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The classic trek to Dzongri peak (altitude of 13,123 feet) in West Sikkim, India, passes through magnificent rhododendron forests and culminates with the magnificent views of snow-clad peaks at Dzongri. The thrill of Dzongri, the meeting place of man and mountain gods, is an attention-grabber for sure.
Yuksom is a historical town in Geyzing subdivision of West Sikkim district in the Northeast Indian state of Sikkim. It was the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD by Phuntsog Namgyal who was the first Chogyal of Sikkim.
Thansing is a village development committee in Nuwakot District in the Bagmati Zone of central Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census, it had a population of 5951 people living in 1020 individual households. Thanking V.D.C has a government-affiliated Shree Mahindra Higher secondary school.
Samiti Lake is a popular stopping point on the route to the popular Goechala Pass for long-distance hikers and is considered attractive for photography and camping. A lake is a scenic place that takes a minimum of two hours to reach along the Dzongri Trail
Yuksum, a small remote village of West district was the birthplace of Sikkim's Buddhist Civilization, situated at a height of 1780 mt and was the first Capital of Sikkim. The Yuksom literally means “meeting point of three lamas”, witnessed the coronation of Phuntsog Namgyal, the first Chogyal ( religious king) of Sikkim in 1641.
Yuksum is the gateway to high altitude trekking through Kanchendzongha Wild Life Sanctuary. The trek route through Dzongry leads towards various named and unnamed peaks and passes of Mt. Khanchendzongha Range with a real test of hardcore adventure. Night stay at Yuksom.
In the morning start to 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 varieties of colorful Orchids with the Rathong River gorge alongside. The trail crosses four bridges on waterfalls like Churches and Montogang and streams like Phakhola and Chursey to reach Bakhim. And after crossing Prek-Chu river the toughest part of the section arrives as the trail ascends a 70 degree uphill to Bakhim. Night stay Bakhim.
After breakfast at the hotel proceeds to Dzongri. The trail to continues climb through stunted bushes of Rhododendron and miniature Pine trees to reach in Tsoka, the last tiny village of Bhutias on the route and at an altitude of 10,000 ft. After crossing Tsoka the trail continues to go northward through Rhododendron forest to reach Phedang, 12,000 ft. After a brief rest to follow the steeply upward trail to Deorali, a beautiful viewpoint. Night stay at Dzongri.
Dzonri offers picture-perfect beauty. Surrounded by snow-capped hills with towering Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world and the guardian deity of Sikkim. In the morning climb to Dzongri top ( 4270 Mt) to watch the stunning panoramic view of Sunrise on Mt. Kanchenjunga and its surrounding peaks like Kabru (7353 m), Rating (6678 m), Kanchenjunga (8534 m), Koktang (6147 m), Pandim (6691 m) and Narsing (5825 m). The West Singalila Range, which separates India from Nepal can be viewed. And interestingly Dzongri top is higher than most of the peaks of Alps. From the top awesome presence of Kanchenjunga massif and other renowned peaks are simply mesmerizing. After that watching the beauty is seen and enjoy the serenity.
It is required to stay one extra day at Dzongri for acclimatization. Night stay at Dzongri.
The trekking trail starts losing height and goes along with the right bank of river Prekchu, a tributary of river Rangeet. The road passes through meadows and valleys and comes to one of the beautiful valleys, which is situated at the base of Jopine Peak. And the entire route is dominated by Prekchu river valley on the right, Mt. Kabru and Pandim on the left and awesome Kanchenjunga massif keep itself on the backdrop. After crossing the wooden bridge on river Prekchu the trail starts climbing up to Thansing, located at the slope of Mt. Pandim.
Return back to Bakhim. Night stay at Bakhim
The trail towards Samiti Lake, which is considered to be a sacred lake by the local inhabitants of the state and situated at the base of Mt. The Pandim climbs up gently towards north through alpine meadows alongside a beautiful wild stream. Samiti lake is one of the highest altitude freshwater lakes in the Himalayas. And loathing is an hour journey from Thansing, where to be reached early in the morning to see the stunning view of the south face of Kanchenjunga. And the trail is nearly flat from Olathng through a lateral moraine of a gigantic glacier. After crossing the glacier again trail leads through meadows with high grassland and high mountain covered narrow valley. Emerald colored lake ultimately welcomes and mesmerize by its superb beauty.
It is must to start very early in the morning to follow the trail to Goechala. The eastward trail climbs up gently and gradually it becomes steep ascending through the glacial moraine. After some time it descends to a sandy bed of an empty lake. The entire troute passes through Zemathang ( Sand Plainland) Plateau and the shadow of Pandim. This plateau is formed due to the depression of Mt. Kabru and Mt. Pandim spur. After that ,you will go Goechala Pass a deep down glacial lake arrives. From this point splendid view of the southern face of Mt. Kanchenjunga looks awesome. The further journey towards Goechala and upon arrival a breathtaking view of Eastern face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, other snow-capped hill and valleys loom. This is the highest and northernmost point of the route and is higher than any other part in Europe. Spending some time to enjoy the beauty and feel the serenity of the place. Come back to Samiti Lake. Night stay at Samiti Lake.
After breakfast transfer to the destination.