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For those pressed with time and less inclined to undertake the rigours of hard mountain trekking, trekking up to the meadows of Dzongri will offer the benefits of having experienced a truly spectacular Himalayan trek in a span of one week (or maybe even less). At an altitude of 4,200 m Dzongri is among the best trekking destinations not only in Sikkim but also in India. The sights of the milky white peaks all around Dzongri are bound to keep you gazing with awe. The view from this place has too much to be recommended a patchwork of green and gold streaked with blue – reminiscent of an abstract etching, framed by the majestic snow capped peaks shining not very far away. The awesome presence of the great mountains thrusting their snowy peaks deciphers the strength of the Tethys Sea bulging its muscles to reach this towering height. No less than 14 of them soar majestically to 20,000 ft. plus. The centre of attraction of course remain the Kanchenjunga. Snowfall is common around Dzongri especially during the winter months.
Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport met our representative and then drive towards Darjeeling. On arrival transfer into hotel. Evening sightseeing and acclimatisation. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Early morning drive to Tiger Hill to for a singular experience of the first rays of the sun bathing the Himalayas. On the return visit the Ghoom Monastery. Built in 1875 the monastery which follows the Gelugpa sect, houses one of the largest statue of the Maitreya Buddha-"the future Buddha". Overnight at hotel.
In the morning drive to Yuksam via a beautiful valley. On the way you will find dense forest, lush green meadows, waterfalls and much more. Upon arrival at Yuksam set out camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Yuksam is the base of West Sikkim's most popular trekking region, Dzongri and is also of historical importance to the Sikkimese. Yuksam literally means 'meeting place of the three lamas'. In the beginning of seventeenth century a rift between different factions of Buddhist sects in Tibet forced the Red Hat Sect to seek refuge in Sikkim. Lama Lhatsun Chempo, on his journey to Sikkim, arrived at Norbugang in Yuksam, where he met two other lamas, Sempa Chempo and Rinzing Chempo and began converting the people into their faith. Sacred texts had revealed that the ruler designate of Sikkim would be a man named Phuntsog of Gangtok, so the lamas sent an envoy in search of him. The party returned with Phuntsog Namgyal, whose ancestry could be traced to the legendary prince Guru Tashi, founder of the Kingdom of Miyang in the Chumbi Valley. In 1641 Phuntsog Namgyal was crowned as Sikkim's first king, the Chogyal.
The trail from Yuksam starts at the local market and follows main road towards the north. The trail climbs gently out of the valley and hugs the right bank of the Ratong Chu River, which can be heard thundering through the gorge below. The trail crosses over four bridges to climb steeply towards north-west to the small settlement of Bakkhim. Continue for another 2 kms through forest of magnolia and rhododendron to reach Tsokha(village of small Tibetan settlement). overnight stay. Tent/trekkers hut according to number of person.
On this day the trail passes through the village of Tshoka and continues to climb towards north through the forest of rhododendron to the alp of Phedang (3650 m), phedang is lunch stop from where you can also enjoy the beauty of Mt Pandim. After lunch still treks takes you to 45 minutes steep up to the Deorali Dara from here, you can get almost all the ranges of Mt Kanchandzonga. S/on Tent/Trekkers hut
The day is for rest and acclimatization. On this day one can see views of the mountain peaks by climbing up to Dzongri Top. From here you get a panoramic view of Kabru (7353 mts), Ratong (6678 mtys), Kanchendzonga (8534 mts), Koktang (6147 mts), Pandim (6691 mts) and Narsingh (5825 mts). Towards the west, the Singalila Ridge, which separates Sikkim from Nepal, can be seen. Stay overnight at Dzongri Tent/ Trekkers hut.
Start retracing steps descending towards Tshoka by going through a bypass route directly to Tsohoka. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.
Retrace steps towards Yuksam on the final day of the trek. The going is easier as the path is mainly downhill. Dinner and overnight stay in guest house.
In the morning after breakfast drive to Darjeeling En route visit tea garden. On arrival check in hotel. Evening free to explore the area. Overnight stay.
In the morning transfer to Bagdogra airport and from here catch a flight for onward destination. Trip Ends - Service Ends