• WINTER DZONGRI TREK

  • Region - Uttarakhand
  • Base Camp - Yukshom
  • Duration 8
  • Altitute 4100m
  • Stay Tea House/ Guest House
  • Difficulty Moderate +
Detail itinenary

You arrive at Yuksom and check-in the hotel. Meal will be followed by an orientation session and a brief for the next day with the GIO team. Stay for the night in hotel.

The morning starts with breakfast at the hotel, and commencing the trek to Dzongri. Get past the National Park Gate to enter a thick green forest filled with all kinds of flora and fauna, keep an eye for the minute details on the trail as walking up and down will be the schedule for today. You cross a few bridges and streams before reaching Sachen, a small empty spot inside the evergreen forests of KNP. Spend the evening reading a book and enjoying the rich healthy eco-system, before retiring to your tents.
Sachen to Tshoka is a nice arduous trek with demanding walk after the last bridge. Walking at a slow and regular pace is advised, as getting winded will increase the fatigue thus taking more time to reach the destination. Sitting at an altitude of 3040m, this village has a pond, a monastery, a few trekker huts and a restaurant that severs food and beer. Spend the evening watching a transition of colours over the snow peaks, while the sun sets in a dramatic fashion. Stay for the night in trekker hut.

Wake up to an early and clear morning as the sun comes out quite early. You get spectacular views of the Kanchendzonga range from here, although the mighty peak won’t be showing up until you mount to the Dzongri top. Today’s hike is a bit strenuous than the  previous, since you climb up to the top of the mountain, climbing almost 1000m in less than 6 hrs. Pre-monsoon season in these mountains is cloudy, while one can witness clear skies in the months of September till summers. By the time you reach the snow fields of Dzongri, all your fatigue turns into euphoria. Play around in the snow before getting into dry clothes. Enjoy a delightful dinner and retire to your sleeping bags. Stay for the night in trekker hut.

Wake up at 3 in the morning, have tea with some cookies and go for a hike to Dzongri top, to catch the first rays of the sun illuminating the snow-capped peaks. It’s a small hike with, chilling cold and snow, as the only challenge. After witnessing a breathtaking sunrise, descend down to the campsite, have breakfast and rest a bit before heading back to Tshoka. Today’s hike will be more technical then strenuous, as walking down will engage up all your energy and attention. Reach back to the campsite at Tshoka, have tea with snacks and spend the evening; getting a grip around the rare moments that you witnessed in the high altitudes of KNP. Celebrate the successful execution of the venture over a special dinner with the team, before retiring for the night. Stay for the night in trekker hut.

Post breakfast; prepare yourself for the final stretch of this venture. You retrace your footsteps back to where you started, marking the completion of one of the most beautiful and a challenging trek in the Himalayas

Depart for Bagdogra aiport. Trip Ends Here !
About the trek

Walking up the snow clad mountains and sliding down those velvet slopes is the idea of adventure that meets in this venture!

 You will trek to the high altitudes of the Kangchendzonga National Park (KNP), tackling deep snow and bone chilling cold. The idea is to reach Dzongri Top and witness the baffling site that very few have seen, the mighty Kangchendzonga in the winters; under the clear skies, this is the best time to get the panoramic views of the greater Himalayas. Starting from the small town of Yuksom, you enter the thick green forests of KNP and walk towards the first campsite at Sachen (2560m). It’s a small campsite inside a thick forest from where you hike towards Tshoka (3040m), an abandoned Tibeten village; recently turned into a campsite by the authorities. This is the last point to find any cellular networks, and good old rum, so make the most of this place before you further gain altitude to reach the snow fields at Dzongri (3930m).

 

The trail moves through a mystical forest of pine, oaks and rhododendrons of 30 kinds, along with a twittering population of thousands of Himalayan birds. At Dzongri you will experience the environs that are rarely seen by many trekkers, as most people make this journey when there’s not much snow; so as to get much closer to Mt. Kangchendzonga. You spend the night at Dzongri, only to make an early morning hike to catch the magnificent sunrise from Dzongri top. It’s a small 1 hr hike that will take you to a vantage point which gives a 360 degree view of the greater Himalayas; with peaks rising over 8000 meters above mean sea level, and the deep valleys of KNP that stretch into the horizon. This adventurous journey will not only give you a firsthand experience of adventure in the snow but also develop your skills so as to undertake even harder journeys in the mighty Himalayas

Sketch Itinerary

Day 01: Bagdogra Airport - Yuksom (Drive / 7 - 8 Hrs)

Day 02: Yuksom (1750m) - Sachen (10 Kms) (Hike / 5 - 6 Hrs)

