent, to 2286m. on a 5.5 Kms long trail. The last days trek will take about 02-03 hrs.

Upon arrival transfer to your jeep for the 68 Kms, 4.30 hrs, drive back to Darjeeling.

Itinerary for Version 2: 03 days Sandakphu trek
This is a challenging trek requiring endurance, for long hours of strenuous trekking. You also miss the views from Tonglu Ridge and you are exposed to high altitude health hazards . Advised only for fit trekkers who have experience of high altitude trekking, and are looking for a challenge. Avoid this trek if you have knee problems.

Advised to read Version 1 in full for more details and photographs.

Trek Summary

This trek climbs steeply from the road head at Dhotery at 2220 m, for two days to reach the Sandakphu –Phalut ridge at an altitude of 3600 m. Enroute there are the lovely forests of the Singelila National Park, and the view point of Tonglu. From Sandakphu there are breathtaking views of the Khandchendzonga Range towering over a basin of silver firs and Rhododendrons, in the foreground. In the West the peaks of the Mount Everest group are visible, whilst on the East lie the Chola Range with views of passes leading into Tibet. The knee wobbling 06 hrs descent to Srikhola is followed by a 02 hrs steady climb to the road head at Rimbik . You will see forests with flora, flowers and mountain streams. Trek tour starts & ends at Darjeeling.

Day 01: drive Darjeeling -Maneybhanjan, 2134m- Dhotery, 2700 m-TrekDhoterey- Tumling, 3000m- Garibas, 2621 m

Trek 7 kms to Tumling. Continue to Garibas through Singalila NP. Overnight at Garibas.

Day 02: Trek Garibas, 2621 m- Kal pokhri, 3108 m- Sandakphu, 3636 m

Trek to Kalpokhri 5.5 kms in 3 hrs. Continue to Sandakphu . steep climb at altitude . 6 kms in 3-4 hrs. Overnight at Sandakphu.

Day 03: Sandakphu, 3636m – Srikhola, 1800m – Rimbik, 2286m – Darjeeling

Sunrise views for Khangchendzonga and everest group.

Steep 13.5 kms knee wobbling descent, through deep forests to the bottom of the valley in 05- 06 hours. Continue trekking for another 2-3 hrs to Rimbik. Ascending to 2286m. in 5.5 Kms. Drive to Darjeeling. 68 Kms in 4.30 hrs.

End of itinerary document.

  • Max Elevation: 3636 m 
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Period: Mar to May and Oct to Dec

This trek climbs steeply from the road head at Dotery, 2700 m, for three days to reach the Sandakphu –Phalut ridge at an altitude of 3600 m. Passing through the lovely forests of the Singelila National Park, it take in the spectacular sunrise view from Tonglu ridge, and the breathtaking views of the Khandchendzonga Range , the peaks of the Mount Everest group , and also views of Chola Range with the passes leading into Tibet.

The trek from Sandakphu to Phalut is along the undulating 3500 m high ridge passing through meadows, forests full of wild flowers and Himalayan flora, with the mighty peaks towering in the background. The descent to the road head at Rimbik through the Rammam River Valley, with its gurgling streams and diverse flowering flora is a visual delight.

Version 1: 06 days trek for trekkers in a hurry

Trek Tour starts and ends at Darjeeling. Pick up from Bagdogra, Kalimpong or locations in Sikkim can be arranged with overnight stop at Dhotery

Itinerary for the Standard Version

Day 01: Darjeeling -Maneybhanjan, 2134m- Dhotery, 2700 m-Trek to Tumling, 3000om

 

    

After an early breakfast, at Darjeeling, set off by jeep, on a 21 kms, 1.30 hrs drive through the Himalayan foothills to Maneybhanjan . To get to the start point of our trek, We will continue our drive for another 19 kms from Manaybhanjan, to the lovely little village of Dhotrey at 2700 m.

From Dhotery to Tumling , the walking trail is a moderate steady climb from 2700 m to 3000 m in 07 kms traversing through a deep forest of Rhododendrons and Magnolias. The surrounding forest is a birders delight . Rare and exotic species like the scarlet minivet, kalij pheasant, blood pheasant, satyr tragopan, parrotbills, and fire-tailed myzornis can be spotted. The mammals that could be seen are the red panda, leopard cat, yellow-throated marten, barking deer, wild boar, and others.

      

Red pandas reared at the Darjeeling zoo were reintroduced into the wild at the national park. Rajesh Bedi and Naresh Bedi made a documentary on it called Cherub of the Mist that went on to win some awards. There are many varieties of orchids and diverse flora in the forest, which explains the heady fragrance that hangs in the air.

Today being your first trekking day you will feel the strain on your climbing muscles and lungs. Easy pace over the 7 kms trail, will enable you to complete the days trekking in 4-5 hrs. You may be able to witness a pleasing sunset.

You will stay overnight at Tumling in a comfortable private lodge, or at the trekkers hut at Tonglu.

Day 02: Trek Tumling – Garibas,2621 m- Kal pokhri, 3108 m

Rise early for a sunrise view from Tonglu Ridge view point. Weather permitting you will get a fabulous view of both the Singalila and Chola Ranges. Mount Chomalhari in Bhutan is also visible.

Return to Tumling for breakfast. After breakfast, take the trail through the Singalila National Park. Mature forests, cascading streams and wild flowers, are a delight to the senses. A leisurely downhill walk of just 06 kms will bring you to Garibas in just 02 hrs. Thereafter the track climbs steeply for 2.5 Kms to the hamlet of Kayakata. In 1.30 – 02 hrs. Another 03 Kms of gradual ascent brings us to Kalpokhri ( The Black Lake) in 01 hr. of easy trekking. Overnight at comfortable private lodge.

Day 03: Kal Pokhri, 3108 Mtrs – Sandakphu, 3636 Mtrs.

  

Today is a hard day trekking It is quite a steep climb to Sandakphu and you are no doubt likely to feel the effects of the thinner air as you climb over 3000 meters for the first time. However, there is plenty to distract the mind, as you are rewarded with remarkable panoramic views of some of the peaks of Sikkim and eastern Nepal. The very steep 6 kms trek will take 03-04 hrs.

If the weather is clear, there are remarkable sunset and sunrise views from Sandakphu, of Everest, Makalu, and Khangchendzonga. Overnight at comfortable private Lodge.

Day 04: Sandakphu – Phalut Ridge Trek

     

Sandakphu, 3636m – Sabargram, 3536 m – Phalut, 3600 m

Rise early to see the breathtaking view of four of the world’s highest peaks, all over 8000 m in elevation. The entire Khangchendzonga Range towers over a basin of Rhododendrons, and Silver Firs in the foreground. On the western horizon, the peaks of the Everest Group are Visible. To the East on the Chola Range can be seen the passes of Chola, NatuLa, and JalepLa, leading to Tibet. After breakfast, trek along the ridge to Phalut .Today we cover a distance of 21 Kms in about 7 hours. It is going to be a longish trek- but it is a relatively level walk.The trail is lined with Rhododendrons of various hues, magnolias, chestnut oak, and Silver Fir. During springtime, there is a splash of primulas, daises, and other wild flowers. On the Western horizon, are, the great snow clad peaks.

  

As you start your trek from Sandakphu you see the majestic Kanchenjunga family of peaks right ahead. Look towards the left and you will see the dazzling Everest family including Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. The tiny hamlet of Sabargam, 14 Kms from Sandakphu is reached in 5 hrs. The last 7 Kms to Phalut – the denuded peak, will take another 2 hrs The final stretch of the trail zig zags uphill, and it is bereft of vegetation owing to the sweeping icy winds. Overnight at Trekkers hut.

Day 05: Phalut,3600 m – Rammam,2560 m

Walk to Phalut Top at sunrise. Standing atop a bare knoll you can see. Everest, Kumbhakarna, Kachenzonga, Sinialchu, Pandim and lesser peaks.

After breakfast, begin your 15 Kms long , 5 hrs trek with a knee wobbling descent downhill into the Rammam Valley.

From Phalut, we will take the bridle path through the forest area towards Rammam. The first 5 Kms up to Gorkey quickly descends through forests of pine, chestnuts and hemlock, and finally reaches a mountain stream called Gorkey Khola in a picturesque setting.

Trekking uphill and passing through rugged terrain you will arrive at the spectacularly picturesque village of Samanden – also known as the lost valley. Standing on a plateau in the middle of a dense forest, it is located amidst fertile terraced fields Continuing down hill, the route from Samandeen descends initially up to a stream and then goes uphill to reach the Rammam village,2560 m. Overnight at a private Lodge.

Day 06: Rammam – Sirikhola – Rimbick (2286 m)

After breakfast, trek to Rimbick (19 km in about 6 hours). Beginning with a 9 km almost-level trail through forest, flowering trees, and orchids, with bird sounds in the air we reach Srikhola beside a stream where we can have our picnic lunch. Thereafter, it is a steady climb to Rimbick, a small bazaar, which is also the road head. Overnight at a private lodge at Rimbick.

Day 07: Rimbick- Darjeeling

Drive 68 Kms in 4.30 hrs to Darjeeling.

Trek Tour Ends.

Version 1: 06 days Phalut ridge trek

The 7 days trek can be shortened to 6 days by avoiding overnight stay at Rimbick and continuing to Darjeeling by car after the trek. Depending upon how long you take for the trek, you can reach Darjeeling by about 2030 hrs.

End of itinerary document.

Max Elevation: 2800 m. Views of Khangchendzonga
Grade: Moderate. (Strenuous in parts)

Period: Mar to May and Oct to Nov. Rhododendrons bloom mid Mar – mid Apr
This short trek climbs up in one day from Uttery ( W Sikkim) to Achelley Danra, 2800 m through Rhododendron forests, wild orchids, and fern species. Enroute you have a chance to visit a Buddhist monastery and explore a Sherpa village. Camp overnight at a nature camp and see the sunrise on Khangchenzonga. Listen to bird song and see some of the bird species. Trek back to Uttarey.

Trek tour starts and ends at Utterey in W Sikkim . Pick up from Bagdogra, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Gangtok, or any other part of Sikkim, can be arranged with overnight stop at Utterey/ Rinchenpong/ Hi Barmoik or Pelling.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Uttery

Drive from Bagdogra/ NJP/ Kalimpong / Darjeeling/ Pamayangtse/ Yoksom/ Gangtok to arrive at Utterey for overnight stay at Lodge.

You can also drive early morning from Rinchenpong/ Hi Barmoik or Pelling, to Uttery to start the trek.

Day 02: Trek Utterey, 2300 m – Achalley Danra, 2800 m

Trek starts from Uttery after early breakfast. It is a fairly steep climb of 500 m . Inexperienced trekkers will find it strenuous in parts. The trek takes 05- 06 hrs. Enroute you will visit Maneybong Kagyu Buddhist Monastery. One of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, it was built in the year 1711 A.D. and the Mangheem Thegu Sherpa village. There are lovely Rhododendron forests, with wild orchids and fern species, and a chance to do some bird watching.

In clear weather the sunset panorama from Achalley is breathtaking. Overnight in camp.

Day 03: Anchalley Danra – Utterey

Get up early morning for sunrise views of Khangchendzonga, Siniolchu,

Rathong and other lesser peaks. Explore the Rhododendron forests and trek back to Utterey in 4 hrs.

Stay overnight at Utterey or drive to Pamayangtse or Rinchenpong in 1.30 hrs for overnight at a hotel / lodge.

End of trekking tour.

