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Sikkim Dzongri Trek

14 days 13 nights

Code STT100

Category Sikkim Trekking Trips

  • Group Size 2-10 Person
  • Difficulty Level 1
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 14,170 ft. at Dzongri
  • Trip Starts From Yuksom
  • Trip Ends At Yuksom
  • Accommodation Trekkers's Hut or Tent
  • Type Trekking
  • Destination Gangtok Rumtek Pelling Yuksom Excursion Bakkhim Phedang Dzongri Pandim Darjeeling Bagdogra
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The trail goes through moss-laden forests of oak, chestnut, pine, maple, magnolia and rhododendron culminating in the meadows of Dzongri at 4,000 m with exceptional mountain views. It is a naturalist’s paradise. These forests harbor hundreds of varieties of wild plants; exotic orchids vie for attention with equally spectacular varieties of birds and butterflies. Some of the animals found along this trail are the Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Marbled Cat, Langur and Red Panda.

This trip also includes the highlights of Darjeeling and Gangtok which are key destinations in the eastern Himalayas and offers possibilities of extension to Pemayantse. We will have finest views of the Eastern Himalayas, including Mount Kanchenjunga- the third highest mountain on earth, enjoy the greenery of the tea plantations and experience the toy train ride. We visit some famous Buddhist Monasteries of Sikkim such as Pemayantse Monastery, Enchey Monastery, Rumtek Monastery, besides several other minor shrines.

The road journey goes through the finest vegetations, tea estates and cardamom plantations, passing through little towns and villages inhabited by friendly Nepalese, Bhutias and Lepchas. Besides regular sightseeing, we take some hikes to the viewpoints, visit the private homes and schools and interact with the locals.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Flight to Bagdogra and transfer to Gangtok (Altitude 1750 m/5,740 ft.)

Fly from Kolkata or Delhi to Bagdogra Airport. People coming from Kathmandu will fly to Bhadrapur airport in eastern Nepal. You are met by our representative at the airport and get transferred to Gangtok (124 km/78 miles, 4 hrs). The road passes through the towns of Siliguri, Rambi, Teesta, Melli and entering into Sikkim at Rangpo Bridge. Check in hotel and take rest for the day.

Day 02~Full day in Gangtok with an excursion to Rumtek Monastery

We begin the tour of Gangtok from Enchey Monastery- the site where the great tantric ‘Lama Druptab Karpo’ was believed to have flown in from Maenam Hill to build a shrine. We will also visit the Flower and Orchid Garden and Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom- a training center for traditional arts and craft. Some of the popular items they create here are foldable tables known as Chokchi with wood carvings, Tibetan rugs, Hand-woven cloth and Blankets, Traditional dress, Masks, Lampshades, Dolls and Traditional Daphne Paper. Our next visit would be the Dodrul Chorten- Gangtok’s most revered Buddhist shrine and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology that houses ancient Buddhist manuscripts and scriptures, rare iconographies, ancient murals and thangka paintings.

Afternoon, we visit the Rumtek Monastery, in the outskirt of Gangtok. Rumtek Monastery is one of the most important seats of the Kagyu lineage outside Tibet. In the early 1960's, His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa founded this seat near the 300-year-old Kagyu monastery built in the sixteenth century by the Fourth King of Sikkim under the guidance of the ninth Karmapa.

Day 03~Drive from Gangtok to Pelling (Altitude 1860 m/6,100 ft.)

After breakfast, we proceed to Pelling (116 km/73 miles, 4 hrs) via Ravangla. En route, we stop to visit Kundragling monastery at Kewzing, the only Bon monastery in Sikkim. Bon is the pre-Buddhist religion of Tibet. Check in Norbugang Resort and have leisurely afternoon. After some rest in the hotel, we visit Pemayangtse Monastery- Sikkim’s one of the most ancient monasteries, overlooking the magnificent Kanchenjunga range. The monastery belongs to Nyingmapa order of Tibetan Buddhism and houses rich murals and wooden sculptures portraying the Mahaguru’s Heavenly Palace- Santhokpalri.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 04~Drive from Pelling to Yuksom (Altitude 1780m/5840 ft.)

After an early morning cup of tea or coffee, we take a 30 minutes hike to Sangachoeling Monastery high above Pelling village and command lovely panoramic views of the hills, valleys and villages of West Sikkim. We will come across some of the exotic Himlayan birds on the way. Sangachoeling Monastery is the one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim. We return to the hotel for breakfast and then we visit Rabdentse Palace that exists in ruins now. On the way back, we head to Pemayangtse Monastery- the most famous and the ancient monastery of West Sikkim. The monastery is rich in ancient murals and wooden sculpture, portraying the Mahaguru's Heavenly Palace Sangthokpalri.

