Hidden Himalayas Trek
Hidden Himalayas Trek
The hidden gems of Himalaya indeed include the parts of North Sikkim. One such distinct precious stone from the treasure chest of Sikkim is the valley of Tholung. Situated below Mt. Siniolchu (6888m) and Mt. Lamo Anden (5200m) is a land that the Lepcha and the Bhutia Tribes call their home. Undoubtedly scenic, Tholung is the habitat for merely 50 lamas, yak herdsmen and small-scale farmers. In our Hidden Himalaya Trek, our endeavour would be to explore this lovely valley with some of the most hospitable people. This land of mixed forest and an amazing diversity of birds and plants allow a trekking expedition that will be unlike any other. Commencing from the beautiful Dzongu village, the trek takes one through lush forests along the River Ringpi Chu and up to Tholung monastery which is surrounded by 108 waterfalls that cascade down from high mountain slope above it. The trekking trail is adorned with th magnolia- and rhododendron trees and the encounter with yak herdsmens and crystal-clear alpine lakes are frequent. During this trek, one has opportunity to enjoy the simple lifestyle of Lepchas and Bhutia tribes as we include homestays to enhance the experience. The Hidden Himalaya Trek is a great way to explore the beauty of North Sikkim as well as to attain the insights of beautiful life of its people.
Day 1: Bagdogra Gangtok
On arrival at Bagdogra airport meet our person and then drive to Gangtok by road. On arrival at Gangtok check in to hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 2: Gangtok Lachen (2728 m)
Today after the breakfast, we shall leave for the valley of Lachen in North Sikkim. It is a six hours journey. On arrival, check-in to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3: Lachen Tanggu (3920 m) Lepcha Dorf Passing Dang (ca 1068 m)
Today, we shall drive to Dzongu, where the Lepcha tribes live. Overnight in a modern Lepcha house.
Day 4: Passing Dang (1068) Beh Dzongu (1650) Trekking (4 hrs.)
We will trek to Beh Dzongu today to witness the Himalayan landscapes and bio diverse forests. Overnight stay in Beh Dzongu.
Day 5: Beh Dzongu Tholung (2550 m) Trekking (approx. 7 hrs.)
Our trek today will be through mountain-forests, over the streams and past the waterfalls to reach the Buddhist monastery of Tholung. Overnight stay in simple wooden house or in double tents.
Day 6: Tholung
We shall hike in Tholung today. We will trek to the water spring that flows out from the middle of a mighty boulder and is said to have medicinal properties. Overnight in simple wooden house or in double tents.
Day 7: Tholung Passing Dang (ca. 1068 m)
After the breakfast, we will drive to the village of Passing Dang. Overnight stay in a simple home.
Day 8: Passing Dang Lingtem (1268 m)
In the morning today, we will visit Lepcha Bridge, which is made of bamboo. We will also visit a village school and a traditional Lepcha house. Night stay in a simple wooden house or double tent.
Day 9: Lingtem Passing Dang (1068) Phodong
Post breakfast, we shall leave Dzongu and stop Phodong where we will stay overnight in a traditional Bhutia-house.
Day 10: Phodong
Today, we shall visit Phodong Monastery and then trek to remote Bhutia-villages. Overnight in a home stay in a Bhutia-house.
Day 11: Phodong Bagdogra
After breakfast drive to Bagdogra airport and from here catch onwards flight.