Max Elevation 3733 m. Views of Everest & Khangchendzonga
Grade : Moderate
Period: March- May and Oct-Nov.
Best for flowers in bloom March- Early April
Best for views: Nov

Away from crowds, moderately paced, this is rated by us, as the best trekking experience in Sikkim. The trek starts at the picturesque Sikkimese village of Hee- Bermoik, 1800 – 2200 m, and traverses through the upper reaches of the Rhododendron Sanctuary to reach an elevation of 3280 m to finally descend to the Khalej Valley via Chiabhanjan to Uttery. A dream trail for nature lovers. the sanctuary supports a wide variety of habitat comprising Sub-tropical, Mixed broadleaf, conifer, and Alpine. Walk through pristine forests of Silver Fir, hemlocks, magnolia, and Rhododendrons. Breathtaking views of Mount Khangchendzonga, , river valleys, picturesque camping,

Trek tour starts at Hi Barmoik or Hilley in West Sikkim, and ends at Utterey. Pick up from Bagdogra, NJP, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Gangtok, or any other part of Sikkim, can be arranged.

There are 03 versions of the trek

Standard trek: 06 days
Version 1: 05 Days
Version 2: 04 days

The Standard Version has a steep climb on Day 1 and 2. Version 1, and 2 avoid the steep climb by approaching Vershay via Hilley.

Pre trek overnight stop is at Rinchenpong or Hi Barmoik for standard version and at Hilley for Version 1 & 2.

Day 01 Bagdogra / Kalimpong / Darjeeling / Gangtok / Pelling to Rinchenpong or Hee Barmoik, 1650 m

Pick up by car from selected start point and drive to Rinchenpong or Hi Barmiok, 1650 m. (05-06 hrs). Overnight Farm stay at Yangsum Farm, Rinchenpong or village homestay at Dhungey House ( Max 04 pax ) at Hi Barmoik.

Depending upon time of arrival explore surrounding areas.

Day 02: Trek Hee -Barmoik – Samatar Nature camp, 2694 m

Trek Hi Barmoik to Samatar Nature camp, 2694 m Walk through mixed forests with Rhododendrons and bamboo (5-6 hrs). Fairly steep all the way. Camp overnight in mixed forest.

The Barsey (Vershay) Rhododendron Sanctuary ( BRS) is spread over 104 sq Kms. It forms a vital corridor connecting the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve with the Singelila National Park in West Bengal. The altitudinal range of 2200m to 4100m supports a wide variety of habitat comprising Sub-tropical, Mixed broadleaf, conifer, and Alpine. During our exploration trips and birding tours we have recorded more than 200 species. Mammals inhabiting the park include Leopard, Leopard-cat, Yellow throated Marten, Palm Civet, Goral, Barking Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Wild boar, Red Panda, Flying squirrel, Crestless porcupine, Himalayan mouse- hare and others.

Day 03: Trek Samatar to Vershay, 3050 m

 

Continue trekking fairly steep uphill for 04-05 hrs through mixed forest to Vershay, 3050 m. The top of the ridge is covered with Rhododendron forests ( Blooming in Feb-Mar – early Apr). Afternoon explore walking trails around Vershay. Over night camping amidst Rhododendrons.

Day 04: Trek Vershay to Jhorbotay, 3280

Trek 04-05 hrs from Vershay to Jhorbotay, 3280 m through rhododendron forests. It is an easy walk. Overnight in camp located in a forest clearing with good views of Mount Khangchendzonga.

Day 05: Trek Jhorbotay – Kalijhar, 3696 m

Jhorbotay to Kalijhar 3696 m. First we descent steeply downhill into a valley with a small stream. Cross the stream and start climbing fairly steep through mixed forests to a small meadow; where we camp above the tree line. Full views of the Khangchendzonga Range, and all round.

Day 06: Kaljhar – Photey Dara – Chiabhanjan, 3275 m, 2700m – Uttery

Early morning trek to Phoktay Dara ( 30 mins), a view point with superb views of Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest. Watch the sunrise and enjoy the panoramic views. Continue to Chaibhanjan, a pass on the Indo -Nepal border. Thereafter descend in 04 hrs to Chitery . continue trekking for another 1.30 hrs to complete the trek at Uttery,2320 m. Transfer to Rinchenpong ( 01 hr) for overnight at Yangsum Farm or Transfer to Pamayangtse- Pelling( 1.30 hrs) for overnight at hotel Mount Pandim or similar.

ST/07 Version 1: 05 Day option

Day 01: Drive Bagdogra / NJP / Kalimpong / Gangtok to Hilley homestay / guest house.

Day 02: Trek Hilley, 2700. to Vershay, 3050 m 02 hrs.

Day 03 Trek Vershay to Jorbotey, 3280 m. 04-05 hrs.

Day 04: Trek Jorebotey to Kalijhar, 3696 m. 04-05 hrs.

Day 05: Trek Kalijhar- Phoktey Dara- Chiabhanjan, 3275 m – Chitery, 2700 m – Utterey in 07-08 hrs. Transfer to Rinchenpong / Pelling- Pamayangtse.

ST/07 Version 2: 04 days option

Day 01 Drive from Kalimpong / Darjeeling / Pelling/ rinchenpong / Gangtok / Temi / Kewzing / Namchi / Turuk to Hilley in 3-5 hrs. Trek to Vershay , 3050 in 02 hrs. overnight in camp.

Day 02 Trek Vershay to Jorbotey, 3280 m. 04-05 hrs.

Day 03: Trek Jorebotey to Kalijhar, 3696 m. 04-05 hrs.

Day 04: Trek Kalijhar- Phoktey Dara- Chiabhanjan, 3275 m – Chitery, 2700 m – Utterey in 07-08 hrs.

Contact us for For pre and post trek package tour options.

Max Elevation: 5000 m
Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Period: Apr-May and Oct – Nov

From the 8586 Meters high, Mount Khangchendzonga, the Singelila Range, slopes downwards, towards the South along the Indo-Nepal border, dipping down to an elevation of 3275 Meters, at the Chiwabhanjan pass. The ridge offers breathtaking views of Khangchendzonga and Everest 8848 M. Starting at Utterey, 2050 m, the trek attains the Singalila ridge via Chiwabhanjan pass, 3100 m and follows the ancient trail traversed by the Yak herders between Himalayan grazing grounds, at an average elevation of 4500 Meters, to reach Gochela on the eleventh day. This is the domain of scores of Himalayan lakes, glacial valleys, gurgling streams, cascades, chiseled snow peaks, wind- swept passes, green Yak pastures, and breathtaking views. The return route is via Tshokha to Yoksum.

Trek tour can start and end at Bagdogra, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, or Gangtok.

Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Bagdogra- Uttarey, 2050 m

Arrive at Bagdogra. Met by car with driver, at airport. Drive to Uttery in 06 hrs. Entry formalities for Sikkim at Melli Check post. Overnight at Lodge at Uttery.

Day 02: Trek Uttarey to Chewabhanjan, 3248 m in 06 hrs

Today we will climb steeply for 6-7 hrs to Chewabhanjan, 3248 m – a pass opening into Nepal. Overnight in camp.

Day 03: Chewabhanjan : Acclimitization trek

Day trek to Singalila Peak 3618 m- Phoktey Dara, 3733 m – Kalijar, 3420 m. Return to camp at Chewabhanjan for overnight. Phoktey Dara offers best views of everest Group.

Day 04: Chewabhanjan, 3248 m – Dhund ( Dhor), 3800 m in 07-08 hrs

Start climbing along a ridge line. It is Steady climb of 2 Kms to Major Thang, 3364 m Thereafter. trek along the crest of a narrow steep and rocky ridge, keeping along the Indo-Nepal border. 2 kms is a stiff climb will bring us to Labhi Thumka, Point 3597,. Pause on top of this small peak, for a superb view of Everest, Makalu, Lohtse, and Khangchendzonga – all great peaks above 8000 M. Thereafter for the next 04- 05 hours we continue climbing, along a undulating, narrow rocky ridge line. with scattered Rhododendrons., The occasional yak herder’s hut is the only sign of habitation. There are nice views of rice fields and cardamom plantations, in the valley far down below.

We camp at 3710 m in a remote and sheltered hollow below the ridge lineA few minutes walk from the camp site is a view point to see the peaks of the Everest group and Mount Khangchendzonga, Pandim and Narsing.

Day 05: Trek Dhund (Dhor) 3800 m – Sikkimey Megu, 3940 m. in 07 hrs

Get up early to take a 10 minute walk to the view point and marvel at the spectacular sunrise view on both Everest and khangchendzonga.

After breakfast, we continue trekking along the crest line, for 06-07 hrs, Climbing and descending along the crest line through a series of ups and downs, crossing the crests of three summits at 3586 m. 3997 m, and 4180 m, respectively. Throughout the day we descend and climb, maintaining a steady height, until a rough steep ascent takes us across a pass. Beyond, the trail winds its way steadily through rhododendron forests and past several Hindu shrines where a second easier pass drops down to our camp close to a shepherd’s summer settlement. You may be able to spot Blue Sheep on the high craggy mountainside.

Day 06: Trek Sikkimey Megu , 3940 m- Laxmi Pokhri, 4630 m in 04 hrs

Today is a comparatively short trekking day. Start trekking on a good traill through woods until we begin a steady climb up a broad valley where we catch a glimpse of the entire Kabru range dominated by Mount Pandim (6,691mtr.). Continue for another 2 hours of climbing to reach our camp . The Everest group is visible on the distant sky line.. We will trek for 2 hours.

An afternoon of rest and acclimatization will be in order, to prepare for the next days really hard trek.

Day 07: Laxmi Pokhri, 4630 to Gomathang, 3800 m crossing over Om La , 4572 m in 7-8 hrs

Passing by the holy lake Laxmi Pokhri, we start our hard days trek crossing over high passes. The rewards are breathtaking views, and lovely mountain lakes. This crossing is ice bound in the months of March to early May and requires trail blazing. to get animals and loaded porters across.

It is a knife edge ridge on the Indo-Nepal border. Close by, can be seen two Alpine lakes – Hanspokri on our right and Jorpokhri on the left. Walking upto Jorpokhri, there is a good view of the Everest group. Turning due east from the border we trek along a high ridge for 06 hrs connecting a series of passes with exotic names, and wild and beautiful Himalayan upland. Climbing gently, we pass by Lam Pokhri Lake, (also called Tag mo tso – the lake of the tigress), We continue climbing to Tag La – pass of the Tiger. Thereafter we cross the Danphabir Ridge, 4631 M, through the Dui la – the pass of the devil, 4480 m, with its howling high winds, and Oma la – the milk pass, 4572 M. From this ridge line, the views of the Sikkim Himalayas, and the plains and mountains of Bengal, are superb. Descending from the Oma la to the yak hut at Gamothang, is a very steep descent, along the Gamothang Chhu. On the way we pass the twin lakes called Ram-Laxman pokhri. The camping ground at Gamothang grazing ground, is a lovely site at the confluence of three streams, located in a forest clearing at 3800 m.

Day 08: Trek Gamothang, 3675 m – Yangshep, 4136 m – Tikip Chhu, 3850 m in 6-7 hrs

Today is another long day. Leaving the medows of gomathang, start climbing through forests of silver fir and rhododendrons, to get upto the high mountain country once again. Look out for the brightly colored Danphe Monal which nest in the high crags around the Kamsey La, 4,200 mtr.

Trek steadily uphill for 02 hrs through forests, to the 4136 m high camping ground at Yangshep. This was the favourite summer camping ground, of the Queen of Sikkim. It is a charming green clearing in a forest of Rhododendrons, with a stream running close by. Continue trekking through wild Himalayan uplands, favored by yak graziers over the centuries, comprises of some considerable ascents to the tops of ridges and descents. The trail dips into small-isolated valleys, crosses a number of streams, and Yak grazing grounds. It takes 03 hrs to reach the Pangdin, grazing ground. This is a grassy upland, from where the view is truly magnificent. Practically the whole of Sikkim comes into view. The Teesta is seen winding its way from the Great Himalayan Range in North Sikkim upto the plains. The entire Khangchendzonga group is visible. From the Kang la, northeastwards, easily recognizable are Little Kabru, the Twin Peaks of Great Kabru, Khangchendzonga, the Dome, the Forked Peak, Pandim, Jano, and Narsing. Many more of the lesser-known peaks are seen.

