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India: Trekking in Sikkim

From $4,695

  • Hike the mountain trails of Sikkim
  • Visit the home of legendary Everest hero Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and visit his personal museum (not open to the public)
  • Take in spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, third highest mountain in the world!
  • Meet the Tibetan and Lepcha people, inhabitants of the eastern Himalaya

Join us on this spectacular trek: an eight-day hike in Sikkim, culminating in unbelievably spectacular views of mighty Kanchenjunga (28,208'), third highest mountain in the world. This trek is a significant spiritual journey because Padmasambhava—the 8th-century saint who brought Buddhism to Tibet—is said to have meditated in the caves along these same trails. While in Sikkim, you’ll also visit grand monasteries that are thriving centers of Sikkim’s Mahayana Buddhist tradition, and have afternoon tea at the Tenzing Norgay residence, where you’ll have a chance to gain insight into 50 years of mountaineering history.

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Arrive at the airport in Delhi. A Mountain Travel Sobek representative will meet you outside of customs and immigration and transfer you to your hotel. The afternoon is free to relax, recover from jet lag, or explore on your own.

Note—It takes two to three days (depending on your flight arrangements) to travel to Delhi from the U.S. The date and time of arrival varies greatly from carrier to carrier. You may arrive early in the morning (between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m.) or midday (according to the British Airways schedule). We hold reservations at the hotel in Delhi for you starting the afternoon of Day 1. If you arrive early in the morning of Day 1, you will need to book an extra night of hotel accommodations to check in immediately. This night is at your own expense, but we can make reservations for you at the same hotel.

  • Accomodation:Radisson Hotel

Day 2: Delhi to Darjeeling (7,500')

Our representative will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for the 1½-hour flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival in Bagdogra, you’ll be met by the trip leader and transferred to vehicles for a beautiful three-hour drive to the town of Darjeeling. Lunch en route. This drive takes us through lovely forests, quaint hill towns, and past some of Darjeeling’s famous tea estates. The serpentine road follows the route of Darjeeling’s famous “Toy Train,” an antique steam train on a narrow-gauge track that is still in operation. We’ll spend tonight and tomorrow night at a hotel. (3 hours driving)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:New Elgin Hotel or Cedar Inn

Day 3: Darjeeling

After breakfast, we’ll have a full day of guided sightseeing around Darjeeling. We’ll visit monasteries, schools, tea gardens, and landmarks such as the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the center and training school for Indian climbers. At the Norgay family’s Darjeeling residence, we’ll have late afternoon tea and a trek briefing with your trip leader. This will also be an opportunity to see some of the family’s memorabilia including photos, personal items, and some of the medals of Tenzing Norgay.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:New Elgin Hotel or Cedar Inn

Day 4: Darjeeling to Yoksum (5,800')

After breakfast, we'll drive via Ghoom to the Teesta River.  On the way to the Teesta, we will stop at "Lovers Meet," the confluence of the Teesta and Rangit Rivers. We’ll then drive along Rangit River through tiny Sikkimese villages and cardamom groves to the outpost of Yoksum. Yoksum is important in Sikkimese history as the place where the first chogyal (king) of Sikkim was crowned in 1642. At Yoksum, we’ll rendezvous with our trekking staff, including the Sherpas, porters, and cook staff. Yaks will be used on the trek to carry some of the gear. We’ll have our first hike today, a 45-minute walk to Dubdi Monastery, beautifully situated overlooking Yoksum. We’ll then visit the historic coronation site of the first king of Sikkim. (5 hours driving)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel in Tashigang

Day 5: Yoksum to Bakhim (8,800')

We’ll wake an early morning start today with traditional “bed tea,” a service of hot coffee or tea brought to your tent. After breakfast at camp, we’ll begin our hiking journey into Sikkim’s pristine wilderness. The hike today will last about six hours and pass through wooded hills of oak and spruce, giant magnolias, and rhododendrons. We'll gain an altitude of 3,000 feet.  We’ll break for lunch along the route, then continue up the Ratong Valley, making a steep climb up to camp in Bakhim. Camp overnight. (6 hours hiking)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 6: Bakhim to Dzongri (13,221')

Today is the most challenging day of the trek as we gain altitude and ascents are steep. After breakfast, we begin a moderate climb through yak and sheep grazing areas around Choka, a resettlement camp for Tibetan refugees and the last village encountered on this trek. This where we get our first close up view of Mount Pandim (21,952'). After Choka, the trail continues up through rhododendron forests to our lunch spot at Phedang (12,100'). After lunch, we’ll continue our climb up to our camp in Dzongri, where there are awe-inspiring views of Kanchenjunga and its surrounding peaks. (6 hours hiking)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 7: Day hike to Gingay Dara (14,200')

