Trek from Yuksom to Samiti Lake, one of the high
altitude fresh water lakes. From this lake, one can climb up to the Goecha
La pass, and view the majestic splendors of Mount Kanchendzonga, Mount Kabru
and Kabru Dome. Also, starting from the Samiti Lake, one can trek through
Thangsing, Dzongri, up to Tsokha, where the Rhododendron trails starts. This
is one of the most popular and fascinating treks in Sikkim. Yuksom is a
historical place and was the earlier capital of Sikkim and it is also acts
as the entry to Kanchendzonga National Park. The trail passes through moss -
laden forests of oak, chestnut, pine, maple, magnolia, rhododendron and many
other varieties of pine culminating in the meadows of Dzongri at an
elevation of approximately 4,000 meters. It is a naturalist's paradise. This
forest is home to many varieties of wild plants, exotic orchids equally
spectacular varieties of birds and butterflies. One can come across one or
many of the Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Marbled Cat and
the Red Panda.
Highest Trek Altitude: Goecha La (4940 meters / 16,207
feet) Maximum Camp Altitude: Lamuney (4200 meters / 13,812 feet) Grade:
Moderate to Strenuous Period of Operation: April to May and October to
Day 01: Arrival New Jalpaiguri Railway Station/
Bagdogra Airport - Gangtok
and assistance on arrival at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station/ Bagdogra
Airport Board your vehicle to Gangtok (130 Kilometres / 04 hours). Arrive
Gangatok and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Gangtok
Half day sightseeing - Visit Rumtek Monastery, one of the most sacred and
wealthy monasteries in the region. Visit Droul Chorthen, Research Institute
of Tibetology - housing vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit
manuscripts/ icons/ Thankas. It is an international study centre of Buddhism
and its philosophy / religion etc. Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom
(Closed on Sunday) & Flower Show are next in the itinerary. Overnight
stay at hotel in Gangtok
Day 03: Drive Gangtok to Yuksom (151 Km / 5 ½
- 6 Hrs)
Yuksom is the old capital of Sikkim where the first king was consecrated.
It also has the oldest existing Monastery. Visit Dubdi monastery situated on
top of a hill. The fir - clad mountains provide a majestic background.
Overnight stay in hotel
Day 04: Trek Yuksom to Tsokha
Yuksom (1780 meters / 5840 feet) - Bakhim (3005 meters / 9859 feet) -
Tsokha 15 Km - 6 ½ - 7 Hrs
Morning after breakfast start the first leg of trekking to reach Bakhim -
The trail from Yuksom to Tshoka runs high above the rivers through lush
forests. Overnight stay in trekkers hut / camp.
Day 05: Trek - Tsokha to Dzongri
Tsokha (3710 meters / 12,172 feet) Dzongri (3962 meters / 12999 feet) - 12
Km - 5 to 5 ½ Hrs
Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Dzongri along a well marked
track - Initially the track climbs steeply, but as the track is through
fascinating rhododendron bushes running riot with color, one may not feel
the climb - Arrive at Dzongri - Overnight stay in trekkers hut / camp.
Day 06: Dzongri (3962 meters / 12,999 feet)
Rest at Dzongri.
Rise early and before dawn climb to a point on a ridge above the campsite
to watch the sunrise on Mount Kanchendzonga, Mount Kabru, Mount Pandim,
Mount Rathong and the Kanchendzonga range. Back to Dzongri. Overnight stay
in trekkers hut / camp.
Day 07: Trek - Dzongri to Thangsing
(3962 meters / 12999 feet) - Thangsing (3800 meters / 12,467 feet) - 8 Km in
3 to 3 ½ Hrs
After breakfast start trekking to reach Thangsing - One can have fantastic
view of Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Pandim, Mount Kabru etc. on the way.
Overnight stay in trekkers hut / camp.
Day 08: Trek - Thangsing to Lamuney
Thangsing (3800 meters / 12,467 feet) - Lamuney (4110 meters / 13,484 feet)
- approx. 8 Km in 3 to 3 ½ Hrs - Camp at Lamuney 100 meters / 330 feet
below Samiti Lake
Morning after breakfast start trekking - Samiti is
one of the high altitude fresh water lakes found in the lap of mighty
Himalayan ranges. This is also considered a very sacred lake - Camp by the
side of the lake or at Lamuney. Samiti Lake is used as a reservoir of water
for the wild life hence we prefer not to disturb them and to stay at camp in
Day 09: Trek - Lamuney to Goecha La back to Thangsing
Samiti Lake/ Lamuney to Goecha La and back to Thangsing - 14 Km in approx.
6 ½ - 7 hrs
The trek starts with easy grading but has a steep climb just before the
lake. The trail goes through accumulation of sediment, or rock fragments
that is deposited by a slowly creeping mass of ice called glacier / moraines
before reaching Goechala one can view green lake formed right below the path
deep down the hill, and one reaches a point to view southern phase of
Kanchendzonga - Dinner and retire at Log hut / Camping in Thangsing
Day 10: Trek - Thangsing to Tsokha
Thangsing (3800 meters / 12467 feet) - Tsokha (3710 meters / 12,172 feet) -
5 to 6 hours Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Tsokha. The
trek winds its way along the river Pre Chu - this place is forested and wild
life is abundant so spotting of wild life is there hence one has to move in
group - Dinner and overnight stay in log hut / trekkers hut / tents.
Day 11: Trek - Tsokha to Yuksom
Chokha (3710 meters/ 12,172 feet) - Yuksom (1780 meters/ 5,840 feet) - 2 to
2 ½ hrs
Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Yuksom - Rest of the day
free to visit the oldest monastery and the surrounding area - Gala party -
Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 12: Drive - Yuksom to Darjeeling
Yuksom (1780 meters / 5840 feet) - Darjeeling (2134 meters / 7,001 feet) -
Approx. 125 Km - 04 ½ - 05 Hrs
After an early breakfast drive to Darjeeling - The
route is scenic and the drive is enjoyable. Evening free to stroll around
Mall in the heart of the town. Check in and over night stay at hotel
Day 13: Local Sight Seeing at Darjeeling
Early morning tour to Tiger Hill to view sunrise over Kanchendzonga Peak
(subject to clear weather) - On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery, Batasia
Loop (an Engineering marvel). After breakfast half - day sight seeing of
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Himalayan Mountaineering
Institute (Closed on Thursday), Tenzing & Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee
Self-Help Center (Closed on Sunday) & Tea Estate. Afternoon there is a
visit to Rock Garden & Ganga Maya Lake. Over night stay at hotel
Day 14: Drive - Darjeeling to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station / Bagdogra
After breakfast proceed to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station / Bagdogra
Airport - (100 Kilometers / 03 hours), for your onward connection / journey.