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The Dzongri Trek in Sikkim: Unforgettable Weekend Adventure

Discover the captivating Dzongri Trek, a brief four-day hiking package in Sikkim, India that offers unparalleled beauty. This trek leads you to the breathtaking Dzongri Ridge, which boasts some of the most stunning vistas in the Sikkim Himalayas. Immerse yourself in nature’s vibrant palette, particularly during the spring season, when you can witness an array of colors. Embark on an exhilarating trek from Yuksom to Dzongri Ridge and experience one of the finest short treks in the Sikkim Himalayas.

Located inside the Kanchenjunga National Park in west Sikkim, Dzongri Trek is home to untouched greenery and spectacular mountain views. Set in the lap of the Kanchenjunga range, this is a spectacular short trek in India for an adventurous holiday.

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Dzongri Camp Site on the Dzongri Trek

“So discover the majestic beauty of the Sikkim Himalayas in just two days with Dzongri Trek—a must-do short trek for adventure seekers!”. Not only is this the best short trek in Sikkim, but in India too, and it’s easy to see why. You’ll come face-to-face with Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world, at Dzongri Ridge, surrounded by the tallest mountains in the Eastern Himalayas—more than 7000 meters tall!

Starting and Ending point of the Trek

Yuksom, a small village in west Sikkim about four hours drive from the capital Gangtok and six hours drive from Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Rail Station, is the starting and ending point of the Dzongri Trek.

Yuksom is a small historical village in Sikkim and also the first capital of Sikkim, with a few hotels and homestays catering to hikers.

Why this trek in Sikkim?

Hikers choose this short trek in Sikkim because it does not take up a lot of time but at the same time lets you get up close and personal with the mighty Kanchenjunga and it’s smaller wind-sculpted peaks. Also, the Dzongri Trek is the perfect choice for adventure seekers who want to experience the beauty of the Himalayas in a short period of time. A perfect short hike for those looking to do a high-altitude trek in Sikkim without going through the rigors of a longer trek.

Also, the trek route takes you through the temperate forests of Kanchenjunga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Dzongri Trek truly has it all: adventure, beauty, and unforgettable memories.

Highlights of the Trek

When in Dzongri, take an early morning trek (one hour) to Dablakhang (4171 meters), also known as Dzongri Top, for a sunrise view of the Kanchenjunga Range. This is one of the highest points in West Sikkim. Enjoy the close-up view of the fourteen peaks that surround you in a semi-circular pattern. Starting with Kumbakarna, Frey Peak, Rathong, Kabru sisters, Talung and Forked Peak on the right of Kanchenjunga and Pandim, Thinchenkhang, Jopuno, and Narsing on the left.

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View of Kanchenjunga from Dzongri on the Dzongri Trek

Trek Permits and Entry Formalities

Foreign hikers will have to go through a travel agency registered and recognized by the Tourism Department, Government of Sikkim. A trekking permit will be issued by the Tourism Department for a minimum of two people.

It is mandatory for hikers to be accompanied by a local guide.

Foreign hikers will have to have an Inner Line Permit to trek and tour in Sikkim. This is over and above the Indian visa. The Inner Line Permit is easily available at the border crossing between West Bengal and Sikkim at Rangpo and Melli.

The Sikkim Nationalized Office in Siliguri also issues inner-line permits for foreign visitors. The Inner Line Permit to Visit Sikkim is issued for a period of thirty days.

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View of the Kanchenjunga Range on the Dzongri Trek

I am single person

We have fixed departure dates for the Dzongri Trek. You can join this group trek in Sikkim. Customized private treks can also be organized for a minimum of two people on a date of your choice.

Ideal Time to Trek in Sikkim

The ideal time to embark on the Sikkim Dzongri Trek is during March and April, when the sky is usually free of clouds, offering unobstructed views of the mountains. The temperature during this period ranges from 5 to 21 degrees Celsius, creating perfect conditions for trekking. This time also showcases a lively trek route adorned with vibrant rhododendron flowers. Although it’s possible to trek in Sikkim until June, the mountain views may be obscured by approaching monsoon clouds.

