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
Fly from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur which takes about 45 minutes. You will then take a drive from Bhadrapur to Kakarivitta (Eastern Border town of Nepal). You will undergo with some custom formalities and then drive to Gangtok by jeep which takes about five hours. Stay overnight at hotel.
Sight seeing in and around Gangtok. Stay overnight at hotel. You will visit the following places of interests:
Enchey Monastery, White Memorial Hall, Dodrul Chorten, Namgyal Research Institute, Sanga-Choling Monastery of Tibetology (NRIT), Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Tashi View Point, Saram sa – Epeca garden, Rumtek Dharma Chakra Monastry.
Drive from Gangtok to Yuksom. (5900ft) after you take your breakfast, you will drive to Yuksom via Singtam, Temi Tea Estate, Rabangla, Kewzing and Tashiding. Stop for a lunch at Ravangla. Stay overnight at hotel.
Trek from Yuksom to Bakhim (9200ft) 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. Stay overnight at Bakhim.
Trek from Bakhim to Phedang (11,550 ft). Bakhim to Phedang 3½ hrs walk passing through Tshoka the last tiny village of Bhutias at an altitude of 10,000ft and move to Stay overnight at Phedang.
Trek from Phedang to Dzongri (13,290 ft). Phedang to Dzongri 3hrs walk quite steeply upwards crossing Deorali a view point and move to Dzongri. Stay overnight at Dzongri.
Trek from Dzongri to Thangsing. (3930 m) Early morning walk for about 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. Stay overnight at camp.
Trek from Thangsing to Samiti Lake (4060m). The trail is about 5-6 kms which takes about 3 hrs. The initial walk is a gradual climb alongside a milky stream. Breaking into the 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 colored 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. Stay overnight at camp.
Trek from Samiti Lake to Goechala to Cockchurung (4949 m). The trail starts from Samiti Lake to Goechala and back to Cockchurung which is about 6-7 hrs walk. The harshness of the weather and the scarcity of drinking water do 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
Trek from Cockchurung to Tshoka. Trek from Cockchurung to Tshoka via Phedang (15 kms) 5-6 hrs walk. The trail is gradually ascends till Phedang passing through the Rhododendron forests and from Phedang descend to Tshoka. You will have your lunch at Phedang. Stay overnight at camp.
Trek from Tshoka 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. Stay overnight at hotel.
Drive from Yuksom to Kakarivitta. The last day drive from Yoksum to Kakarivitta in a jeep which takes about 5 hours. The drive ascends through the mighty hills a narrow road full of entertainments and adventures. The best part of the Jeep in Sikkim is they are well maintained and every jeep is sure to have a Hi-Fi stereo system that varies from Tape recorder to CD. You will have lunch in Kakarivitta and will take a short drive to Bhadrapur airport and fly to Kathmandu. Stay overnight in a hotel at Kathmandu. (You can drive till Bhadrapur and take a flight from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu)
- English Speaking guide
- Porters and other staff
- Private ground transportation throughout the tour
- Travel Permit
- Accommodation in hotels during the tour in 3 star hotel in twin sharing basis, breakfasts.
- Sighseeing tour
- Monastries entry fees.
- Personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Nepal re-entry visa
- Flights wherever applicable
- Emergency evacuation by Helicopter
- Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc