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Dzongri Trek: Gate way to Kanchenjunga Mountains

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Sat, 24 Nov 3:00AM - Thu, 29 Nov 10:00PM + more dates
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Sat, 24 Nov
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- Thu, 29 Nov
, 10:00PM
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The North Eastern region of India offers numerous adventurous and remarkable trails that attract a lot of travelers across the globe. Dzongri trek begins from Yuksom and finishes at Yuksom in 5 days. For the trekkers who want to explore more in a short duration, the Dzongri trek is the most apt option. Trekkers on this wonderful trek get to explore and see the mesmerizing exquisiteness of scenic landscapes during trekking. In actual fact, Dzongri and Dzongri La (viewpoint) is the paramount spot to get a view of the spectacular mountains and its towering peaks in the Sikkim Himalayas.
Along with the impressive Mt. Kangchendzonga (8585 meters), the 3rd highest mountain in the world, you can also discover some of the most famous peaks during this trek from the Dzongri View Points like Mt. Kabru south (7317 meters), Mt. Kabru north (7338 meters), Mt. Simvo (6811 meters), Mt. Pandim (6691 meters) Mt. Kabru Forked (6108 meters), Mt. Rathong (6679 meters), Mt. Kumbhakarna (Janoo) (7710 meters), Mt. Kokthang (6147 meters), Mt. Goechala Peak (5127 meters) and Mt. Frey Peak (5830 meters).
Difficulty Level of the trek. It is said that the difficulty of any trek depends of the ability and strength of the person traveling. Although considering other treks this trek is considered to be moderate-difficult trek. The gradient is a gradual incline. The average kilometres of the trek is about 8-9Km per day which is mostly covered in the morning and afternoon as the weather changes a bit foggy after later afternoon.
It is very much required to get acclimated to the weather because of which we stay a day long before the start of the trek. The trek does test your stamina, your endurance, you motivation and your will power because of which we request you to do proper planning and preparation for this trek.

Small Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Reach Yuksom; 6-8 hours drive from NJP. Transport from NJP will be arranged at 9:30 am. Cost of cab – Rs. 5,500 per vehicle.
  • Day 2: Yuksom (5,643 ft) to Bhakim/Sachen (8,654 ft); 5 hours
  • Day 3: Bhakim (8,654 ft) to Tshoka (9,701 ft); 4 hours
  • Day 4: Tshoka (9,701 ft) to Dzongri (13,024 ft) via Phedang (12,083 ft); 6 hours
  • Day 5: Dzongri (13,024 ft) to Dzongri top (13,778 ft) and back to Tshoka (9,701 ft); 8 hours
  • Day 6: Tshoka (9,701 ft ft) to Yuksom (5,643); 6 hours
  • Day 7: Drive to New Jalpaiguri. Cost of cab – Rs. 5,500 per vehicle

Please note that you will be staying at a guest house in Yuksom. The stay on all other days is in tents (3 per tent).

Location:   Yuksom, Sikkim
Duration:   6 DAYS –5 NIGHTS
Age:  12 - 45 Years
Group-size: 30 People Max
Trek distance:  Distance KM
Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1:

Yuksom is a small town of about 5K population. The name of the village stands for “The meeting place of three lama”. “Yuk” means “Lama” or “Purush” means “man” and “som” means “three”.

It is also the first capital of Sikkim before Sikkim was part of India. It has also have the oldest monastery in the world ~ “Dubdi Monasty”. One must visit this monastery if you are in town. It has a small market place to do some light shopping but please note the prices are big higher than other town of Sikkim as the place is very popular among tourists.

The closest airport is Bagdogra and NJP (New Jalpaiguri) is the closest railway station to the Base camp. The cost of the travel from NJP or Bagdogra is borne by the trekker. (A week prior communication is required for cab booking) It usually cost about Rs. 3500 per cab for 5-6 people. The Travel time is about 4-5 hours to the Base Camp of Nature Walkers.

After debriefing and a night of acclimitization, we would be starting our trek at the early morning rise to our next camp site. I.e Bakhim.

Dzongri Trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek in Himalayas. So we request you prepare your health and plan your travel properly. For mode guidelines you can also check out our blog on “How to prepare yourself for High Altitude Treks”.

The Trek start from the town itself. Walking to the north through the town, you will come across the trail, the initial trail of the trek is bit rocky with little ups and downs.

Day 2:

From Yuksom, the trail towards Dzongri starts just behind the houses after the forest check post. Cross the last few huts of Yuksom and skirt around the fields of Yuksom to enter the V shaped valley of the Rathong River.