For those unable to make it in spring, the next best seasons for the Dzongri Trek are October and November, when clear skies allow for splendid mountain vistas from the Dzongri Ridge, which marks the highest point of this short Sikkim trek.

December also presents a good opportunity for trekkers; however, expect sub-zero temperatures and snowfall at this time.

Accommodations on the Trek

  • In Yuksom, accommodation in a twin-share room with breakfast in a lodge run by a local Sikkimese family will be provided.
  • While on the trek route, accommodation in a twin-share tent with a 3-inch foam mattress for each hiker will be provided.
  • Besides, a kitchen tent for cooking, a dining tent, and a toilet tent will also be provided. These tents also double up as accommodations for the entire support team.

Food on the Trek

  • Fixed three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are provided during the trekking period.
  • A cook and his kitchen helpers will provide hot-cooked local vegetarian meals on the trek.
  • For breakfast, porridge, eggs, Tibetan bread, chapati or puri with vegetable curry, jam, and honey will be provided.
  • Plain Soup or Noddle Soup with Pasta, Macaroni, Chapati, or Puri, Vegetable Chowmein, Eggs, and Boiled Potateos will be offered during lunch, followed by hot black tea.
  • Dinner is always a little elaborate, with the cook getting access to all his food items. Plain soup with crunchies, followed by Dal, Bhat, rice, and salad, is the staple food.
  • Hard-boiled drinking water at the camp site will be available for drinking. But do bring water-purifying tablets to be on the safer side.
  • Bottled mineral water may be available and can be purchased in Tchoka and Dzongri, but do not depend on them.

Thirteen trekking tips to prepare you for this trek in Sikkim

  1. Train before Hand: The Dzongri Trek may involve just four days of hiking, but remember that this is a high-altitude trek with an average of 10 km of trekking per day. Therefore, it is important to train well before embarking on this trek. Include in your training long walks, running, cycling, or any other physical activity that will improve your stamina and fitness.
  2. Train on a Range of Terrain: You will need to tackle a variety of terrain as you start hiking from Yuksom to Dzongri Ridge. From riverside trails to steep paths up a mountain trail filled with snow, therefore, mix up your training with long walks on a variety of terrain.
  3. Remember to keep your muscles in good shape. Remember to stretch after your long walks. You should focus on your calves, quads, hamstrings, hips, and back.
  4. Keep Your Feet Comfortable: Get yourself a pair of ankle-high but light trekking boots. The ankle cuff should not be too high to avoid damaging your Achilles. Try these boots on early before you proceed on the Sikkim Dzongri Trek, and break into them early so that you do not get blisters while on the trek.
  5. Get proper, supportive socks. Get socks that are designed for trekking and hiking long distances. These socks are well worth investing in to give your feet extra protection on the Sikkim Dzongri Trek.
  6. Acclimatize Well: It is advised to acclimatize properly as you will be trekking to higher altitudes to prevent altitude sickness. Take regular breaks and spend extra nights at higher altitudes to give your body time to adjust.
  7. Pack your bag accordingly: Make sure to bring along warm clothes, woolen caps, woolen gloves, a sun hat and waterproof gear, comfortable trekking shoes, and other essential items needed for the Sikkim Dzongri Trek. It is essential to include in your baggage first-aid kit, water bottle, water purifying tablets, sunscreen lotion, Vaseline, sunglasses, etc.
  8. Practice with your backpack. Your main baggage will be carried by porters or pack animals. But you will need to carry a day pack with you to put in all your essential items, like a camera, a water bottle, your personal medical kit, an umbrella, a light fleece, and a wind stopper.
  9. Respect the Local Culture: The Kanchenjunga National Park is home to the local people of Sikkim, who have their own unique culture and traditions. Respect their beliefs and culture, and be mindful of the impact that you will have on their environment.
  10. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine to avoid altitude sickness.
  11. Take Your Time: The Sikkim Dzongri Trek is not a race. It is a short, four-day trek, so take your time, enjoy the scenery, and do not push yourself too hard.
  12. Prepare for the weather: The weather in the Sikkim Himalayas and especially on the Dzongri Ridge can be very unpredictable. Therefore, be prepared for rain, snow, and cold weather.
  13. Be flexible. Weather and other conditions can change very quickly in the Sikkim Himalayas. Therefore, be flexible with your plans and be prepared to adjust your itinerary accordingly.