If weather is clear this morning, we’ll rise at dawn and hike up to an overlook to watch the sun rise over Kanchenjunga and the Onglathang Valley. After breakfast we'll do a day hike to Gingay Dara for panoramic views of the Ratong Valley and Ratong Glacier, the snowy peaks of Koktang, Kabru, Frey, and the mountains to the south of the Kanchenjunga. We will also be able to see in the distance the H.M.I. Base Camp, an area designated for high altitude mountain training courses by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. The hike to Gingay Dara is moderate. (3 - 4 hours hiking roundtrip)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 8: Dzongri to Lamuney (15,000')

After breakfast, we begin our hike to Lamuney. All along the way we will enjoy fantastic views of Kabru, Sinolchu, Siomvu, Pandim, and Goecha peaks. We’ll start with a nice easy walk and gradual downhill through a thick low-growing rhododendron forest for about an hour, then a steep downhill brings us to Kokchorung (12,100'). We will reach Thangshing by lunch.  After lunch we begin our approach towards our high camp at Lamuney. The afternoon walk is a 2 hour gradual uphill hike through the Onglathang Valley to camp at Lamuney. (about 15,000').

  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 9: Lamuney - Goche La Viewpoint (15,000') - Thangshing

We will rise very early for a long day hike to our final destination, Goche la viewpoint.  The trek to Goche La viewpoint is about 2 hours.  Also, the terrain is more challenging than the previous days of our trek.  The view point provides great views of Kanchenjunga and surrounding peaks.  Upon returning to camp we will have lunch and then continue to Thangshing, which is downhill all the way.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 10: Thangshing – Phedang – Bakhim

We’ll leave the Onglathang Valley behind as we descend to Kochchurong, about one hour from Thangshing, then trek back to Bakhim along a different route. This route is a little longer, off-the-beaten-path, and follows the edge of the hill for about three hours. We join our previous trail at Phedang where we’ll have lunch. After lunch, we'll continue for about two hours to the village of Choka, where we’ll stop to visit the local monastery, then onto camp at Bakhim. (6 hours hiking)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 11: Yoksum - Darjeeling

We'll hike the same easy route on our way back to Yoksum. We should reach Yoksum by late morning and after lunch, we'll bid farewell to the staff and board vehicles for the drive to Darjeeling. We'll pass through the lush landscape of the Rangit and Tista River Valleys before ascending to the hill town of Darjeeling, arriving by the late afternoon. We'll cap off the trip with a farewell dinner. (3 hours hiking, 5 hours driving)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Elgin Hotel

Day 12: Darjeeling to Bagdogra/Delhi

After breakfast, we’ll drive back to Bagdogra (around three hours) and depart on a flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, we'll transfer to a hotel close to the airport.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:Radisson Hotel

Day 13: Delhi - Departure

Transfer to the Delhi International Airport for your departure flight.

  • Breakfast

Oct 04 - 16, 2015

pricing

$4,895 per person (4-15 members)
$800 internal airfare (Delhi to Bagdogra to Delhi) — price subject to change

$900 single supplement

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Camp

Elgin Hotel — Darjeeling

The Elgin Darjeeling A luxury heritage hotel in Darjeeling.

Darjeeling- from ‘ Dorji Ling' means the ‘God of Thunder'. Small wonder then that in the quaint little hill station, the weather varies from the pleasant, to cold to very cold. As you enter The Elgin - warmth hugs you and makes you feel at home with a glass of sparkling cherry liquor and a silken Khada draped around your neck. Snug and cozy in an interior decked with etchings of G.Douglas, lithographs of Daniell, period Burma teak furniture, oak floor boards and paneling, crackling fireplaces, candle-lit tables and strains of music from the grand piano, you realize the meaning of palpable ‘old world charm' which has played host to dignitaries like the US Ambassador and the Crown Prince of Sikkim to Dominique Lapierre and Mark Tully. The hotel has stories to tell from the time of its first owner the Maharaja of Cooch Behar to Nancy Oakley in the 1950s.

