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Sikkim ,Darjeeling ,Gangtok and Bhutan Top Tour

Trip Level:

Easy

Destination:

Multi country

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrive Bagdogra airport to Gangtok
Day 02:  Gangtok
Day 03:  Gangtok  to Yuksum
Day 04:  Yuksum to Tshoka (Alt. 3050 M)
Day 05: Tshoka to Dzongri (Alt. 4020 M)
Day 06:  Rest day & Acclimatise at Dzongri
Day 07:  Dzongri to Thangshing
Day 08: Thangshig to Lamuney
Day 09: Lamuney to Goecha La return to Choakchrung
Day 10: Choakchrung to  Tshoka
Day 11: Tshoka to Yuksam
Day 12: Yuksom via Darjeeling  to Jaigoan Phoncholing Bhutan Border
Day 13: Phuntsholing to Paro
Day 14: Paro to Tiger nest Hike
Day 15: Paro to Thimphu
Day 16: Thimphu to Gangtey
Day 17: Sightseeing
Day 18:  Gangtey to Gogona
Day 19:  Gogona to Khotokha
Day 20:  Khotokha to Chuzomsa/ Wangdue
Day 21:  Punakha to Thimphu
Day 22: Thimphu to Paro
Day 23: Paro International air port  Departure

Day 01: Arrive Bagdogra airport to Gangtok : Arrive Delhi connecting fly to Bagdogra airport. Meet the guide at the airport and drive to Gangtok. (126 km / 05 hrs.). Overnight hotel.

Day 02: Gangtok : A leisure day in Gangtok visiting places of tourist interest including Tashi view Point, Ganash Tok, Hanuman Tok and famous Enchey Monastery back to hotel after breakfast other Point visit Tibetology, Institute of Cottage Industry, Dro-Drul Chorten, Rope way and Flower snow world famous Rumtek Monastery. Return back to hotel. Evening walk at the Mall or shopping/leisure. Stay O/N.

Day 03:  Gangtok to Yuksum : Drive to Yuksam(1780 m) from Gangtok. Arrive Yuksom In the evening take a walk to the Yoksom Coronation site, - a simple stone bench, where the three monks appointed the first king of Sikkim. Visit the nearby Ani Gompa {Buddhist nunnery). Overnight at Yoksom.

Day 04: Yuksum to Tshoka ( 3050 M) :  Trek then we reaches Tshoka the trail from Yuksom passes through magnolia and rhododendron trees the most tiring uphill climb. Tshoka is a small village housing about twelve thatched roof houses mainly Tibetan settlement .If weather remains clear we can see Mount Pandim, Aralunchong, Lama-Lamini, Pandim. Overnight in Tent or lodge

Day 05: Tshoka to Dzongri (4020 M) : Trek from Tshoka to Dzongri is still a steep climbing time taken approx 5hrs we go through dense forest of rhododendrons there're over 400 flowering species , a place called Deorali Dara provides a  agnificent view of mountains.Then we reach Phethang for a break .After Phethang still further climbing we reach Dzongri here the Vegetation is thin and we tend to find only small bushes and shrubs for the night stay here is a tourist hut Its usually overcrowded and noisy. In Dzongri early morning we take a walk to Dabla Khang (DzongriTop) the view from this place is magnificent one can view all the peaks . Acclimatization here is must for further ascending trekkers. Overnight in tent.
 

Day 06:  Rest day & Acclimatise at Dzongri :  The day is for rest and acclimatization.On this day one can savor views of the mountain peaks by climbing up to Dzongri Top. From here you get a panoramic view of Kabru (7353 m), Ratong (6678 m), Kanchenjunga (8534 m), Koktang (6147 m), Pandim (6691 m) and Narshing (5825 m). Towards the west,  the Singalilla Ridge, which separates Sikkim from Nepal, can be seen. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

Day 07:  Dzongri to Thangshing:  Overnight camping Today we ascend gradually over open hillside for a mile or so to a low ridge visible from the campsite (13,500 ft/4,115m). From here, chortens and prayer flags overlooking fabulous views of Khangchendzonga and Pandim make ideal photocompositions. You then descend, at first traversing down towards Pandim on the far side of the valley, and then dropping steeply down on a good path through rhododendron forest to the Prek Chu River at 12,300 ft/3,749 m. for lunch (3 hours). There is a new trekking lodge here that the crew may use for cooking. We cross the river and ascend gradually for one and-a-half-hour, through pinewoods to reach a grassy campsite, beneath the shapely unclimbed peak of Pandim. A new hut has been built here, which may be available for cooking and even sleeping.

Day 08: Thangshing to Lamuney (near Samiti Lake 4298m) : Thangshing to Lamuney - 3 hours -Overnight camping. Today's walk is fairly short to give you plenty of opportunity to rest before tomorrow's big day. You begin by continuing your walk parallel to the Prek Chu River. Sacred Samiti on the opposite side is a beautiful emerald green lake nestled in the midst of brightly colored wind-torn prayer flags.
 

Day 09: Lamuney to Goecha La return to Choakchrung : Trek to Goecha La (4,984 m.) and return to   Choakchrung.  Overnight camping An early start today to beat the inclement weather conditions that is common during the latter part of the day. Set off in the early morning clmbing the hill behind the Lake before traversing the moraine and then descending to the sandy bed of an empty lake. The whole area above Samiti Lake is called the Zemathang Plateau. You cross this under the shadow of Pandim and then ascend moraine to a height of about 15,700 feet where you rest above a glaciated lake mottled with snow and icy pinnacles. The Goecha La Pass is another hour away. We traverse the lake and proceed across a slope, and then on a well-trodden path to our objective, which is festooned with brightly colored prayer flags. The views of the east flank of Khangchendzonga and the mountains and valleys in the distance are stunning. We then return to our campsite at Choakchrung.