To the South and East Darjeeling, Pamayangtse, and Kalimpong, are visible. Namchi, Kewzing, and Dubdi Monastery. Continue trekking for another 02 hrs . Once again we end the day’s trek with a steep descent to our campsite by the Tikip Chu, which has its source high on the Rathong mountains, Overnight in camp.

Day 09: Trek Tikip Chhu, 3850 m – Dzongri, 4320 m. 04-05 hrs.

Climb out of the valley on a steep track through Rhododendron and Silver Fir, for 2-3 hrs followed by an easy gradient gently uphill for another 02 hr, to reach the upland plateau of Dzongri, 4320 M. Relax amongst grazing yaks . Overnight in camp.

Day 10 : Trek Dzongri, 4300 m to Thangsing, 3800 m – Lamune,4000 m in 06-07 hrs)

Today we set off on the trail to Thangsing. We walk along the meadow ridge till we crest the hill. From the ridge top you get to see Kanchenjunga, Pandim and the other peaks towering over the meadows. Descend through the Rhododendron shrubs along the gently sloping meadows to the Prek Chhu Valley. This is a memorable walk in the lap of the mighty mountains. The descent to the Prek Chhu is steep; passing through a forest of twisted and gnarled rhododendron trees . After crossing the prek chhu bridge., an hours climb brings us to Thansing, located below the slopes of Mt Pandim. It is a fairly easy trek, with good views. We pass through meadows of grazing yaks, wild flowers, and rhododendrons, with spectacular views of Mount Pandim. The river comes cascading down from the Snow Mountains. Thansing (3,800 m), an hour’s climb due North from the bridge, is located below the slopes of Mt Pandim.. Continue another 4 kms to Lamune, The trail from Thansing climbs gently North, up the valley, and follows a stream and alpine meadows. You will get a superb view of the south face of Kanchendzonga and the peaks of Pandim , Tingchinkhang and Juponu hover above the valley. We camp a little below the Samiti Lake at Lamune ( 4000m).

Day 11 : Trek Lamune, 4000m – Goechala, 5000 m – Kochchuring, 3950 m in 8-9 hrs

Today is a long days trek. After an very early start trek to Goecha la. The trail begins with a gentle upward gradient for about half an hour across glacial moraine and then drops to a dry lake at Zemathang. Thereafter it is a steady climb over rocks and boulders with a rise of about 400 m to reach the sunrise view point. The walk to the pass takes about half an hour more. The climb from Samiti to Goecha La (5,002 m) would take between 4 and 5 hours. The Goecha La pass is formed by a depression between Pandim and the Kabru spurs. It overlooks the Talung Valley and commands a very impressive view of the south face of Kangchendzonga.

Trek down back to Lamune for a hot breakfast. Thereafter trek to Kochchuring in the Prek Chhu valley, passing alpine meadows, rhododendron forests, glacial moraines and the raging Prek chu river. Overnight in camp, at Kochchuring.

Day 12 : Trek Kochchuring, 3950 m -Tshoka, 3250 m in 04 /06 hrs.

A sharp descent via Phedang to Tshoka Village, in 04 hrs. We will pass through rhododendron forests with a back drop of Mount Pandim on our way to phendang for lunch. The post lunch trek down to Tsokha takes us through some of the densest Rhododendron forests. The trail is paved with wooden logs. Rhododendrons which form a canopy over the trail give it a park like look. Puffs of mist waft in and out of the trees. It is indeed a magical setting, overnight in camp.

Day 13 : Trek Tshoka-Yoksom, 1780 m. in 06 hrs

We continue the climb-down to the road head at Yoksom, covering 16 Kms in 05-06 hrs. It is a steep descent through temperate forests of Oak, Magnolias and rhododendrons , passing over raging rivers and waterfalls, to reach the sub tropical forests down below on your way to Yoksum- the road head.

Check in at your Hotel. After a well deserved hot shower and lunch there is time to explore the surroundings and take a walk upto Dubdi Monastery. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Yoksom- Bagdogra or other destinations in Sikkim/ Darjeeling/ Kalimpong

Drive to Bagdogra in 5.30 hrs, or other destinations on request. TOUR ENDS.

Max Elevation: 5000 m
Max Elevation: 5000 m
Period: Apr-May and Oct to Nov

The 8596 Meters elevated summit of Mt Khangchendzonga is the third highest in the world. It has always been a difficult mountain to climb, because of unpredictable weather and winds. The sikkimese, however believe that it is not meant to be climbed, but only worshipped; as it is the abode of five treasures of the snows. In deference to local sentiments, no expedition has set foot on the summit- but remained a few meters below. Sikkim has lately, banned all climbing expeditions to Khangchendzonga. The Goecha la Trek offers trekkers a chance to reach a vantage point for a close look at the Eastern face of the great mountain.

The route traverses through forests and alpine meadows, to reach the 5000 Meters high view point, at Gochela (the lock pass). A depression, between Mount Pandim, and a spur of the Kabru Peak, form the pass. It looks down into the Talung Valley, with the Talung Glacier, winding its way down below. One is surrounded by great white peaks- Khangchendzonga, 8596 M, Simvo, 6811 M, Sinolchu, 6888 M, Pandim, 669I, Kabru, 7338 M, and Rathang, 6087 M. The awe inspiring sight, instills a feeling of standing in the very lap of Khangchendzonga, and gazing up at its face.

The first part of the trek starts from Yoksom – the cradle of Buddhism, in Sikkim, at an altitude of 1780 Meters. The climb up to Dzongri, 4320 meters is steep over a distance of 25 Kilometers. We shall take three days, with two overnight halts. It is an an amazing trekking experience from the subtropical to the Alpine uplands passing through forests of rhododendron and magnolia teeming with Himalayan flora, and birds, to reach the Alpine Yak meadows of Dzongri. Here we will walk upto Dzongri top for Incredible sunrise views of 6000 to 8000 m high peaks of the Khangchendzonga group. It is a 180 degrees grandstand view like no other.

The second part of the trek from Dzongri to the base of Goecha la, is an enchanting experience, walking through the Himalayan uplands of the Praig Chuu Valley, with the great white peaks dominating the skyline on either side. The final ascent to Goche la, 5000 m is challanging. However the views are indeed rewarding.

Version 1: 08 days trek : for experienced trekkers in a hurry.

All trek tours starts and ends at Yoksom.

On request pick up or drop will be arranged from Bagdogra / Kalimpong/ Darjeeling/ Gangtok or any other location in Sikkim, with transit overnights at Yoksom.Trek Itinerary

ADVICE: Entry permit for Sikkim and trekking permit is mandatory. Ask for our document detailing requirements and application forms for these permits.

Itinerary

Day Minus 01: Arrive Yoksom, 1700 m

You can choose to arrive at Yoksom on your own or take our full package which starts at Bagdogra Airport / NJP rail station or Darjeeling or Gangtok or Kalimpong or any other destination in Sikkim and Darjeeling hills.

Driving time is given below:-

Bagdogra Airport to Yoksom: 06 hrs
Gangtok to Yoksom: 06 hrs
Darjeeling- Yoksom via Naya Bazar: 4.30 hrs
Darjeeling Yoksom via Melli: 6.30 hrs
Kalimpong- Yoksom via Melli: 4.30 hrs
Upon arrival check in at Hotel . Your trekking guide will meet you and brief you. Overnight at your hotel.

TREKKING STARTS

Day 01: Trek Yoksom, 1700 m – Sachin 2200 m ( 4.30 hrs)

The usual trek stage is from Yuksom, 1700 m, either to Bakhim, 3000 m or Tshoka, 3050 . This is a distance of 12/16 kms with an altitude gain of 1500/1550 m. It takes 7-8 hrs of hard going. No wonder most trekkers are hard pressed because it does not allow enough time for acclimatization. On this trek, our first stage is only upto Sachin about 8 kms from Yoksom.

The first day trek starts at Yoksum. The trail undulates through moss laden forests of oak, chestnut, pine, firs, magnolia and rhododendron. It is really a botanist‘s paradise. Here in this forest hundreds of varieties of wild orchids vie for attention with similar number of different kinds of birds and butterflies. The trail crosses 2 side streams over sturdy wooden bridges and then finally to the campsite at Sachen. Overnight in camp.

Day 02: Trek Sachin, 2200m – Tshoka, 3050 m 8 kms ( 4-5 hrs)

A steep descent takes us to a suspension bridge over the green coloured Praig Chuu River. This is followed by a sharp tiring climb of 600 m up the , forest trail which snakes up through a series of hairpins through mixed oak forests to Bakhim (2750m). The kilometer long climb takes about one hour
Bakhim offers fine views down the the Rathong valley. Another 40 minutes of climbing through more hairpins, brings us to an altitude of 3000 m. Rhododenderon trees abound everywhere. The meandering trail is dark with overhanging branches , till it reaches Tshoka – A small settlement in a clearing on a plateau. There is time to explore the small Gompa, and look at the breathtaking views of the snow clad Mt Pandim. Overnight in camp.

Day 03: Tshokha, 3050 m – Phedang, 3760 m- Dzongri , 4320 m ( 5-6 hrs)

From Tsoka, we climb steeply through some of the densest Rhododendron forest. The trail is paved with wooden logs. Rhododendrons which form a canopy over the trail give it a park like look. Puffs of mist waft in and out of the trees. Even as you marvel at the magical setting, you will feel the altitude, and the cold. Soon you are out of the forest, trekking along the Himalayan uplands with only dwarf vegetation. We are now in open country climbing to reach Phedang, 3760 m – a large clearing with superb views of the snow clad mountains.

From Phedang, the trail starts to climb immediately along the dwarf rhododendrons that line the slope. The views start getting better with every step. There are brilliant peaks and views on all sides. Yaks pass you at many a turn, and pheasants are occasionally surprised. An hour later the climb tops at a shrine marked by many prayer flags. This is the highest point of the day. Thereafter the trail gently descends towards Dzongri, 4320 m, which is a lovely undulating plateau, used as a yak pasture, extending nearly to the Kabru and Pandim glaciers on either side. The first view as you step on to the meadows is indeed breathtaking, as you suddenly come face to face with the great peaks.

“Suddenly you are in the presence of the snow mountains – unless they are indeed as they seem, in the first awe stuck moment of beholding, embodied spirits of overwhelming power and malignity. Below you is the Praig chuu valley; before you, on the other side, a long line of mountains- a succession of terrible granite spires, running down, one and all so steep and jagged that it seems as if no snow could ever cling to their sides. They have been fearfully searched by winds that mark their course in the sweep of the wrinkled drifts, and all the scars and lines run downwards, giving the mountains an infinitely cheerless and depreciating expression, like a sad, worn face”

Freshfield : in 1899

From Dzongri, the views of the mountains along the Singalila Ridge towards the West, include Kokthang, 6147 m Rathong, 6678 m and Kabru South, 7317 m. To the East can be seen Pandim, 6691 m, and Jubonu , 5936 m.

Overnight in camp at Dzongri.

Day 04: Dzongri, 4320 m – Thansing, 3800

Rise early, to walk up to the top of Dabla Khang, ( Dzongri top) a mountain-top from where the Sikkimese worship Mt Khangchendzonga.
Dzongri Top offers the best grandstand views. It has a 180 degree panaromic view of the mighty peaks of the Singalila and Kanchenjunga ranges. The walk up takes about 30-45 mins. Start early at 0400 hrs to be in position to watch the sunrise by 0500 hrs. Take in the spectacular sunrise view on the great panorama of the snow peaks, as the first sunrays hit Khangchendzonga, Kabru, Siniolchu, Pandim and other peaks. Return to the camp in 25 minutes for breakfast.