Hotel in Tashigang


New Elgin Hotel or Cedar Inn


Radisson Hotel — New Delhi

The closest hotel to the Delhi Airport (3 miles), the five star Radisson Hotel Delhi is located near the business hub of Gurgaon in the New Delhi National Capital Region (NCR). This business hotel in New Delhi has a large inventory of rooms, exceptional services for the corporate traveler and on-site dining at The Great Kabab Factory

 

  • Hike the mountain trails of Sikkim
  • Visit the home of legendary Everest hero Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and visit his personal museum (not open to the public)
  • Take in spectacular views of Kanchenjunga, third highest mountain in the world!
  • Meet the Tibetan and Lepcha people, inhabitants of the eastern Himalaya

Join us on this spectacular trek: an eight-day hike in Sikkim, culminating in unbelievably spectacular views of mighty Kanchenjunga (28,208'), third highest mountain in the world. This trek is a significant spiritual journey because Padmasambhava—the 8th-century saint who brought Buddhism to Tibet—is said to have meditated in the caves along these same trails. While in Sikkim, you’ll also visit grand monasteries that are thriving centers of Sikkim’s Mahayana Buddhist tradition, and have afternoon tea at the Tenzing Norgay residence, where you’ll have a chance to gain insight into 50 years of mountaineering history.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Arrive at the airport in Delhi. A Mountain Travel Sobek representative will meet you outside of customs and immigration and transfer you to your hotel. The afternoon is free to relax, recover from jet lag, or explore on your own.

Note—It takes two to three days (depending on your flight arrangements) to travel to Delhi from the U.S. The date and time of arrival varies greatly from carrier to carrier. You may arrive early in the morning (between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m.) or midday (according to the British Airways schedule). We hold reservations at the hotel in Delhi for you starting the afternoon of Day 1. If you arrive early in the morning of Day 1, you will need to book an extra night of hotel accommodations to check in immediately. This night is at your own expense, but we can make reservations for you at the same hotel.

  • Accomodation:Radisson Hotel

Day 2: Delhi to Darjeeling (7,500')

Our representative will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for the 1½-hour flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival in Bagdogra, you’ll be met by the trip leader and transferred to vehicles for a beautiful three-hour drive to the town of Darjeeling. Lunch en route. This drive takes us through lovely forests, quaint hill towns, and past some of Darjeeling’s famous tea estates. The serpentine road follows the route of Darjeeling’s famous “Toy Train,” an antique steam train on a narrow-gauge track that is still in operation. We’ll spend tonight and tomorrow night at a hotel. (3 hours driving)

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:New Elgin Hotel or Cedar Inn

Day 3: Darjeeling

After breakfast, we’ll have a full day of guided sightseeing around Darjeeling. We’ll visit monasteries, schools, tea gardens, and landmarks such as the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, the center and training school for Indian climbers. At the Norgay family’s Darjeeling residence, we’ll have late afternoon tea and a trek briefing with your trip leader. This will also be an opportunity to see some of the family’s memorabilia including photos, personal items, and some of the medals of Tenzing Norgay.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:New Elgin Hotel or Cedar Inn

Day 4: Darjeeling to Yoksum (5,800')

After breakfast, we'll drive via Ghoom to the Teesta River.  On the way to the Teesta, we will stop at "Lovers Meet," the confluence of the Teesta and Rangit Rivers. We’ll then drive along Rangit River through tiny Sikkimese villages and cardamom groves to the outpost of Yoksum. Yoksum is important in Sikkimese history as the place where the first chogyal (king) of Sikkim was crowned in 1642. At Yoksum, we’ll rendezvous with our trekking staff, including the Sherpas, porters, and cook staff. Yaks will be used on the trek to carry some of the gear. We’ll have our first hike today, a 45-minute walk to Dubdi Monastery, beautifully situated overlooking Yoksum. We’ll then visit the historic coronation site of the first king of Sikkim. (5 hours driving)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Hotel in Tashigang

Day 5: Yoksum to Bakhim (8,800')

We’ll wake an early morning start today with traditional “bed tea,” a service of hot coffee or tea brought to your tent. After breakfast at camp, we’ll begin our hiking journey into Sikkim’s pristine wilderness. The hike today will last about six hours and pass through wooded hills of oak and spruce, giant magnolias, and rhododendrons. We'll gain an altitude of 3,000 feet.  We’ll break for lunch along the route, then continue up the Ratong Valley, making a steep climb up to camp in Bakhim. Camp overnight. (6 hours hiking)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 6: Bakhim to Dzongri (13,221')

Today is the most challenging day of the trek as we gain altitude and ascents are steep. After breakfast, we begin a moderate climb through yak and sheep grazing areas around Choka, a resettlement camp for Tibetan refugees and the last village encountered on this trek. This where we get our first close up view of Mount Pandim (21,952'). After Choka, the trail continues up through rhododendron forests to our lunch spot at Phedang (12,100'). After lunch, we’ll continue our climb up to our camp in Dzongri, where there are awe-inspiring views of Kanchenjunga and its surrounding peaks. (6 hours hiking)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 7: Day hike to Gingay Dara (14,200')