Early morning start 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 varities of colourful Orchids  with the Rathong river gorge alongside. The trail crosses four bridges on waterfalls like Churchery and Montogang and stream like Phakhola and Chursey to reach Bakhim. After crossing Prek-Chu river the toughest part of the section arrives as the trail ascends a 70 degree uphill to Bakhim.

Day 3: Next Camp Site at “Tshoka”

The total distance from Yuksom to Tshoka is about 16Kms with a camel hump trail. On the way you will come across about 4 bridges. In a day about 50-60 people travel through this path, so it advisable to give way to everyone come across. If you see any animal crossing the path, always take the mountain side to stop and give way.

The after trail of Tshushay Khola falls is also very beautiful as the trail goes through chestnut and tall palm trees and continuing the rocky path will take you to a resting point called “Bakhim”. The View of the valley we just crossed from “Bakhim” is very satisfying and relaxing.

After resting for a while we would continue our ascend to “Tshoka”. The trail is not very steep but have a zig-zag pattern. You can witness several wild strawberries plant on the way. Plucking and eating wild strawberries on the way makes this trail more enjoyable and fun.

Also, please do not miss the early morning view of the White Mountains from “Tshoka”.

After a warm dinner and cozy sleep in the sleeping bags, we would be starting for our next campsite in the morning i.e. to “Dzongri”.

The initial trek from Tshoka is little steep through beautiful rhododendron trees by the side. You could face muddy path during wet season but the wooden blocks on the way would help you give good support while walking.

Like yesterday, climb up to the little pond leading to the monastery, and then follow the trail that runs to its right. The trail begins to climb sharply and within minutes Tshoka is a tiny hamlet below you.

During April and May, this stretch is ablaze with rhododendron blossoms – not just one but multiple varieties. Second, on the trail, suddenly the views open up to showcase the might of the highest mountains in Himalayas.

A stunning and ultimate site from where you can get 360 degree spectacular panoramic views of the snow-capped towering mountain peaks and hills. Dzongri View point is located at the altitude of 4250 meters on the top of the hill and offers awe-inspiring and mesmerizing backdrop of the great Himalayan Range.

The campsite is exactly on the border of India and Nepal because of which you can choose to camp at either sides of the border.

Do check the Gallery for more amazing photos from this spot.

Dzongri top is a two hill climb from the Dzongri trekkers hut. The trek from Dzongri to Dzongri top takes about 45 mins. The sun rises at 5 am and you don’t want to miss seeing the first rays of sun hitting Kangchenjunga. Start your trek at 4.00 a.m with torch lights and you reach the top just as the dawn breaks.

As you climb up, the peaks of the Singalila range begin to open up and just at the bend before the top, the Kangchenjunga and its neighbours make their appearance. Witness an inspiring sunrise and spend time watching the mountains changing colours in the sun rays.

After coming back from Dzongri Top to Dzongri, We will pick up our bags and more to Tschoka.

Day 6: Tshoka to Yuksom

Retrace your way from Tshoka to Yuksom. Its much faster and easier than your trek up. Sachen comes up quickly being a pure descent. From Sachen the trail goes up and down generally losing altitude. The last stretch has a few climbs which makes you wonder but its soon over and you find yourself back in the friendly Yuksom neighbourhood.

One might say – This trek leaves you speechless but then turns you into a storyteller.

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Things to carry

Things to carry
    1. Trekking shoes:  Not sports shoes. The shoes need to have soles with good grip and ankle support. We recommend FORCLAZ 100 and 600 from Decathlon. Wear the shoes for a week prior to the trek to avoid shoe bites/blisters on slope.
    2. Backpack (40-60 litres): Backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

    Clothes

    1. Full sleeve woolens (2 pairs including the one you are wearing):We endorse fleece over wool as it is light weight, compact and warm. It is better to layer your clothing with multiple light sweaters than to carry one thick heavy jacket.
    2. Thick jacket: Carry 1 full sleeve windproof jacket/down jacket.
    3. Trek pants (3 pairs including the one you are wearing): We highly endorse synthetic quick-dry pants as they are light. Plus, when it’s cold you can wear one over the other. While trekking, a pair is what you would carry apart from the worn. You could keep the third pair for your return journey. Alternative would be cotton pants with many pockets or track pants. Jeans, shorts and 3/4 pants are not suitable for trekking.
    4. Collared t-shirts (3 pairs including the one you are wearing):Preferably light, full sleeve t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Avoid loud colors that would distract birds and animals.
    5. Thermal inners: 1 pair of lightweight, upper and lower. Thermal inners are optional for those who are more sensitive to the cold.

