TREKKING COURSE TO KANGCHENJUNGA
 

The trek to Kangchenjunga is a long course that leads to such famous peaks ok Sikkim. The Kangchenjunga range, a huge mountain mass, 12 miles south of the main chain of the Himalayas consisting a distinctive physical feature of Sikkim followed by other snowcapped peak- 7132m, pandimchu-6706m, Narsing-5625m, Siniolchu 4859m. With the Himalayan trekking to Kangchenjunga mountain and the Kangchenjunga National park, centred in the Yuksom town as the base camp, the economy of the town has become tourism centric. Consequently, the Khangchenjunga Conservation Committee (KCC) located at Yuksom with the village community as the stakeholders, with Forest Department acting as the chief coordinating agency, have planned several innovative programmers to promote ecotourism, concurrent with encouragement of local handicrafts.

The Yuksom-Dzongri trek is a popular high altitude trek along the Rathong Chu River in west Sikkim. The trek passes through dense forest, alpine lakes and terminates at the Kangchenjunga. An ecotourism impact study of this route has been carried out jointly by the Forest Department, the Mountain Institute and the khangchendzonga conservation committee (KCC), which is based in Yuksom. Considering that this route has recorded largely number of visitors (mostly from England, USA, Germany, France, Australia, Netherland and Switzerland), two main trekking seasons of March to May and September to November with October being the peak month have been noted. However, the winter months of January and February are the lean months. Based on this study, innovative additional trek routes have been planned to encourage ecotourism all through the year. The additional packages suggested are the Monsoon Magic  Alpine treks and subtropical winter treks, which would promote ecotourism economy with due consideration of the carrying capacity of the region.

Trekking is teamwork and not a individual event for any strong man. Guide, cook, porters, yak and the trekkers looking for and adventurous holiday has different role to play. In most cases, guide plays a vital role of taking the responsibility of organizing all most everything right from the start of the trek. His supervision and proper decision in situation is a must. He requires co-operation and coordination from porters cook and yak to negotiate inclement weather. Trekking in Sikkim is conducted in an organized manner. Individuals cannot trek on their own.
 

YUKSUM
A small village of west Sikkim district of west district was the birthplace of Sikkim Buddhist Civilization, situated at a height of 1780 mt and was the first capital of Sikkim. Yuksum which literally means  meeting point of three lamas , witnessed the coronation of  Phuntsog Namgyal, the first Chogyal (religious King of Sikkim in 1641 AD by three venerated Lamas who came from North, West and South. The capital in Yuksum lasted almost 50 yrs until it shifted to Rabdantse, near Pelling, Norbugang Chorten, the throne is positioned along with the foot print of Latsun Chembo (one of the Lamas who consecrated the king). Since the history of Sikkim started from this place, these areas are now considered sacred by the people of Sikkim.

THE TREK TO KANGCHENJUNGA IS AS FOLLOWING.

DZONGRI & GOECHALA 8 NIGHT 9 DAYS TREKKING
Yuksum is the gateway to high altitude through khanchendzonga wild life Sanctuary. The trek route through Dzongri leads towards various named and unnamed peaks and passes of Mt. Khanchendzongha Range with real test of hardcore adventure.
Day 1.Gangtok to Yuksom

Day 2. Trek  start Yuksom to Tshoka: After breakfast your trek starts from Yuksum to Tshoka which is appx. 18 kms, located at an altitude of 3000mts and time taken to reach from Yuksum to Tshoka is appx. 7hrs. The trek route passes through Pha Khola, wild forest which is full of natural vegetation having Pine, Oke tree through Shachen (2020 mts) for lunch break, the most and it is almost straight uphill trek via Bakhim (2700mts). After almost whole day trek you will reach the small village known as Tshoka. (Overnight halt at Tshoka).

