ST/ 04: 07 Days Dzongri Meadows Trek
- Max Elevation: 4300 m
- Grade: moderate to streneous
- Period : Apr-May and Oct to Nov
- Add-on tour to Pamayangtse available
Trek through forests with Himalayan flora to the Alpine Yak meadows of Dzongri. Walk upto DablaKhang, the peak from where the sikkimese worship Mount Khangchendzonga. Incredible views of 6000 to 8000 m high peaks of the Khangchendzonga group, upland meadows, yaks, lakes and glaciers.
Trek tour can starts and end at either Bagdogra, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, or Gangtok.
Day 01: Drive Bagdogra- Yoksom, 1785 m
Assistance on arrival at the Bagdogra airport and drive to Yuksom which takes about 6 hrs. Overnight at Hotel Tashi Gang or similar.
Day 02: Trek Yuksom-Bakhim, 2750 m (12 kms / 6-7 hrs)
After breakfast, set off on the first part of the trail from Yuksom (1,785 m). Trek through the village and its terraced fields, before entering oak and pine forest high above the Rathong River. The trail is well defined, with substantial bridges over the side rivers. Just beyond the confluence of the Rathong and Prek rivers, the trail descends steeply to a substantial bridge. There follows a 600m ascent up the forest trail to the small settlement of Bakhim (2750m), offering fine views down the Rathong Gorge to Yuksam. Overnight at Camp.
Day 03 : Bakhim – Dzongri (10kms / 6- 7 hrs)
The trail from Bakhim heads up through grazing meadows, and past the first rhododendron and magnolia trees, to the village of Tsoka (3000 M), Offers good views of the mountains. Tsoka is a comparatively new village, founded in the early 1960s when the Sikkim government granted this tract of land to Tibetan refugees who had fled over the border in 1959. The village consists of a dozen or so houses, a Gompa (Tibetan Buddhist temple), and rows of chortens (Buddhist stone monuments) lining the main trail. From Tsoka, the path goes uphill at first, but once a reasonably high altitude has been attained, there are quite a few ups and downs, as one crests every other ridge, and then descends to walk to the next ridge, in turn. But they’re all mild, and one invariably walks through gentle rhododendron covered slopes, with brilliant peaks and views on all sides.
Yaks pass you at many a turn, and pheasants are occasionally surprised. From Dzongri, the views of the mountains along the Singalila Ridge include Kokthang, Rathong and Kabru South, while Pandim and Jubonu (5936 M) are two of the highest peaks on the east ridge side of the Prek Valley. Overnight in Tents at Dzongri.
Day 04: At Dzongri, 4,030 m
After the hard climb to Dzongri, we take it easy today, to savour the views of the mountains. Wake up at Very early morning and trek to nearby Peak, about 300 m above the camp. This is the best vantage point to view Kangchendzonga and the surrounding peaks, return back to Camp for breakfast, and later walk for one and half hour to Dzongri la, a pass leading to the Bikbari valley. Overnight in tents.
Day 05: Dzongri - Tshokha, 3250 m
Trek back to Tshoka- all downhill sometimes steep. Overnight at tshokha
Day 06: Tsoka- Yuksom (16 kms in 5-6 hrs)
Head back to Yuksom. The trail begins with steep descent through rhododendron forest via Bakhim. It takes about 5/6 hours to get to Yoksom. Check in at the Tashi Gang Hotel for the night.
Day 07: Drive Yoksom to next destination
After breakfast drive towards onward destination.
TREK TOUR ENDS