After a breakfast, set off on the trail to Thangsing. We walk along the meadow ridge till we crest the hill. From the ridge top you get to see Kanchenjunga, Pandim and the other peaks towering over the meadows. Descend through the Rhododendron shrubs along the gently sloping meadows to the Prek Chhu Valley. This is a memorable walk in the lap of the mighty mountains. After cossing the prek chhu bridge., an hours climb brings us to Thansing, located below the slopes of Mt Pandim.

Overnight in Camp

Day 05: Trek Thansing – Lamune, 4000 m (3hrs 4kms)
The trail from Thansing climbs gently north, up the valley, and follows a
stream and alpine meadows. The trail along the valley has a superb view of
the south face of Kanchendzonga and the peaks of Pandim , Tingchinkhang and Juponu hover above the valley. We camp a little below the Samiti Lake at
Lamune ( 4000m) After reaching camp, walk upto the Samiti Lake. The
trail skirts a series of glacial moraines before crossing meadows to
arrive at the emerald green lake at Samiti (4,150 m).

Overnight in camp at Lamune.

Day 06 : Trek Lamune – Goecha La Pass – Thangsing (8 to 9 hrs) ( 13kms)

After an very early start trek to Goecha la. The trail begins with a gentle upward gradient for about half an hour across glacial moraine and then drops to a dry lake at Zemathang. Thereafter it is a steady climb over rocks and boulders with a rise of about 400 m to reach the sunrise view point. The walk to the pass takes about half an hour more. The climb from Samiti to Goecha La (5,002 m) would take between 4 and 5 hours. The Goecha La pass is formed by a depression between Pandim and the Kabru spurs. It overlooks the Talung Valley and commands a very impressive view of the south face of Kangchendzonga.

Trek down back to Thansing . Overnight in Tents.

Day 07: Trek Thangsing- Lampokhri- Kochchuring ( 6 hrs)

From Thangsing, walk upto the Lam Pokhri, a lake high up in the mountains . It takes about 3 hours. Later walk back to Thangsing and further downhill for about 40 mins to the riverside camp at Kochchuring. Overnigh in camp.

Day 08 : Trek Kochchuring- Tsoka. ( 6 hours)

After breakfast, walk to the village of Tsoka either via Dzongri or
directly through the trail leading via Phedang.
Overnight in camp.

Day 09: Trek Tsoka- Yuksom ( 16 kms / 5-6 hrs)

After breakfast head back to Yuksom via Bakhim. It takes about 5/6 hours to get to Yuksom. TREK ENDS.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Depart Yoksom for next destination

Depart for destinations in Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kalimpong or Bagdogra.

ST/14: 14 days Sikkim Singalila trek

Max Elevation: 5000 m
Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Period: Apr-May and Oct – Nov

From the 8586 Meters high, Mount Khangchendzonga, the Singelila Range, slopes downwards, towards the South along the Indo-Nepal border, dipping down to an elevation of 3275 Meters, at the Chiwabhanjan pass. The ridge offers breathtaking views of Khangchendzonga and Everest 8848 M. Starting at Utterey, 2050 m, the trek attains the Singalila ridge via Chiwabhanjan pass, 3100 m and follows the ancient trail traversed by the Yak herders between Himalayan grazing grounds, at an average elevation of 4500 Meters, to reach Gochela on the eleventh day. This is the domain of scores of Himalayan lakes, glacial valleys, gurgling streams, cascades, chiseled snow peaks, wind- swept passes, green Yak pastures, and breathtaking views. The return route is via Tshokha to Yoksum.

Trek tour can start and end at Bagdogra, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, or Gangtok.

Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Bagdogra- Uttarey, 2050 m

Arrive at Bagdogra. Met by car with driver, at airport. Drive to Uttery in 06 hrs. Entry formalities for Sikkim at Melli Check post. Overnight at Lodge at Uttery.

Day 02: Trek Uttarey to Chewabhanjan, 3248 m in 06 hrs

Today we will climb steeply for 6-7 hrs to Chewabhanjan, 3248 m a pass opening into Nepal. Overnight in camp.

Day 03: Chewabhanjan : Acclimitization trek

Day trek to Singalila Peak 3618 m- Phoktey Dara, 3733 m – Kalijar, 3420 m. Return to camp at Chewabhanjan for overnight. Phoktey Dara offers best views of everest Group.

Day 04: Chewabhanjan, 3248 m – Dhund ( Dhor), 3800 m in 07-08 hrs

Start climbing along a ridge line. It is Steady climb of 2 Kms to Major Thang, 3364 m Thereafter. trek along the crest of a narrow steep and rocky ridge, keeping along the Indo-Nepal border. 2 kms is a stiff climb will bring us to Labhi Thumka, Point 3597,. Pause on top of this small peak, for a superb view of Everest, Makalu, Lohtse, and Khangchendzonga – all great peaks above 8000 M. Thereafter for the next 04- 05 hours we continue climbing, along a undulating, narrow rocky ridge line. with scattered Rhododendrons., The occasional yak herder’s hut is the only sign of habitation. There are nice views of rice fields and cardamom plantations, in the valley far down below.

We camp at 3710 m in a remote and sheltered hollow below the ridge lineA few minutes walk from the camp site is a view point to see the peaks of the Everest group and Mount Khangchendzonga, Pandim and Narsing.

Day 05: Trek Dhund (Dhor) 3800 m – Sikkimey Megu, 3940 m. in 07 hrs

Get up early to take a 10 minute walk to the view point and marvel at the spectacular sunrise view on both Everest and khangchendzonga.

After breakfast, we continue trekking along the crest line, for 06-07 hrs, Climbing and descending along the crest line through a series of ups and downs, crossing the crests of three summits at 3586 m. 3997 m, and 4180 m, respectively. Throughout the day we descend and climb, maintaining a steady height, until a rough steep ascent takes us across a pass. Beyond, the trail winds its way steadily through rhododendron forests and past several Hindu shrines where a second easier pass drops down to our camp close to a shepherd’s summer settlement. You may be able to spot Blue Sheep on the high craggy mountainside.

Day 06: Trek Sikkimey Megu , 3940 m- Laxmi Pokhri, 4630 m in 04 hrs

Today is a comparatively short trekking day. Start trekking on a good traill through woods until we begin a steady climb up a broad valley where we catch a glimpse of the entire Kabru range dominated by Mount Pandim (6,691mtr.). Continue for another 2 hours of climbing to reach our camp . The Everest group is visible on the distant sky line.. We will trek for 2 hours.

An afternoon of rest and acclimatization will be in order, to prepare for the next days really hard trek.

Day 07: Laxmi Pokhri, 4630 to Gomathang, 3800 m crossing over Om La , 4572 m in 7-8 hrs

Passing by the holy lake Laxmi Pokhri, we start our hard days trek crossing over high passes. The rewards are breathtaking views, and lovely mountain lakes. This crossing is ice bound in the months of March to early May and requires trail blazing. to get animals and loaded porters across.

It is a knife edge ridge on the Indo-Nepal border. Close by, can be seen two Alpine lakes – Hanspokri on our right and Jorpokhri on the left. Walking upto Jorpokhri, there is a good view of the Everest group. Turning due east from the border we trek along a high ridge for 06 hrs connecting a series of passes with exotic names, and wild and beautiful Himalayan upland. Climbing gently, we pass by Lam Pokhri Lake, (also called Tag mo tso – the lake of the tigress), We continue climbing to Tag La – pass of the Tiger. Thereafter we cross the Danphabir Ridge, 4631 M, through the Dui la – the pass of the devil, 4480 m, with its howling high winds, and Oma la – the milk pass, 4572 M. From this ridge line, the views of the Sikkim Himalayas, and the plains and mountains of Bengal, are superb. Descending from the Oma la to the yak hut at Gamothang, is a very steep descent, along the Gamothang Chhu. On the way we pass the twin lakes called Ram-Laxman pokhri. The camping ground at Gamothang grazing ground, is a lovely site at the confluence of three streams, located in a forest clearing at 3800 m.

Day 08: Trek Gamothang, 3675 m – Yangshep, 4136 m – Tikip Chhu, 3850 m in 6-7 hrs

Today is another long day. Leaving the medows of gomathang, start climbing through forests of silver fir and rhododendrons, to get upto the high mountain country once again. Look out for the brightly colored Danphe Monal which nest in the high crags around the Kamsey La, 4,200 mtr.

Trek steadily uphill for 02 hrs through forests, to the 4136 m high camping ground at Yangshep. This was the favourite summer camping ground, of the Queen of Sikkim. It is a charming green clearing in a forest of Rhododendrons, with a stream running close by. Continue trekking through wild Himalayan uplands, favored by yak graziers over the centuries, comprises of some considerable ascents to the tops of ridges and descents. The trail dips into small-isolated valleys, crosses a number of streams, and Yak grazing grounds. It takes 03 hrs to reach the Pangdin, grazing ground. This is a grassy upland, from where the view is truly magnificent. Practically the whole of Sikkim comes into view. The Teesta is seen winding its way from the Great Himalayan Range in North Sikkim upto the plains. The entire Khangchendzonga group is visible. From the Kang la, northeastwards, easily recognizable are Little Kabru, the Twin Peaks of Great Kabru, Khangchendzonga, the Dome, the Forked Peak, Pandim, Jano, and Narsing. Many more of the lesser-known peaks are seen.

To the South and East Darjeeling, Pamayangtse, and Kalimpong, are visible. Namchi, Kewzing, and Dubdi Monastery. Continue trekking for another 02 hrs . Once again we end the day’s trek with a steep descent to our campsite by the Tikip Chu, which has its source high on the Rathong mountains, Overnight in camp.

Day 09: Trek Tikip Chhu, 3850 m – Dzongri, 4320 m. 04-05 hrs.

Climb out of the valley on a steep track through Rhododendron and Silver Fir, for 2-3 hrs followed by an easy gradient gently uphill for another 02 hr, to reach the upland plateau of Dzongri, 4320 M. Relax amongst grazing yaks . Overnight in camp.

Day 10 : Trek Dzongri, 4300 m to Thangsing, 3800 m – Lamune,4000 m in 06-07 hrs)

Today we set off on the trail to Thangsing. We walk along the meadow ridge till we crest the hill. From the ridge top you get to see Kanchenjunga, Pandim and the other peaks towering over the meadows. Descend through the Rhododendron shrubs along the gently sloping meadows to the Prek Chhu Valley. This is a memorable walk in the lap of the mighty mountains. The descent to the Prek Chhu is steep; passing through a forest of twisted and gnarled rhododendron trees . After crossing the prek chhu bridge., an hours climb brings us to Thansing, located below the slopes of Mt Pandim. It is a fairly easy trek, with good views. We pass through meadows of grazing yaks, wild flowers, and rhododendrons, with spectacular views of Mount Pandim. The river comes cascading down from the Snow Mountains. Thansing (3,800 m), an hour’s climb due North from the bridge, is located below the slopes of Mt Pandim. Continue another 4 kms to Lamune, The trail from Thansing climbs gently North, up the valley, and follows a stream and alpine meadows. You will get a superb view of the south face of Kanchendzonga and the peaks of Pandim , Tingchinkhang and Juponu hover above the valley. We camp a little below the Samiti Lake at Lamune ( 4000m).

Day 11 : Trek Lamune, 4000m – Goechala, 5000 m – Kochchuring, 3950 m in 8-9 hrs

Today is a long days trek. After an very early start trek to Goecha la. The trail begins with a gentle upward gradient for about half an hour across glacial moraine and then drops to a dry lake at Zemathang. Thereafter it is a steady climb over rocks and boulders with a rise of about 400 m to reach the sunrise view point. The walk to the pass takes about half an hour more. The climb from Samiti to Goecha La (5,002 m) would take between 4 and 5 hours. The Goecha La pass is formed by a depression between Pandim and the Kabru spurs. It overlooks the Talung Valley and commands a very impressive view of the south face of Kangchendzonga.

