Dzongri is by far the most popular trek in Sikkim, affering close up views of Mt.Kangchenjunga, Mt. Pandim, Kabru and Simvo
For those who wish the see Kangchenjunga up-close, Dzongri trek offers the perfect option. From the meadows of Dzongri one can get grand views of Kangchenjunga, Simvo, Pandim, Kabru and Rathong.
The trail runs through moss-laden forests of oak, chestnut, pine, maple, magnolia and rhododendron. This amazingly diverse forest gives us an opportunity to enjoy many beautiful birds like the Redbilled Leothrix, Rufous-vented Yuhina, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Silver-eared Mesia and many more. Equally impressive is the variety of orchids which throng the tree barks. On the way we cross small Tibetan hamlets at Bakhim and Tshoka, offering a peek into their way of life. The trek finally culminates above the tree line, offering some of the grandest views of the Kangchenjunga range.
- Walk through dense Temperate and Rhododendron forests
- Close up views of Mt.Kangchenjunga, Mt. Pandim, Simvo, Kabru and Rathong
- Visit old Buddhist monasteries
- Observe many rare birds
|Day 1||Bagdogra to Yuksom|
Pickup from Bagdogra airport and drive to Yuksom. O/n at a hotel in Yuksom.
|6 hrs||1835 m|
|Day 2||Trek: Yuksom to Bakhim|
Walk uphill following the Rathong River's gorge
| through dense mixed jungle with magnolia|| rhododendron|
| ferns|| and several varieties of orchids. Passing by sweet smelling viburnum|| we cross the Prek Chu River and then ascend steeply for two or three hours to arrive at the lodge at Bakhim. O/n in tents.||6 hrs|
|2908 m||Day 3||Trek: Bakhim to Phedang|
Begin today’s walk by trekking for about one hour up to the picturesque village of Tshoka. Tshoka is home to a colony of Tibetan refugees who have erected a small monastery by a small lake. A fairly steep climb above Tshoka takes you into beautiful rhododendron forests
| and you continue along a well-defined uphill path to Phedang . O/n in tents.|
|5 hrs||3770m||Day 4||Trek: Phedang to Dzongri|
Today would be another short day walk as you would be treading above the 4000 meter mark. You will be reaching the camp by lunchtime
| after which you spend a relaxed afternoon acclimatizing. This would be your most glorious campsite with views of Koktang|| Rathong|| Kabru|| Kangchenjunga|
| Simvo|| and Pandim. O/n in tents.||5 hrs||4050 m|
|Day 5||Dzongri to Bakhim|
Rise early in the morning to climb up to a vantage point on a ridge above the campsite to admire the sunrise on Kangchenjunga
| Kabru|| Pandim|
| Rathong|| and many other peaks of the Kangchenjunga range. After breakfast begin your descent to Bakhim. O/n in tents.||6 hrs||2908 m|
|Day 6||Trek: Bakhim to Yuksom|
Retrace your steps to descend down to Yuksom . In the evening walk around Yuksom
| first to the Norbughang complex where the first Chogyal of Sikkim was coronated|| and then to the serene Kato lake. O/n at Hotel Demazong / Yangri Gang or similar.|
|4 hrs||1835 m||Day 7||Drive: Yuksom to Kalimpong|
After breakfast drive to Khecheopalri lake considered a wish fulfilling lake by the local people. Continue your drive further towards Pelling where you will visit Pemagyatse monastery and Rabdtense Ruins.
From here drive to Kalimpong. O/n at a hotel in Kalimpong.
|Day 8||Drive : Kalimpong to Bagdogra|
Drop to Bagdogra airport.
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