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The North Eastern region of India offers numerous adventurous and remarkable trails that attract a lot of travellers across the globe. Dzongri trek begins from Yuksom and finishes at Yuksom in 5 days. For the trekkers who want to explore more in a short duration the Dzongri trek is the most apt option. Trekkers on this wonderful trek get to explore and see the mesmerizing exquisiteness of scenic landscapes during trekking. In actual fact, Dzongri and Dzongri La (view point) is the paramount spot to get a view of the spectacular mountains and its towering peaks in the Sikkim Himalayas.
Along with the impressive Mt. Kangchendzonga (8585 meters), the 3rd highest mountain in the world, you can also discover some of the most famous peaks during this trek from the Dzongri View Points like Mt. Kabru south (7317 meters), Mt. Kabru north (7338 meters), Mt. Simvo (6811 meters), Mt. Pandim (6691 meters) Mt. Kabru Forked (6108 meters), Mt. Rathong (6679 meters), Mt. Kumbhakarna (Janoo) (7710 meters), Mt. Kokthang (6147 meters), Mt. Goechala Peak (5127 meters) and Mt. Frey Peak (5830 meters). This make it one of the must do treks in Himalayas.
Difficulty Level of the trek
It is said that the difficulty of any trek depends of the ability and strength of the person travelling. Although considering other treks this trek is considered to be moderate – difficult trek. The gradient is gradual incline. The average kilometres of trek is about 8-9Km per day which is mostly covered in the morning and afternoon as the weather changes a bit foggy after later afternoon.
It is very much required to get acclimated to the weather because of which we stay a day longer before the start of the trek.
The trek does test your stamina, your endurance, you motivation and your will power because of which we request you to do proper planning and preparation for this trek.
Day 1 :
Yuksom is a small town of about 5K population. The name of the village stands for “The meeting place of three lama”. “Yuk” means “Lama” or “Purush” means “man” and “som” means “three”.
It is also the first capital of Sikkim before Sikkim was part of India. It has also have the oldest monastery in the world ~ “Dubdi Monasty”. One must visit this monastery if you are in town. It has a small market place to do some light shopping but please note the prices are big higher than other town of Sikkim as the place is very popular among tourists.
The closest airport is Bagdogra and NJP (New Jalpaiguri) is the closest railway station to the Base camp. The cost of the travel from NJP or Bagdogra is borne by the trekker. (A week prior communication is required for cab booking) It usually cost about Rs. 3500 per cab for 5-6 people. The Travel time is about 4-5 hours to the Base Camp of Nature Walkers.
After debriefing and a night of acclimitization, we would be starting our trek at the early morning rise to our next camp site. I.e Bakhim.
Dzongri Trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek in Himalayas. So we request you prepare your health and plan your travel properly. For mode guidelines you can also check out our blog on “How to prepare yourself for High Altitude Treks”.
The Trek start from the town itself. Walking to the north through the town, you will come across the trail, the initial trail of the trek is bit rocky with little ups and downs.
Day 2 :
From Yuksom, the trail towards Dzongri starts just behind the houses after the forest check post. Cross the last few huts of Yuksom and skirt around the fields of Yuksom to enter the V shaped valley of the Rathong River.
Early morning start trekking following the trail starting from Yuksom toward the North and climbs up through dense moss laden forest which is enriched by Oak, Spruce, Chestnut, Giant Magnolia, Rhododendron, Ferns and several varities of colourful Orchids with the Rathong river gorge alongside. The trail crosses four bridges on waterfalls like Churchery and Montogang and stream like Phakhola and Chursey to reach Bakhim. After crossing Prek-Chu river the toughest part of the section arrives as the trail ascends a 70 degree uphill to Bakhim.
Day 3 : Next Camp Site at “Tshoka”
The total distance from Yuksom to Tshoka is about 16Kms with a camel hump trail. On the way you will come across about 4 bridges. In a day about 50-60 people travel through this path, so it advisable to give way to everyone come across. If you see any animal crossing the path, always take the mountain side to stop and give way.
The after trail of Tshushay Khola falls is also very beautiful as the trail goes through chestnut and tall palm trees and continuing the rocky path will take you to a resting point called “Bakhim”. The View of the valley we just crossed from “Bakhim” is very satisfying and relaxing.
After resting for a while we would continue our ascend to “Tshoka”. The trail is not very steep but have a zig-zag pattern. You can witness several wild strawberries plant on the way. Plucking and eating wild strawberries on the way makes this trail more enjoyable and fun.
Also, please do not miss the early morning view of the White Mountains from “Tshoka”.
Day 4 :
After a warm dinner and cozy sleep in the sleeping bags, we would be starting for our next campsite in the morning i.e. to “Dzongri”.
The initial trek from Tshoka is little steep through beautiful rhododendron trees by the side. You could face muddy path during wet season but the wooden blocks on the way would help you give good support while walking.
Like yesterday, climb up to the little pond leading to the monastery, and then follow the trail that runs to its right. The trail begins to climb sharply and within minutes Tshoka is a tiny hamlet below you.
During April and May, this stretch is ablaze with rhododendron blossoms – not just one but multiple varieties. Second, on the trail, suddenly the views open up to showcase the might of the highest mountains in Himalayas.
A stunning and ultimate site from where you can get 360 degree spectacular panoramic views of the snow-capped towering mountain peaks and hills. Dzongri View point is located at the altitude of 4250 meters on the top of the hill and offers awe-inspiring and mesmerizing backdrop of the great Himalayan Range.
The campsite is exactly on the border of India and Nepal because of which you can choose to camp at either sides of the border.
Do check the Gallery for more amazing photos from this spot.
Day 5 :
Dzongri top is a two hill climb from the Dzongri trekkers hut. The trek from Dzongri to Dzongri top takes about 45 mins. The sun rises at 5 am and you don’t want to miss seeing the first rays of sun hitting Kangchenjunga. Start your trek at 4.00 a.m with torch lights and you reach the top just as the dawn breaks.
As you climb up, the peaks of the Singalila range begin to open up and just at the bend before the top, the Kangchenjunga and its neighbours make their appearance. Witness an inspiring sunrise and spend time watching the mountains changing colours in the sun rays.
After coming back from Dzongri Top to Dzongri, We will pick up our bags and more to Tschoka.
Day 6 : Tshoka to Yuksom
Retrace your way from Tshoka to Yuksom. Its much faster and easier than your trek up. Sachen comes up quickly being a pure descent. From Sachen the trail goes up and down generally losing altitude. The last stretch has a few climbs which makes you wonder but its soon over and you find yourself back in the friendly Yuksom neighbourhood.
One might say – This trek leaves you speechless but then turns you into a story teller.
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