Tour Packages Details

Khangchendzonga Trek (14 Nights/15 Days) Package Code : TTT01

PACKAGES DESCRIPTION

Khangchendzonga Trek from Rimbi

PACKAGES INCLUDE

Hotel Stay

Meals

Transport

Sightseeing

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1

Delhi- Bagdogra- Pelling: (5 Hours drive approx.)

Arrival in Bagdogra, a small town at the foot of the hills of the Himalayan foothills. Transfer by private vehicle to Pelling. Nearly a third of the journey takes place on a magnificent and winding along the river Teesta and river Rangeet (Two major rivers of Sikkim). Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2

Pelling - Rimbi - Sengkhola (1780m) transfer to Rimbi 1h30 then 2h30 walk:

After an early breakfast visit the magnificent monastery of Pemayangtse (1705 BC). It is the heart of Buddhist activities in Sikkim and runs all the monasteries of the Nyingmapa school (red hat sect). Built on top of a hill, it is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. From here, the panorama view of the Kangchenjunga is mangnificent. Near the monastery, visit the site of Rabdentse, second capital of the ancient kingdom of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814. Continue drive to Rimbi. From Rimbi, departure on foot following a good path that gradually rises in the middle of the plantations of cardamom and other cultivated fields. We walk along the Rimbi Khola river and climb towards the charming village of Sengkhola. Overnight camp.

Day 3

Sengkhola - Chongri - Nayapatal (2478 m)

Morning departure from the camp. The day starts with a crossing of the Rimbi khola river by a bamboo bridge and then climbs to the village of Chongri (2,186 m). From this small village, we follow a path through the luxuriant vegetation to reach Chuzom, the confluence of the Shying Khola and Doban Khola rivers (which then form the Rimbi Khola). Lunch break. Then we go up the Shying Khola. We pass on the other side of the river for a steep ascent to Nayapatal. Installation of the camp in a small clearing in the middle of the forest, near a military camp.

Day 4

Nayapatal - Rato Pani (3,270 m) 4 to 5 hours trek.

Climb into the pine and rhododendron forest to the Bik Chok camp (2,709 m). Continue the ascent to another camp, Saili Chok (2 963 m). As we climb up the ridges, the view becomes spectacular. Installation of the camp on a beautiful site, at the edge of a creek. Superb view over the valleys. Overnight in tents.

Day 5

Rato Pani - Upper Yambong (3,735 m)

A calmer day today to facilitate acclimatization. Climb the gentle slope through the pine forest towards the ridge of Sigalila. Crossing a camp at Lower Yambong (3,436 m), located in the heart of a lush forest. Continue the ascent to Upper Yambong on a path gradually emerging from the dense vegetation observed until then. Arrival at the Upper Yambong balcony camp. Installation near a shepherd's hut, where you sometimes meet flocks of yaks and dzos. In the afternoon, for those who wish, explore on foot of the surroundings.

Day 6

Upper Yambong (3,735 m) - Lam Pokhari (4,330 m) (4 to 5 hrs trek)

Progressive and steep ascent to Lam Pokhari. The course is traced through a sparse vegetation of rhododendrons. As you climb, the view opens up into the mountain range. We reach the main ridge a little below Lam Pokhari, after having passed along the lake of Garaketh Pokhari. Continue walking along an ancient path to reach the camp at Lam Pokhari, surrounded by sacred lakes, emblematic pilgrimage places for the inhabitants of Sikkim during the monsoon period. In fine weather, the day ends with a spectacular sunset over Makalu and other high summits.

Day 7

Danphe Bir to Yangseb: 6 to 7 hours trek.

Early departure for the Danphe Bir pass to admire the landscape under a morning light. We take a zigzag trail from where we see the pass Danphe Bir in the distance. After a first pass and a short descent, climb to the Danphe Bir pass (4,500 m), marked by hundreds of prayer flags. Magnificent panorama to the "8,000" of the Everest region. Descend by a path into a balcony, then through a forest of pines and junipers to the river at Gomathang, then climb to the camp at Yangseb. Overnight at camp.

Day 8

Yangseb - Panding (4,275 m) (5 hours trek)

Contour of the hillside by a path alternating ascents and descents, then crossing a small river to make a last climb of a pass at 4 310 meters. Beautiful panorama on the slopes of the mountains. Continue hiking to Panding (4,275 m), where we set up tents for the night.

Day 9

Panding - Dzongri (4 100 m) (5 hours trek)

Descent to the Bikbari river (approx. 2 hours walk). As time goes by, the forest of rhododendrons becomes denser. Crossing the river then gently sloping up a small pass leading to the vast meadows of Chaurikhang and Dzongri. Overnight at camp.

