Dzongri Trek – Gateway into the Kanchenjunga Range
Dzongri Trek is an epic short trek in Sikkim and an option for the adventurous looking to do a short trek in Sikkim Himalayas. If you are pressed for time, but would like to experience trekking with spectacular Mountain views than the Dzongri Trek in Sikkim is a viable option. Dzongri Trek does not take a lot of time but at the same time gives you more than you had hoped for and is surely an adventurous short trek in Sikkim.
An ideal trek for someone looking for an introduction into trekking but provides ample knowledge about trekking with expansive mountain views. In a nut shell Dzongri Trek shows you just enough to make you want to come back for more.
A short Trek in Sikkim
Dzongri Trek is an ultimate destination for the adventurous and is a perfect option for a busy traveller keen on exploring the beautiful Sikkim Himalayas in an intimate way, but do not possess the time and experience in general. This short trek can be called a little teaser with the intention of making you return at a future date. Dzongri Trek starts and ends in Yuksom and it takes four days to complete the trek and Dzongri view point (4175m) is the highest point of this Trek.
Best Time to Trek
March to May and from October to December are high season for this Trek.
However, from March to May the skies can be a little hazy, but the loss in visibility of the mountain range will be compensated by the colorful flowers of Rhododendrons and wildflower blooms.
October and November is a good time when the skies are clear and the mountains are even more breathtakingly visible.
During the high season Dzongri trek route can become crowded with many hikers. Therefore, If you are looking to avoid crowds it is recommended to trek in the shoulder season. This is the latter part of September and March / April with good chance of pleasant weather and clear mountain views. The air is clean with mild temperatures and the flowers are in blossom.
Fitness Level required for this Short Trek in Sikkim
Anyone that is moderately fit and is comfortable with long walks, sometime up to seven hours, will be able to complete this trek . But, after having said that, the more fit you are more enjoyable the Dzongri Trek will be, since you do not lack the stamina and do not go out of Breath.
What to expect
Sikkim Dzongri Trek provides great views of the Kanchenjunga Range from Dzongri view point . Early morning Trek to Dzongri top for sunrise views on the Kanchenjunga Range. Imagine being surrounded by fourteen of the tallest mountains with Kumbakarna, Rathong, Kabru South, Kabru North, Kabru Dome, Talung & Forked peak on the left and Goecha Peak, Mount Pandim, Jopuno, Thinchenkhang and Narsing to the right of the main peak of the Kanchenjunga. This view itself makes short trek in Sikkim a memorable experience.
Kind of Trek
Sikkim Dzongri Trek is a short four days moderate camping Trek in Sikkim. Trek starts from Yuksom (1760m) and goes till Dzongri (4030m). Highest point on this trek is Dzongri view Point – 4175m. Trekkers carry their Day packs only with their essential items in them & walk at their own pace. Main Baggage will be carried by ponies/Yaks.
I am a Single Traveller
We have Group Departures leaving at intervals for Dzongri Trek. You can join one of the group according to the date of your choice.
Entry formalities and Trekking Permits
Foreign visitors will need to have an Inner line Permit (ILP) over and above the Indian Visa to travel inside Sikkim. The Inner Line Permit will be issued for a period of thirty days and cannot be renewed. Trekking Permit for the Dzongri Trek in Sikkim will be issued to a travel/trekking company by the Tourism Ministry for a minimum of two persons only.
Inner Line Permit will be issued at the following places :
- Sikkim House – Kolkata
- Sikkim House – New Delhi
- Overseas Indian Embassies and Consulates
- Sikkim Nationalized Transport office – Siliguri
- Entry Check Post- Melli
- Entry Check Post – Rangpo
We at Farouttrek will take care of the Inner Line Permit for you, once you land at Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station.
Twin Share sleeping Tent with mattresses, Dining Tents, Kitchen Tent and Toilet Tent and Food will be provided during the Trek. A cook and his kitchen helpers will provide hot cooked vegetarian local Food during the four days Trek.
TRIP FACTS :
- No. of Days on the Trek : 4Days
- Total no. of Days : 8Days
- Minimum No. of Participants : 2Persons
- Type of Trek : Camping Trek
- Trek Availability : Join a group Dates shown below
- Trek Grade : Moderate to Strenuous
|Dzongri Trek Group Departure – 2021|
|28 March-04 April,2021||23 May-30 May,2021||10-17 Oct,2021|
|11-17 April, 2021||12-19 Sept,2021||24 Oct-31 Oct,2021|
|23 April-30 April,2021||26 Sept-03 Oct,2021||31 Oct -07 Nov,2021|
|09-16 May,2021||03-10 Oct,2021||14-21 Nov,2021|
Dzongri Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive at Bagdogra Airport. Drive to Gangtok. Overnight Hotel(B/B only).
Day 2: Gangtok. A Day in Gangtok. Drive to Rumtek monastery-23Km from Gangtok town. This monastery is the seat of Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism and was built in the year 1969. It is the replica of the same monastery in Tsurpu in Tibet. Also visit Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, the only one of it’s kind in India dedicated to tibetology. Stroll around the famous M.G. Marg in the evening in Gangtok.
Day 3: Drive to Yuksom (6Hrs.). Overnight Lodge.
Gangtok to Yuksom (Trek Head) is a six hours drive. Drive passes through small himalayan towns of Ravangla and Tashiding. Yuksom is a small village made of up few hotels and lodges. Yuksom was the old capital of Sikkim where the three holy monks met and crowned the first King / Choghyal of Sikkim, Phuntshok Namgyal. Visit the coronation monastery while in Yuksom. Overnight Lodge.
Day 4: Dzongri Trek Starts. Trek to Bakhim. Overnight Tents.
Dzongri Trek starts with a gentle 12Km uphill track and winds through the rich bio-diversity forest of the Kanchenjunga National Park until we reach the long bridge at Prekchu. From here the trek route is a steep uphill right up to our camp site at Bakhim.
Day 5: Trek to Dzongri Ridge. Overnight Tents.
8miles / 12Km trail to Dzongri Ridge passes through dense forest comprising of Silver fur, Magnolias, Maple and Rhododendron trees. The trail is uneven and sometimes one has to climb over small boulders, care must be taken while trekking on this path. 2Km from Bakhim is Tchoka, a small Tibetan settlement. The first glimpse of the mountain range starts from here and one gets to spy them through forest cover until we reach the ridge and then the Mountain range opens up like a theatre. The last 4Km from the ridge is an easy path till our camp site 5Km away.
Day 6: Return Trek to Tchoka. Overnight Tents.
Return trek to Tchoka is the same path that we had taken on the way up. It’s an easy downhill path.
Day 7: Return Trek to Yuksom. Overnight Tents. Return back the same way.
Day 8: Drive to Bagdogra Airport for Final Departure. End of Yuksom Dzongri Trek.
- DZONGRI TREK COST : US$640 / Person
- Domestic Participants Kindly Enquire within for quotes in Indian Rupees
SIKKIM DZONGRI TREK COST INCLUDES:
- Hotel accommodation – twin share including breakfasts.
- Twin share tent with mattress during camping/trekking.
- Fully organized trek services with guide, porters, camping equipment.
- All fixed three meals everyday during trekking/Camping.
- All road transport as per itinerary by car/jeep.
- Service of an English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees to monuments visited.
- All Permits for Sikkim.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Sleeping bag; personal clothing/equipment.
- Lunches and dinners during hotel stays.
- Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
- Tips, client insurance, evacuation costs.
- Any expenses of personal nature.
Note: The above given itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability 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 the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
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