Day 03: Sachen - Tshoka (3040m) (7 Kms) (Hike / 5 - 6 Hrs)

Day 04: Tshoka - Dzongri (3930m) (10 Kms) (Hike / 6 Hrs)

Day 05: Dzongri ( 3930m) -  Dzongri Top - Tshoka (16kms) ( Trek / 7 Hrs)

Day 06: Tshoka - Yuksom (17kms) ( Trek / 6 - 7 Hrs)

Day 07: Yukshom - Bagdogra Airport (Drive/ 7 hrs)

Detail itinenary

You arrive at Yuksom and check-in the hotel. Meal will be followed by an orientation session and a brief for the next day with the GIO team. Stay for the night in hotel.

The morning starts with breakfast at the hotel, and commencing the trek to Dzongri. Get past the National Park Gate to enter a thick green forest filled with all kinds of flora and fauna, keep an eye for the minute details on the trail as walking up and down will be the schedule for today. You cross a few bridges and streams before reaching Sachen, a small empty spot inside the evergreen forests of KNP. Spend the evening reading a book and enjoying the rich healthy eco-system, before retiring to your tents.
Sachen to Tshoka is a nice arduous trek with demanding walk after the last bridge. Walking at a slow and regular pace is advised, as getting winded will increase the fatigue thus taking more time to reach the destination. Sitting at an altitude of 3040m, this village has a pond, a monastery, a few trekker huts and a restaurant that severs food and beer. Spend the evening watching a transition of colours over the snow peaks, while the sun sets in a dramatic fashion. Stay for the night in trekker hut.

Wake up to an early and clear morning as the sun comes out quite early. You get spectacular views of the Kanchendzonga range from here, although the mighty peak won’t be showing up until you mount to the Dzongri top. Today’s hike is a bit strenuous than the  previous, since you climb up to the top of the mountain, climbing almost 1000m in less than 6 hrs. Pre-monsoon season in these mountains is cloudy, while one can witness clear skies in the months of September till summers. By the time you reach the snow fields of Dzongri, all your fatigue turns into euphoria. Play around in the snow before getting into dry clothes. Enjoy a delightful dinner and retire to your sleeping bags. Stay for the night in trekker hut.

Wake up at 3 in the morning, have tea with some cookies and go for a hike to Dzongri top, to catch the first rays of the sun illuminating the snow-capped peaks. It’s a small hike with, chilling cold and snow, as the only challenge. After witnessing a breathtaking sunrise, descend down to the campsite, have breakfast and rest a bit before heading back to Tshoka. Today’s hike will be more technical then strenuous, as walking down will engage up all your energy and attention. Reach back to the campsite at Tshoka, have tea with snacks and spend the evening; getting a grip around the rare moments that you witnessed in the high altitudes of KNP. Celebrate the successful execution of the venture over a special dinner with the team, before retiring for the night. Stay for the night in trekker hut.

Post breakfast; prepare yourself for the final stretch of this venture. You retrace your footsteps back to where you started, marking the completion of one of the most beautiful and a challenging trek in the Himalayas

Depart for Bagdogra aiport. Trip Ends Here !
PRICE INCLUSIONS
  • Accommodation: On single Or double sharing basis 
  • Day 1: Overnight in Good quality Guesthouse / Hotel (Yuksom)
  • Day 2: Overnight in Tents (Sachen)
  • Day 3: Overnight in Tents (Tshoka)
  • Day 4: Overnight in Tents ( Dzongri)
  • Day 5: Overnight in Tents ( Tshoka)
  • Day 6: Overnight in Good quality Guesthouse / Hotel (Yuksom)
  • Enhanced Menu: We offer enhanced menu where the food is nourishing, fresh & tasty
  • Day 1: No Meals
  • Day 2: Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
  • Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
  • Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
  • Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
  • Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks, Dinner
  • Day 7: Breakfast
  • Good Quality of Camping Arrangements. The following equipment is provided on the trek
  • Good quality and big size A shaped tents or alpine tents
  • Absolutely clean sleeping bags with fresh inner liners
  • Thick foam mattresses
  • Dining tent with camping stool 
  • 1 toilet tent for 5 trekkers. Separate toilet tent for ladies. Toilet tents have good quality portable seats
  • Lamp inside the tent
  • Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
  • Porter / Mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee
  • Basic first aid for the group
PRICE EXCLUSIONS
  • Transport of any nature (to be divided amongst the final number of trekkers)
  • Accommodation in any other location not mention above
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag (can be arranged at an extra cost of Rs. 1800 per bag of 10 kgs)
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • GST 5%
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