    Accessories

    1. Sunglasses: Curved ones will cover your eyes well. No blue coloured sunglass — they don’t block UV. Blacks, greens, browns are fine. Avoid multi tone sunglasses. Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. People who wear spectacles, choose either contact lenses or photo chromatic glasses. If both are not possible, wear your spectacles and carry big sunglass that can be worn over your spectacles.
    2. Suncap: To protect your head from the direct heat of the sun, protect your face and neck from sunburns. The cap must cover your ears and neck.
    3. Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.
    4. Balaclava: . You may use scarves as an alternative to balaclavas.
    5. Poncho: A lightweight poncho is preferred because unlike raincoats, it covers your rucksack as well. A poncho is indispensable for the Tarsar Marsar trek as light showers are expected
    6. Socks (3 pairs): 2 cotton pairs, 2 woolen pairs (mostly to be used on campsites and while sleeping. Keep them dry.)
    7. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
    8. Trekking Pole: Trekking pole is mandatory.

    Others

    1. Daypack (20 litres): It is mandatory to carry a daypack if you choose to offload your backpack. If you decide to carry your backpack, day pack is not required.
    2. Toiletries (Sunscreen – SPF 40+, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm/chap stick, small soap, toilet paper)
    3. Repair kit (needle & thread)
    4. Camera: Carry all accessories – spare batteries, charger, etc.
    5. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. To save weight, you may use your lunch box instead of carrying a plate separately.
    6. Water bottles: 2 bottles, 1 Litre each. Packaged drinking water bottles like Aquafina, Bisleri and others are not allowed.
    7. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory
    8. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes. While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalize things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

    If you are going shopping, download this list so you don’t miss out on anything! Download PDF

    Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 

    1. Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
    2. Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
    3. Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
    4. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
    5. Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
    6. Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
    7. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
    8. Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
    9. Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
    10. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
    11. Gauze – 1 small roll
    12. Band aid – 10 strips
    13. Cotton – 1 small roll
    14. ORS – 10 packets
    15. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
    16. Moov spray (aches, & sprains)

    Mandatory Documents

    Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.

    Without these documents you will not be allowed on the trek.

    1. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)

    2. Medical Certificate, and disclaimer (to be filled by the trekker)

    3. Medical certificate (to be filled by a doctor)

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Agumbe Rainforest Ecology – Trek & Camping 14 - 17 Jun 2018.

Although this was our first trek with Nature Walkers, it didn’t feel like that from the very first minute we met Shane our outdoor leader and then one by one the group we were going with. Expectation I set for this trip was to relax, have some fresh air, go far away from the polluted busy environment and de-stress. I must admit I got much more than my expectations. Forest walks, a dip in a clear flowing stream of water (twice actually), a small trek to a peak where we had scenic view of nature and greenery, first aid for snake bite session, session on King Cobra, wildlife photography, night walks, butterflies, camping in tents, tasty home cooked meals. We got a chance to be interacting with the Kalinga Center (KCRE) team (Gowrishankar, Prashant and Priyanka). They shared their experiences with rescuing king Cobras, we watched an amazing documentary featuring their rescue operations. This interaction was very informative and we learnt a lot about wildlife and their ecology. We even got a chance to have a quick stop at Sringeri temple, on our way back to Bangalore.

Away from network, it was great to disconnect from the virtual world and connect with nature.

Nature walkers have an amazing zeal that is contagious. Their passion to make every experience into a memorable one is evident in their actions and their interactions. Shane made sure all of us were always enjoying, having fun, kept us engaged and kept motivating me specially during the trek, which was a piece of cake for everyone else, including my 11-year-old daughter.

Thanks to Hemant and Amrita for constantly being in touch with their recommendations and help with planning this trip. Thanks to everyone on the trip with us, specially our awesome DJ Srikanth who also entertained us with his energetic dance, our illusionist Rahul who presented jaw dropping tricks during the trip, and everyone else contributing their share of fun Satish, Sanil, Gopalan, Shane, Shreya, Lalitha, thanks for making this a wonderful experience.

If you are looking for having a fun weekend, you can blindly pick any trip with Nature Walkers and I can guarantee, you won’t be disappointed. This is the testimonial I received from every repeat trekker on our trip. I am definitely motivated to tick off every trip they organize. Keep going Nature Walkers, looking forward to a lot of fun.
- by Neema Sanilnath for Agumbe Rainforest Ecology – Trek & Camping organized by Nature Walkers .
I must admit that I already miss the wonderful trip we had welcoming this new year. We were informed that this trip would be more to chill than to trek and you were absolutely right Mr. Hemant.

