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Trip Starting From: Tungnath
About the Destination:
The Yuksom Dzongri trek in Sikkim is a popular short high altitude trek in the tiny state of Sikkim which is considered to be a miniature version of the Goechala trek. It is always a better option for those who look for shorter treks and what keeps you addicted at the end of the trek are Dzongri and Dzongri La or the view point where you will get to witness the lofty Himalayan mountain ranges.
This trek is promised to take you to the heart of the beautiful Sikkim landscape. One will be tasked to make their way through the rugged, challenging and fascinating trails. What will be awaiting your arrival are some of the magnificent peaks like Kabru (7,353m), Ratong (6,678m), Kanchenjunga (8,534m), Koktang (6,147m), Pandim (6,691m) and Narsingh (5,825m). It is not the end of attractions anyway- as you progress, you will come to see many surprises revealed.
Get ready to be stunned by the beauty of multiple waterfalls lying as ribbons amidst the lush greenery and the top snow-clad peaks within the region, sunset point like Tiger Hill in Darjeeling and many more. The salient features of Sikkim will be unwound on this trek letting you think how wonderfully the nature has created all its elements. This trek is considered as a moderate trek. Along with the mind blowing attraction, other factor gains importance is the temperature level here. It may cross the frozen point at times and completely unpredictable This exotic trek takes you through the thick pristine forest of Sikkim Himalayas takes you to the highest point of at Dzongri Top around 15000 ft from where one can imbibe the splendour of Kanchenjunga National Park.
About the Trek:
Yuksom Dzongri trek in Sikkim is a seven day package that promises to maintain the entertainment and fun every other trek offers. Since you are crossing the verdant forest ranges and other natural attractions, you will not feel tired or bored at any point of this trek. It starts once you arrive at Bagdogra airport or NJP railway station. Kalimpong is the first destination of yours. The mesmerizing terrains and narrow passes of Kalimpong should be covered triumphantly to reach Yuksom, the major destination of this trek. Bakhim comes next which takes you through the risky trekking trails through oak and pine forests. Walking past the scintillating Prek Chu River is the highlight coming on the third day of your trek.
Take the opportunity to explore the wide magnolia and rhododendron trees on your visit to the small Tshoka Village and watch the breath taking mountains in the distance like Mt Pandim, Aralunchong, Lamba-Lamini and so on. From Tshoka, your next aim is a trek down to Yuksom which would be long and exhaustive. But the beautiful Khecheopalri Lake will help you forget the struggles and come back to the indefinite bond between nature and humans. It is believed that the birds here do not allow any leaves to fall on the lake. Listen to the chirping of the birds and spend some time staring at the small lakes while you head out on this trek. Pelling would be the last destination where the amazing trek trails end. By coming to Darjeeling, your trip almost comes to an end.
Yuksom Dzongri trek Highlights:
- Embark on a perfect short high elevation trek and it is considered as a shorter form of the Goechala Trek.
- Walk past the millions of trees and waterfalls watching the distant peaks of Sikkim Himalayas. - Spend some time staring at the might white peaks and pass through the small streams on your way.
- Catch a glimpse of some of the magnificent peaks like Kabru, Ratong, Kanchenjunga, Koktang, Pandim and Narsingh.
- Take the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent waterfalls and spend ample time capturing the seamless attractions.
- Also, meet the local people here and get a chance to know about the culture of Northeast.
Trekking Distance: 50km
Maximum Altitude: 13,700ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station which is about 150 kilometres away from Yuksom
Airport: Bagdogra Airpot which is 135 kilometres from Yuksom
After your arrival at Bagdogra Airport or in NJP, get a drive to Kalimpong. Check-in into a hotel in the scenic town for your stay tonight.
Get a drive through the winding terrains and narrow passes of Kalimpong and reach Yuksum today.
After reaching Yuksom, spend the day in leisure.
In the evening take a stroll around the coronation site and Ani Gompa in the town.
On the first day of your trek, you will start walking from Yuksum to Bakhim (14km). Walk through dense forests comprising of pine and oak trees, cross the Prek Chu River to reach Sachen.
You will stay in camps today.
Make your destination as Bakhim today while meandering through magnolia and rhododendron trees.
Visit the beautiful but small Tshoka village where you will get the enchanting views of Mt Pandim, Aralunchong, Lamba-Lamini and spend the night in a local wooden hut in Tshoka.
Start the day with a trek to Dzongri. Walk through the dense forests consisting of rhododendrons as well as 400 different flowering species for 5 hours.
After you reach Phethang, take a short break and get enough time to enjoy the scenic beauty.
Continuing with the trek, you will reach Dzongri in the afternoon and then get settled into local wooden huts and stay overnight there.
Start the day early with a sunrise view over Khangchendzonga, Kabru, Pandim, Rathong and other peaks belonging to the Khangchendzonga range.
After breakfast, trek to Laxmi Pokhari and witness the magical beauty of the region.
Stay overnight in a wooden hut in Dzongri.
Climb up to Dzongri top in the morning from where one can get a panoramic view of Kabru (7353M), Ratong (6678 M), Kanchenjanga (8534 M), Koktang (6147 M), Pandim (6691 M), Narsingh (5825 M). Trek through the Singalila Ridge in order to reach Tshoka and stay overnight there.
Enjoy a trek down to Yuksom which is around 4000 feet descent and takes around 7 hours to get completed.
In the evening, bid adieu to the staff in the hotel.
Begin your drive from Yuksom to Pelling in West Sikkim after breakfast
Visit the beautiful Khecheopalri Lake where the birds in the area do not allow leaves that trees shed to fall into the lake as the legend says it.
Stay overnight in a hotel.