Clothing

  • For daytime use, the daytime temperature will be between 9 degrees and 18 degrees Celsius. Therefore, bring with you comfortable loose trekking pants and a couple of quick-dry T-shirts for daytime trekking. Also, include a light fleece jacket, a windbreaker, a raincoat, or an umbrella for day use.
  • Evening and Nighttime Use: Expect the temperature in the evening, night, and morning to be between 5 and 0 degrees Celsius. Therefore, bring along a down jacket or a thick fleece jacket, a woolen cap, a pair of mitts, or a pair of fleece gloves. Thermal inner wear for nighttime use.
  • A down sleeping bag that can withstand a temperature of minus 20 degrees should also be included.

What to carry

  • Put in all your clothes and other items that you will need on the trek in a haversack (50 l–55 l). This will be easy for the porter or pony to carry.
  • Bring along a small duffle bag with a lock to put in the clothes and other items that you do not need on the trek. This bag is to be left behind at the hotel for safekeeping.
  • Carry a day pack (30–40 liters) for day use. Put in the day pack your personal items: a water bottle, a light fleece jacket, a windbreaker, an umbrella, your personal first aid kit, and energy bars for daytime use.
  • Your personal medical kit should contain tablets for loose motion, fever, and antiseptic lotion for small cuts and bruises. Electral Powder for Dehydration, Sun Screen Lotion (50 SPF), Vaseline for Chaffed Skin, and Moisturizer for Dry Skin.
  • Also, bring along a pair of sunglasses, sun shades, and a cap for day use.
  • Hard-boiled drinking water will be provided for drinking. All you need to do is present your water bottle to the guide, and you will get your quota of boiled water for the day. But after having said that, do bring water-purifying tablets or water filters to be on the safer side.

How does the booking process work?

Once you are satisfied and decide to book this Dzongri Trek in Sikkim, you will need to deposit a minimum amount to book and confirm your participation in this trek.

Just fill out the inquiry form, stating your trek dates and other information. We will immediately get back to you with the bank details where you can wire the advance amount for the trek.

Once the advance amount is credited into our account, we will consider the trek booked and confirmed. We will immediately start preparing for the trek.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • Minimum Charge: (Deposit Amount).
  • Less than 15 days of the trek date: 50% of the trek cost.
  • On or after the Trek start date: no refund.
  • There are no refunds if Trek is aborted or shortened for any reason.

TRIP FACTS:

  • Trek Grade: Moderate.
  • Minimum number of participants: 2 persons.
  • Highest Trekking Point: 4030 m (Dzongri Top).
  • Highest Camp Site: Dzongri (3950 m).
  • No. of Days on the Trek: 4 Days.
  • Style of Trek: Camping (tents).
  • Starting Point: Bagdogra Airport/New Jalpaiguri Rail Station/Nepal Border.
  • Ending Point: Bagdogra Airport/New Jalpaiguri Rail Station/Nepal Border.
  • Trek Availability: Join a group trek (dates shown below)
  • Best Season: March–June and September–December.
  • Customized private trips can also be arranged for a minimum of two people on request on a date of your choice.
Group Departure Dates for Sikkim Dzongri Trek 2024
28 March–04 April 2024 23–30 May 2024 10–17 October 2024
11–17 April 2024 12–19 September 2024 24–31 October 2024
23–30 April 2024 26 Sept-03 Oct  2024 31 Oct -07 Nov 2024
09-16 May 2024 03–10 October 2024 14–21 November 2024

SIKKIM DZONGRI TREK ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive at Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border. Having arrived at Bagdogra Airport, our representative will meet you and drive you to Gangtok (1622 m). Gangtok is 144 km from Bagdogra Airport and will take approximately 4 hours to drive beside the river Teesta, which has it’s source in the Tibetan Plateau. Overnight Hotel(B/B).

