A short trek to Dzongri top offers an incredible experience that is both challenging as well as ultimately rewarding in terms of natural beauty and splendid Mountain View. Visit Darjeeling â€˜Queen of Hills and possibly ride the Toy Train “ A World Heritage Railway “ before starting your trek to Dzongri.
This moderately difficult trek passes through luxuriant rhododendron and bamboo forests, orchid fields and pristine villages to lush high altitude meadows of Dzongri. The journey takes you into the heart of the mountains and intriguing local culture. The trek reaches a perfect climax after you experience a kaleidoscope of colours, religion and cuisine in Gangtok â€“ the capital of Sikkim.
Day 01: Kolkata
You will arrive Kolkata. Our representative will meet you and escort you to your hotel. You will stay overnight in Kolkata. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax after the flight.
Day 02: Kolkata – Bagdogra – Darjeeling
The journey into the Eastern Himalaya starts with a short flight to Bagdogra. You will be met on arrival at Bagdogra airport and drive the Himalayan town of Darjeeling, a former summer retreat of the British Raj and now best known for its high quality tea production. You will stay in Darjeeling for 2 nights.
Day 03: Darjeeling
Early morning, drive to Tiger hill to witness the spectacular sunrise over Mt Kanchendzonga & Mt Everest (on a clear morning). After returning to the hotel for a leisurely breakfast we visit Ghoom Monastery and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. The afternoon is free to explore the town.
Day 04: Darjeeling – Yuksum
Morning after an early breakfast drive to reach Yuksum (1760 m).Yukum is the old capital of Sikkim. You will stay overnight in a hotel or Trekker’s Hut.
Day 05: Yuksum – Bakhim (12 km Trek / 4 – 5 hours)
After breakfast start the first day trek to reach Bhakim. The trek gradually ascends and descends through the dense verdant semi-tropical forest passing many streams en route. Arrive and stay overnight in Trekkers Hut / Tented Camp.
Day 06: Bakhim- Dzongri (12 km Trek / 5 – 6 hours)
After breakfast start trekking to reach Dzongri. The trek involves steady and steep climbing through Rhododendrons Forest. Dzongri commands panoramic view of the mighty and sacred mountain of Sikkim, Kanchenjunga (8585 m) and Pandim (6691 m). Stay overnight in Trekkers Hut / Tents.
Day 07: Dzongri
The full day is for exploring the area. Overnight stay is in Trekkers Hut / Tents.
Day 08: Dzongri – Bhakim (12 Km / 4-5 hours)
After breakfast you will start trekking to reach Bhakim. The trek winds its way down up to Phidong. From Phidong, the trek passes through Rhododendron forest. Arrive Bakhim by afternoon. Arrive and stay overnight in the Trekkers Hut/Tents.
Day 09: Bhakim – Yuksum – Pelling (Trek 12 km / 4-5 hours)
After breakfast you will start trekking to Yuksum. From Yuksum you will drive to Pelling. On arrival you will check-into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 10: Pelling – Gangtok
Visit the hilltop Pemayangtse Monastery in the morning. Later drive to Gangtok. En route, we visit the famous Rumtek monastic complex which has traditionally been the foreign seat for the Karmapa, the head Lama of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and one of the ‘four schools’ of this ancient tradition. Stay for two nights in a hotel.
Day 11: Gangtok
The area is dotted with numerous monasteries and nunneries, each housing ancient texts revered for their profound philosophical insight. It is today that we’ll have our first introduction to the primarily Tibetan Buddhist culture for which Sikkim is known. We visit the most important sights of Gangtok which include amongst others the Enchey Monastery and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetanology.
Day 12: Gangtok – Kolkata
In the morning transfer to Bagdogra. From here a short flight brings us back to Kolkata where we spend 2 nights in a centrally located hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 13: Kolkata
A full day is spent exploring Kolkata starting off with an early morning visit to the colourful flower market followed by a boat ride on the Hoogli River. The afternoon’s sightseeing includes the Victoria Memorial, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Indian Museum.
Day 14: Depart Kolkata
You will be transferred to airport for your onward journey.
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