As soon as we reached Gokarna beach we left no time in taking a dip in the sea. Then we had a long walk on the beach and a small trek to reach Yana waterfalls. It was fun diving and swimming in the fresh cold waters.

We were back to the beach to witness a beautiful sunset and the view was mesmerizing and to top it off we played beach football in this stunning setting.

We missed the rain in rain dance but danced our hearts out for more than 3 hours!!

We welcomed the new year with colorful sky lanterns and fireworks. The interesting part was that we were enjoying every moment with some amazing people who had become good friends in no time!

On our way back, we played Mafia with our huge team of around 30 people and Asav was a cunning mafia rallying till the end fooling all the poor villagers.

Lastly, I would like to thank Hemant, Anupama and Manoj for organizing this amazing trip and I should mention that I have seen very few people with Hemant’s level of patience. Also, made some wonderful friends in Nikhil, Harsh, Rupali, Tanwi, Anupama, Manish and Hemant.

I have a feeling that the best day of the year is already done with this trip, but I look forward to my next trip with NatureWalkers which is going to take fun quotient to the next level and have some peaceful time off from our hectic job schedule.

PS: I had to wait till weekend to write this review as I had to dive directly into work after this awesome trip. Also, if it wasn’t for my friend Asav I wouldn’t have made this super awesome trip.
- by Badshah Badarudeen for Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package organized by Nature Walkers .
I must admit that I already miss the wonderful trip we had welcoming this new year. We were informed that this trip would be more to chill than to trek and you were absolutely right Mr. Hemant.

As soon as we reached Gokarna beach we left no time in taking a dip in the sea. Then we had a long walk on the beach and a small trek to reach Yana waterfalls. It was fun diving and swimming in the fresh cold waters.

We were back to the beach to witness a beautiful sunset and the view was mesmerizing and to top it off we played beach football in this stunning setting.

We missed the rain in rain dance but danced our hearts out for more than 3 hours!!

We welcomed the new year with colorful sky lanterns and fireworks. The interesting part was that we were enjoying every moment with some amazing people who had become good friends in no time!

On our way back, we played Mafia with our huge team of around 30 people and Asav was a cunning mafia rallying till the end fooling all the poor villagers.

Lastly, I would like to thank Hemant, Anupama and Manoj for organizing this amazing trip and I should mention that I have seen very few people with Hemant’s level of patience. Also, made some wonderful friends in Nikhil, Harsh, Rupali, Tanwi, Anupama, Manish and Hemant.

I have a feeling that the best day of the year is already done with this trip, but I look forward to my next trip with NatureWalkers which is going to take fun quotient to the next level and have some peaceful time off from our hectic job.

PS: I had to wait till weekend to write this review as I had to dive directly into work after this awesome trip. Also, if it wasn’t for my friend Asav I wouldn’t have made this super awesome trip.
- by Badshah Badarudeen for Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package organized by Nature Walkers .
I have always been a beach person and when you get the perfect combo of beach and trekking, nothing can be better than that. Me and my friend were part of the "Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package". We both can unanimously say that this was by far one of our best new year celebrations.

We went with an open mind and was sure to meet quite a few interesting people. Rest assured the plan of staying in tents under the starry night sky. Well! it did turn out as we expected. We met some amazing people, who within a span of 48 hours had become good friends. From strangers to friends; the journey was quick and absolutely amazing.

How could I not mention about the outdoor leaders! Hemant, Anupama, Pawan, and Manoj, they were brilliant with their work. Guiding us cautiously through the entire trip and then partying hard with us during the New Year get together. They gelled along so well with all of us.

So here are my takeaways from the trip:

- traveling on budget can be a lot of fun

- you get to meet more people than you would while travelling alone

- you get the security of traveling in a group; trust me when I say travelling in a group is the best part of the journey

- you get good recommendations on local cuisine

- you have a face off with the part of you that seem to be hiding for years; we danced our way back to Bangalore, for almost 2 to 3 hours at a stretch; not sure when was the last time I did so in such a big group

Cheers to Nature Walkers! Way to go guys. You guys are doing a brilliant job. Looking forward to be a part of a new trip soon.

P.S. With the break of dawn on 1st January, we found a messy beach right in front of our eyes. Trashes from the last night's party; paper lanterns, beer bottles and cans, water bottles, and some more stuffs we littered here and there. As proud Nature Walkers, we worked as a team to remove all the trash and the make the beach look clean, in no time. The new year did start on a good note for all of us!
- by Tanwistha Gope (Tanwi) for Gokarna Beach Trek - 2 Day Package organized by Nature Walkers .
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