Trek down back to Lamune for a hot breakfast. Thereafter trek to Kochchuring in the Prek Chhu valley, passing alpine meadows, rhododendron forests, glacial moraines and the raging Prek chu river. Overnight in camp, at Kochchuring.

Day 12 : Trek Kochchuring, 3950 m -Tshoka, 3250 m in 04 /06 hrs.

A sharp descent via Phedang to Tshoka Village, in 04 hrs. We will pass through rhododendron forests with a back drop of Mount Pandim on our way to phendang for lunch. The post lunch trek down to Tsokha takes us through some of the densest Rhododendron forests. The trail is paved with wooden logs. Rhododendrons which form a canopy over the trail give it a park like look. Puffs of mist waft in and out of the trees. It is indeed a magical setting, overnight in camp.

Day 13 : Trek Tshoka-Yoksom, 1780 m. in 06 hrs

We continue the climb-down to the road head at Yoksom, covering 16 Kms in 05-06 hrs. It is a steep descent through temperate forests of Oak, Magnolias and rhododendrons , passing over raging rivers and waterfalls, to reach the sub tropical forests down below on your way to Yoksum- the road head.

Check in at your Hotel. After a well deserved hot shower and lunch there is time to explore the surroundings and take a walk up to Dubdi Monastery. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Yoksom- Bagdogra or other destinations in Sikkim/ Darjeeling/ Kalimpong

Drive to Bagdogra in 5.30 hrs, or other destinations on request. TOUR ENDS.

Max Elevation: 4238 m
Grade: Moderate
Period: Apr to Nov

The massive Lama Angdang Peak,5868 m shadows the Lachen village. It can be seen standing right on the top of the village. This short trek takes you to a view point, which offers breathtaking views of Lama Anden and surroundings.

Day 01: Lachen, 2728 m to Lama Anden Camp, 4100 m.

Easy trek along scenic route to camp overnight.

Day 02: Lama Angdang camp to view point, 4238 m, and return.

Three hours trek from the camp is the view point, at the base of the Peak. Trek back to Lama Anden camp.

Day 03: Trek back Lama Anden camp to Lachen

Drive from Guwahati in the Assam Valley, to the picture post card Dirang Valley, in Arunachal Pradesh, crossing over the 2800 m high Bomdila pass. The journey takes two days with an overnight transit halt at Tezpur.

Starting your trek on Day 03, you will trek for 4 days along a trail linking three Monpa Villages to reach the Chang la Pass, 3650 m on the ancient Bailey trail to Tibet. On the return trek of 3 days, you will visit two more Monpa villages, to terminate your trek at the ancient Monpa Village of Thembang, 2137 m.

This is a chance to Interact with people in the quaint Monpa villages, visit high Himalayan pastures, marvel at the fascinating mix of terrain and forests – mixed sub tropical forests, coniferous forests of Pine, fir, Oak, and Chesnut, Juniper, Rhododendrons, and the exotic flora on the Bailey trail. There are breathtaking views of the Gori Chen, 6500 meters and Kangdo, 7090 meters.( weather permitting).

After the trek travel along a mind boggling road to the 3048 meters high Tawang valley, crossing over the 4150 m high Se la pass. Visit Himalayan uplands, Alpine lakes and, Ani gompas (Buddhist nunneries). The highlight of the trip is a visit to the 150 years old Tawang Monastery – the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the Gelupa Sect of the Mahayana School of Budhism. The Monastery retains priceless tankhas and the Ka-gyur (scriptures) written out in gold and silver , as also a 26 feet high gilded statue of Lord Buddha. On the return journey, explore Bomdila with its several Buddhist monasteries.

The Monpas are Buddhist by religion and the Tawang Monastery is the fountainhead of their spiritual life. They are courteous, friendly, gentle and industrious.

The traditional dress of the male members consists of a short woolen trouser called Kangnom or a full-length woolen trouser called Dhorna. The upper garments consists of an shirt of Tibetan style over which a full sleeved woolen jacket of red colour with opening in the front called Chuba is worn with red colored sash wound round the waist.

The ladies dress consists of an upper garment comprising a lavishly embroidered shirt with opening in the front called Kyanchen Thoe-thung, over which is worn a red colored gown with white stripes covering the body right from the shoulders to the knee level called Shingka and is girdled at the waist by a sash. A flat rectangular piece of woolen cloth is worn at the rear of the waist. Monpa women love jewellery.

Monpa headdress for both males and females is the characterestic Yak hair cap with five drain pipes to drain off the rain water.

Agriculture and animal husbandry is their main occupation of the Monpas. The main crops are Rice, Millet, Potatoes, buck wheat, and pulses. Horticulture is being developed and Apple, walnut, almonds and oranges are grown taking advantage of altitudinal variations.

Monpas live in cozy double-storied houses, constructed of stone with plank floors, often with carved doors and window frames. Artistic by nature the Monpas weave cotton and woolen cloth and carpets, and are adept at wood carving, and bamboo handicraft. They have earned a niche for themselves as skilled painters of Buddhist monastic art –such as “thankas” and hand-made paper.

The Monpas specialize in the manufacture of incense, out of Juniper stems, barks of other trees and herbs. The incense is generally used for Puja prayer offering and purification, but it is also used as an air freshener in homes and mosquito repellent.

Although polygamous and polyandrous marriages are in vogue, Monogamy is practiced by the majority. Marriage by negotiation is the general practice. Divorce is admissible. Widow has the right to re-marry.

Your Itinerary

Day 01: Guwahati to Tezpur
Arrive Guwahati. Drive Guwahati to Tezpur 195 kms in 4.30 hrs. Overnight in hotel.

Day 02: Tezpur – Bomdila, 2800 m – Dirang, 1600 m

Drive to Dirang, 211 Kms in 06 hrs, crossing over the 2800 m high Bomdila pass to the picture postcard Dirang Valley at an elevation of 1600 m. Enroute visit the Tippi Orchid research center. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive Dirang- Sangti, 1650 m – Trek to Namshu, 2152m

Drive 10 kms to our trek starting point in the Sangti Valley.

TREK STARTS : Trek for 12km in 5-6 hrs uphill through forest to Namshu Village. Visit ancient Gompa. Overnight homestay or in camp.

Day 04: Trek Namshu to Chander, 2788 m

A steep 9 Kms/ 5-6 hrs uphill trek to the village of Chander – The village is a good viewpoint.

On a clear day, you can see the entire Sela Range and even Gori Chen, 6500 meters and Kangdo, 7090 Meters. Overnight at a homestay or in camp.

Day 05: Trek Chander, 2788 m to Tungri, 3100 m

Sunrise view of sela Range, Gori chen, and Kangdo. After breakfast, trek Steadily uphill along a good track, through forests for 04 -05 hours to Camp at a yak pasture. Overnight in camp.

Day 06: Trek Tungri, 3100 m to Chang la, 3650 m

Baily trail

A hard trek along the bailey trail. 06 hours through coniferous forests with two steep climbs along a ridge to Camp near Chang-la pass, 3650 m. Superb views of the Sela range, surrounding valleys, and the Himalayan watershed.

Day 07: Trek Changla, 3650 m back to Tungri, 3100

Trek back to Tungri , Overnight in camp.

Day 08: Trek Tungri to Lagam, 2720 m

Trek down hill for 12 kms in 05 hrs, through forests. Overnight in camp at the village of Lagam.

Day 09: Trek Lagam, 2720 to Thembang, 2137 m

Trek along a trail with some ups and downs through forests , passing through Semnak Village, 2260 m. Continue to the Village of Thembang. – one of the oldest Monpa village and home to the erstwhile Monpa rulers. Overnight at village homestay.

Day 10: Drive Thembang to Tawang, 3048 m

Drive down to the Dirang Valley in 02 hrs. Thereafter take the main highway to Tawang 165 Kms in 5.30 hrs. The road climbs up from 1600 m to 4175 m through aeries of hair pin bends to cross over the Sela pass.

Descend to the Tawang Chhu Valley at Jang. Steep descent through the rugged and narrow Nuranang Valley. Thereafter we drive through picture postcard countryside, climbing up through a series of hairpins to Tawang, 3048 m. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Tawang sightseeing

Explore the 350 years old Tawang Monastery.

The famous Galden Namgyal Lhatse, popularly known as Tawang Monastery was founded in the year 1860-81. This monastery is the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the Gelupa Sect of the Mahayana School of Budhism, The inner walls of the Dukhang – the assembly hall are painted with murals of various divinities and saints.

The silver casket wrapped in silk containing the Thankas of Goddess Sri Devi (Palden Lhamo) the principal deity of the monastery, is kept here. It was given to Merak Lama by the Vth Dalai Lama. The Thankas were painted with blood drawn from the nose of the Fifth Dalai Lama. A colossal richly – gilded statue of Lord Buddha occupies the middle of the northern side. It is the largest image of the monastery and is about 26 feet high.

In the afternoon visit the Urgelling Monastery dating back to 1489.

The Urgelling Monastery – the birth place of the Sixth Dalai Lama. Who was deposed in 1706. In 1714 the destruction of all Gelupa Gompas was carried out by Sokpa Jomkhar, a Mongolian warrior who invaded from Bhutan. During this campaign, the Dalai Lama’s original monastery at Urgelling was destroyed. All valued possession of Urgelling monastery were taken to Tawang Monastery. It was during this time that the Ka-gyur (scriptures) written out in gold and silver arrived at the Tawang monastery, where they are preserved to this day. Today a modest Gompa stands at this site.

Latter visit the Seru Monpa village, and the craft center. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 12: Day Excursion to Himalayan uplands, Alpine Lakes and Buddhist monasteries

Tawang-monastery
panorama-Tsela
Drive up the “spiral staircase” road leading to the Tibet frontier, to Peng Teng Tso ( PTSO) Lake at an altitude of 4100 meters. Continue to Shungetser Lake and Taksang Gompa . Amazing scenery of Himalayan uplands. On return journey visit a Buddhist nunnery – the Gyangong Ani Gompa close to Tawang town. Overnight at your hotel.

Note: This trip to PTSO lake may be modified or curtailed depending upon local restriction imposed, due to security concerns relating to the Indo- Tibet border. In such a case alternative will be offered.

Day 13: Tawang- Sela—Dirang- Bomdila

Drive back 165 Kms in 5.30 hrs over the Se-la pass to Dirang. On the way stop over at Jang to explore another village and visit the Indo-China War memorial. Continue from Dirang to Bomdila, another 45 kms in 1.30 hrs. Upon arrival visit the Rabgyaling Gontse Gompa, Upper Gompa , and the Thupchob Gatseling Gompa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Bomdila- Tezpur

Drive back to Tezpur 166 Kms in 05.30 hrs. Overnight transit halt at the hotel.

Day 15: Tezpur- Guwahati

Drive 195 kms to Guwahati airport in 04 hrs to board your departure flight to Kolkata or Delhi.

Extention

02 nights extension available to visit Kaziranga National Park.

08 days trek Chander to Se la via Chang la- -T sela- and Luguthang with sightseeing at Tawang and Bomdila

Max Elevation: 4950 m
Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Period: April and Oct
Trekking days: 08
Minimum of 02 persons
Included sightseeing Tawang monastery & Monpa tribal villages

Partially aligned along the ancient trade route, The trek links together a series of interlocking valleys, connected through six passes reaching up to 4550 m. The trail passes through mixed sub tropical forests, coniferous forests, High grasslands, Juniper, Rhododendrons, and desolate high Himalayan pastures. There are lovely Alpine lakes and breathtaking views of the great peaks on the Tibet frontier. You also get to see quaint Monpa villages, the Tawang Monastery, and spend time exploring other sights around Tawang and interacting with the people.

