7 must see places in your Dzongri trek route

The trek starts from YUKSOM covering the Himalayan range forest and then passes through Tshoka and Thansing and then reaches to Dzongrilia and the trek completes reaching Yuksom back via same route. The nearest railway station is about 163km, NJP and Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri from Yuksom. Shared jeeps and local car rental services are available from Sikkim and Siliguri.

The place is beneficiary for the trekkers, Dzongri trek or Goechala trek route. Geyzing is a sub-division of west Sikkim in which Yuksom is a small town located in it. Yuksom consist many Buddhist Monasteries and have a special religious and culture and it is a starting point of Khangchendzonga National Park.

First place when you reach from Yuksom while trekking will Tshoka. Tshoka a small village inside the Khangchendzonga National Park. It is the place for the trekkers to take a halt for the day and continue the next day. The mountain slope of the Tshoka is covered with dense forest and due to steep slopes and dense forest the trekkers are allowed to continue the trek next day. The next halt after arriving from Tshoka is Phedang, a small area covering the dense forest and sloppy mountains having Pine and Oak trees all over and it’s a close point or halt to Dzongrilia.

Must see places while trekking from Yuksom to Dzongrilia:

1. Monastery in Yuksom, Dubdi Monastery: 

dubdi monestery

Dubdi monastery is the pilgrimage of the Buddhist Religion and having three more Monastery side by side Norbugang Chorten, Pemayangtse and Tashiding Monastery. These monasteries are from the ancient times but reconstructed in recent years. The best place to visit before starting the Dzongri trekking.

2. Rabdentse Palace: 

rabdentse palace

The second former capital kingdom of Sikkim was Rabdentse. Now the ruin and chortens of the palace can be seen and visited. It is the historical monument of Sikkim.

3. Khangchendzonga National Park:

3. Khangchendzonga National Park

 A biosphere reserve and a national park in Sikkim named from the world’s third highest peak M.T Kanchenjunga. It is the one and only national park in Sikkim. Animals like Musk Deer, Snow Leopard and Himalayan Tahr are found in this park. So while you are in a trek you can find these animals who are reserved in the park with proper safety and preventing the risk to the trekkers. The park continues from Yuksom to Dzongrilia and then to Goechala. The park is covered with Pine, Oak trees and dense forest. It’s lucky to see a red panda hanging on the trees but they don’t come down.

4. Lake in Tshoka

Lake in Tshoka

It is said as a quiet lake just ahead of the Tshoka village where 7 Tibetan families have settled down and they help the trekkers with the fruit like orange And also they inform us not to drink too much of plain water but to drink fruit juice which is provided by them in exchange of money. They not only help you by giving fruits but medical treatment side by side.

5. From Tshoka you can clearly see the peak of the M.T Kanchenjunga

 

 kanchenjunga from tshoka

Early in the morning from Tshoka you can clearly see the peak of the M.T Kanchenjunga fully covered with snow. The best thing is to do is that you can be provided by your hired cook or else ask the people residing in Tshoka for a bowl of Garlic soup and drink it you will get a some bit of hot temperature inside your body.If you can consume alcohol then try out the local made “Rum” made by the residence which they make themselves and drink to get rid out of the thundering cold. You can get it from the guide but let him know before so that the guide can arrange it from Yuksom.

6. Above Tshoka you can get a lake in Samiti which gives the reflection of M.T Pandim

 samiti lake

A quite higher above Tshoka you can get a lake in Samiti which gives the reflection of M.T Pandim. M.t Pandim is also well recognized mountain all over the world, which is only seen clearly from Sikkim that is Thansing. Thansing is a place having small tents and small base camp for the trekkers before reaching Dzongri and Goechala. The place is just on the slope of the mountain consisting dense forest with pine and oak trees.

 7. View from Dzongri

view from dzongri

Dzongri is an amazing and an adventure place and one of the best trekking in Sikkim. It’s like you have got the full most adventure of your life as from Dzongri you can see the peak of 6 mountains covered with snow. The viewing place is at a high altitude so it’s better to carry oxygen mask for the people who have suffocation and heart diseases. The 6 mountains are as follows:

  • Mount Koktang,
  • Mount Kabru,
  • Mount Kanchenjunga,
  • Mount Simvo,
  • Mount Pandim,
  • Mount Ratong.

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Top 10 Trekking Attractions in Sikkim

If you’re passionate about trekking,you should surely not miss out the Sikkim trekking expeditions. These are the trekking expeditions which give you the real feel of the rough, rocky mountainous along with breathtaking scenic views. Here are some popular trekking sites in Sikkim.

1. Goecha La Trek

Goechala Trek

The main attraction is to see the Kanchenjunga peak. This trekking expedition is an extension of the Dzongri trek of the meadows. This gives you a raw experience of the rocky hills of the Sikkim region. You get to view the magnificent Kanchenjunga Mountain too. You can find out the Goecha La Trek itinerary and also get the Goecha La trek map from the trek conductors. This is one of the best treks at an altitude of 4990 meters. You happen to see the wild flowers and fauna of the place. Camping among the mountains is also a great experience.

2. Darjeeling Kanchenjunga trek

Darjeeling Kanchenjunga Trek

The main attraction is the Kanchenjunga peak. Besides trekking the hills of Darjeeling you get the feel of nature closely. The best time to trek is from March to mid May and September end to middle of November. The picturesque beauty of the hills and the peaks is a great attraction for the shutter bugs too.

3. Green Lake view trek

green lake view trek

The main attraction is the Green Lake view. This is a unique trek. The trekkers reach the lake by passing through many small streams and village hamlets. The places you will be crossing during this trek are Siniolchu, Yakub, Jakthan, Lachen etc. Maintaining the spirit of seeing the beauty of the great lake helps you to fight with the mountain sickness too.

