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
Name of Program : Sikkim & Darjeeling
Samiti-Gocha la-Thanshing-Lam Pokhari-Tshamri-Kasturi
Resort-Rumtek-Gangtok-Bagdogra-Kolkata or Delhi Dep.
Duration: 23 Nights.
Best Time : March-May OR Oct-Dec.
Day 1 : Arrival Kolkata (Calcutta) : Upon arrival meet to
assistance, transfer to hotel near by the airport, for rest of the
Day 2 : Kolkata - Bagdogra - Darjeeling (2134 m) 3-4 hrs drive :
Transfer to domestic airport and one hour flight to Bagdogra, a town in
the foothills of the Himalayan. Transfer by road to Darjeeling.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 : Darjeeling :
After breakfast commence sightseeing of Darjeeling, the capital of tea!
Yinga Choling Gompa. Visit the HMI (Himalayan Mountain Institute),
created by Tenzing Norkay, the hero of Everest, visit Tibetan Refugee
Help Center, Lablong village, rest of the time visit Chowrasta local
market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 : Darjeeling - Maneybanjang (2134 m) - Tonglu (3056 m) :
Transfer to Maneybanjang (2000 m) by sruface 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 5 : Tonglu - Kalapokhari (3250 m) :
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. (5: 30 hrs
Day 6 : Kalapokhari - Sandakphu (3636 m) :
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. (3 hours hiking.)
Day 7 : Sandakphu - Phalut (3600 m) :
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. (6- 7 hrs trek)
Day 8 : Phalut (3600 m) - Gorkey (2500 m) - Rammam (2560 m):
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. (6 hrs trek)
Day 9 : Rammam - Rimbick (2130 m) :
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 (4 hrs hiking)
Dau 10 : 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 11 : Pelling - Yuksom (1850 m) :
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. (3 hrs drive)
Day 12 : Yuksom - Tshoka (3048 m) :
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. (7- 8 hrs trek)
Day 13 : Tsoka - Dzongri (4030 m) :
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 (8598 m), Kabru (7338 m), Pandim
(6691 m) ... Overnight in tents. (6 hrs trek)
Day 14 : Dzongri - Samiti Lake (4100 m) :
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.( 7 hrs trekking)
Day 15 : Lake Samiti - Gocha la (4940 m) - Thanshing (3900 m) :
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. (2- 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 16 : Thanshing - Lam Pokhari (4300 m) - Tshamri (4180 m) :
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. (5 hrs trekking)
Day 17 : Tshamri - Kasturi ridge (4350 m) - Kasturi Odal (3400 m) :
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.
(7 hrs trekking)
Day 18 : Kasturi Odal - Lapdang (2000 m) :
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.
(6 hrs trekking)
Day 19 : Lapdang - Silnon gompa - Tashiding (1470 m) :
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. (5 hrs trekking)
Day 20 : Tashiding - Martam Resort - Rumtek :
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. (1
hour 30 minutes walk (round trip to the monastery).
Day 21 : 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 22 : Gangtok :
Morning leisure for relax, afternoon visit local market and tibetology.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 23 : Gangtok - Bagdogra :
Drive to Bagdogra. Overnight at hotel. 190 km of road. 6 hr drive.
Day 24 : Bagdogra - Kolkata :
Flights to Kolkata (1 hr). Early morning take flgiht to Kolkata or
Delhi, on arrival meet to assistance drive to hotel near by the aiport.
later in time dep. transfer to international aiport, take return flgiht