The Yuksom Dzongri Trek is a moderate 5-day trek, but because of the high altitude, the terrain can become difficult sometimes. The starting point of the trek is from the historical town of Yuksom, which was the first capital of Sikkim. As you need to make a permit in this town( which will be taken care of by us) it is better to know a little bit about the town.
Yuksom lies at an altitude of 1780m (5,840ft) and serves as the base camp for trekking to Mt. Kanchenjunga. It is also the starting point of the Khangchendzonga National Park and because of this, there is a large concentration of travelers and hikers from different parts of the globe. Yuksom is considered as the model village for eco-tourism because of the way the villagers have found a balance in preserving as well as promoting eco-tourism from the area.
After making a permit here, you need to pay some fees for tents, yak, cameras, etc. It can prove to be quite a hassle, but we will do it for you. The total fee comes to be around Rs. 700 per person, so remember to carry that extra amount.
- Day 1- NJP(Bagdogra) to Yuksom. About 6-8 hours of drive. The cost comes to about Rs. 5000 per vehicle.
- Day 2- Yuksom to Tshoka. 3000m climb. Takes 6-7 hours. (Camping/Hut)
- Day 3- Tshoka to Dzongri. 4030m climb. Takes 5-6 hours. (Camping/ Hut)
- Day 4- Dzongri Rest and Acclimatization. Short trek to Dzongrila. 50 mins (Camping/ Hut)
- Day 5- Dzongri to Tshoka. Takes 4-5 hours. (Camping/ Hut)
- Day 6- Tahoka to Yuksom. Takes about 5 hours. (Hotel)
- Day 7- Drive to NJP(Bagdogra). 6-8 hours. Cost per vehicle Rs. 5000
Yuksom-Dzongri trek is the most popular trek in Sikkim, particularly because of the spectacular sights of the forest trails in Khangchendzonga National Park. The popularity among the casual trekkers is because, it a shorter version of the Goechala Trek. The Dzongrila viewpoint(the highlight of the trip) arguably provides the best viewing angle of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
Day 1: Yuksom to Tshoka
The first climb from Yuksom to Tshoka perhaps feels quite demanding as it the start of the journey and starting is always the hardest part. The trek is moderately easy but the gradients will increase and gets quite steep from Bhakim. The steep trail from Bhakim lasts for about an hour and then the slope eases off into a gentle joyous uphill walk.
You will pass across the lush beautiful forest terrains with occasional waterfalls and plenty of bridges.
If the trek gets exhausting then you have an option of staying in Bhakim for the night and continuing the trek to Tshoka the next day.