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West Sikkim Trek

16 Days
  • Adventure

Tiger Hill

Kanchenjunga Mountain Darjeeling

Botanic Garden

Tea Estates

Ghoom Monastery

Mt. Pandim

Simiti Lake

Tibetology

Orchid Sanctuary

Do Drul Monastery


Destination

Kolkata – Bagdogra – Darjeeling -Yuksom – Bakhim – Dzongri – Thangsing – Simiti Lake – Gochala – Gangtok

Day Wise Plan

Day 01 Kolkata

Arrive Kolkata. Meet upon arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02 Kolkata – Bagdogra – Darjeeling (IC/Jeep)

After breakfast transfer to domestic airport to board flight for Bagdogra. Meet upon arrival and drive to reach Darjeeling (2134 m) by covering approx 110 kms in 5 hrs. The route winds its way through tea estates. There is a narrow gauge railway line running parallel and criss – crossing the road. Darjeeling is called the Jewel in the Crown. Upon arrival check into hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03 Darjeeling (Jeep)

Morning visit Tiger Hill to see the sunrise and also get the best view of the world’s third highest mountain Kanchenjunga and other peaks. On the way back visit Ghoom Monastery enshrining Maitreyee Buddha. After breakfast proceed for a ride in the famous toy train for half an hour. Visit Botanical Gardens, Observatory Hill, Mountaineering Institute to know the history and the equipment used in the first conquest of Mr. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Visit zoological part to see the Siberian Tigers, Lamas, Himalayan Black Bear and Panda. Visit Tea estates and Tibetan Refugee Self- Help Centre for Woolen carpet and Leather products. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 04 Darjeeling – Yuksom (Jeep/Car)

After an early breakfast drive to Yuksom (1780 m) by covering approx 123 kms in 7 hrs. Yuksom is the oldest capital of Sikkim where the first king was consecrated at 1642 A.D. It also has the oldest existing monastery built during 1700 A.D. Overnight at Trekkers Hut.

Day 05 Yuksom – Bakhim (Trek)

After breakfast start the first leg of trekking reach Bhakim (3055 m) by covering approx 13 kms in 4 hrs. The trek is a gradual ascent and descent through the dense verdant semi-tropical forest following the Pairag Chu. Arrive and check into Forest Hut for overnight stay.

Day 06 Bakhim – Dzongri (Trek)

After breakfast start trekking to reach Dzongri (4030 m) along a well marked trek by covering approx 12 kms in 4 hrs. Initially the trek climbs steeply. But as the trek is through fascinating rhododendron bushes running riot with colour, one may not feel the climb. Arrive at Dzongri and check into Trekkers Hut for overnight stay.

Day 07 Dzongri – Thangsing (Trek)

After breakfast start trekking to reach Thangsing (3800 m) by covering approx 8 kms in 3 hrs. One can have fantastic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabri etc. from the Dzongri Pass. Continue to reach Thangsing for overnight stay in tents.

Day 08 Thangsing – Simiti Lake (Trek)

After breakfast start trekking to reach Simiti lake (4200 m) by covering approx 8 kms in 3 hrs. Simiti is one of the high altitude fresh water lakes found in the bosom of mighty Himalayan ranges. This is also considered a very sacred lake. Arrive and camp by the side of the lake.

Day 09 Simiti Lake – Gochala – Simiti Lake (Trek)

After breakfast start trekking to reach Gochala (5000 m) by covering approx 14 kms in 5 hrs. From the pass one can see the lofty and majestic Mr. Kanchenjunga, Mr. Kabru and Kabru dome etc. Return to Simiti Lake for overnight stay in tents.

Day 10 Simiti Lake – Thangsing (Trek)

After breakfast start trekking to reach Thangsing by covering approx 8 kms in 3 hrs. Arrive and overnight stay in tents.

Day 11 Thangsin g – Dzongri (Trek)

After breakfast start trekking to reach Dzongri by covering approx 8 kms in 3 hrs. Arrive and overnight stay in tents.

Day 12 Dzongri – Tsoka (Trek)

After breakfast start trekking to Tsoka (3710 m) by covering approx 9 kms in 3 hrs. The trek winds its way down up to Phedong, the start of the rhododendron trail. Arrive in Tsoka for a cosy overnight stay in the Trekkers Hut.

Day 13 Tsoka – Yuksom

After breakfast start trekking to reach Yuksom by covering approx 5 kms in 2 hrs. Rest of the day free to visit the oldest monastery and the surrounding area. Overnight stay in Trekkers Hut.

Day 14 Yuksom – Pemayangtse – Gangtok (Jeep)

After breakfast drive to Pemayangtse (2085 m) by covering approx 30 kms in 1 hrs. Pemayangtse is one of the oldest and important monasteries in Sikkim. Visit the monastery. Proceed to reach Gangtok (1810 m) by covering approx 110 kms in 5 hrs. Arrive Gangtok and check into hotel for overnight stay.

Day 15 Gangtok (Jeep/Car)

After breakfast leave for full day sightseeing of Gangtok visiting Tibetology, Orchid Sanctuary, Do Drul Monastery, Handicraft Centre etc in 4 to 5 hrs. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 16 Gangtok – Bagdogra – Kolkata (Jeep/IC)

Transfer to Bagdogra airport in time to board flight for Kolkata. Arrive Kolkata, meet upon arrival and transfer to international airport in time to board flight for onward destination.