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India: Trekking in Sikkim

Trip Length 14 days

From $4,895

  • 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.

  • Accommodation:Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi

Day 2: Delhi to Darjeeling (7,200')

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
  • Accommodation: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
  • Accommodation: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. We will cross the Sikkimese border at Melle, where we will have to register and then continue onto Jorethang where we will have a packed lunch.  After lunch, we will continue our drive to Yoksum, 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. Horses will be used on the trek to carry all of the gear. (7 hours driving)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tashigang Hotel

Day 5: Yoksum to Bakhim (9,000')

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
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Sikkim

Day 6: Bakhim to Dzongri (13,220')

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 Tsokha (9,800'), a resettlement camp for Tibetan refugees and the last village encountered on this trek. This village was removed by the Sikkim Government in 2012 and now there are only a few tourism huts here. 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
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Sikkim

Day 7: Day hike to Dzongri La Pass (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 Dzongri La Pass 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 Dzongri La Pass is moderate. (3 - 4 hours hiking roundtrip)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Sikkim

Day 8: Dzongri to Lamuney (13,800')

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 13,800').

  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Sikkim

Day 9: Lamuney - Goche La (16,200') or Viewpoint (15,500') - Thangshing (12,600')

Today will be a very long day for those who want to hike to Goche La.   We will rise very early (~3:00 am) for a long day hike to our final destination, Goche La.  The trek to Goche La is about 5 hours there and 3 hours back.  The terrain is more challenging than the previous days of our trek. 

The second option is to hike to the viewpoint, which is about a 3 hour hike.  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
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Sikkim

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 Tsokha, then onto camp at Bakhim. (7 hours hiking)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Sikkim

Day 11: Bakhim - Yoksum

We'll hike the same easy route on our way back to Yoksum--which will take about 5 hours and we will have lunch at Yoksum.  After lunch, we will take an uphill walk to Dubdi Monastery, beautifully situated overlooking Yoksum.  We will then visit the historic coronation site of the first king of Sikkim. We will spend our last trek night at the hotel.  In the evening, our staff will prepare the farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tashigang Hotel

Day 12: Yoksum - Darjeeling

After an early breakfast, we will drive back 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 early afternoon to enjoy lunch at the hotel. The rest of the day is free to do last minute shopping. (7 hours driving)

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

Day 13: 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
  • Accommodation:Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi

Day 14: Delhi - Departure

Transfer to the Delhi International Airport for your departure flight.

  • Breakfast

No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

pricing

$4,895 per person (6-15 members)

$5,195 per person (2-5 members)
$600 internal airfare (Delhi to Bagdogra to Delhi) — price subject to change

$900 single supplement

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MTS Camp — Sikkim

New Elgin Hotel or Cedar Inn


Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi — New Delhi

The Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi offers the convenience of its location near the airport with the comfort of lavish amenities. The hotel consists of 261 modern rooms and suites that offer spa-inspired bathrooms, LCD televisions and complimentary high-speed Internet. Guests can enjoy a delicious meal at The Great Kabab Factory or grab a drink at Savannah Bar. The hotel also features an on-site spa, fitness studio, and a beauty salon.

Tashigang Hotel


  • 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.

  • Accommodation:Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi

Day 2: Delhi to Darjeeling (7,200')

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
  • Accommodation: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
  • Accommodation: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. We will cross the Sikkimese border at Melle, where we will have to register and then continue onto Jorethang where we will have a packed lunch.  After lunch, we will continue our drive to Yoksum, 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. Horses will be used on the trek to carry all of the gear. (7 hours driving)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tashigang Hotel

Day 5: Yoksum to Bakhim (9,000')

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
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Sikkim

Day 6: Bakhim to Dzongri (13,220')

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 Tsokha (9,800'), a resettlement camp for Tibetan refugees and the last village encountered on this trek. This village was removed by the Sikkim Government in 2012 and now there are only a few tourism huts here. 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
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Sikkim

Day 7: Day hike to Dzongri La Pass (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 Dzongri La Pass 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 Dzongri La Pass is moderate. (3 - 4 hours hiking roundtrip)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Sikkim

Day 8: Dzongri to Lamuney (13,800')

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 13,800').

  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Sikkim

Day 9: Lamuney - Goche La (16,200') or Viewpoint (15,500') - Thangshing (12,600')

Today will be a very long day for those who want to hike to Goche La.   We will rise very early (~3:00 am) for a long day hike to our final destination, Goche La.  The trek to Goche La is about 5 hours there and 3 hours back.  The terrain is more challenging than the previous days of our trek. 

The second option is to hike to the viewpoint, which is about a 3 hour hike.  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
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Sikkim

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 Tsokha, then onto camp at Bakhim. (7 hours hiking)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Sikkim

Day 11: Bakhim - Yoksum

We'll hike the same easy route on our way back to Yoksum--which will take about 5 hours and we will have lunch at Yoksum.  After lunch, we will take an uphill walk to Dubdi Monastery, beautifully situated overlooking Yoksum.  We will then visit the historic coronation site of the first king of Sikkim. We will spend our last trek night at the hotel.  In the evening, our staff will prepare the farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tashigang Hotel

Day 12: Yoksum - Darjeeling

After an early breakfast, we will drive back 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 early afternoon to enjoy lunch at the hotel. The rest of the day is free to do last minute shopping. (7 hours driving)

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

Day 13: 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
  • Accommodation:Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi

Day 14: Delhi - Departure

Transfer to the Delhi International Airport for your departure flight.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

MTS Camp — Sikkim

New Elgin Hotel or Cedar Inn


Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi — New Delhi

The Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi offers the convenience of its location near the airport with the comfort of lavish amenities. The hotel consists of 261 modern rooms and suites that offer spa-inspired bathrooms, LCD televisions and complimentary high-speed Internet. Guests can enjoy a delicious meal at The Great Kabab Factory or grab a drink at Savannah Bar. The hotel also features an on-site spa, fitness studio, and a beauty salon.

Tashigang Hotel


Dates and Pricing

No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

pricing

$4,895 per person (6-15 members)

$5,195 per person (2-5 members)
$600 internal airfare (Delhi to Bagdogra to Delhi) — price subject to change

$900 single supplement

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