We return to the hotel and check out hotel and drive to visit Khechoepari Lake- the wish fulfilling lake (24 km/75 minutes). This is a calm sacred Buddhist Lake, located in the midst of a dense forest. There is a myth that when a leaf falls on the placid clear water surface, it is picked by a bird immediately leaving the lake clean and that whatever is wished in front of the lake with good intention will be fulfilled!

We will also visit the neighbouring Kanchenjunga Waterfalls and continue to Yuksom- the first capital of Sikkim. Time permitting; we will visit to see the stone throne where the first Chogyal (a ruling dynasty in Sikkim) was crowned upon.

Accommodation in basic Tashighang Hotel.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 05~Trek from Yuksom to Bakkhim (Altitude 3005 m/9856 ft., 5-6 hrs)

We will walk gently uphill, following the Rathong River's gorge, through dense mixed jungle with magnolia, rhododendron, ferns and several varieties of orchids, brightly colored birds, and the occasional monkey. After an hour or so we cross the Paha Khola Bridge, (1,733 m /5685 ft.). There is a swimming spot by a waterfall (for those who dare!). After two hours, we can stop for lunch by a bridge over stream. Passing by sweet smelling viburnum we cross the Prek Chu River and then ascend steeply for two or three hours to arrive at the lodge at Bakkhim. We will either stay in the tourist hostel or sleep in our tents. This hostel is often occupied by Himalayan Mountain Institute students on rock-climbing courses. This is a long trekking day and you should expect to be pretty tired by the time you arrive at Bakkhim.

Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Meals : Dinner
Day 06~Trek from Bakkhim to Phedang (Altitude 3,483 m/11,425 ft.trekking distance 5 km/4 hrs)

We begin today's walk by trekking for about one hour up to the picturesque village of Tsokha. Tsokha is home to a colony of Tibetan refugees who have erected a small monastery by a small lake. A fairly steep climb above Tsokha takes you into beautiful rhododendron forests, and you continue along a well-defined uphill path to Phedang (approx. 2/3 hours from Tsokha).

Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Meals : Dinner
Day 07~Spend another day at Phedang for acclimatization.

Explore the area around and take small warm up hikes as we have to take significant altitude the following day.

Day 08~Trek from Phedang to Dzongri (Altitude 4,030 m/13218 ft.,trekking distance 4 km/3 hrs)

Another short day’s walking today as we are now treading above the 4,000-meter mark. We will be setting up camp by lunchtime and suggest that you spend a relaxed afternoon acclimatizing. A brief climb beyond brings you to a meadow where we can pitch our tents in a campsite with views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Kanchendzonga, Simvo and Pandim. As usual on trek the choice of campsite depends on many variables, one of the most important is the close supply of water. You will get spectacular views of Kanchendzonga, Siniolchu, Kabru, Pandim, Jopuno, Koktang, Talung and Narsingh. The trail from here levels up to Dzongri. Dzongri also offers you the most fascinating close up view of the Kanchendzonga massif and other Himalayan peaks.

Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Meals : Dinner
Day 09~Excursion to Laxmi Pokhari

Early risers can get up before dawn to climb to a vantage point on a ridge above the campsite to watch the sunrise on Khanchendzonga, Kabru, Pandim, Rathong, and many other peaks of the Khanchendzonga range. Today, we take a full day excursion to Laxmi Pokhari. The trial first goes through rhododendron bushes and pasture land for about an hour to Chamaray. From here, it is a gradual ascent to Laxmi Pokhari, a big lake cupped in a deep crater. Here you will get good view of Khanchendzonga range, Pandim, Narsing, Kabur, Kabur dome, Koktang etc. If you reach Laxmi Pokhari early and still feel physically fit, an excursion towards Kabur rock will be a rewarding experience.

Day 10~Trek from Dzongri to Bakhim (Altitude 3005 m/9856 ft., 5-6 hrs)

We descend on the traditional Dzongri Trekking route to Tsokha and further down to Bakkhim, depending on available time. We will stop in Phedang for lunch break and continue to descend through rhododendron and arrive at Tshoka inhabited by Tibetan refugees where we can visit a small monastery by the lakeside. Depending on available time, you may decide to camp in Tsokha or trek further down to Bakkhim.

Day 11~Trekking from Bakkhim to Yuksom (Altitude 1780m/ 5840 ft.)

