Sikkim, formerly a Kingdom and today the smallest state of India, lies East of Nepal on the bottom of the Great Himalayan Range.  His population consists of the tribes of Lepcha, Bhotia and Nepali.  The varieties of climate in Sikkim are breathtaking, subtropical areas lie literally near to arctic zones.  The main peak of the Himalayas there is Kanchenjunga, 8598m, the third highest peak of the globe.  On this trek we will approach this mighty, icy mountain.  On this occasion we have the opportunity to know a lot about this small country and its cultural and heritage and richness. First we fly to Delhi/Kolkata.  A domestic flight takes us to Bagdogra.  After a short stay at the capital of tea, Darjeeling, we start our exploration of Sikkim.  We visit the monastery of Pemayangtse and travel to the starting point of our trek at Yuksum.  The trek itself will take approximately 12 days.  Thereby we will walk from the lush subtropical rain forests right to the highest terrain of the earth, and reach Goecha La (Tibetan La-Pass) and the bottom of Kanchenjunga Himal.  The return leg takes us to other meadows, settlements and villages and along impressive mountains.  After the trek we will of course visit the monastery of Rumtek, as well as the bustling town of Gangtok.  A domestic flight brings us back to Delhi and to our connection flight back to home.



 Arrive Delhi international airport, transfer to the hotel. Evening free .Over Night in Hotel.


 Morning after breakfast transfer to the airport, after board the flight for Bagdogra.  After arrival, a drive to Darjeeling, 2130 m above sea level, where we stay at a hotel.

DAY 03: Sightseeing of Darjeeling.

 Morning visit tiger hill, to watch morning sunrise on Kanchenzunga & Mount everst after we visit the famous tea gardens of Darjeeling, for which this hill station is so well known.  On a detailed guided tour we will learn about tea, the various brands and techniques.  Fresh tea is being served.  We close the day with a visit to Ghoom Gompa, a Buddhist monastery nearby.

DAY 04: Darjeeling to Pemayangtse.

 We drive across the picturesque hill country, enter Sikkim at Melli and have lunch at Naya Bazar.  At Pemayangtse we stay in a beautiful hotel on top of a mountain and visit the Buddhist monastery.

DAY 05: Pemayangtse to Yuksam.

 Today we will get to Yuksam, 1780 m, the starting point of our trek.  Here we meet our Sherpa staff and yakmen.  Overnight in hotel/guest house.

DAY 06: Trek Yuksom to Bakhim

 The first trekking day.  From Yuksam we walk across jungle to the bridge over Peak Chhu, 2240 m, from there steep climb to Bakhim, 2640 m, about 13 km walking distance.  Our luggage is being carried by yaks.

DAY 07: Bakhim to Pethang

 An easy climb will bring us to the Tibetan village of Tshoka (with a nice monastery) and to the lunch and camping spot at Pethang, 3660 m, only 9 km.

DAY 08: Pethang to Dzongri Trek.

 Across various climatic zones we climb to the nicely situated meadow of Dzongri, 3990 m, 6 km.

DAY 09: In Dzongri

 Rest day.  We acclimatize at this beautiful place for the coming days in the high mountains.  For the “restless” we organize a short trip to Dzongri Peak, 4100 m, with commanding view of Kanchenjunga Himalaya.

DAY 10: Dzongri to Thansing

 On a high trail we will reach another view point, from there steep descent down to Kokchhurong, 3670 m.  After we climb gently across beautiful mountain flora to Thangsing, 3900 m, about 9 km.

DAY 11: Thansing to Samiti Lake.

 Following a nice mountain valley on the bottom of Mt. Pandim we climb to Sungmothang Tsho (Samiti Lake), 4250 m, where suddenly a small lake attracts our interest, about 10 km.

DAY 12: Samiti Lake to Goechala and back to Thansing

 Today we climb to the top of Goecha La, 4930 m and view from there the impressive sight of Kanchenjunga.  Back to camp at Thangsing, 3900 m, long day of about 16 km.

DAY 13: Thansing to Tshoka.

 On lonely mountain paths we descent slowly to Kokchhurong, thence on a fantastic high trail across rhododendron and mixed forest to Pethang.  Descent to Tshoka, 3050 m, after lunch, 15 km.

DAY 14: Tshoka Inn.

 Still in the fairytale valleys of Sikkim we have a rest day at Tshoka, visit the monastery and try tongba the local brew.

DAY 15: Tshoka to Yuksom.

 A good trail leads us back to Bakhim and our starting point, Yuksam, 1780 m, 15 km.  Night at a local hotel.

DAY 16: Yuksom to Gangtok.

 We say goodbye to our Sherpa and yakmen and drive to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.  We stay at a hotel there. (5,500 )ft.

DAY 17: Sightseeing of Gangtok.

 We visit the world famous and impressive Rumtek Gompa (Tibetan Gompa = monastery), where the Karma-Kagyupa reside, one of the big Tibetan Buddhist schools.  We continue our drive to Rangpo, where we leave Sikkim.  A short stretch takes us to Kalimpong, a famous hill station.  Night at hotel.

DAY 18: Gangtok to Kalimpong

 We visit the bustling bazaar of Kalimpong and the beautiful monastery of Hogmin Ngayak Zangdok Palri Phodang Tsenpo.  Night at Kalimpong.

DAY 19: Kalimpong Bagdogra,fly Delhi

 Back by bus via Sevok to Bagdogra.  A domestic flight brings us back to Delhi, scheduled arrival there around 1700 hrs in the afternoon.  Transfer to hotel and dinner.  At around 2200 hrs. we drive back to the Airport, check in.

DAY 20: Sightseeing in Delhi.

 In Delhi for sightseeing.  Late in the evening transfer to International Airport to board flight for overseas connection.

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