Day 10

Dzongri - Thangsing (7 hours trek)

Morning departure to admire the sunrise from a belvedere about half an hour from the camp. We take a charming path dotted with prayer flags. Magnificent view of the Kangchenjunga and its neighboring peaks of Rathong (6,683 m), Kabru Dome (6,604 m) and Forked Peak (6,116 m). The walking stage begins with the short ascent of a ridge. We follow this panoramic ridge for five kilometers before descending by a steep hill to the Praig Chu River. Crossing the river, then climbing towards Thangsing, a large verdant mountain pasture dominated by the southern edge of the Kangchenjunga and the moraines of the glacier Onglaktang. Lunch in Thangsing . Rest. Overnight at camp.

Day 11

Thangsing- Samiti Lake- Lamuney: (3 to 4 hours trek)

A pleasant walk with a constantly striking view of the Kangchenjunga which rises majestically facing us. Overnight at camp.

Day 12

Lamuney- Samiti lake -(4,600 m) - Thangsing (3,900 m) - optional: climb to Gocha La (4,940 m) (6 hours)

Departure very early (around 3 am). The climb is a little tiring, but the reward are there, after three hours of effort, exceptional! The Onglathang glacier and its lake are magnificent as are the 4,000 meters of the southeast face of the Khangchendzonga and its suspended glacier. The most fit can climb up to the Gocha Pass where the view is even more imposing. On the way back you have to walk to the sumptuous lake of Samiti and the great mountain pasture of Thangsing (1 h 30).

Day 13

Thangsing - Tsokha (2,900 m) (7 hours trek)

Today we retrace our steps to the river where we take another path, passing by Phedang, a small clearing in the middle of the forest. We descend through a lush forest, magnolias and giant rhododendrons, to the tiny hamlet of Tsokha. Overnight at camp.

Day 14

Tsokha - Yuksom (1,780 m) (5 hours trek)

Continue the descent through the rhododendron forest to the suspension bridge overlooking the Praig chu. From there we take a wavy path to the big village of Yuksom. Yuksom is an emblematic place in the history of Sikkim, for the first king was crowned there and his throne is still there. You can walk to Dubdi Monastery, the first monastery of Sikkim perched on a hilltop over looking Yuksom village. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 15

Yuksom- Bagdogra airport: (6 hours drive approx.)

After an early breakfast drive to Bagdogra airport for onward journey.

End Tour

All Accommodations, Airport Transfers, All meals, Trekking Permits, Trekking Equipment, cooks, guide, Porters, helper and pack animals such as Yaks and ponies

Hard or soft drinks, Personal Insurance, Air or Train fare, Laundry. Anything NOT mentioned in the cost include

RESERVATIONS:

All services should be booked through our Gangtok Office. In order to handle your reservations efficiently, kindly advise full details of bookings at least 30 days in advance. A deposit of 50% plus domestic airfare/train fare in full is required at the time of booking and the balance on arrival in India.

CANCELLATION:

For any cancellations of confirmed arrangements, minimum 15 days notice is required. Hotels are liable to charge cancellation fee up to 100% depending on the notice given. Under such circumstances “Tsozum Tours and Treks” reserves the right to hold back part or total deposit to cover the costs.

CONFIRMATION:

All reservation requests will be confirmed immediately by fax or e-mail

GUIDES:

“Tsozum Tours and Treks” will provide well trained and experienced guides, fluent in English. For all transfers English speaking guides will be provided. Guides speaking other languages will be provided on request.

TOUR LEADERS/GUIDES:

Services are provided free of charge for all tour Leaders on a sharing basis for every 15 full paying passengers, excluding meals.

HOTELS:

The check-out time in hotels is 1200Hours. Late departures have to be pre-booked and an extra charge will be involved.

PAYMENTS:

All payments must be made in U.S. $ as per the conditions mentioned above. All payments should be made by Bank Transfers or by Bank Draft and drawn in favor of “TAMDING TSHERING BHUTIA”.

Our Bank address and account number is as follows:-

TAMDING TSHERING BHUTIA,

AXIS BANK

M.G.MARG

GANGTOK, SIKKIM, 737101

INDIA

Account Number: 112010100000842

REFUND:

No refund or reductions will be made to any Group FIT member who does not take in any meal, sightseeing or accommodation during the course of the tour.

INSURANCE:

The client/ pax are advised to insure themselves in their respective countries against accident, health, loss of baggage etc.

RESPONSIBILITY:

“Tsozum Tours and Travels”, while undertaking tours, transportation, hotel accommodation and other services, act as an agent on the clear understanding that it shall not be, in any way, responsible or liable for any accident, personal injury, sickness, damage, losses, theft, robbery, loss of baggage, including negligence on the part of any person. Additional expenses on inconveniences caused in connection with the travel facilities arranged by the Company, its employs, or agent. All tours are conducted according to the program with utmost care. This agency has the right to cancel, change or alter the program due to any unforeseen circumstances like natural disasters, landslides, riots, traffic hold-ups or where places for visit are closed. All bookings are accepted subject to the above-said conditions.

 

 

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