Today is the last day of trekking and will take 5-6 hours. From Bakkhim, Yuksom is seen far below on the horizon. The trail goes gently downhill, following the Rathong River Gorge, through dense forest with magnolia, rhododendron, ferns and several varieties of orchids and abundant with colorful birds. Occasionally we see monkeys as well. We trek 5-6 hours and arrive at Yuksom- the first capital of Sikkim. We will have time to visit the areas around. We will visit the site of stone throne where the first Chogyal (king) of Sikkim was crowned upon. We will also visit Norbugang Monastery.

Day 12~Drive from Yuksom to Darjeeling

Today, we drive to Darjeeling- the Queen of Hills! 19km (12 miles) from Yuksom, we stop to visit the Tashiding Monastery- a site where Guru Padmasambhava meditated. We visit the monastery and continue on our journey on the winding roads through tea gardens. The journey takes about 5 hrs. We arrive at Darjeeling mid-afternoon. We check in hotel and take rest for the day and later in the evening, you may want to take leisurely stroll at Chowrasta.

Day 13~Explore Darjeeling.

Today early morning, we drive to Tiger Hill for the sunrise and panoramic views of Mount Kanchendzonga. On a clear weather day, we will have splendid views of the eastern Himalayas. On the way back, we stop to visit Yiga-Choling Monastery at Ghoom.

We will enjoy leisurely breakfast with Darjeeling Tea and then embark on the tour of Darjeeling. We will visit Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park that preserves Siberian Tiger, Himalayan Black bear, Red panda, Snow Leopard and many other animal and bird species, and the nearby Snow Leopard breeding center. Our next stop will be Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, a training center for mountaineers which also houses the museum- Natural History Museum, with its fine display of Himalaya wildlife. We will also visit the Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, a major center for the production of Tibetan rugs, woodwork and leather goods and a recommended place if you want to buy some souvenirs. We will visit some tea gardens and tea processing centers to learn about the world-famous Darjeeling Tea.

Depending on availability of time and if you are interested, you can also experience steam engine toy train ride in the Himalayan Railways of Darjeeling-recognized by UNESCO as the world heritage site.

Day 14~Transfer to the airport for flight to next destination

After breakfast, we are transferred to the airport at Bagdogra or Bhadrapur for your flight to next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation in the deluxe hotels in the cities and best available in the villages on twin sharing and tented camping during trek.
  • 3 meals a day
  • All transfers and sightseeing by private vehicle
  • English speaking local guide
  • Sightseeing admission fees
  • Necessary inner line permits
  • Camping and kitchen gears
  • Pack animals or porters to transport gears and supplies

Cost Does Not Include

  • Expenses of personal nature such as drink, optional tipping, laundry, phone etc.
  • Airfares to and out of Bagdogra
  • Extra expenses or loss caused due to nature and unforeseen events
  • Travel Insurance

Guide and crews

The trek is led by a local Tour Guide and supported by a trekking crew and pack animals. Your Guide will be a college graduate, trained and certified by local government authorities. Your guide will be with you throughout the trip to lead you on the trail, help organize, coordinate with the crews and animal drivers and assist you interact with the villagers. Your guide knows the trails, villages, local culture, local language, some flora and fauna and will be always willing to share their knowledge with you. They are easy going, flexible and ready to adjust the trip to suite your pace and needs.

The crews come with all the supplies and camping gears. They will set up and break  camps for you. The crew member comprises a special cook who is trained to cook western style as well as the local delicacies. We will use porters or pack animals to transport the gears and supplies.

This is a moderate graded trekking

Dongri trekking is a moderate graded trekking with maximum altitude 4050 m (13, 284 ft) at Dzongri. We start at slow pace and spend two days in Phedang at lower altitude for acclimatization before we are ready to confront the altitude of Dzongri. If you are not optimally conditioned, it’s strongly recommended that you should begin some power exercise that includes jogging, cycling or uphill hiking. You have cardiac or pulmonary issues; please consult with your physician before you sign up for this trip.

What is a trekking day like?

One of the kitchen crews greets you in the morning around 6 a.m., while you are still inside the tent, with a hot steaming mug of tea or coffee and soon you are supplied a jug of hot water for brushing teeth and washing. Then, you will pack your stuff and head to the breakfast table. While you are eating breakfast, our crews will break down the camp and porters and pack animals will set off. We start walking after breakfast, between 7:30 and 8:30 am. You will walk at your own pace but make sure you will not make distance with other trekkers. You will have opportunity to stop along the way to explore villages, interact with the villagers, take photos and take rest. Our kitchen crews will have given us a lunch pack at breakfast time and we will stop for lunch around 11:30 am.  We reach our camp usually 3 to 4 pm. Soon we arrive at our camp; we will be served tea and cookies or snacks. We settle in our tent and take rest or read few pages of books or write journal or engage ourselves in photography while our crews are cooking dinner for us. Dinner is served usually 6:30 pm. After dinner, if you are not tired, you can join the crews and play cards. Sometime, crews may bring local drums and sing folklore songs and dance to entertain the trekkers.

