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WEST SIKKIM



NORTH & WEST SIKKIM TOUR








Day 01:

Bagdogra – Gangtok Distance : 129 kms Time : 5 hrs drive

Day 02:

Gangtok Sightseeing Morning : Rumtek, a Kagyu Monastery also the seat of the Gyalwa Karmapa, Research Institute of Tibetology, the Do-drul Stupa and orchid sanctuary for a glimpse of the rare orchids. Afternoon: Visit Enchey Monastery, a Nyinmapa Monastery, the local handicraft center and the Flower Exhibition

Day 03:

Gangtok – Lachung Distance:149kms Time:5 hrs drive Halt in one of the ethnic village resort, visit the Lachung Monastery and stroll through the village for a glimpse of typical village life.


DAY 04:

Drive to Yumey-Samdrong at 15000 ft, 28 kms away from Yumthang to view the Donkiala Pass which stands at 18,500 ft high and separates the Lachung valley from the Lachen valley. Yumey-Samdrong, a beautiful paradise, full of wild flowers, fauna and hot springs till now was inaccessible to tourists, being a restricted area. Overnight in resort/camp in Yumthang.

DAY 05:

Lachung to Gangtok on the way you can visiting the Phodong Monastery.

DAY 06:

An early departure from Gangtok by jeep to the trekking area in West Sikkim. Six exciting hours through winding roads across valleys and over hills clad with a variety of vegetation. We swoop down to cross the wild Rangeet River before climbing steeply up to Pemayangtse (2,100 m.), perched dramatically on an airy ridge with a panorama of Himalayan peaks ahead. After crossing some spectacular bridges to the road-head at Uttarey (2,000 m.), we spend our first night in a trekking lodge and meet the local people who will accompany us on our trek.


DAY 07:

Trek: Uttarey to Chiwa Bhanjyang - 6 hours for eight days we thread our way up and over the highest reaches of the Singalila Ridge, which forms the border between Sikkim and Nepal. We may meet the occasional yak herder but we are well beyond permanent settlements. The names given to places around here however exotic it may sound to your ear, are basically associated with their purpose, such as high pastures, passes and ridge points. We pass through a rich forest cover, swathes of rhododendrons, open ridges, sacred lakes and remote passes. Our first day takes us to Chiwa Bhanjyang (3,100 m). An easy trail rises gently through rainforest until a final steep ascent for the last couple of hours bring us to the Nepalese border and our first camp.

DAY 08:

Chiwa Bhanjyang. Acclimatization Day Trek: Excursion - 5½ hours This is an attractive setting to acquire some essential early acclimatization. A hike to the nearby Singalila Peak at 3500m will give us valuable acclimatization and some excellent views.

DAY 09:

Dhor Trek: Chiwa Bhanjyang to Dhor - 7½ hours. Camp 3800m A gentle uphill traverse through forest and then over a more exposed hillside brings us to prayer flags adorning our first pass and views of distant mountains - a taste of what is to come. As we gradually gain height we will appreciate the previous day's acclimatization. The occasional yak herder's hut is the only sign of habitation as we look down far below to the rice fields and cardamom plantations. Our camp is in a remote and sheltered hollow below the ridge.


DAY 10:

Pare Megu Trek: Dhor to Pare Megu - 7 hours. Camp 3800m Rising just before dawn, a five-minute walk onto the ridge may reveal the spectacular sight of sunrise on both Everest and Khangchendzonga. Throughout the day we descend and climb, maintaining a steady height, spiraling from one side of the ridge to the other until a rough steep ascent takes us across a pass. Beyond, the trail wends its way steadily through rhododendrons and past several Hindu shrines where a second easier pass drops down to our camp close to a shepherd's summer settlement. Look out for the Blue Sheep on the high craggy mountainside.


Day 11:

Pare Megu trek to Dhora 06 hours.

Day 12:

Dhora trek to Chiwa Bhanjang 06 hours.

Day 13:

Chiwa Bhanjang trek to Uttary 06 hours.


Day 14:

Uttary drive to Pelling, Pemayantse, Monistary,Rabdentsey and Samduptset Namchi South Sikkim and then to Darjelling.Overnight at Hotel.

Day 15:

Visit Tiger Hill in the morning to view the sunrise & visit the Himalayan Mountain Institute, Tea Garden, Batasia Loop and the Tibetan Refugee Camp. Afternoon, visit the Dali Gompa, and take a short ride in the famed "Toy Train"

Day 16:

Darjeeling drive to Bagdroga, NGP or for Nepal

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