Pethang to Dzongri 2-3 hours, 7km
From Pethang a steep ascent leads to the upper limit of the conifers and the top of the ridge separating the Prek and Rathong Valleys. Wonderful 360degree views extend south down the valley and across the ridges beyond Yuksam; northeast to the sacred peak of Pandim (6691m) on the far side of the Prek Valley; west, beyond the Rathong Valley, to the Singalila Ridge; and north ridge, the south face of Kangchenjunga (8586m); the world's third highest peak. The route along the ridge is covered with dwarf rhododendron bushes and leads to the open, grazing meadows at Dzongri (4020m). The Trekkers Huts are just below the main grazing area, while the best campsites are further in an open meadow. Dzongri is a vast, windswept area where yaks from Yuksam and the surrounding villages graze from late March until early October. From Dzongri, the views include Kokhang, Rathong and Kabru South, while 'Pandim is the highest peak on the east side of the Prek Valley. The nearby Dzongri Peak, about 300m above the camp, is the lest vantage point to view Kangchenjunga and the surrounding peaks. Climb the peak ,early in the morning for the best views. Side Trip: Dzongri La & Rathong Valley 4/67 hours, 10 kml13km return The trail heads to the Dzongri La (4550m), small pass to the west of Kabur Peak. This two hour trek, with a steady ascent dust before the pass, is rewarded by fine ° iews across to the Rathong Glacier and the peaks that enclose Rathong Valley: Rathong, Kabru South, Kabru North, Kabru Dome and Forked Peak. Return directly to camp or continue for one to 1 ½ hours to the Rathong Valley for liner views of the spectacular.peaks at the Dead of the valley. The trail then heads down the valley before commencing a steep iscent back to Dzongri. Take a local guide, as the trail is difficult to follow in places.