    

The tour starts from the Guwahati Airport in Assam. The modern highway which connects the Brahmaputra Valley to Tawang , encounters three ridges, all of them running roughly West to East. Of these the most formidable is the Sela Ridge rising up to 4900 Meters, which is crossed by the highway via the Sela pass at 4267 Meters, to reach Tawang, 3048 m. Toward the North and the East, beyond Tawang; the mountains ridges rise up to the Himalayan watershed enclosing Tawang in a horseshoe, marked by the peaks of Gori Chen at 6500 meters and Kangdo, which rears its head at a proud 7090 Meters.

In ancient days crossing over the Himalayan watershed from Tibet over the Tukung-la pass the traders traveled along a different route. Descending down the head waters of the Tawang Chhu river, they crossed the Sela ridge along a yak trail, with their caravans of wool, skins, precious stones and yak butter to reach the barter markets in Assam.. Here they exchanged their loads for salt, tea, cloth, and other commodities. This route was first explored by British surveyors lead by F.M. Bailey in 1913 – and came to be called ‘The Bailey Trail’. In 1962 the Chinese army used this route to strike deep into Arunachal Pradesh.

Our 8 day trek starts from the Dirang River Valley at Chander at an elevation of 2530 m. Over five days it follows the “Bailey trail” to cross the the 4550 high Tse la Pass, and then diverts along the general alignment of the massive Sela Ridge, making its way through a series of interlocking valleys connected through several high passes to reach the highway at the Sela pass. The route traverses through river valleys, quaint Monpa villages, and desolate high Himalayan pastures, passing through a fascinating mix of terrain – mixed sub tropical forests, coniferous forests of Pine, fir, Oak, and Chesnut, grasslands, Juniper, and Rhododendrons. There are lovely Alpine lakes and breathtaking views of the Gori Chen and Kangdo peaks.

From the Se la pass we drive to Tawang for a 02 nights visit taking in the Tawang Monastery and exploring other sights around Tawang. Thereafter we will drive back over the Sela pass through the lovely Dirang Valley to stay stay overnight at Bomdila. Finally we take two days to return to Guwahati with an overnight halt at Tezpur.

This trek was reconnoitred in the year 2002 by the Gurudongma team, along with a team of British naturalists on a 13 day trek – arguably the first ever organized group in recent times. The first commercial trek was operated by Gurudongma for Di Anne, Barbara, Jane and Sherry from the USA in Oct 2004.

Your Itinerary

Day 01: Drive Guwahati to Tezpur

Pick up from Guwahati airport. Drive to Tezpur, 181 Kms in 04.30 hrs, overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Drive Tezpur to Chander, 2530 m via Bomdila and Dirang

Drive in 213 Kms in 06 hours to Dirang at 1500 m. Enroute visit Tippi Orchid research centre. From Dirang continue to the Monpa village of Chander, Overnight at our camp 1, near Chander, 2530 m.

Day 03: Trek Chander, 250 m to Tungri, 3100 m

Get up early for your first view of the panorama of snows at sunrise. The village is a good view point On a clear day you can see the entire Sela Range and even Gori Chen, 6500 meters and Kangdo, 7090 Meters.

Start Trekking.We trek steadily uphill along a good track, through forests for 05 hours to the Camp 2 at the hamlet of Tungri ,3100 m- inhabitated by yak graziers. Overnight in camp.

Day 04: Trek Tungri, 3100 m to Chang la, 3650 m

Exotic Flora
Chang La Camp
A hard trek of 06 hours through coniferous forests with two steep climbs along a ridge to Camp 3 near Chang la pass , 3650 m.

Good views of the Sela range, surrounding valleys and the Himalayan watershed.

Day 05: Changla, 3650 m to Potak, 4200 m

Steady climb of 03 hours through scattered coniferous forests, juniper and Rhododendrons to cross over Posing la pass at 3950 meters.

Trek continues for another 04 hrs. First, we go downhill to cross a glacial stream and then climb up to Camp 4, located at the alpine pasture of Potak, 4200 meters at the confluence of two streams.

Day 06: Trek Potak, 4100 m – Tse la, 4550 m

Trek steadily uphill beyond the tree line for 03-04 hrs of hard climbing to camp 5 at the Tse la, 4550 m, beside a small Alpine lake. Remaining day at rest.

Day 07 – Tse la, 4550 m – Lortum, 4100m

Get up early morning to see the sun rise and breath taking panoramic views of the Sela ridge, river valleys, Gorichen (6500 m) and Kangdo,(7090 m) peaks on the Himalayan watershed. Trek down hill for 02 hrs to a river valley with background of mighty peaks to camp 6 at Lortum, 4100 m. Remaining day at rest.

Day 08: Trek Lortum to Luguthang, 4500 m

Early start for a hard days trek for 08 hours, Climbing steadily on a near virgin trail connecting inner valleys to the high grazier village of Luguthang; located high up at 4500 m. From the surrounding ridges you can get good views of the Tawang Chhu Valley. Overnight at camp 6.

Day 09: Trek Luguthang to Tsonai, 4500 m

A very early start, as this is the hardest day of the entire trek. 7-8 hrs trekking through interconnecting valleys, with an average elevation of 4500 m, and crossing two passes between 4500 and 5000 m. Tonight we camp at Tsonai- a yak grazing ground. Overnightat camp 7.

Day 10: Trek Tsonai to Se la, 4267 m. Drive Se la to Tawang, 3048 m

  

Last days trek for 06 hrs along the ridge line descending to the Sela Pass, 4267 m crossing the Kya la pass enroute.Trekking ends.

Transfer to our jeeps to descend to the Tawang Chhu Valley at Jang. Steep descent of 31 Kms( 01 hr) through the rugged and narrow Nuranang Valley. Therafter we drive for 44 kms( 1.45 hrs) through picture post card country side, climbing up through a series of hair pins to Tawang, 3048 m. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Tawang sightseeing

At Tawang – Explore the 350 years old Tawang Monastery

The famous Galden Namgyal Lhatse, popularly known as Tawang Monastery was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso in the year 1860-81. It is the fountain-head of the spiritual life of the Gelupa Sect of the Mahayana School of Budhism. The inner walls of the Dukhang – the assembly hall are painted with murals of various divinities and saints. The silver casket wrapped in silk containing the “Thankas” of Goddess Palden Lhamo – the principal deity of the monastery, were painted with blood drawn from the nose of the fifth Dalai Lama. A colossal, richly gilded statue of Lord Buddha sitting 26 feet high, occupies the middle of the northern side. Latter Visit Buddhist nunnery , crafts center, and Urgelling Monastery dating back to 1489 followed by the Seru Monpa village. The Urgelling Monastery is the birth place of the Sixth Dalai Lama. In 1714 the Dalai Lama’s original monastery at Urgelling was destroyed, during Mongolian invasion from Bhutan. All valued possession of Urgelling monastery were taken to Tawang Monastery. It was during this time that the Ka-gyur (holy scriptures) written out in gold and silver arrived at the Tawang monastery, where they are preserved to this day. Today a modest Gompa stands at this site. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Drive Tawang to Bomdila

Drive back over the Sela pass to Bomdila in 05 hrs hours. Overnight in hotel.

Day 13: Bomdila to Tezpur

Drive back to Tezpur, 215 kms in 06.30 hours. Overnight in hotel.

Day 14: Drive to Guwahati airport, 183 kms in 04.30 hrs, for your departure flight to Delhi/ Kolkata. TOUR ENDS.

Also Available:

Bailey Trail Trek. Version 2: 08 days Chander to Jang via T Sela- Jere la- Mago- Thingbu and Newling.

Includes 05 days trek in Dree valley visiting Tibet border

Drive through the Mishmi Hills to Anini in the Upper Debang Valley and Trek to Acheson, the last Indian village in the remote border area with Tibet, The Dibang Valley consists of undulating rugged mountains with breath-taking green valleys, deep-down gorges, enchanting waterfalls, natural lakes of various dimensions and innumerable meandering rivers and turbulent streams. The trek route connects remoter Idu ( Mishimi) tribal villages. offering an exploration of the lifestyles of the Idu Mishmi tribals, who inhabit the remote Dree Valley. Be prepared for moderate to strenuous trekking upto 4480 m, and simple living.

Mishmi is animist and believe in a number of higher spiritual beings. Their traditional village council, is still active and respected in the society. The Mishmi society is divided into numbers of sub-tribes such as Idu -Mismis, Digaru Mishmi, Miju Mishmi.

The origin of the tribe is still in obscurity. It is however believed that they must have came from Burma where innumerable tribal groups of similar culture use to live in. They are mongoloid tribes. Their material culture is based on bamboo. They live in bamboo house most of their household articles and implements are made of bamboo.

The Mishmi practice shifting method of cultivation. They build their houses on the slant of hills or in the forest . The roof is thatched with grass bamboo, timber etc.. Their dress is remarkable for the wealth and beauty of its designs. Their dresses reflect the artistic taste Most of the dress is made from wood, partly from cotton and sometimes of nettle fibre. They also wear thick coats of black with a white pattern made of nettle fibre and human hair. The male dress of Miju and Digaru consist of a sleeveless black or maroon colored cloth with ornamental borders and waist cloth with an embroidered flag in the front. They wear a head dress of woven cane. The women wear black skirts with colored stripes reaching above the ankle and a beautiful embroidered bodice and a shawl. The also wear beautiful ornaments made of silver. The women keep themselves busy in weaving. The men are involved in making cane and bamboo products.

Itinerary

Day 01: Dibrugarh-Roing

Arrive Dibrugarh and drive to Roing (150 Km. 5-6 hrs).
Travel through exotic tea gardens, and cross the Lohit river by ferry. Roing is located in the Himalayan foothills. Snow-capped peaks, turbulent rivers, mystic valleys and abundance of rich flora & fauna can be seen in this district. It has the largest cover of thick green forest with almost 80% of the area being notified as reserved forest.

Day 02: Roing-Hunli

Drive to Hunli (90 Km 3hrs). Drive over the 2689 m high Myodia pass. Forests full of birds and great views. Evening free. Overnight Inspection Bunglow or Tent.

Day 03: Hunli- Anini

After breakfast drive to Anini (140km 7hrs) headquarters of Dibang Valley. Enroute visit tribal villages like New Anaya, Ranli, Arruju, and Angulin. Overnight Circuit house, or in camp.

Day 04: Anini-Gipulin

TREKKING STARTS : Morning trek to Gipulin (15km 6hrs). Enroute visit Arpopo village. Overnight in camp or homestay.

Day 05: Gipulin-Agrimbronlin

Morning trek and cross River Dree by hanging bridge to Agrimbronlin (10km 5hrs). Overnight in camp or homestay.

Day 06: Agrimbronlin-Acheson- Agrimbrolin

After breakfast trek to Acheson (10km 6hrs round trip) – the last Indian village in this region, 4480 m. Later trek back to Agrimbronlin. Overnight in camp or homestay.

Day 07: Acheson-Etabe

Morning trek to Etabe (20km, 7hrs). Enroute visit Alinneh another Idu (Mishmi) tribal village. Overnight in camp or homestay.

Day 08: Etabe-AmulinItalin

Last day trek to Amulin (20km 7hrs) enroute visit Lawungku and Brawrun and later drive to Italian. Overnight Inspection Bunglow, Or.in camp.

Day 09: Italin-Roing

After breakfast drive back to Roing (170km 8rs). Overnight Overnight circuit house / hotel / guesthouse.

Day 10: Roing-Dibrugarh

Drive back to Dibrugarh.(150 Kms. 5-6 hrs) Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Dibrugarh

After breakfast transfer to Airport to connect flight. TOUR ENDS.

Tour starts at Thimphu and ends at either Wangdue Phobarang, or Punakha or Thimphu as per your choice. We can tailor this trek to fit into culture tour of your choosing.