After a filling breakfast in the morning, get a drive through the scenic regions of Pelling and Darjeeling.
Upon arrival in Darjeeling, visit the famous Darjeeling shopping mall followed by an overnight stay at the hotel.
After watching the sunrise from Tiger Hill, Yuksom Dzongri Trekking trip ends.
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When is the best time to do Dzongri Trek?
The best time to do the trek is when the climate is perfect and pleasant. It should also be a time when the trek is doable. The ideal season for trekking in this region is the summer between mid of March till June mid. The autumn season during mid September till November is also good. If The time to avoid is the monsoon season which falls between end June to mid of September as the path of the trail becomes slippery and muddy with landslides and loose rocks blocking the roads.
What level of fitness is expected from me?
This trek falls in the tough category. There is quite a few steep ascend and descend. But if this is your first Himalayan trek, then you must prepare your fitness up to the mark. You can start jogging every day and then do cycling for some time to keep your fitness levels up. Always take the stairs to keep yourself for without any breaks. This will help you to keep your physical justness levels up. Start your day with brisk 10 minutes walk and then some physical exercise like stretching. You can also do some yoga every day to regulate your breathing properly which is very important for high altitude treks.
What all things I should carry for the trek?
Essentials that are a must for the Markha Valley Trek are Trekking shoes: On this long and sturdy trek you will cover a long distance by walk, so you need proper trekking shoes which are comfortable and tough. Choose trekking shoes that are flexible, have good ankle support and water resistant. Backpack: Backpacks with sturdy straps and supporting frame are a must to carry all your necessities. Also take a rain cover for your backpack. Trek pants: It is mandatory to take two spare pairs in case you first pant get wet. Wear one pair and carry the other pair with you. Three warm layers: During this trek, you will be trekking at a high altitude which will be densely cold and hence you need to have three warm layers of clothes to protect you from cold. Three collared shirts: While on the trek don’t forget to change your t-shirts and hence carry spare pairs to change them In Between which is a must.
What kind of shoes I should have?
Shoes are an integral part of trekking. Only the right shoe will take you all the way. You should carry high-ankle trekking shoes. Different shoes are suitable for different kinds of treks, depending on the weather, trail condition as well as duration of the trek. For this particular trek, shoes with thick soles with slip resistance are recommended.
What will be the facility of food and water during the trek?
The availability of food depends upon the package that you take. Vegetarian food is mostly preferred and offered during the trekking course. Some trekkers might also get to have non-vegetarian momos and boiled egg with packaged cheese and bread. The breakfast is the usually light with chapati or bread, butter and jam for that extra energy. During the trek, boiled drinking water is provided usually. You can refill your bottles in the morning every day at the campsites. In the trip package, clean and safe drinking water is provided but you can also carry your own.
What all medicines I should carry? Can I take diamox?
Medicines is important while trekking. It is the first thing that must be given importance. Your first-aid should have anti-diarrhea medicine such as loperamide but make sure that you don't take it unless it is necessary and tablets to Yes, you can carry diamox and it can be taken if you are having symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness like headache, nausea and vomiting
Will there be mobile connectivity on Dzongri Trek?
Mobile connectivity is very less all along the trekZ only at the base camp you will have a little signal to connect calls. BSNL is the only mobile networks that works inconsistently all along the trail.
How to reach Yuksom? Where is Dzongri Trek Located?
When you arrive at Bagdogra Airport you will have to drive to Kalimpong which is about 80kms and then from Kalimpong to Yuksom to reach the valley. Dzongri Trek is nestled in the Himalayas and offers many spectacular and charming views of the nature's wonders.
What will be the temperature like on Yuksom Dzongri Trek?
The temperature on the trek depends on the climate. It keeps changing from Morning to night. At Dzongri the day time temperature ranges between 7°C to 15°C and at night between 3°C to -2°C. At Dzongri the day temperature ranges between 3°C to 10°C and at night between 3°C to -4°C.
When will be snow there on this trek?
Yes there will be snow on this trek. Tshoka is the first trekking destination from Yuks and you can see snow covered peaks Mt. Pandim and a few others. Dzongri Viewpoint is another stunning and ultimate site from where you can get 360 degree spectacular panoramic views of the snow capped towering mountain peaks and hills. Dzongri View point is located at the altitude of 4250 meters on the top of the hill with backdrop of the great Himalayan Range.
Can we consume alcohol if it's really cold during the trek?
The most important aspect of trekking so control. One should have a sound mindset to make through the difficult forest phase and there would be blind curves while in the trek. Usage of cigarettes and alcohol will seriously damage the overall function of the body and you will have breathing issues. . You will lose control and face some serious consequences like dehydration. So, it is advisable to refrain from smoking and drinking.
Is it a good trek for first timer?
This trek is doable for beginners and first timers if they are perfectly fit. This is a moderate to difficult trek. While prior trek experience will be very handy, it is not essential though. Altitude acclimatization is a must. Beyond Dzongri, air gets lighter and with lesser oxygen and hence you should have your breathing levels on point doing yogic breathing.
What is the difficulty level of Yuksom Dzongri Trek?
This Yuksom Dzongri Trek is a moderate to difficult trek. Though at times you will come across bouldering slopes being physically fit will get you through to the top. During the winter you will have snowy trails which might prove to be tedious.
How much do we have to trek each day?
The Trekkers will be able to cover anywhere between 8-15kms a day. This is excluding the time spent for sightseeing, travelling and other activities.
Is it a safe trek for girls?
Yes, very much. Security of girls is of main importance for every tour agency. Most of the treks will have solo woman traveler from different parts of the world. All the treks will have a friendly environment with people who are ready to help each other. The guides and the supporters are selected carefully by the crew members and hence there is nothing to worry about safety and security.
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