4. Barsey-Rhododendron Trek

Barsey-Rhododendron Trek

The main attraction of the trek is to see the pink coloured Rhododendron flowers, which grow as bushes and add beauty to the already beautiful Sikkim. You also see many other Himalayan flowers of various colours and fragrances.

5. The Glacier view trek

The Glacier view trek

The trekking in sikkim himalayas takes you to the frozen beauty of the glaciers. The panoramic beauty of the snow clad mountains encircling the glacier is a sight worth seeing. Trekking beyond the meadows gives you a raw adventure.

6. Singalila Kanchenjunga trek

Singalila Kanchenjunga trek

The main attraction is the Mount Everest peak. This trek touches the altitude of 4940 meters on the Sikkim Himalayas. The best time to trek is mid March to May and September to October. This trek is of long duration of about twenty days. The reward of this challenging trek is the view of the snow clad peaks of Kanchenjunga Mountain (8850 m), Mt Makalu (8481m), Mt Lhotse (8516m) and Mt Everest (8850m). The plus point of this Uttarey Singalila trek is that it has a gradual elevation and therefore the trekkers get enough time to get familiar with the climate and the low air pressure in which they have to trek. You get the chance to see the Orchids too.

7. Heritage trek

Heritage trek

The main attraction of this trek is to observe the culture and heritage of the heritage-wealthy Sikkim. Singing, dancing, colourful dresses, celebrations are the areas that will be covered in this trek, which are otherwise not covered in a normal tour. The areas covered are Nambu, Chongri etc.

8. Maenam and Barsay Wildlife Sanctuary Trek

Maenam and Barsay Wildlife Sanctuary Trek

The Sikkim trek including the Uttarey Singalila trek reaches you to the main attraction of the area that is the Maenam and Barsay wildlife sanctuaries. This proves to be one of the memorable treks as you walk besides miles of blooming Rhododendron flowers too.

9. Dzongu Homestay trek

Dzongu Homestay trek

The main attraction is to get drenched in the beauty of nature and feel the traditional way of living of the Lepcha community.

10. The Ravangla Trek

ravangla trek

The main attraction is the steep climb, which takes to a great height. During the Ravangla trek, you get the chance to see the Oaks, sub alpine Rhododendrons and the Hemlocks too.

20 Essentials to Carry While Trekking in Sikkim

Trekking in Sikkim is very different from trekking in other parts of India, as Sikkim is full of bio diversities. The topography and height of the area makes it a difficult terrain to trek on. Although it is advisable to carry a light back pack during trekking, for trekking in Sikkim you need to carry with you many essential commodities to help you on your way.A few essentials are –

1. Warm Jacket :

jacket needed for trekking

As many places in Sikkim are much higher from the sea level, the temperature remains low. So you need to carry warm jacket to keep you warm during the trekking tour.

2. Warm Pants

pant needed for trekking

Similarly you also need warm pants to protect your legs from the cold temperature of the place. Better keep two to cover some problem like getting wet in rains.

3. Rain Jackets

rain Jackets for trekking

As Sikkim is in the north east side of India, it often rains there. So you should keep rain jacket to protect you from sudden rain while trekking.

4. Shell pants

shell pants needed for trekking

These pants are important for trekking expedition, as you may have to walk in the rains during your trekking.

5. Warm caps

Cap Needed for Trekking

While trekking during the early morning or when the temperature is low near the mountains, you may require the warm head gears to cover your head and ears. So don’t forget them.

6. Trekking hats

hat needed for trekking

While trekking on a sunny day, you may require a cap to protect your head from the powerful rays of the Sun. So keep it with you.

7. Sun Glasses

sunglass needed for trekking

This is also very necessary for your trekking trip, as the need to protect your eyes from the scorching bright rays of the Sun may arise. You need to take sunglasses with ultraviolet and infrared filtration protection, which have the detachable side protections too.

8. LED Headlamps

LED head lamps for trekking

Headlamps are required to see the way if it grows dim during your trek and also to see or read in your tent. Keep extra batteries and bulbs too.

9. Warm Gloves

Gloves for trekking

You should have warm gloves which should have a water proof outer covering to avoid it from getting wet.

10. Liner Socks

shocks for trekking

Liner socks are important to prevent moisture and blisters on your feet.

11. Hiking Socks 

Hiking Shocks for trekking

These socks are important to make the outer covering of your feet to save from cold.

12. Hiking Boots

Hiking boots for trekking

 Taking light or medium trekking boots is recommended to protect your feet from soars and blisters, as these may mar your trekking trip badly.

13. Thermal Inner

Thermal inner for trekking

 This should be taken to form the inner most layer of ‘layering’ pattern of clothing to keep you warm.

14. Back Pack

Back pack for trekking

This should be of light weight and should be spacious enough to hold all your necessary goods.

15. Water Bottles

water-bottle for tekking

Water bottles are required during your trek to prevent you from getting dehydrated.

16. Sleeping Mattress

 mattress for trekking

You should carry a self inflatable trek mat with you to give you a peaceful night sleep.

17. First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit for trekking

A first aid kit with all the necessary medicines is very essential for you, so that you may be able to take medicines in time and avoid falling sick.

18. Insect Repellant

Insect repellant for trekking

Insect repellents are important as you will be trekking in the forests and hills, where mosquitoes and many kinds of poisonous insects too may come up.

19. Military knife

military knife for trekking

An all purpose knife should be kept handy, so as to help you in your small problems such as cutting any rope or opening bottles etc.

20. Power Adapter

Power Adapter for trekking

This is very important, as you may not be able to charge your phones or cameras during your trekking tour of Sikkim.

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