Me and the 8000er

Dzongri-Trek to Goeche La
We start our journey in Darjeeling, the capital of the tea or the queen of the hills. Only after seeing the highlights we will enter Sikkim, the former kingdom at the boarders of Nepal, China and Bhutan. In Yoksum, home of former kings, we start our trek towards the mountain gods.

Group departure: Sikkim & Dzongri-Trek
Price: 2.050 EUR / 2.390 USD
Date: 10th-26th november 2019
Status: available


 

individualThis tour is also possible as individual tour at your prefered date
Best time of travel: October-December
Price for 1 pax: on request
Price for 2-3 pax: 2.400 EUR/person / 2.780 USD/person
Price from 4 pax onwards: 2.050 EUR/person / 2.390 USD/person
Price from 8 pax onwards: on request


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There is one mountain overshadowing everything in Sikkim: The Kanchendzonga, the world’s third highest mountain. This trekking tour focusses on the mountain giant.

We start our journey in Darjeeling, the capital of the tea or the queen of the hills. Only after seeing the highlights we will enter Sikkim, the former kingdom at the boarders of Nepal, China and Bhutan. In Yoksum, home of former kings, we start our trek towards the mountain gods.

For several days you will have to hike uphill, gain altitude to get closer and closer til you reach the foot of the Kanchendzonga. The hike is partly quite strenous but the impressive scenery will compensate you for your efforts.

For nature lovers the botanical and zoological diversity of Sikkim is a special attraction: Sikkim is home to over 450 species of orchids and 600 species of birds!

 

Challenging Trek , Gglacier walk on the Samiti Lake! A good overall constitution and good endurance are essential!

 

More about Khanchendzonga?

DSC_7925It soars 8586 meters high: the Kangchenjunga. The third highest mountain in the world, the highest peak of Sikkim and India, and, since part of it lies on its territory, the second highest mountain in Nepal. There are so many different ways to write its name: Khangchendzonga (with or without “h”) in the original, Kangchenjunga when translated to English, or simply Kantsch (in German), as it’s commonly known by the more regular mountaineers. But the mountain is much more than just numbers, rankings and different spellings.

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Highlights at a glance

  • The capital of the tea: Darjeeling
  • Face to Face with the third highest mountain in the world: Khanchendzonga
  • 7 days challenging trek to Goeche La
  • The most beautiful monasteries of Sikkim: Sangha Choeling, Pemayangtse, Tashiding
  • Relax in a farm resort in Rinchenpong
  • Colonial flair in Kalimpong

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Itinerary

Day 1
Departure from home

Day 2
Arrival in Delhi and all the way to Darjeeling
Upon arrival in Delhi we will pick you up and bring you to a hotel nearby. You can relax for a few hours until you have to embark the flight to Bagdogra. From there you will head straight to Darjeeling.

Finally you are in the Himalayas. Darjeeling is the Queen of the Hills, a favored destination for the britishers during the colonial time. So have a cup of Darjeeling tea! BF,-,D

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Darjeeling – the Queen of Hills – favored destination of colonial britishers. Photo: Roland Amon

Day 3
Darjeeling: Queen of Hills
We spend the whole day on a sightseeing tour to get to know Darjeeling: Early morning you can join for a sunset view at the Tiger Hill (2.500m). If you are lucky and the sky is clear you will have a fantastic view of the Kanchenjunga (8.530m). Sometime one can even spot  Everest (8.850m) and Makalu (8.430m) from Tiger Hill. Afterwards we will visit the zoo and the Mountaineering Institute of Tenzing Norgay (Mt. Everest Climber).

If there is still enough time and if you want to you could have a ride on the famous toytrain. BF,-,D

Day 4
The green capital of Sikkim - Gangtok
Today we will finally reach to Sikkim. You will stay overnight in Gangtok – the hilly capital of Sikkim. Enroute we will stop to visit the monastery Rumtek, which is also residence of His Holiness the Karmapa. BF,-,D

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Photo: Roland Amon

Day 5
Kings of Yoksum
After the breakfast you will leave Gangtok. Enroute we will visit another monastery: Tashiding. But our final destination is Yoksum at an elevation of 1.760m Seehöhe, once capital of the kingdom of Sikkim. BF,-,D

Day 6
The trekking starts
After breakfast commence trek to Bakhim. A tough day’s climb takes us through dense vegetation and across two mountain streams with varieties of flowers such as Magnolia, Rhododendron, Blue poppies and orchids etc. Wild life in this area includes black and brown Himalayan Beer, Barking Beer and Sambar. En route we stop for hot lunch break near a clear water stream. Bakhim is marked by a cluster of three small houses fluttering with Tibetan flags and an old forest rest house. Camp is set in between the woods just  above the Rest house. Meals & Overnight at the camp. BF,L,D

Distance: 14kms / 5-6 hrs Trek / Altitude: approx. 2720m

Day 7
Trek to Pethang
Trek to Phedang which is about 800m uphill and a good acclimatization camp before heading upto the meadows of Dzongri at 4000m and above. The trail goes through Choka, a one time village of Tibetan settlers who would graze the Yaks in the high mountains and cultivate the hard ground  to grow potatoes and cabbages. The villageers have now been relocated by the National Park authorities to Yuksom and now the village monastery stands and few houses stands as witness to the village. Walk uphill through Rhododendron and Magnolia forest to reach the clearing of Phedang where we camp for the night. BF,L,D