Day 3.Tshoka to Dzongri: After breakfast we will start for our next destination  Dzongri  which is appx.09 kms away from Tshoka and located at an altitude of 4030mts and takes around 6hrs to reach from Tshoka. Lunch break at Phedong (3500mts). Now the route passes through the huge forest of Rhododendron via Deorali (4100mts). Once you reach near Dzongri you will find less and thinner natural vegetation, you will be reaching Dzongri in the evening (overnight halt at Dzongri).

Day 4. Dzongri Explore: Early morning at 4:30a.m we will visit Dzongri View Point to view the panoramic Sunrise view at Kangchenjunga and explore Dzongri (overnight halt at Dzongri).

Day 5. Dzongri to Thansing: Your trek starts for next destination to Thangshing, which is appx.08kms, from Dzongri, located at an altitude of 3936mts and time taken to reach from Dzongri is around is around 6hrs. Overnight halt at Thanshing.

Day 6.Thansing to Lumuni: Your trek starts for next destination i.e Lumuni, which is appx 05kms, from Thanshing, located at an altitude of 4164mts and time taken to reach from Thansing is around 5hrs. Overnight halt at lamuni.

Day 7. Lumuni to Goechala-Escersion-Cockchurung: After breakfast we will take you to Goechala Pass located at an altitude of 4940mts appx.07kms, through Samiti Lake at an altitude of 4300 mts and View point(4500mts) to view Kangchenjunga third highest Mountain in the world. Overnight halt at Cockhurung.

Day 8. Cockchurung to Tshoka: After breakfast your trek start for downhill to Tshoka. Overnight halt at Tshoka.

Day 9. Tshoka to Yuksam: After breakfast your trek start towards Yuksum from Tshoka. Overnight halt at Yuksum.

                                                                                         TREK   END

TSHOKA 2 NIGHTS 3 DAYS TREK.
Day 1.
Gangtok to Yuksom (Overnight halt at Yuksum)

Day 2. Trek start Yuksom to Tshoka: After breakfast your trek starts from yuksum to Tshoka which is appx. 18 kms, located at an altitude of 3000mts and time taken to reach from Yuksum to Tshoka is appx. 7hrs. The trek route passes through Pha Khola, wild forest which is full of natural vegetation having Pine, Oke tree through Shachen (2020 mts) for lunch break, the most and it is almost straight uphill trek via Bakhim (2700mts). After almost whole day trek you will reach the small village known as Tshoka. (Overnight halt at Tshoka).

Day 3. After breakfast your trek start towards Yuksum from Tshoka. Overnight halt at Yuksum.
                                                                                                     TREK  END

DZONGRI 4 NIGHT 5 DAYS TREK
Day 1.
Gangtok to yuksom overnight halt at hotel.

Day 2. Trekk start Yuksom to Tshoka: After breakfast your trek starts from yuksum to Tshoka which is appx. 18 kms, located at an altitude of 3000mts and time taken to reach from Yuksum to Tshoka is appx. 7hrs. The trek route passes through Pha Khola, wild forest which is full of natural vegetation having Pine, Oke tree through Shachen (2020 mts) for lunch break, the most and it is almost straight uphill trek via Bakhim (2700mts). After almost whole day trek you will reach the small village known as Tshoka. (Overnight halt at Tshoka).

Day 3.Tshoka to Dzongri: After breakfast we will start for our next destination  Dzongri  which is appx.09 kms away from Tshoka and located at an altitude of 4030mts and takes around 6hrs to reach from Tshoka. Lunch break at Phedong (3500mts). Now the route passes through the huge forest of Rhododendron via Deorali (4100mts). Once you reach near Dzongri you will find less and thinner natural vegetation, you will be reaching Dzongri in the evening (overnight halt at Dzongri).

Day 4.Dzongri Explore: Early morning at 4:30a.m we will visit Dzongri View Point to view the panoramic Sun Rise view at Kangchenjunga explore Dzongri and your trek start towards Tshoka. Overnight halt at Tshoka.

Day 5. After breakfast your trek start towards Yuksom. Overnight halt at Yuksum.
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                          TREK END

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