 Day 10: Choakchrung to Tshoka ( 3800m) : It's worth getting up early to take a short hike to the ridge behind the camp. From here there are fantastic views of Khangchendzonga and one can look back up to the Goecha La. Leaving Thangsing, you take a different route, avoiding the long climb to the Dzongri Plateau. Descending to the Prek Chu, you contour around jungle to emerge at Phedang. Continue to Tshoka along another steep descent. This will save us a day on the return march, but does involve quite a long day.

Day 11: Tshoka to Yuksam : Today you descend to the Prek Chu following the route you took up on the first day, and then contour gradually downwards to reach the village of Yuksam our starting point.

Day 12: Departure from Yuksom via Darjeeling  to Jaigoan Indian part Phoncholing Bhutan Border : Morning after breakfast transfer from  Yuksom to Phoncholing Bhutan Border 6/7 hrs drive 180km ) stay overnight at INDIA PART AT JAIGOAN. Our service is finished from Sikkim.Today the Guide & driver leave you and tomorrow Bhutan driver and guide come to pickup you from Border hotel.

 Day 13:  Phuntsholing to Paro : Arrive at Jaigaon boarder of Bhutan  (Phuntsholing) and connect with your guide and process immigration paper visa work and drive to Thimphu, the road climbs to hill, stop at Bunakha for lunch, enjoy your first Bhutanese meal- served buffet style. Yourself enjoy journey you ascend 17km to 8350ft/2546m, the highs point on this route.  The routes runs along of the same name but before you reach Chuzom look upwards to your left and spot your first Dzong- the Dobji Dzong which is currently as monk school, before the dzong served as a Jail. Chuzom marks the confluence of the Paro Chu and Paro the Wang Chu. Paro lies to the left. It is now time to locate your hotel and settle in for a relaxed evening. (2200m) over night at Paro.
 

Day 14:  Paro to Tiger nest Hike :  After early breakfast, drive to end of the road and hike Taktsang Monastery. A very special day, with an excursion to view the spectacular Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) monastery: After breakfast a short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, from there a 2 hr. walk till the viewpoint point of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche's meditation cave in the 1684by the Penlop of Paro Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favorites consort and evening walk around Paro city overnight at same Hotel.
 

Day 15: Paro to Thimphu :  Drive to Thimphu for 1hour, the route takes through Paa chu and Wang Chhu is arid and has mainly scrub as vegetation. The countryside from Chuzom to Thimphu is less forested than what you have been seeing so far and the valleys are narrow except for two sections where it widens into gentle slopes and rice fields and lovely strands of conifer trees. After lunch visit visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge Stupa built in memory of the third King who reined from 1952-1972.Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still preserved. Artists are taught to paint Thankas here (sacred Buddhist scroll). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where one can buy Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts. Visit Tashichho Dzong; the main secretariat building. It is from here that the country is governed. The Head Abbot and the central monastic body also reside here during the summer. Evening walk around Thimphu city.  Visit the Weekend Market (if your stay falls on Saturday or Sunday) Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Visit the Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thankas (sacred Buddhist scrolls). Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Over night at Thimphu

Day 16: Thimphu to Gangtey :  Drive to Gangtey, the way, stop at Dochu-la Pass (10,000 ft) for tea and snacks and to enjoy the most spectacular view of the eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. Gangtey is a beautiful place surrounded by snow-capped mountains in the distance with a landscape of rolling hills and green meadows. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 17: Sightseeing :  Sightseeing around Gangtey valley and visit Gangtey Goempa. Over night at Gangte.

Day 18:  Gangtey to Gogona :  Begin the Gangtey Trek. Riding ponies can be provided if required. The trail winds through meadows and fields and the climb take us through a mixed forest of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron to Tsele-la pass (10,900 ft). Overnight at camp. Altitude 9,800 ft; Distance 6 miles; Time 5-6 hours.

Day 19:  Gogona to Khotokha :  A gentle climb leads to Shobju-la pass (11,100 ft). The descent from the pass leads to a wide valley, surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. Overnight in camp. Distance 10 miles; Time 6-7 hours.
 

Day 20:  Khotokha to Chuzomsa/ Wangdue : A short ascent will bring you to the Tashi-la pass (9,100 ft). You can walk through an ever-changing landscape into the drainage of Dangchu. (Chu means River). Overnight at Wangdue.

Day 21:  Punakha to Thimphu :  visit to Punakha Dzong, built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, which has played an important role in Bhutan's history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King. The Dzong straddles the confluence of two rivers and resembles a giant battleship. Its full name is "Punthang Dechen Phodrang" or Palace of Great Happiness. And drive to Thimphu through Dochula. Over night  at Thimphu.

Day 22: Thimphu to Paro : Hike to Cheri Monastery (Includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wild life Sanctuary): Hike about 1hrs (to and from) leads to Cheri Goemba (Cheri Dorji Dhen). Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620 and established the first monk body here. A chance to spot birds such as Mrs Gould's Sunbird, Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Long-billed Thrush, Ultramarine Flycatcher.Folk Heritage museum: It was inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, who is the founder and patron of the Museum, on 28th July 2001.It is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of its items and artifacts used in rural households.Thangtong Dewachen(Nunnery): It was founded in 1976 by Rikey Jadrel, who is considered as emanation of Thangthong Gyalpo(1363 to 1485), the builder of numerous iron chain bridges across the Himalayas.evening drive to Paro
 

Day 23: Paro International airport  Departure : After breakfast , a Himalayan Rock Treks and Expedition responsible person will drop you to the international airport.