Distance:   6kms / 4 hrs Trek / Altitude: 3500m

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Photo: Roland Amon

Day 8
Trekking to Dzongri
After breakfast commence trek to Dzongri. A path climbs very steeply towards Deorali, one of the best view points of the Kanchenjunga. From here we walk  along a slightly plain area for a while through Juniper bushes and dwarf Rhododendron trees to reach the trekkers hut. Crossing a small stream we head for about 30 mins uphill to the meadows  of Dzongri  where we camp for the night. The campsite is situated just a high mountain meadow. Meals & Overnight at the camp. BF,L,D

Distance: 6kms / 3 hrs Trek / Altitude: 4020m

Day 9
Trekking to Lamune
Early morning get up to the Dzongri view point to witness the dawn over the Kanchenjunga range, one the highlight of the trek. The climb to the highest view point is very cold in the morning but worthwhile offering the most beautiful sight when the first rays of the sun hit these Himalayan peaks that change colors as the sun gets brighter. Return to camp for a hot cup of Tea & coffee. After breakfast we trek to Lamuni. A gradual walk with occasional descents is followed by a steep descent to the Rangit River. After crossing the River over over a wooden bridge we start the climb through a very thick forest of Rhododendrons bringing us to the beautiful meadow of Thangsing with Mt. Pandim and other peaks always in view. We stop for lunch at Thangsing  before continuing up this beautiful valley to Lamuni. Overnight camp. BF,L,D

Distance: 13kms / 7 hrs Trek /  Altitude: 4200m  

Day 10
Up to Goeche La
Early morning walk up to the Goecha la which is the highest point of this trek, situated at the foot of the Kanchenjunga.  Enroute we pass through the beautiful Samiti Lake. Situated at the base camp of Mt. Pandim the lake offers very impressive view of the Glaciers above. Samiti is a holy lake and is often visited by local population.  The entire walk  presents spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga all the way to the pass with the lake below enhancing the beauty of this place.  The pass is marked with numerous prayer flags which flutter with the heavily winds. Walk back to Thangsing. Overnight at the camp. BF,L,D

Distance: 14kms / 7- 8 hrs Trek / Altitude: 5020m

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Goeche La – the highlight of the tour. Photo: Roland Amon

Day 11
And back ... to Tsoksa
After breakfast trek back to Tsoka, through the Rangit River and trek along the ridge of Dzongri to reach Phedang. The walk is very beautiful, through a very thick forest with numerous stretches of short ascents and descent. Stop in Phedang for hot lunch prepared by staff. From Phendang descent down to Tsoka, where camp is set in the compound of the trekker huts. Evening visit a local Tibetan houses to enjoy some local wine and Tibetan tea. Overnight at the camp. BF,L,D

Day 12
Hello Yoksum and Pelling
Another 4-5 hrs of the trek but then we exchange our hiking boots against the teaxis and drive into a comfortable hotel in Pelling. BF,L,D

Day 13
Relaxing
After visiting the beautiful monasteries of Pemayangtse and Sangha Choeling we will drive to Rinchenpong, where we will stay overnight in a charming Farm Resort. BF,L,D

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Inside a monastery. Photo: Roland Amon

Day 14
One more day relaxing
After the strenous trekking tour you deserve it to relax. But if you still prefer to be active you can walk to an old monastery. BF,L,D

Day 15
Colonial flair
Today we are leaving Sikkim and enter once more Westbengal. The last stopp before our return to Delhi is Kalimpong an historically interesting city with a lot of colonial flair. BF,-,D

Day 16
Back to Delhi
Drive to Bagdogra and flight to Delhi. Until your departure home you can relax in an airport hotel. BF

Day 17
Flight home

 


Prices and dates

Basic date Sikkim & Dzongri-Trek as Group Tour:

  • Group departure: Sikkim & Dzongri-Trek
  • Price: 2.050 EUR / 2.390 USD
  • Date: 10th-26th november 2019
  • Date: 12th-28th november 2020
  • Single supplement: 250 EUR/ 300 USD
  • Min/Max participants: 4/10 participants

Basic date Sikkim & Dzongri-Trek as Individual Tour:

  • Best time of travel: October-December
  • Price for 1 pax: on request
  • Price for 2-3 pax: 2.400 EUR/person / 2.780 USD/person
  • Price from 4 pax onwards: 2.050 EUR/person / 2.390 USD/person
  • Price from 8 pax onwards: on request
  • Single supplement: 250 EUR / 300 USD


Services included

  • Services from/to Delhi
  • Accomodation in guest house with full/half board (see itinerary) and camp / double room/tent
  • English speaking tour guidance
  • All drives/transfers according to itinerary
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Trekkingcrew with cook & helper(s)
  • Transport of trekking luggage (excl. day pack) on ponies
  • Camping equipment excl. of sleeping bag

Not included

  • Flights
  • Insurance (travel insurance is recommended)
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Visa for India
  • Vaccinations
  • Additional costs caused by illness, accident, route changes due to acts of nature beyond control, etc.
  • Additional costs caused by cancelled or delayed flights

 


As individual tour

You can choose your own date, but we will happily assist you if you need some help.

Of course this travel can be modified according to your wishes: extend, shorten or change! We are open to (almost) anything.

In general we’d like to arrange this tour also for single travelers. Only during the very busy times in high season we might have to refuse. Simply ask for possible dates!

 

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