Day 2: Gangtok sight-seeing. While our staff procures the trekking permit, drive to Rumtek monastery, 23 km away from Gangtok Town, the biggest monastery in Sikkim, which is also a school for the monks. The Rumtek monastery is of the Kagyu sect of Buddhism and was built in 1969; therefore, it is comparatively new. This monastery is a replica of the monastery that exists in Tsurpu, Tibet.  Visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, the only one of it’s kind in India. Evening, take a stroll in the famous MG Marg in Gangtok. Overnight Hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Yuksom (1760 m/5 hours). Trek Head.  This is a long drive by Himalayan standards. The drive to Yuksom takes you through the small towns of Singtam, Ravangla, and Tashiding to reach Yuksom. Yuksom was the first and ancient capital of Sikkim. It’s significance is that the three holy monks met in Yuksom and, for the first time, chose a king to rule Sikkim. One can visit the Coronation monastery and coronation throne, carved out of a single piece of boulder. Overnight Lodge.

Day 4: Dzongri Ridge Trek Starts. Trek from Yuksom to Bakhim (2828 m/11 km). The Dzongri Trek starts with a gentle trek through the temperate forests of Kanchenjunga National Park to Prekchu. Then it is a 2 km steep uphill trek till we reach our campsite at Bakhim. Overnight Tents.

Day 5: Trek Bakhim to Dzongri (3950 m/12.87 km). The trek to Dzongri Ridge is a steep uphill of almost 9 km until Deaurali Dada. The trek route passes through the Tibetan settlements of Tchoka and Phedang, passing through some of the most untouched virgin forests of Kanchenjunga National Park until Phedang. Then it is alpine vegetation with the smell of Juniper plants all over till the campsite at Doring on the Dzongri Ridge. Overnight Tents.

Day 6: Early morning trek to Dzongri Top for sunrise views on the Kanchenjunga Range. Return back to the campsite for breakfast. After breakfast, slowly trek back to Tchoka (2975 m) the same way that we had taken on the way up to Dzongri Ridge. The trek back to Tchoka is equally arduous because of the undulating tracks mixed with steep downhills. Overnight Tents.

Day 7: Trek Tchoka to Yuksom.  Trek Back to Yuksom from Tchoka is the same path that we took on the way up to Dzongri Ridge. Though today it is much easier and gentler in nature till Yuksom,. Overnight Lodge.

Day 8: Drive to Bagdogra Airport/New Jalpaiguri Rail Station/Nepal Border for Final Departure. End of the trek. Extensions can be made to Darjeeling, Bhutan, and Nepal.

How much does this trek cost?

  • Sikkim Dzongri Trek Cost: US$640/Person
  • Dzongri Trek Cost for Indian Nationals: Please request quotation in Indian Rupee

What is included and excluded in the cost?

TREK COST INCLUDES:

  • Hotel accommodation: twin share, including breakfasts.
  • Twin share tent with mattress during camping or trekking.
  • Fully organized trek services with guides, porters, and camping equipment.
  • All fixed three meals every day during trekking or camping.
  • All road transport is as per itinerary by car or Jeep.
  • Service of an English-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to monuments visited.
  • All permits are for Sikkim.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Sleeping bag; personal clothing or equipment.
  • Lunches and dinners during hotel stays.
  • Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips, client insurance, and evacuation costs.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

Note: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors, such as weather, road conditions, the physical abilities of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of trip participants safety, comfort, and general well-being.

(All relevant terms and conditions apply.)

  • DZONGRI TREK COST: US$640 / Person
  • COST FOR INDIAN NATIONALS: KINDLY REQUEST FOR QUOTATION IN INDIAN RUPEE.

TREK COST INCLUDES:

  • Hotel accommodation: twin share, including breakfasts.
  • Twin share tent with mattress during camping or trekking.
  • Fully organized trek services with guide, porters, and camping equipment.
  • All fixed three meals every day during trekking or camping.
  • All road transport is as per itinerary by car or Jeep.
  • Service of an English-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to monuments visited.
  • All permits for Sikkim.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Sleeping bag; personal clothing or equipment.
  • Lunches and dinners during hotel stays.
  • Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips, client insurance, and evacuation costs.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

(All Relevant Terms and Conditions apply.)

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