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|Trek : Goechala
| 08 Days
|| Moderate to Strenuous
||Mid March to May - October to December
or Denjong the Valley of Fire a wedge between Nepal in the west
and Bhutan on the east has some of the finest mountain and ravines sceneries
in the world. A trek into Kanchenjunga group, the third highest in the world,
fully repays the trekkers efforts. The clouds play a dramatic symphony
as the traveler beholds vapour boil up silently out of the deep valleys taking
fantastic shapes and suddenly the silence is broken by the sound of bells. Further
a whiff of burning juniper steals the breath a sudden puff of air blows
aside the curtain of mist and fog revealing the threshold of the Holy monastery
one of 67 in Sikkim.
SUBLIME TREKKING INTO WEST SIKKIM
Trekking routes around the Kanchenjunga National Park start from Pemayangtse
and run through terraced fields of barley and tablelands of apple orchards,
then onto mossladen lush green forest of pines, firs, giant magnolias, rhododendrons,
spruce and orchids a naturalists paradise. One comes across crystal
clear streams running through the lap of the Himalayas, clouds of butterflies
and moths sparking, fluttering and displaying their dazzling colour
and personality. Intermingles with this is the chirrup, twitter and peeping
of exotic Himalayan birds. As one climbs on with patience and pains are rewarded
by the Sikkim Himalayas Kanchenjunga, Pamdim, Jopono and Nursing are some
of the peaks that appears as a background to the scene.
DAY 01 : Bagdogra to Gangtok.
Upon arrival transfer to Gangtok (124 km) 5 hrs drive by jeep passing through
the towns of Siliguri, Rambi, Teesta, Melli and entering into Sikkim through
Rangpo and passing through Singtam. Upon arrival check into hotel for overnight
stay. Dinner at hotel.
02 : Gangtok Sightseeing.
Morning visit the famous monastery of Rumtek situated 24 kms from Gangtok, 1
hrs drive. On the way back visit the Research Institute of Tibetology. Drive
back to hotel for lunch. After lunch visit the Cottage Industry, Flower Show
and the Enchey Monastery. Overnight stay in a hotel. (Breakfast & Lunch)
DAY 03 : Gangtok to Yuksom.(5900 ft)
After breakfast transfer to Yuksom via Singtam, Temi Tea Estate, Rabangla, Kewzing
and Tashiding. Lunch stop at Ravangla. Overnight stay in a hotel. (Breakfast,
Lunch & Dinner).
DAY 04 : Yuksom to Bakhim (9200 ft)
Yuksam to Bakhim 5hrs walk on the way crossing waterfalls like Churchery, and
Mintogang and stream like Phakhola & Chursey. Break at Sachen for lunch.
Climb steeply from Prekchu to Bakhim 1½ hrs. Night halt at Bakhim.
DAY 05 : Bakhim to Phedang.
Bakhim to Phedang 3½ hrs walk passing through Tshoka the last tiny village
of Bhutias at an altitude of 10,000ft and move to Phedang(11,550 ft). Night
halt at Phedang.
DAY 06 : Phedang to Dzongri (13,290 ft) 3 hrs walk
quite steeply upwards crossing Deorali a view point and move to Dzongri. Night
halt at Dzongri.
DAY 07 : Dzongri to Thangsing.(3930 m)
morning walk approx. half an hour up to the Dzongri pass from where views of
the mountain ranges look ominously close. In front of you are the Kabru Dome,
Frey Peak, Kokthang, Kabur, Rathong, Pandim Talung & Khangchendzonga Peaks
standing aloft in all its celestial beauty. After breakfast 5 hrs walk up to
Thangsing. Walk over the east shoulder of Dzongri pass and cross rambling terrain,
stopping frequently to gaze upon the stunning line up of Himalayan peaks. Mt.
Pandim & Kabru Dominate the foreground left and right of the Prekchu valley
while Khangchendzonga takes backstage, its light coloured sharp summit
tapering to the east. You start to hear the rumbling of the Prekchu River, this
is the major elevation loss of this trek, ending at the edge of a broad rocky
river bed. Stop for the lunch beside the river thereafter continue walk
the west side and cross the wooden bridge, then traverse a lonely fir forest
and follow the creek to Thangsing set at the bottom of the Tinchenkhang and
along glacial valley. Overnight at camps.
DAY 08 : Thangsing to Lamuni/ Samiti Lake.
Trek from Thangsing to Lamuni/ camping at Samiti Lake (4060 m) is now not allowed.
Hence Lamuni camp is now used in its place. 5-6 kms is about 3 hrs walk.
The initial walk is a gradual climb alongside a milky stream. Breaking into
steeper slopes at a lone yak herder's hut. You are now walking at a lateral
moraine of a gigantic glacier. The trail again crosses high grasslands and picks
its way through lichen-covered boulders, the mountains closing in both sides
as the valley narrows. Protected away from the ice-chilled winds, the small
oasis seems far from all the demands you left at home. Lunch at camp. Overnight
halts at camps.
DAY 09 : Lamuni to Remathang (Goechala view point) to Cockchurung.
Trek from Lamuni to Goechala (4949 m) and back to Cockchurung is about 6-7 hrs
walk. The harshness of the weather and the scarcity of drinking water does not
permit camping at Goechala. An early start from lamuni enables one to reach
Goechala and return back to Cockchurung same day as the distance from the lamuni
to Goechala is only about 6 kms. Be observant during your walk on this particular
day, as this day you enter the Khangchendzonga National Park where you have
plenty of chance to encounters herds of Blue Sheep and other rare Himalayan
Fauna. Lunch at lamuni and after lunch proceed to Cockchurung. Overnight halts
DAY 10 : Cockchurung to Tshoka.
Trek from Cockchurung to Tshoka via Phedang (15 kms) 5-6 hrs walk. The trail
is gradual till Phedang passing through the Rhododendron forests and from Phedang
descend to Tshoka. Lunch at Phedang. Overnight at camps.
DAY 11 : Tshoka to Yuksom.
Trek the same way back to Yuksom via Bakhim, Prekchu and Sachen with lunch stop
in-between 12 kms 5 hrs walk. Upon arrival at Yuksom check into hotel. Dinner
DAY 12: Yuksom to Khechupalri Lake to Pelling.
After breakfast transfer visit the Dubdi Monastery & The Norbu Gang the
place where the first king of Sikkim was coroneted. After lunch drive to Khechupalri
Lake and then transfer to Pelling. Upon arrival check into hotel. (Breakfast
DAY 13: Pelling to Bagdogra.
After breakfast proceed to Bagdogra airport 5 hrs drive to connect your flight
for onwards destination. Lunch at airport. Tour concludes. ("FAREWELL")