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TREKINGS in Eastern Himalayas
 
TREKINGS in Eastern Himalayas
 
Sikkim - Goech La Trek
Duration :  15 Days / 14 Nights
Destinations : Kolkata/Delhi - Pelling - Yuksom - Bakhim - Dzongri - Thangsing - Lake Samiti - Chemathang-Goech la - Kokchu Camp - Tsokha - Gangtok - Kalimpong - Bagdogra - Kolkata/Delhi
   
Day 01 Arrival at Kolkata/Delhi. Arrival at Kolkata (land of Joy)/ New Delhi. Received upon arrival and transferred to hotel. Day free at your, leisure. Evening, free. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02 Kolkata/Delhi- Pelling Morning drive to the airport for flight to Bagdogra. Received upon arrival and transferred to Yuksum. Overnight in hotel.
Day 04 Yuksom, Visit the Oldest Monastery of Sikkim, the Dubdi Monastery and the Coronation Stone. Afternoon enjoy the beauty of this small village while acclimatizing for the trek. Overnight in hotel.
Day 05 Yuksom-Bakhim (2743meters or 9000ft.), The trail now runs through rice wood hills abounding in flora and fauna going, as it does, through moss-laden forests of oak, spruce, chestnut, fir, pines, giant magnolias and rhododendron- botanist' paradise. Not to be outdone, the naturalist's cab views hundreds of varieties of exotic of birds, butterflies and orchids. Among the animals are the Himalayan brown beer, black beers, barking deer. Samber, marble cats, Blue sheep, Tibetan antelope, wild ass, Himalayan wild goats, red pandas and musk deer at various altitudes. It takes six hours before the Bakhim forest Bungalow. Overnight at camp.
Day 06 Bakhim-Dzongri (4030meters or 13,221ft.), Eight kilometers and six hours away, each steps to Dzongri leads to the world of the gamed Khanchenjunga massive. The steady and demanding climb passes through gullies laid by grazing yaks and mountain sheep through Tsokha, a Tibetan resettlement centre, and the last village passed on the way. Now, one begins to get the initial views of the Sikkim snows. It is time for lunch and one has reached a picturesque spot, Phithang after which the trail leads up right amidst an exclusive and bewitching forest of rhododendron to Deorali Dara' - the meeting place of Men and Mountain- of God and Nature. Finally we reach our camp. Overnight at Camp.
Day 07 Dzongri-Thangsing (3800 meters or 12,467ft), Seven kilometers from Dzongri, the four hours' trek leads through meadows and valleys down the burrow leads into the most beautiful valley of all situated at the base of Joponu peak. Surrounded on all sides by massive mountains here, the beautiful stream pierces the forest and presents an enchanting scene. To reach the camping grounds dwarfed in the giant valley, one crosses a wooden bridge over the stream under the watchful eye of majestic Mt.Pandim. Overnight at Tent/Hut.
Day 08 Thangsing- Lake Samiti (4800meter or 15,748ft.), Situated at the base of mighty Mt.Pandim, Samiti Lake is a holy lake for the local people and even for far wandering pilgrims from the plains. It takes us only three to four hours gradual uphill walk to reach this beautiful camp. The trek upto Lake Samiti is flat and surrounded as it is by the mighty mountains inspires the trekker onward. This day after pitching our tents we take a walk on the ridges of the lake and as we go higher the splendid, and breathtaking sight. Overnight at Tent.
Day 09 Lake Samiti - Chemathang-Goechala - Lake Samiti (5000m or 16500ft.), This day we wake up early in the morning and after having some tea we start walking uphill towards Goecha-La. Chemathang is eight kilometers from Lake Samiti and takes 6 hours to trek. Walking towards the legendary Khanchenjunga, right through the giant Onglathang Valley the mystic awe of the surrounding mountains fills the trekker with wonder going past splendid glacial lakes and numerous glaciers as he walks amidst the legendary mountains of Sikkim… Still higher and more steps, the Goecha - La pass about 5 km away but taking a good three hours to cover. This is the northernmost and highest point of the trek. The climb starts through and over lichen covered moraine, the approach to the pass is precipitous and over rugged, trail-less terrain but rewards the climber with splendid views and the closest too, of the legendary God of Sikkim interlaced with glaciers, swift rivers flowing down from sacred lap. After having our packed breakfast we will walk back to our camp. Overnight in Tent/Hut. 
Day 10 Lake Samiti - Kokchu Camp, In the return journey have a nice time looking for rare high altitude birds and Blue sheep roaming in the wilderness of high cliffs and snows, among the thick and low bushes. We will reach our camp situated near river. Overnight in Camp.
Day 11 Kokchu Camp - Tsokha, Today it is a full day walk towards Tsokha village. Our route is mostly straight but few ups and downs all along the way. We stop for our hot lunch at the tower of Phithang after lunch we will take a down hill trail back to the beautiful village of Tsokha. Overnight in Camp.
Day 12 Tsokha- Yuksom, Morning free to explore Tsokha. A leisurely Afternoon walk of about four hours brings one back to Yuksom. The meeting place of the three Saints were one can pause and get a full taste of the charms of Sikkimise rural life. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 13 Yuksom -Gangtok (1780m or 5874ft.), Drive to Gangtok (125 km) 6hrs, enroute visit Tashiding Monastery and Ravangla Village Afternoon free to explore the capital of Sikkim, or collect souvenir. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 14 Gangtok, City tour of Gangtok covering Rumtek, Ranka, Enchay Monasteries, Flower show area & walk around the mall. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15 Gangtok - Bagdogra (IXB)/New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP), Drive to Bagdogra or NJP Railway Station for your onward journey.
Singalila Trek
Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
Destinations: Kolkata/Delhi - Darjeeling - Tonglu - Gairibus Trek - Sandakphu - Phalut - Rammam - Rimbik - Darjeeling - Kalimpong - Kolkata/Delhi
   
