Sikkim is the 22nd state of India that
came into existence with effect from 26th
April, 1975. Sikkim state being a part
of inner mountain ranges of Himalayas,
is hilly having varied elevation ranging
from 300 to 8540 meters. days But the habitable
areas are only up to the altitude of 2100
mtrs. Constituting only 20% of the total
area of the state. Sikkim has been divided
into four districts and each district has
further been bifurcated into two sub-divisions
for administrative purpose.
The highest portion of Sikkim lies in its
north west direction. A large number of
mountains having altitudes of about seven
thousand meters stands here with - Kanchenjunga
(8598 m.), The third highest peak in the
world. The high serrated, snow capped spurs
and peaks of Kanchenjunga look attractive
consisting of Kumbha Karna (7711 m.), Pendem
(6706 m.), Narsingh (5825 m.), Kabru Dome
(6545 m.), etc. A number of glaciers descends
from eastern slopes of Kanchenjunga into
Sikkim where snow clad line is found above
5300 mtrs. The biggest of them is Zemu,
from whose snout above Lachen monastery
rises the river Teesta.
or fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and
drive to Gangtok Check in at hotel Gangtok.
Sightseeing. Morning visit the famous monastery
of Rumtek situated 24 kms from Gangtok,
1 hrs drive. On the way back visit the
Research Institute of Tibetology. Drive
back to hotel for lunch. After lunch visit
the Cottage Industry, Flower Show and the
Enchey Monastery. Overnight stay in a hotel.
(Breakfast & Lunch)
to Yuksom. (5900 ft) After breakfast transfer
to Yuksom via Singtam, Temi Tea Estate,
Rabangla, Kewzing and Tashiding. Lunch
stop at Ravangla. Overnight stay in a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
to Bakhim (9200 ft) Yuksam to Bakhim 5hrs
walk on the way crossing waterfalls like
Churchery, and Mintogang and stream like
Phakhola & Chursey. Break at Sachen
for lunch. Climb steeply from Prekchu to
Bakhim 1½ hrs. Night halt at Bakhim.
to Phedang.Bakhim to Phedang 3½ hrs
walk passing through Tshoka the last tiny
village of Bhutias at an altitude of 10,000ft
and move to Phedang (11,550 ft). Night
halt at Phedang.
to Dzongri.Phedang to Dzongri (13,290 ft)
3 hrs walk quite steeply upwards crossing
Deorali a view point and move to Dzongri.
Night halt at Dzongr
to Thangsing. (3930 m) Early morning walk
approx. half an hour up to the Dzongri
pass from where views of the mountain ranges
look ominously close. In front of you are
the Kabru Dome, Frey Peak, Kokthang, Kabur,
Rathong, Pandim Talung & Khangchendzonga
Peaks standing aloft in all its celestial
beauty. After breakfast 5 hrs walk up to
Thangsing. Walk over the east shoulder
of Dzongri pass and cross rambling terrain,
stopping frequently to gaze upon the stunning
line up of Himalayan peaks. Mt. Pandim & Kabru
Dominate the foreground left and right
of the Prekchu valley while Khangchendzonga
takes backstage, its light coloured sharp
summit tapering to the east. You start
to hear the rumbling of the Prekchu River,
this is the major elevation loss of this
trek, ending at the edge of a broad Rocky
River bed. Stop for the lunch beside the
river thereafter continue walk the west
side and cross the wooden bridge, then
traverse a lonely fir forest and follow
the creek to Thangsing set at the bottom
of the Tinchenkhang and along glacial valley.
Overnight at camps.
to Samiti Lake. Trek from Thangsing to
Samiti Lake (4060 m) 5-6 kms is about 3
hrs walk. The initial walk is a gradual
climb alongside a milky stream. Breaking
into steeper slopes at a lone yak herder's
hut. You are now walking at a lateral moraine
of a gigantic glacier. The trail again
crosses high grasslands and picks its way
through lichen-covered boulders, the mountains
closing in both sides as the valley narrows.
At last the campsite is visible just at
the shore of an emerald coloured Lake Samiti
set at the base of Mt. Pandim. Protected
away from the ice-chilled winds, the small
oasis seems far from all the demands you
left at home. Lunch at Samiti. Overnight
halts at camps.
Lake to Goechala to Cockchurung. Trek from
Samiti Lake to Goechala (4949 m) and back
to Cockchurung is about 6-7 hrs walk. The
harshness of the weather and the scarcity
of drinking water does not permit camping
at Goechala. An early start from Samiti
Lake enables one to reach Goechala and
return back to Cockchurung same day as
the distance from the Samiti to Goechala
is only about 6 kms. Be observant during
your walk on this particular day, as this
day you enter the Khangchendzonga National
Park where you have plenty of chance to
encounters herds of Blue Sheep and other
rare Himalayan Fauna. Lunch at Samiti and
after lunch proceed to Cockchurung. Overnight
halts at camps
to Tshoka. Trek from Cockchurung to Tshoka
via Phedang (15 kms) 5-6 hrs walk. The
trail is gradual till Phedang passing through
the Rhododendron forests and from Phedang
descend to Tshoka. Lunch at Phedang. Overnight
to Yuksom. Trek the same way back to Yuksom
via Bakhim, Prekchu and Sachen with lunch
stop in-between 12 kms 5 hrs walk. Upon
arrival at Yuksom check into hotel. Dinner
to Darjeeling. After breakfast drive to
Darjeeling and Check in at hotel at Darjeeling
morning visit Tiger Hill for the world
famous sunrise over Mt Khanchendzonga.
Then visit Goom Monastery and back to Hotel
to enjoy the Darjeeling tea breakfast.
After breakfast visit the sightseeing places
in Darjeeling. The places are as follows.
Himalayan Mountaineering institute.
Happy Valley Tea Garden.
Tibetan Refugee help center and etc
after breakfast drive to Bagdogra and fly
to Delhi or Kolkata. Check in at hotel .
after breakfast transfer Kakarivitta, Nepal,
you will then take an overnight drive from
Kakarivitta to Kathmandu. (You can drive
till Bhadrapur and take a flight from Bhadrapur