Sikkim Goechala Darjeeling

A unique journey, combining two treks among the most interesting of this secret region of Eastern Himalayas. The trek along the Singalila ridge, is a unique experience walking on the Indo-Nepal border, can look over the Himalayan range over 200 kilometers, with a focus on the impressive massif of Kangchendzonga, the third summit in the world rising to 8598 m above sea level, But to approach closer to the Kangchenjunga and feel strong sensations of altitude and vastness, it must earn the former kingdom of Sikkim, now twenty-second state of the Indian Union. Since Yuksam, the path soon leaves the forest to reach the peak of Dzongri, to 4030 m, fabulous lookout on the highest mountain massif. The fascinating side southeast of Kangchendzong, up from 4 000 m. And the most intense moment of the trip is coming to the Gocha, a pass at 4940m, a real open door in this ice wall disproportionate prevailing ocean hills of Sikkim. The return journey by a little busy, wild and varied, offering an end of adventurous trek and very emotional. Pleasant village, Darjeeling is known worldwide for the richness of the tea grown there. Sikkim, a stronghold of Tibetan Buddhism since the sixteenth century houses over 200 monasteries. The sect is largely red caps and represented his spiritual leader is the rich Rumtek Monastery near Gangtok. Lepcha, Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, Bhutanese living in this small area that recently opened to foreigners we welcome with great hospitality.

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Name of Program: Sikkim Goecha la Trek Darjeeling.
Place to Visit : Arrival Bagdogra-Darjeeling (2123m)-Maney Banjang (2134m)-Tonglu (3056m)-Kalapokhari (3250m)-Sandakphu (3636m) –Phalut (3600m) –Gorkey (2500m) –Rammam (2560m) –Rimbick (2130m)-Pelling (2085m)-Yuksom (1800m) –Tshoka (3048m) –Dzongri (4030m) -Lake Samiti(4100m) -Gocha la(4940m) –Thanshing (3900m)-Lam Pokhari (4300m) –Kasturi Ridge (4350m) –Kasturi Odhal (3400m) –Lapdang (2000m)-Silnon Gompa-Tashiding (2070m)-Martam Resort-Rumtek-Gangtok (1870m) -Bagdogra & Dep.
Duration : 21 Nights
Best Time :
 March – April –  May & Oct – Nov.
Highest Point:  4940 m
Trek Grade: Easy (Cultural Program)
Price: On Request

Day 1: Arrival Bagdogra – Darjeeling (2123 m) 3-4 hrs drive:
Upon arrival at Bagdogra airport meet to our representative and transfer to Darjeeling. On arrival check in hotel.

Day 2: Darjeeling:
Very early in the morning (4am) visit Tiger Hill to see the sunrise over the third highest peak “Kanchendzonga 8586m”. Drive back to hotel en route visit Ghoom Moanstery.  After breakfast commence sightseeing of Darjeeling, the capital of tea! Visit the HMI (Himalayan Mountain Institute), created by Tenzing Norkay, the hero of Everest, visit Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center, Lablong village, rest of the time visit Chowrasta local market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Darjeeling – Maney Banjang (2134 m) – Tonglu (3056 m): 3 Hrs Trek
Transfer to Maney Banjang (2000 m) by surface and start trekking in the Singalila National Park. Meeting with our support team and our carriers. Good climb to the village of Chitre, then softened the road, and we cross the village before reaching Lamaydura Tonglu, built on a scenic ridge where you can watch the sunset on the plains Bengal and the sunrise over the Kanchenjunga. Overnight in tents. (3 hours drive. 5 hours hiking).

Day 4: Tonglu – Kalapokhari (3250 m): 6 Hrs Trek
After breakfast, We follow the trail along the ridge separating India from Nepal. We reach the first village of Nepal Tumling before reaching Lamburi. The route is lined with mani and prayer flags, stupas and small Hindu temples. Between trees and small lakes ghostly mystery, we connect Kalapokhari village, near which we pitched our camp.

Day 5: Kalapokhari – Sandakphu (3636 m): 4 Hrs Trek
It is primarily a road overlooking the plains of Bengal and the valleys of eastern Nepal, then we reach the main ridge. Beautiful view of the Bhutanese mountains, Kangchenjunga and Pandim. Short Step to a good start acclimatizing. Overnight in tents.

Day 6: Sandakphu – Phalut (3600 m): 6-7 Hrs Trek
Walking on the crest of the hill, border with Nepal is totally unique and panoramic, of Everest summits & Bhutan. Climbs and descents alternate on excellent roads. Overnight in tents.

Day 7: Phalut (3600 m) – Gorkey (2500 m) – Rammam (2560 m): 6 Hrs Trek
Sunrise Very early on Kangchenjunga, the Jannu, Everest, the Lothse, Makalu and Cho Oyu! The summit is the border Phalut India-Nepal-Sikkim, we are increasingly close to Kangchenjunga. Superb descent into the forest of pines, oaks, rhododendrons, Rammam to the river and the beautiful village of Gorkey stepped in the middle of cornfields. After lunch, climb to the peaceful hilltop village of Rammam. Overnight in tents.

Day 8: Rammam – Rimbick (2130 m): 4 Hrs Trek
The program of the day, many villages and hamlets built on a mountain slope, terraced fields and lush vegetation. The inhabitants are of immense kindness, and we enjoy the many scenes of life: farmers working in fields, shoemakers, tailors. Our first trek ends … to Rimbick, quiet little village. Overnight in guest house or tent.