Day 01 Arrival at Kolkata or Delhi. Get Transfered to your Pre booked hotel.
Day 02 Fly to Bagdogra. Get transefered to your hotel at Darjeeling. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03

Drive from Darjeeling to Rimbick (Altitude 2286 mts) and After Breakfast we leave early, as our drive is a long drive and takes us approximately five to six hours. Distance is 54km from Darjeeling. Rimbick is a corrupt from the Lepcha word " Ling-gip " meaning swing. It is said in the olden days there use to be a huge bamboo swing where the local people use to play. Today Rimbick is a small busy town, which consists of small shops, lodges for trekkers and few village development offices. To make our walk easy for next day we stop for lunch at Rimbick and then start walking towards Shri Khola. Siri Khola is 9 kms straight walk from Rimbick. Situated few meters high from Rimbick, Siri Khola is situated on the river banks of River Siri Khola. Overnight at Trekker's lodge or tented accommodation.
Day 04 Trek from Siri Khola to Rammam (2560 metres ) : Rammam is 12 km from Siri Khola and is at an elevation of 2560 metres. The first two hours are climbing uphill and our paths get level through the forest filled with flowering trees. This forest also offers hundred species of birds, including the colourful Himalayan Monal, the emerald dove, the maroon Oriole and the many others. Crossing through the towering forests of moss laden trees of rhododendrons, silver firs, pines, spruce, chestnuts, oaks, giant magnolias and as well as through open country fields we reach our camp site. Rammam is a thinly populated village inhabited by Nepalese and Sherpa farmers mostly growing potatoes, millets and maize. From this campsite, spectacular views of Darjeeling hills, Rimbick town and the southwestern villages of Sikkim are seen. Overnight at Trekker's lodge or tented accommodation.
Day 05 Rammam to Gorkhey : The trek route from Rammam to Gorkhey is a gradual climb and passes through the thick forest and small streams. Slowly climbing up the stream we come across a picturesque village called " Samanden " better known as the lost valley. Standing at a plateau in the middle of the dense forest this village is noted for its fertile lands. These simple villages main source of income is potato farming, which we also see on the lower villages of Rimbick and Rammam. Rammam to Gorkhey is 8 km and takes us five to six hours walk. Gorkhey is a small village situated on the border with northern part of western Sikkim and foreigners are not allowed to cross into Sikkim via this point because of no immigration checkpoint. Situated on the meeting point of two streams namely Gorkhey Khola which is a tributary of Rammam river, Gorkhey village is a beautiful village which offers a trekker a ideal place to relax. Overnight at Trekker's lodge or tented accommodation.
Day 06 Gorkhey to Phalut ( 3600 metres ) : This day is also a pleasant walk uphill towards Phalut. As we climb upwards we come across the changes in vegetation. The lower hills are covered with moss laden trees, different varieties of rhododendrons, silver firs, pines, spruce, chestnuts, oaks, giant magnolias and hemlocks and as we ascend upwards the trees slowly disappear. Phalut is only 5 kms from Gorkhey and takes us five to six hours of uphill walk. Phalut meaning " Denuded Peak or peeled summit " is on the loftiest peak in the Singallila range and having an altitude of 3600 metres or 11,811 feet. Phalut in on the junction of Nepal , Sikkim and the state of West Bengal and serves the most rewarding place to visit. Early morning sunrise is worth seeing from here. Overnight at Trekker's lodge or tented accommodation.