If weather is clear this morning, we’ll rise at dawn and hike up to an overlook to watch the sun rise over Kanchenjunga and the Onglathang Valley. After breakfast we'll do a day hike to Gingay Dara for panoramic views of the Ratong Valley and Ratong Glacier, the snowy peaks of Koktang, Kabru, Frey, and the mountains to the south of the Kanchenjunga. We will also be able to see in the distance the H.M.I. Base Camp, an area designated for high altitude mountain training courses by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. The hike to Gingay Dara is moderate. (3 - 4 hours hiking roundtrip)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 8: Dzongri to Lamuney (15,000')

After breakfast, we begin our hike to Lamuney. All along the way we will enjoy fantastic views of Kabru, Sinolchu, Siomvu, Pandim, and Goecha peaks. We’ll start with a nice easy walk and gradual downhill through a thick low-growing rhododendron forest for about an hour, then a steep downhill brings us to Kokchorung (12,100'). We will reach Thangshing by lunch.  After lunch we begin our approach towards our high camp at Lamuney. The afternoon walk is a 2 hour gradual uphill hike through the Onglathang Valley to camp at Lamuney. (about 15,000').

  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 9: Lamuney - Goche La Viewpoint (15,000') - Thangshing

We will rise very early for a long day hike to our final destination, Goche la viewpoint.  The trek to Goche La viewpoint is about 2 hours.  Also, the terrain is more challenging than the previous days of our trek.  The view point provides great views of Kanchenjunga and surrounding peaks.  Upon returning to camp we will have lunch and then continue to Thangshing, which is downhill all the way.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 10: Thangshing – Phedang – Bakhim

We’ll leave the Onglathang Valley behind as we descend to Kochchurong, about one hour from Thangshing, then trek back to Bakhim along a different route. This route is a little longer, off-the-beaten-path, and follows the edge of the hill for about three hours. We join our previous trail at Phedang where we’ll have lunch. After lunch, we'll continue for about two hours to the village of Choka, where we’ll stop to visit the local monastery, then onto camp at Bakhim. (6 hours hiking)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Camp

Day 11: Yoksum - Darjeeling

We'll hike the same easy route on our way back to Yoksum. We should reach Yoksum by late morning and after lunch, we'll bid farewell to the staff and board vehicles for the drive to Darjeeling. We'll pass through the lush landscape of the Rangit and Tista River Valleys before ascending to the hill town of Darjeeling, arriving by the late afternoon. We'll cap off the trip with a farewell dinner. (3 hours hiking, 5 hours driving)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:Elgin Hotel

Day 12: Darjeeling to Bagdogra/Delhi

After breakfast, we’ll drive back to Bagdogra (around three hours) and depart on a flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, we'll transfer to a hotel close to the airport.

  • Breakfast
  • Accomodation:Radisson Hotel

Day 13: Delhi - Departure

Transfer to the Delhi International Airport for your departure flight.

  • Breakfast

Camp

Elgin Hotel — Darjeeling

The Elgin Darjeeling A luxury heritage hotel in Darjeeling.

Darjeeling- from ‘ Dorji Ling' means the ‘God of Thunder'. Small wonder then that in the quaint little hill station, the weather varies from the pleasant, to cold to very cold. As you enter The Elgin - warmth hugs you and makes you feel at home with a glass of sparkling cherry liquor and a silken Khada draped around your neck. Snug and cozy in an interior decked with etchings of G.Douglas, lithographs of Daniell, period Burma teak furniture, oak floor boards and paneling, crackling fireplaces, candle-lit tables and strains of music from the grand piano, you realize the meaning of palpable ‘old world charm' which has played host to dignitaries like the US Ambassador and the Crown Prince of Sikkim to Dominique Lapierre and Mark Tully. The hotel has stories to tell from the time of its first owner the Maharaja of Cooch Behar to Nancy Oakley in the 1950s.

Hotel in Tashigang


New Elgin Hotel or Cedar Inn


Radisson Hotel — New Delhi

The closest hotel to the Delhi Airport (3 miles), the five star Radisson Hotel Delhi is located near the business hub of Gurgaon in the New Delhi National Capital Region (NCR). This business hotel in New Delhi has a large inventory of rooms, exceptional services for the corporate traveler and on-site dining at The Great Kabab Factory

 

Dates and Pricing

Oct 04 - 16, 2015

pricing

$4,895 per person (4-15 members)
$800 internal airfare (Delhi to Bagdogra to Delhi) — price subject to change

$900 single supplement

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