Grade: Moderate
Max Altitude: 3440 m
Open: all months except July & August. Best in April and early May, when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

The trek starts at Gangtey in the Probjikha valley, at 3830 m and terminates at at 1500 m, visiting the remote villages of Gogona and Khotokha, the trail connects some remote inner valleys and there are several fairly steep ascents to cross Tse la at 3440 m, Shobju la at 3410, and Tashi la at 2800.. The trail winds past flocks of sheep, through meadows, mixed forest of fir, Oak, Spruce, rhododendrons ( bloom in Apr) and magnolia. On the lower slopes you will see ferns, dwarf rhododendron, miniature azaleas, cypress, juniper, and bamboo. Much of the undergrowth is daphne, the plant that is used for hand-made paper and may be identified by its yellow flowers.

Day 01 : Thimphu – Gangtey, 135 km, 4.1/2 hours drive

After breakfast, drive to Gangtey across Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

Upon arrival at Gangtey check into hotel Afternoon visit Gangtey monastery. Gangtey Gompa (monastery), is perched a top a small hill that rises from the valley floor. The Monastery is surrounded by a large village inhabited mainly by the families of the 140 Gomchens who take care of the Monastery. In winter these families, together with the monastery’s monks, move away to another monastery, a day’s walk to the south. Gangtey – is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountain’s.

Later explore the Phobjikha valley, lying at an altitude of 2900 m. This is the winter home of rare Black-necked Cranes, an endangered species that migrate from its northern habitats in Tibet and Siberia, each winter.

Overnight at the hotel in Gangtey.

Day 02 : Trek Gangtey – Gogona, Altitude : 3100m, 14 km, 5-6 hours

The trek leaves the valley at 2830m and leads south, then west through meadows and fields. It then climbs through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, rhododendrons and magnolia. The trail is rough and rocky and weaves through trees where pack animals have created deep furrows. After crossing Tsele La, 3440m the trail crosses several meadows, and then descends through forests to Gangak 3020m. It is then a short climb to the camp at Gogona, 3100m, a beautiful hilltop site overlooking a long valley. Nearby is Gogona Lhakhang with fluttering prayer flags. A 30-minute walk from Gogona visit a hamlet where you you can buy homemade arra ( spirit distilled from rice) . The women here weave blankets and speak a different dialect called Bjop-kha (language of the nomads).

Overnight in camp.

Day 03 : Trek Gogona – Khotokha, Altitude : 2790m, 15 km, 5 – 6 hours

The trail winds gently up above Gogona village, past flocks of sheep and ploughed fields. Climb into a forest of firs, oak, spruce, dwarf rhododendron, miniature azaleas, cypress and juniper. Much of the undergrowth is daphne, the plant that is used for hand-made paper and may be identified by its yellow flowers. Then a long but gradual climbs leads to Shobju La pass (3410m). The trail down from the pass is rocky and muddy, weaving through the forest and criss- crossing a small stream. Eventually, at about 3000m, the trail meets a rough trail used by tractors to collect wood from the forest. Follow the road, with a few short cuts through the woods, to a sawmill and woodcutters camp at Dolonaga (2830m). Still heading down, the trail overlooks the broad Khothangkha valley and eventually reaches a clearing, Chorten Karpo, where there are four Chortens dedicated to the four Je Khenpos who came from this area. We camp in this clearing at 2790 m, beside a forest of a large blue pines overlooking the valley and the village of Khothangkha, comprising about 60 rustic houses.

Overnight in camp.

Day 04: trek Khotokha – Tikke Zampa & drive to punakha/ Wangdue Phobrang/ Thimphu
5 hours trek

A short, steep climb along a well-known path takes you to Tashi La (2800m). This is the upper terminus of the cable car” that transports wood down to Chhuzomsa, 1300m below. The walk down is through a beautiful forest, with the undergrowth changing from rhododendrons and magnolia to ferns and dwarf bamboo. This stretch of trail is one of the finest bird-watching areas in Bhutan. Among the species found here are laughing thrush, shrike, magpie and woodpecker. The trail then plunges down past steep terraced wheat fields to a cluster of houses at Whachay. The trail eventually meets the road near Tikke Zampa at 1500m. Trek Ends

Drive as per your choice to either Punakha or Wangdue Phobrang or Thimpu and drop at your hotel.

TREK TOUR ENDS

Trek starts at Paro and ends at Thimpu or vice versa
Te trek can be tailored to integrate with any chosen cultural tour at the beginning or end of Bhutan visit. Ideal for combining with Paro, thimpu and Punakha.
Grade: moderate
Max Altitude: 3400 m
Open: march to June and September to november

This is a short six day scenic trek with great views, which leads from Paro to Thimphu, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. The route is sparsely inhabited by nomadic yak herders. Also, there are wonderful rhododendron forests, which bloom in April & May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter, there are great views of the Himalayas.

Day 01: Paro – Jele Dzong, 8km, 3 hours trek

Today is a short trekking day. The journey starts with a short climb up to Jele Dzong. The trek trail ascends gradually up to the camp, and if the weather is clear Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind. Above the camp is Jele-la pass (3,400m) and Jele Dzong (mostly in ruins). There is also a Lhakhang ( Temple) containing a statue of Buddha Sakyamuni.

Overnight in camp.

Day 02: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha, 10km, 3-4 hours trek

Begin with a one and a half hour climb and then ascend more gradually upwards. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You will have fine views of Jhomolhari and other snow capped peaks if the weather is right, and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day. You may see yak herders around your campsite.

Overnight in camp.

Day 03: Jangchulakha – Jimilangtsho, 11km, 4 hours trek

The trail follows the ridge, and on a clear day, the views of the mountains and valley are sensational. You will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Our camp is close to the Jimilangtsho lakes, which are famous for their giant sized trout.

Overnight in camp.

Day 04: Jimilangtsho – Simkota, 11km, 4 hours trek

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho. Today you may come across some yak herders’ camps and get an idea of how these people live. Overnight camp close to Simkota Lake, and if you are lucky you can catch a lake trout for your dinner.

Overnight in camp.

Day 05: Simkota – Phajoding, 10km, 4 hours trek

Today begins with a gradual climb, and if the weather permits you will enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and a host of other peaks. The trail slowly descends through juniper trees to a campsite at Phajoding.

Overnight camp.

Day 06: Phajoding – Thimphu, 5km, 3 hours trek

After visiting Phajoding monastery built in 15th century by Shagcha Rinchen who introduced Drukpa Kagyu School in Bhutan in the 13th century, trek downhill to Thimphu passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Walking at a leisurely pace, you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours.

Evening visit Trashichhoedzong, “fortress of the glorious religion”. This is the center of government and religion, site of monarch’s throne room and seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built-in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in the 1960s in traditional Bhutanese manner, without nails or architectural plans.

Drop at your chosen hotel in Thimphu. TREK TOUR ENDS.

Trek Tour starts and ends at Bumthang. We can tailor your Bhutan holiday to integrate this trek with a cultural Tour of your choice
Trek grade: Moderate
Max Altitude: 2900 m
Open:  March to May and September to November.

The lovely Bumthang valley is the religious heartland of the nation and home to some of its oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. This three-day trek takes you through meadows, and deep forests studded with quaint villages, Buddhist temples, water mills, and over the 3,340 m high Phephe-la pass to the picture postcard Tang Valley. As you traverse the meandering route through Bumthang countryside, you have a chance to take a peep at Bhutanese rural lifestyles.

Itinerary

Day 01: Toktu Zampa – Ngang Lhakhang /14km, 6 hours

You will be picked up from your lodging in Bumthang and driven to Toktu Zampa to start the trek. The trek route follows the Bumthang Chhuu ( river) Locally called the Chamkhar Chu (river). We will walk through meadows, forests of blue pine and scrub bamboo. We will pass by many villages and temples, on this very relaxing and easy day. You will get to see the Thankabi Temple, founded in 1470, pass by a 70 meters long mani wall, and some water is driven prayer wheels, to reach Ngang Khakhang.

Lama Namkha Samdrup is believed to have come from Tibet in the 15th century, and founded the Ngang Khakhang. It is said that when he reached the place where the monastery stands today, a beautiful swan or Ngang-ma came flying in circles and landed there. The Lama considered this an auspicious sign and decided to build his monastery there. The monastery thereafter came to be known as Ngang Lhakhang “Swan Monastery” and the valley called Ngang-bi (Swan valley). For centuries, Ngang Lhakhang has served as the seat of direct descendants of Lam Namkha Samdrup, whose ancestry can be further traced centuries back to a powerful monastic lineage in Tibet.
We will camp overnight near the temple (2,900m) or close by Damphay village known for tasty buckwheat pancakes and noodles. A small flock of black necked cranes winters here.

Day 02: Ngang Lhakhang – Ugyenchholing

The trail ascends gradually through birch, sycamore, bamboo and juniper forest towards Phephe-la pass (3,340m). It is a dark sunless forest with an eerie atmosphere. On the other side, the dark forest continues till you descend into the Tang Valley- a picture postcard wide valley with meadows, and pastures with grazing cows, small hamlets, and meandering stream. Tonight we will camp on the riverside near the village of Ugyenchholing.(2,850m).


Day 03: Ugyenchholing – Bumthang / 11km, 4 hours

In the morning, walk up to Ugyenchholing Palace, a beautiful private mansion which also houses a small eco-museum, then drive to Jakar (Bumthang) following the Tang Chu until arriving at the main road. On the way visit the Mebar Tso Lake, where Terton Pema Lingpa is said to have discovered religious treasures in the 15th century. This lake is very sacred, and on auspicious days many Bhutanese people go there to offer butter lamps. Drop at your lodge in Bumthang. TREK TOUR ENDS

Includes sightseeing at Paro and Thimphu

Trek starts and ends at Paro
Trek grade: moderate to strenuous
Max Altitude 4820 m
Open April to June and September to November.

Trek from the river valleys to the uplands, across high passes to the isolated Lingshi dzong, offering superb views of Chamolhari, Jichu Drake and lesser peaks forming a chain on the Tibet border.

Starting from the Paro valley this trek follows the course of the Paro river, towards the Tibet border through rich forests of pine, oak, spruce, and. rhododendrons, leading to high alpine pastureland where yak headers graze their animals. The crossing over the 4,700 m high Nye la pass to Lingshi, 4000m, offers superb views of Mt Chomolhari and other peaks. There is also a grandstand view of Lingshi Dzong. For the return trek, we cross the Yeli-la, 4,820m to join the course of the Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper, and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views of rocky cliff faces and waterfalls.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro

On arrival at Paro airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel after completion of arrival formalities. Evening visit to Paro market and town.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Paro

Morning visit to Ta Dzong, built in 1651 as a watchtower and in 1968 inaugurated as Bhutan’s National Museum. The collection includes art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, as well as a small natural history collection. Below Ta Dzong is Rinpung Dzong ( Paro Dzong), “the fortress of the heap of jewels”, built in 1646, and now housing the offices of the district administration and Paro’s monk body.

In the afternoon, visit Kyichu Lhakhang. Built by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century, it is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Paro – Shana (17km, 5-6 hours)

The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong (2,580m) with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail then climbs gently through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. Later on, we come to apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens, and we reach the army post of Gunitsawa (2,810m). We continue upwards to just beyond Sharma Zampa (2,870), where there are several good camping places in meadows surrounded by trees.

Day 04: Shana – Soi Thangthangkha (20km, 7-8 hours)

The trail again follows the Pa Chu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. After crossing a bridge to the left bank of the river, we stop for a hot lunch. Then we continue along the river, climbing upwards through rhododendron forests, and crossing the river once more before reaching our campsite (3,750m).

Day 05: Soi Thangthangka – Jangothang (19km, 7-8 hours)

The path ascends for a while until we reach the army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying a stunning view of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch is served at a yak herder’s camp. A short walk from here into the valley takes us to our campsite at Jangothang (4,040 m), which offers superb views. of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake.