Preparing for the trek, vaccination and medications

Once you decide you are going on a trekking trip, it is strongly advisable that you begin a fitness training. Taking a lot of walks, particularly up and down hills is the best way to prepare for a trekking trip. Additionally, you can also do jogging, aerobics, cycling and fast swimming. The more you are physically conditioned before embarking on a trekking trip, the more you are going to enjoy the trip.
India does not require any mandatory vaccinations but you may still consider some vaccinations such as Hep A, malaria, rabies etc. You need to consult your physician before you decide to take any vaccination. Our final trip dossier will also list some recommended vaccinations. Our crews carry a basic first aid kit but recommend that each traveler also carry a personal first aid kit including any prescription medication you require.


In the cities, we stay in first class hotels where choices are available and we pick the best one when choices are limited. In Darjeeling, our choice of hotels is May Fair or New Elgin and Netuk House or Norkhill in Gangtok. You will have private bathroom with running hot and cold water and most modern amenities. During the trek, we will pitch tents which will be spacious for 2 persons. We provide thick sleeping mattresses, sleeping bag, camping style chairs, tables, toilet tents and all kitchen utensils and cutleries.


This trip includes 3 meals a day. During hotel stays, you will eat your breakfast and dinner in the hotel and they will provide lunch pack for the sightseeing day. Most hotel and lodge restaurants usually provide western style as well as local delicacies and choice of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. During the trekking, our kitchen crews provide hot breakfast and dinner and lunch is provided in the box that they prepare during the breakfast time. They usually set fixed menu and you will have choices of western style as well as local varieties. Local delicacies include curried vegetables, chapattis, samosas, lentils and variety of rice dishes and other nourishing meals, prepared with local supplies and produces as much as possible. Our staff will medicate water for cooking and ensure a good levels of hygiene for all food preparations.

Best time for trekking

Eastern Himalayan areas experiences cold winters between November to February and monsoon affects Darjeeling from the end of May/June to the middle of September. The best season to take this trip is between mid March through to mid June and this is also the time, the rhododendron and orchids come in bloom. October and November are also good months for this trip. March to early May is when sunshine is quite abundant. Temperatures on trek will range between daytime highs of 20 to 25°C  (68 to 77°F) with quite chilly evening temperatures with around 5°C (40°F) but temperatures may drop to below freezing at higher altitude. Your final trip dossiers include the weather details depending on what season you are traveling.

Camping Gears and equipment

You do not need any special equipment or clothing for this trek. We will provide all camping gears that includes two persons tent, a sleeping bag, mattress, chairs, tables and toilet tent. You will need to bring your personal clothing and boots. A detailed equipment list is provided on booking.

Passport, Visa and Permits

You will require a passport valid for at least 6 months at the time you enter India. You will also require Tourist Visa which you need to obtain beforehand as Indian does not grant visa on arrival. Besides, Sikkim requires a special entry permit that we will obtain locally for you. Starting from 2008, India has outsourced their visa processing to a third party agency. If you need  more info on this, please write or call us.

International and internal travel, pre trip and post trips

Our land service starts from Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal, India or Bhadrapur Airport in Nepal. So, basically you can buy your international airfare to Delhi or Kolkatta in India or Kathmandu, Nepal.  You need to allow a couple of nights in the gateway city before you fly to Bagdogra or Bhadrapur. We can make the arrangement for accommodations and transfers and in the gateway cities and also take care of the internal airfares.

After the trekking, you may add a day trip to Taj Mahal for a day or two or visit the pink city of Jaipur for another two days. If you are starting or finishing your trip in Nepal, you should allow 2-3 days in Kathmandu touring the temples and palaces around and consider  2-3 days jungle safari rides in Chitwan National Park and two days in the beautiful Pokhara Valley.

Note on Itinerary

Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Booking and Cancellation

When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking. The internal flights are the key factor in determining whether your trip can be realized or not. A deposit of US$200 is requested along with complete trip application form and passport copies.
Balance payment is due 60 days prior to your departure. Depending on the number of applicants, we may set an early payment date. Credit card payment attracts additional fee.

Cancellation fee

  • 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 50 per person.
  • 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days: 100%

Travel Protection Plan

While we plan do our best to make your trip smooth and seemless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, and flight cancellation or missed connection or loss of baggage etc. that may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Far & High’s Tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.


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