RHODODENDRON TREK

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» Sikkim
Highest Altitude:1,760m
Duration: 16 Days
Best Time To Trek: June To September & October To Mid November


This trek takes one through Darjeeling , its tea plantation and on to exciting Goecha-La in Sikkim. Here one traverse at the base of Kanchenjunga. In this trek one walks through verdant tropical and alpine forests where a great variety of orchids and Rhododendrons and Primuleas carpet the alpine terrain. The valleys are warm and one can expect temperatures around 350C while night temperature drop below 00C.

Day 1: Transfer to Darjeeling by surface 90-km-4 hrs drive. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 2: At Darjeeling full day sightseeing – morning sunrise view from tiger hill, Ghoom Monastery, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Tibetan self-help centre. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3: Transfer to Pemayangtse- 118 km – 6 hours journey via Teesta valley and entering Sikkim via Melli. On arrival check into a hotel.
Day 4: Morning visit to the Pemayangtse and Sangacholing monasteries. Drive to Yuksam 43-km- 2 hours drive. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 5: Trek – Yuksam to Tsokha – 16-km – 5 hrs. Lunch en route at Praig. Overnight inn trekkers huts/ tents.
Day 6: Trek up- hill Tsokha to Dzongri –9-km-3 to 4 hours with lunch at Phedang. Overnight in trekkers huts/ tents.
Day 7: Trek downhill Dongri to Thangsing – 8-km. Lunch at Praig Chu. Overnight stay in trekkers huts/ tents.
Day 8: Trek Thangsing to lake Samiti – 3 km easy walk. Lunch near the placid lake. Overnight stay in trekkers, huts/ tents.
Day 9: Early morning trek upto Goecha La – 5-km uphill to get splendid views of the magnificent mountains. Return to Thangsing for overnight in camp.
Day 10: Return trek Thangsing to Dzongri. Overnight stay in trekkers’ huts/ tents.
Day 11: Trek Dzongri to Bakhim – 10-km – easy walk. Overnight stay in forest log house/ tents.
Day 12: From Bakhim trek downhill to Yuksam –11-km. Overnight in forest log house/ tents.
Day 13: At Yuksam spend a day at leisure.
Day 14: Transfer Yuksam (also spelt as Yuksum) to Gangtok – 123-km. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 15: Gangtok full day sightseeing visiting Enchey and Rumtek monasteries, cottage industry, Institute of Tibetology. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 16: Departure for Bagdogra 124-km for onward journey.



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