Day 06: Jangothang – Lingshi (18km, 7-8 hours)

To get to Lingzhi, we have to cross Nyele pass at 4890 m. Before the main pass, there is a false crest at 4680 m. As you start the ascent there are breathtaking views of Mt Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tsrim Khang. We now descend into an almost flat valley until the climb up to the Nyele la pass. Part of the trail is through moraine and scree. We are now above the tree line with only grass, tundra and juniper bushes. After the pass, it’s a gradual long descent to the Lingshi camp. There are good panormic views of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Our camp is set at 4,000 m.

Day 07: Lingshi – Shodu (22km, 8-9 hours)

Early morning look at the view of Lingzhi Dzong, 4220 m, perched on a hilltop with a commanding view of the winding trails and magnificent peaks. It commands the route to Tibet through the Lingshi La (pass). We continue our trek climbing up towards a small white chorten on a ridge above the camp, then turns south up the deep Mo Chu valley. The trail stays on the west side of this largely treeless valley, climbing steadily a short distance above the Mo Chu. It then crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli-la (4,820m). On a clear day, you can see Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang, and Masagang from this pass. Descend alongside a stream to a rock shelter in the cliff face, and then continue on downstream till reaching Shodu (4,100m), where we camp in a meadow with a chorten in it.

Day 08: Shodu – Barshong (16km, 6/-7 hours)

We are now back at the tree line, and our path follows the course of the Thimpu Chu, descending through rhododendron, juniper, and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views of rocky cliff faces and waterfalls along the way. We stop at the riverside for a hot lunch. Then the trail takes us gradually upwards to the ruins of Barshong Dzong (3,600m), near which we camp for the night.

Day 09: Barshong – Dolam Kencho (15km, 5-6 hours)

The trail decends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch, and conifers, then drops steeply to meet the Thimpu Chu. The trail runs along the left bank of the river, climbing over ridges and descending into gullies where side streams run down into the river. The final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu, coming out onto pastureland where we camp for the night at 3,600m.

Day 10: Dolam Kencho – Dodena – Thimpu (8km, 3 hours)

The trail winds in and out of side valleys above the Thimpu Chu, making a long ascent through a forest of conifers and high altitude broadleaf species to a pass at 3,510m. The trail then drops steeply down to the river, following it southward to the road head at Dodena (2,600m). Our transport meets us here, and we drive to Thimpu.

Overnight at hotel in Thimpu.

Day 11: Thimpu – Paro

Full day of sightseeing in Thimpu valley visiting the National Memorial Chorten; Tashichhodzong (the fortress of the glorious religion’); National Library; Institute for Zorig Chusum (Bhutanese arts and crafts school); National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only); and Handicrafts Emporium.

Evening drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 12: Paro Depart

After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination. TREK TOUR ENDS

Trek grade: challenging
Max Altitude 5000 m
Open: April to mid-June and mid-September to mid-November.
Best in April

Starting at Drukgyel Dzong, in the Paro valley this trek follows the course of the Paro Chhu, towards the Tibet border to reach Lingzhi, 4000 m in 5 days trekking through rich forests of pine,
oak, spruce, and. rhododendrons, and high alpine pasture land. The crossing over the 4,700 m high Nye la pass, offers superb views of Mt Chomolhari and other peaks. The Lingzhi Dzong,4220 m commands the old trade route to Tibet.

From Lingzhi; the trail traverses parallel to the great peaks that separate Bhutan from Tibet to reach Laya, 3840 m, in 5 days. The route connects isolated inner valleys interlinked by high passes- Gombu la, at 4400 m, Jhari la at 4747 m Sinche la at 5000 m. It is a challenging trek with 7-9 hrs of walking each day, including a knee jerking, ankle twisting descent through moraine at 4200 m. But the rewards are many. Spectacular back drop of the peaks of Jhomolhari, 7314 m, Jichu Drake 6989 m, Kung Phu, 6523 m and Gangchhenta – The great Tiger Mountain, 6840. A chance to see herds of Blue Sheep and Tagin in the wild, high altitude hamlets, frozen waterfalls and log bridges, glacial valleys with tumbling mountain stream, Forests of Pine, Oak, Spruce, Rhododendrons, Cedar, Birch, and Firs. Hills covered with medicinal plants , herbs, and edelweiss, quaint high altitude hamlets, and dzongs, yak herders, and all around you nature at its pristine best.

The return trek from Laya to Gasa, 2770 m is along the Mo chhu river valley and takes another 3 days. Time in Paro and Thimphu provides a further highlight to this outstanding itinerary.

Day 01: Arrive Paro

Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills from Kolkatta, your Druk Air flight to Paro, is spectacular and mesmerizing, offering dazzling scenic views of some world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below.

Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Paro is situated in a beautiful valley at 2280 metres and is a fitting introduction to this charming kingdom.

On arrival at Paro airport, immigration and custom formalities then received by our representative and transfer to the hotel.

Evening take a stroll around town’s main street. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. This is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Hike down to the Paro valley.

Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Paro – Sharna,2800 m. 17 km (5 / 6 hours)

The trek starts from Drukgyel Dzong at 2,580m with a short downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently traversing through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens and you reach the army post of Gunyitsawa at 2,810m We will camp overnight at Sharna Zampa , 2800 m in a meadow.

Day 04: Sharna – Soi Thangthangkha, 3750 m. (20 km, 7 / 8 hours)
The trail continues along the Pa Chhu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. The trail now climbs up through rhododendron forests and crossing the river , we reach our campsite at the altitude of 3,750m., in aclearing in a Cefr grove, with Jhomolhari looming at the head of the valley. Overnight in camp

Day 05: Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang, 4090 m (19 km, 5/6 hours)

Today we are ascending 450 m to the yak country. The path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line enjoying the stunning view of the surrounding peaks, passing through the hamlet of Takethang,3940 m, located on a small plateau. A slow uphill trek brings us to the Jangothang at an altitude of 4,040m. From here, the view of Mount. Chomolhari and Jichu Drake is superb. Overnight in camp.

Day 06: Jangothang – Lingzhi, 4000 m. 18 km (7 / 8 hours)

To get to Lingzhi, we have to cross Nyele at 4890 m. Before the main pass, there is a false crest at 4680 m.

As you start the ascent there are breathtaking views of Mt Jhomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tsrim Khang. We now descend into an almost flat valley until the climb up to the Nyele la pass Part of the trail is through moraine and scree. We are now above the tree line with only grass, tundra and juniper bushes. After the pass, it’s a gradual long descent to the Lingshi camp. There are good panormic views of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Our camp is set at 4,000 m.

Day 07: Lingzhi – Chebisa, 3880 m. 10 km (5/6 hours)

Today we will start the traverse between Lingzhi and Gasa. The trail passes by Lingzhi Dzong, 4220 m is perched on a hilltop with a commanding view of green hills, the winding trails, and magnificent peaks. It commands the route to Tibet through the Lingshi La (pass). Today’s walk is easy and pleasant through villages and yak herders camps. You will see hillsides covered with herbs, medicinal plants, and flowers. The Chebisa valley is spectacular, with a frozen waterfall at its head. We will camp in a meadow by the side of a stream at 3,880 m.

Day 08: Chebisa – Shomuthang, 4250 m (17 km, 6/7 hours)

The day begins with a stiff climb to Gomby La (4,450m), with chances of spotting herds of blue sheep. From the pass, a long descent to a stream at 4,170 m. Later there is a climb over a small ridge through a cedar forest. This is followed by a descent on a muddy path into the main Jholethang valley covered with a deep forest of fir and birch. At the bottom is a marsh crossing over stepping stones. This is followed by another steep climb up the valley, to a yak pasture high above the valley floor at Chachim, 4,260m. Finally a descent to our camp site at shomuthang, 4250 m.

Day 09: Shoumuthang – Robluthang, 4160 m (18 km, 6/7 hours)

The trek climbs out of the valley through desolate country to cross the Jhari La pass at 4,747 m. It then descends through Rhododendrons, birch and firs to Tsherijathang valley. Herds of Himalayan Takin (Bhutan’s National animal), migrate to this valley during summers. There is a chance of spotting the Takin. At the bottom of the valley the trail crosses a stream, and climbs steeply to crest at 4150 m. It then leads to the rocky meadow at Robluthang, 4160 m.

Overnight in camp

Day 10: Roluthang – Sinche la, 5005 m- Limithang, 4140 m (19 km, 7/8 hours)

A long hard day crossing Sinche la, at 5005 m; the last and highest pass on this trek. The trail goes through glacial side valleys, crosses an icy log bridge at 4470 m. and climbs up through moraine. You may be able to spot Blue Sheep high on the slopes. It is hard 5 hrs trek till you reach the pass. Now begins a knee jerking, ankle twisting descent on a rough, rocky trail that follows moraine into another glacial valley. There is a continuous view of Mt. Gangchey Ta, as you descend through a huge terminal moraine and a glacial lake at the foot of the valley. We still have a distance to traverse through switch backs followed by a short climb above the Kango Chhu through Rhododendrons and cedar forests to Limithang. We will camp at a lovely camp site in a big meadow at 4140 m.

Day 11: Limithang – Laya, 3840 m (10 km 4/5 hours)

The walk to Laya is very pleasant with wonderful views. You will pass through a damp forest, filled with moss and singing birds. There are many ups and downs with some side valleys to traverse. Arrive at Laya village, to camp at 3840 m.

Descend to army camp and join the Mo Chhu river. Follow the river till you cross the bridge. After the bridge it is up and down several times through juniper and fir forest until you reach the camp at Chamsa at an altitude of 3,500m.

Day 13: Chamsa – Gasa Tsachu (14 km, 6/7 hours)

Walk for about half fairly level till the Bari La (3,900m). There are a small rock cairn and a few prayer flags at the pass. The route starts down again, sometimes steeply, through a bamboo forest to a stream. Afternoon visit Gasa village and Dzong built in the 17th century. Then descend to Gasa Tsachu (hot spring) for camp at an altitude of 2,200m.

Day 14: Drive Gasa Tsachu – Punakha

This morning spend a few hours relaxing in the medicinal waters of the hot springs. In the afternoon a short 20 minutes hike to the road, where our transport will be waiting to take you to Punakha in 03 hrs. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 15: Punakha – Thimphu (75 km, 2.1/2 hours)

Morning visit to Punakha Dzong , and drive to Wangduephodrang visiting the Dzong and local market. Thereafter drive to Thimphu for overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 17: Thimphu

Full day of sightseeing in Thimphu We will visit the weekly market, the revered Memorial Chorten, the National Library and the School of Traditional Arts. You could visit Changangkha temple, perched on the hilltop overlooking the town. Devotees flock throughout the day to circumambulate and turn the prayer wheels. The temple also contains beautiful wall paintings and hundreds of religious scriptures written in gold. In the afternoon you can take in more of the sights and culture of the capital, with the option of a trip to Simtokha Dzong (one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, dating from 1629 AD). If you prefer to stay closer to town you could drive up to the Radio Tower (offering splendid views of the city from a hilltop festooned with prayer flags), visit the Takin Reserve showcasing the unique national animal, the Takin, browse the striking collection of intricate textiles at the National Textile Museum or visit the Folk Heritage Museum. If you would like to view or buy Bhutanese handicrafts you may like to visit the new market opposite Taj Tashi hotel which has an array of stalls run by local handicraft shops selling purely homemade articles with no imports. Tell your guide what takes your interest.

Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 18: Thimpu- Paro (55 km, 2 hours)

Drive to Paro in 02 hrs. upon arrival take a local tour. Visit Ta Dzong, built in the 17th century, as watchtower to defend Paro Dzong and valley. This fortress was later converted into the National Museum in 1968 and is filled with antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons and Bhutan’s renowned postage stamps. Below the Ta Dzong, is fascinating Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels”, which has a long and interesting history.

After lunch visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 19 : Depart Paro

After breakfast transfer to Paro International Airport for flight to onward destination.

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