Day 9: Rimbing – Pelling (2085 m):
Transfer to Pelling, a small hill station built on top of a very panoramic hill near the monastery Pemayantse. The road passes through tea plantations before reaching the river gorge Rangit, border with Sikkim. After a few miles into the gorge, the road climbs the slopes of the hill Pelling and rice terraces. Overnight in hotel, (8-12 hrs, depand on the road conditions).

Day 10: Pelling – Yuksom (1850 m): 3 Hrs Drive
Visit the beautiful monastery Pemayantse, “lotus sublime and perfect,” former royal residence. Built atop a hill Pemayantse is one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim. From here the panorama embraces the entire Kangchenjunga massif where our trek will take place the next day. Transfer to Yuksam. The scenery is beautiful rice fields, waterfalls, great suspension bridges. Yuksam walk in the afternoon. Visit Norbugang, remnants of the first capital of Sikkim. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Yuksom – Tshoka (3048 m): 7-8 Hrs Trek
Beginning the second trek. Way comfortable amidst a beautiful primeval forest. Several suspension bridges over beautiful canyons. Tsoka is a hamlet of twenty houses and a temple overlooking a small lake. Overnight in tents.

Day 12: Tsoka – Dzongri (4030 m): 6 Hrs Trek
The trail leaves the forest and we came into the clearing of Phedang, then continue to climb up the ridge Dzongri, which float a few prayer flags – on the lookout Kangchenjunga (8586 m), Kabru (7338 m), Pandim (6691 m) … Overnight in tents.

Day 13: Dzongri – Samiti Lake (4100 m): 7 Hrs Trek
Before breakfast, for the most courageous, early morning sunrise at the summit of Dzongri Peak (4250 m). Ascent Dzongri pass, the view opens on Pandim. The path we take balcony offers magnificent views. Steep descent to the bridge on the Rathang then rise dramatically from the valley to the foot of which lies Pandim Lake Samiti. Camp 1 hour before the lake.

Day 14: Lake Samiti – Gocha la (4940 m) – Thamshing (3900 m): 6-7 Hrs Trek
Sunrise is very early and by the light of our front that we’re going to reach the Gocha La pass, surrounded by impressive walls. The rise – optional – is a little tiring, but the reward is at the end of 5 hours of effort. Outstanding! Onglaktang Glacier and Moraine Lake are beautiful just as the 4000 meters in the south face of Kangchenjunga is and its hanging glacier. Back at camp, well deserved rest! and Continue (approx. 1 hr 30) for Lake sumptuous Samiti and the great pasture of Thanshing. Overnight in tents. (3 – 9 hrs walking, if you’re going to pass).

Those who will not go to the pass, would nevertheless benefit from a superb view, because there are three views impressive.

Day 15: Thanshing – Lam Pokhari (4300 m) – Tshamri (4180 m): 5 Hrs Trek
Porters joined us. Since Yuksom, they were Dzos who carried our luggage. We take a path balcony amid the rhododendrons and we’re on the side facing the Dzongri Peak and the view is beautiful on the Kabru and dome (6500 m). From small pass that we have achieved, we see the lake of Lam Pokhari that will join us to plant our tents. Yaks graze quietly.

Day 16: Tshamri – Kasturi Ridge (4350 m) – Kasturi Odal (3400 m): 7 Hrs Trek
We start trek to reach the river (100m descent) and the rise of the corridor (200m) is stiff, then very nice route “roller coaster” to the edge of Kasturi. Spectacular descent to reach the hut Kasturi Odal, lost amid the forest of rhododendrons. Overnight in tents.

Day 17: Kasturi Odal – Lapdang (2000 m): 6 Hrs Trek
Long steep descent in a completely preserved primeval forest, several species of orchids grow here, but are hardly recognizable outside the period of summer bloom. Very nice ambiance. Lapdang is the first inhabited village we meet since we left Tshoka. Overnight in tents.

Day 18: Lapdang – Silnon gompa – Tashiding (1470 m): 5 Hrs Trek
Step easy and enjoyable. We reach a track on the hillside that we follow for about three hours until the Kongra high waterfall about 100 meters, then cross the village Gangyap. A beautiful trail on the balcony terraces cultivated leads two-hour descent to the village of Tashiding. Overnight in tents.

Day 19: Tashiding – Martam Resort – Rumtek: 2 Hrs Trek + Drive)
Visit Tashiding Monastery, one of the finest in the region. Its Buddhist monuments are among the most sacred of Sikkim. Transfer to Rumtek. The road passes Rabang The collar that still offers a magnificent panorama. Arriving late in the day. Overnight at hotel.

Day 20: Martam Resort – Rumtek – Gangtok (1870 m):
Rumtek Monastery, a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture is the main monastery of the Buddhist Kargyupa. It houses the Karmapa, spiritual leader of this sect, largely represented in Sikkim. We have time to discover this site. By late afternoon, transfer to Gangtok. At the entrance of the city, visit the Tibetan Institute, near the orchid garden. Shopping. Overnight at hotel. (1 hour 30 minutes drive)

Day 21: Gangtok:
Morning leisure for relax, afternoon visit local market and Tibetology. Overnight at hotel.

Day 22: Gangtok – Bagdogra Airport:
After breakfast drive to Bagdogra Airport, board flight to onward destination. End the services.

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