Day 07 Phalut to Molley ( 3590 metres) : Early morning we visit to the top of the ridge to see the sunrise. If the weather Gods are pleased with us the view is so beautiful that complains of getting out from our warm sleeping bags will be soon forgotten. From Phalut to Sandakphu is an old rough jeepable road, which is unused these days as the roads are broken in-between by mudslides. Our track from today is wider and easy to follow. So after breakfast we move towards our next destination " Molle ".From Phalut to Sandakphu is a walk on the ridge and not to be forgotten is the track, which moves on the border line between India and Nepal. Molle is 9 kms from Phalut and is at an altitude of 3590 metres or 11803 feet. Seven kms from Phalut we come across a ruined house which is known as " Sabarkum " and from this point we leave the jeepable road and move 2 kms downhill to our next camp " Molle ". Situated in the midst of the pine forest is our camp site. Overnight at Trekker's lodge or tented accommodation.
Day 08 Molley to Sandakphu ( 3636 metres ) : As said earlier this day is day we have been waiting for. This day the walk is relatively easier day trek-wise, a distance of 14 kms are covered. Walking along the ridge we can view both the beautiful valleys of both India and Nepal. All along the route Rhododendrons of different hues, magnolias, chestnut oak and emerging out of the mysterious mists - the stately silver fir, greet one. The whole snowy range of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal, about 320 Km in length, a wonderful square mass of mountains looking like a wall of snow, is visible, but the gigantic height and breadth of towering Kanchenjunga, with its attendant peaks, Kabru, Janu, and Pandim dominates the scene. The mighty Everest,(8,848 meters/29,028 ft) graceful and majestic, 144 kms soars above, peeping shyly from the northern horizon with Lhtose (8,500 meters or 27,890 ft) on the right and Makalu (8482 metres or 27,824 ft) on the left. The campsite has tourist huts as well as some small private huts. Today Sandakphu can be connected to the outside world by satellite phone. People who cannot trek can even come by Landrovers but the road is rough and very steep. Overnight at Trekker's lodge or tented accommodation.
Day 09 Sandakphu to Garibas (2621 metres) : We wake up early to view another sunrise as it is said that if one does not wake up to see the sunrise at Sandakphu the tour will remain incomplete. Sandakphu (3636 metres) is 58 km from Darjeeling and commands one of the most spectacular views. The four of the world's highest mountains all 8000 metres high towering over us at an incredibly close distance presents with a sight one can never forget. The whole snowy ranges of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal about 320 kms in length are visible but panorama is completely dominated by the Kanchenjunga and Everest group. After a late breakfast we move downhill towards a small village called " Gairibas ". Our walk is mostly downhill and along the way we cross small villages like Bikhebhanjang (derived from Nepalese language meaning poisonous valley as aconite's grow in abundance), further down is another village called " Kalipokhari (3170 mts) meaning "Black Pond". The colour of water is black and muddy and it is said that the water never freezes. Further down leads to our campsite Gairibas. Distance covered today is 12 kms. Overnight at Trekker's lodge or tented accommodation.
Day 10 Gairibas to Tonglu ( 3070 metres) : Gairibas to Tonglu is nine kilometres and the walk is a gradual climb through the thick forest. Tonglu is another beautiful ridge from where the peaks are seen very clearly, specially the Kanchenjunga ranges. From here the sunrise and the sunset is another important point not to be missed. Overnight at Trekker's lodge or tented accommodation.
Day 11 Tonglu to Manebhanjhang ( 2134 metres) and then drive to Darjeeling. Our walk today is down hill passing through the small village of Meghma which has a tea shop, houses, small monastery and impressive chorten. Manebhanjang is seven kms downhill from here. Overnight at Darjeeling Hotel.
Day 12 Sight seeing of Darjeeling.
Day 13 Drive to Kalimpong. City tour of Kalimpong. Overnight at Kalimpong.
Day 14 Drive to Bagdogra for onward connection.
   
 
 
 
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