A North Sikkim trek to little visited Tholung Monastery
Tholung Valley Trek an easy North Sikkim Trek located in Dzongu Region of North Sikkim, inhabited by the ethnic lepcha tribes who live in small villages amongst the dense forested slopes high above the Tholung Valley forms a buffer zone for the Kanchenjunga National Park. The Tholung Valley Trek in North Sikkim is amongst the popular short treks in Sikkim Himalayas but less frequented by outsiders due to the permit formalities as Tholung Valley falls in the restricted area of North Sikkim.
The highlights of the Tholung Valley North Sikkim Trek is the Tholung Monastery situated at an altitude of 8000m and which lies inside the Kanchenjunga Nationla Park in North Sikkim. Tholung Gompa houses rich artefacts and relics brought in from other monasteries from all over Sikkim for safe keeping, during the invasion by the Nepalese Army in the late seventeenth century and the early nineteenth century.
This monastery was originally built in the beginning of the 18th.Century by Chogyal Phuntshok Namgyal II. Every three years these artefacts are displayed to the general public during the festival of Kamsil which falls in the month of April. The trek up this beautifully forested valley leads to the higher alpine valleys where yaks graze below the snow capped mountains of the Kanchenjunga range.
TRIP FACTS :
- Trek Grading: Easy to Moderate.
- Type of Trek : Camping/Tents.
- Duration: 9 Nights/10 Days
- Maximum Altitude: 2600mm/8000ft.
- Best Season: March-June and October-November.
- Starting Point : Bagdogra Airport/NJP Railway Station/Nepal Border.
- Ending Point : Bagdogra Airport/NJP Railway Station/Nepal Border.
- Tour Avaliblity: Only private treks are available on request for minimum of 2 persons.
- Minimum 4 participants required for treks to operate.
- Note: Minimum 6 months notice required to process permits for North Sikkim.
THOLUNG VALLEY NATURE TREK ITINERARY
Day 1 : Arrive Bagdogra Airport/NJP Railway Station/Nepal Border. Drive to Bagdogra to Gangtok. Hotel(B/B).
Day 2 : Full day sightseeing around Gangtok including Rumtek Monastery. Hotel (B/B).
Day 3 : Drive north of Gangtok to Mangan and on to Singhik. Enroute visit Podong Monastery. Camping.
Day 4 : Enjoy early morning views of Kanchanjunga range from Singhik. Drive from Singhik to the road-head at Lingsha. Start trek to Tholung valley to Tholung Gompa (20Km/6Hrs). Camping.
Day 5 : Day of exploration hike up the Tholung Valley. Camping.
Day 6 : Trek to Upper Tholung (6Hrs). Camping.
Day 7 : Trek Upper Tholung to Changey(4Hrs). Camping. Day 8 : Trek Changey to Lingzey(4Hrs). Drive to Singhik to Gangtok. Hotel.
Day 9 : Drive to Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border for Final Departure. End of the Tholung Valley Nature Trek
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 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 participants’ safety, comfort and general well being.
Recommendations: The trek is strenuous and demands good physical form. A physical fitness check-up is recomended.
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