14 Nights - 13 Days
Destination Covered :
Delhi - Bagdogra - Gangtok - Yuksom - Bakhim - Dzongri - Thangsing - Chaurithang - Zamlingang - Bakhim - Yuksom - Darjeeling - Bagdogra - Delhi.
Day 1 : Delhi - Bagdogra - Gangtok
Arrive Delhi and transfer to Domestic airport for flight to Bagdogra. On a clear day, you may catch a glimpse of the mighty Mt. Everest from the plane. Met on arrival and transfer to Gangtok by road (125 km/ 5 1/2 hr.). Arrive late evening and check into the hotel.
Day 2 : At Gangtok
Spend a day in sightseeing Gangtok city. See the Dodrul Gompa and stroll down the little bazaar. After lunch, a small drive will take us to the famous Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Kagyupa sect of Buddhism. O/nt Hotel at Gangtok.
Day 3 : Gangtok - Yuksom
After breakfast, we'll drive to Yuksom ( 90 kms) through beautiful villages, waterfalls and rice fields. Yuksom is a tranquil tableland which has recorded many historic events. The first king of Sikkim, H.H.Funchook Namgyal was crowned here by his holiness, Gyalwa Latchan Thembo, the man who brought Buddhism to Sikkim in 1641. Yuksom provides beautiful vistas of mini lakes against the Himalayan backdrop. O/nt Safari Camp.
Day 4 : Yuksom - Bakhim (12 kms/ 9000 ft)
As you leave behind Yuksom and follow the mule track along the fast flowing Rathong Choo stream, crossing two wooden bridges, the area is thickly wooded. Rathong Choo originates at the Doodh Pokhri (Milk Lake), sacred in the local beliefs. A small temple invites devotees from as far as Nepal, across the glacier. The lake is a restricted area. This lake is fed by the Rathong and Kokthang glaciers.
The trek in spring passes through the Rhododendrons flower belt. The final ascend to Bakhim is a serpentine trail, of countless bends, after crossing the second wooden bridge falling enroute. It is really a peaceful and tranquil area. O/nt in the Camp.
Day 5 : Bakhim - Dzongri - 8 Kms / 10155 ft
As we move on, we come closer to the famous Kanchenjunga and get an initial view of the Sikkim snows. From Phittang, the trail leads up an exquisite forest of Rhododendron to Deorali Dara. From here you will get an excellent view of the massive ranges of Sikkim mountains. Straight ahead is the third highest peak in the world - The mighty Kanchenjunga. O/nt Camping at Dzongri
Day 6 : Dzongri - Thangsing ( 7 kms/12467 ft)
A four hour trek leads through meadows and valleys into a beautiful valley situated at the base of Jopine Peak. Surrounded by massive mountains on all sides, a stream pierces the forests and presents an enchanting scene. To reach the camping area, you will have to cross a wooden bridge over the stream. O/nt Camping.
Day 7 : At leisure at Thangsing
We'll spend a day at leisure exploring the beautiful valley and capturing some priceless pictures of the area. O/nt Camping
Day 8 : Thangsing - Chaurithang 10 km / 14370 ft)
It is a 8 hour trek to the Chaurithang falls at the Rathong glacier. This is the base camp of the world famous Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. Splendid views of the peaks frey, Kokthang, Kabru, Rathong and Chandra can be seen from here. Enroute is also the forbidden Kabur Rock, which no one is allowed to climb. O/nt Camping
Day 9 : Chaurithang - Zamlingang (10 km )
This trek passes through some of the most beautiful forested areas of Sikkim, engulfed in the fragrance of Magnolias. O/nt Camping at Zamlingang.
Day 10 : Zamlingang - Bakhim
The trail to Bakhim runs through a garden of flowers which can be quite spectacular in spring when giant Magnolias and more than ten type of Rhododendrons bloom along the trail. You will also find a large variety of exotic birds, butterflies and orchids. O/nt Camping.
Day 11 : Bakhim - Yuksom
A leisurely walk of about 4 hours brings you back to Yuksom from where we had first started on a different trail. You will get a taste of the charms of Sikkimese rural life here. It's the end of our trek, but not the charms of this region. O/nt Camping.
Day 12 : Yuksom
Darjeeling After breakfast drive to Darjeeling, through beautiful tea gardens and lush greenery. O/nt Hotel.
Day 13 : Darjeeling
You can choose to relax and sleep late or take an early morning visit to Tiger Hill at sunrise. Also the other places of interest are the Ghoom Monastery, The Tibetan Handicraft Center, The HMI, the Quaint Bazaars and nearby Tea Estates. O/nt Hotel
Day 14 : Darjeeling - Bagdogra - Delhi.
Morning transfer to Bagdogra for flight to Delhi. Airport transfer to International Airport for onward flight.