Dome Khang expedition

Dome Khang expedition

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About Dome Kang Expedition (7264 m):

 

Dome kang is a sister peak of mt. Jong-song an elevation of (7462 meters). Co-ordinates 27ᵒ52’06’’ and 88ᵒ08’28’’Location china India Nepal Located First ascent 1930 from Nepal side behind the shadows of the mighty the mount Kanchenjunga mountains is the section of the Janak-Himal range that contains the magnificent massif called Jong-Song comprising of three peaks Jong-Song south 1. (7322m), Jong-Song south peak 2. (7250) and the third being Mt. Dome king.

 

Climbing history : Mt. Dome Kang was first ascended from the Nepal side by a team of the Spanish and German team in the year 1930. Due to its restrictions at the Indian side, almost no summit attempts were made for more than half a century. It was only in 2012 when an Indian team from West Bengal led by Rajeev Sahoo of the Himalayan club comprising of 12 members successfully ascended both Mt. Jong-Song and Mt., Dome Kang, simultaneously. This peak still captures the imagination of every mountaineer due to its enigmatic history.

Short itinerary:

 

Day 01: pickup from (NJP) New Jalpaiguri railway station / Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok (1,950.mtrs) 125km appx.

 

Day 2: Gangtok Rest.Marketing.

 

Day 03:  Gangtok (1,630.mtrs) to Lachung (2750.mtrs) 125km, 6-7 hrs.

 

Day 4:  Lachung to Shiv Mandir Base Camp (3,950.mtres.

 

Day 05:  Shiv Mandir Base Camp (3,950.mtrs) rest, equipment distribution.

 

Day 06:  Shiv Mandir Base Camp (3,950.mtrs) to Advance Base Camp load ferry.

 

Day 07:  Shiv Mandir Base Camp (3,950.mtrs) to Advance Base Camp load ferry.

 

Day 08: Shiv Mandir Base Camp (3,950.mtrs) to Advance Base Camp moved (4,500.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.

 

Day 09: Advance Base Camp to Camp 1 Route Open.

 

Day 10: Advance Base Camp (4,500.mtrs) to Camp 1 move (5,100.mtrs) 5 to 6 hours.

 

Day 11: Advance Camp to Summit (5,630.meters) 4 to 5 hours.

 

Day 12: Camp 1 to Base Camp (3,950.mtres) 5 to 6 hours.

 

Day 14:  Base Camp to Gangtok (6 to 7 Hours).

 

Day 15:  Leave Gangtok for NJP/Bagdogra as planned.

Detail Itinerary:

 

Day 01: pickup from (N JP) New Jalpaiguri railway station/ Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok (1,700.mtrs) 125km appx.

The nearest airport from Bagdogra around 125.km from Gangtok And nearest railway station from (NJP) around 120.km. Bagdogra airport and (NJP) serve as the confluence point for many travelers. From here you can get connecting flight for any destination. From the airport, helicopter service is available between Bagdogra and Gangtok around 35 minutes one way. Pick up from Bagdogra airport /NJP to Gangtok 3 to 4 hours. The road routes from Bagdogra airport, NJP, and Siliguri all are meet the Sevoke Road which leads to the National Highway NH31A. The route passes through the Teesta bazer and then all the way goes to Gangtok via Pass through Police Check Post at Rampo. Foreigners need Inner Line Permit (ILP). Our Guide, driver will help get it`s takes you Sikkim permit more than half-an-hour. From here take a Tea and Snacks and then continue drive to Gangtok. Check in hotel in evening free time.

 

Day 02: Gangtok (1,630.mtrs) to Lachen (2750.mtrs) 123km, 6-7   hrs. Appx.

This day after breakfast drive from Gangtok to Lachen. It is around 6 to 7 hours. The journey will take you past various places of interest such as the Tashi View Point, Phodong Monastery, Kabi Longstok, Mangan and Chungthang which you are encouraged to visit. You will have a lunch break at Mangan. Mangan is a small town which is at 1,185m. After lunch drives towards Chungthang and continue to Lachen and Lachung. Lachen is a small town at an elevation of 2,700 meters in North Sikkim. The name Lachen means big pass. Lachen is one of the popular tourist destinations in North Sikkim for Gurudongmar Lake, Green lake trek and Choktha valley. Lachen is approximately 123Km from Gangtok, a drive of around 6 to 7 hours. Lachen, quite close to the China border, serves as an excellent base for adventure lovers. The people mainly engaged in agriculture.  The more important crops are Potato, cabbage and green peas as the moderate climate during summer supports these crops well. In the winter months of January and February this village regularly receives snowfall. Lachen mostly has people from Bhutia community and practice Buddhism.

 

Day 3. Lachen (rest and packing)

Load sorting and segregation, advance party leave for kalapather in one pickup truck and a tata sumo to setup the camp. Distance: 75 km;   time:  4 hrs (7 am to 11am)

 

Day 4. Lachen to kala pathar (14492ft).

Team 2 will leave for kalapather in one tata sumo and regroup with the advance team.

Day 5: rest at kala pathar (14492ft).

Advance team will move to mugathang with the load on the yak/joe and setup camp, team 2 will rest at kalapather for acclimatization.

 

Day 6: kala pathar to mugathang village (14775ft) (via lungnak la (16516ft) 

 We move to muguthang village to occupy the camp. We have to negotiate steep slope after lungnak la with scree and loose rocks.

 

Day 7: mugathang to jongsong glacier system (next to goma chu river)

We move in south-west direction in the narrow valley to the pass which opens to wide grassland. Cross the river at dolma sampa through the suspension bridge by itpb.cross the ridge to reach goma chu originating from lhonak glacier. Further west to goma chu is flat grazing ground for yak.

 

Day 8: Jongsong glacier plains to base camp.

Going westward from Goma chu on right over gradual slope which opens into terminal moraine after crossing a stream that joins goma chu. Going further north of glacier we reach a vast lake near base camp surrounded by mt.langchung kang.

 

 Day 9: base camp setup.

Basecamp, kitchen tent set up and sorting of food and equipment for higher camps.

 

Day 10: load ferry to base camp i near jongsong la (20190ft) and back to base camp.

Glacier pool at 19003 ft under the shadow of huge rock wall and hanging glacier few km before jongsong la. Move across and negotiate the maze of terminal moraine of jongsong glacier time: 5-6 hrs.

 

Day 11: load ferry 2 to base camp i and back to base camp.

 

Day 12: load ferry and occupy camp I (19003ft)

Panoramic view of lhonak valley on east, peak of lhonak, chorten nyima towards north, mt. Langpo and fluted peak towards south and langchung kang , jongsong la towards west Time: 5-6 hrs.

 

Day 13: camp i to camp ii recces (20117ft), load ferry and back to camp i

Negotiate the 300ft rocky channel at 70-degree elevation- need to fix 400ft of fixed rope. After channel cross the 200 my of scree- loose rock on 40-50 degree slope. Negotiate a 200mt rock wall to reach the ice field on top. The channel provides safe route by reducing avalanche risk from the hanging glacier on top time 8hrs.

 

Day 14:  load ferry to camp ii and back to camp i rope fix and load ferry to camp.

 

Day 15: load ferry to camp ii and occupy camp ii

We need to negotiate the most technical part of the climb with the help of fixed rope and occupy camp ii.

 

 Day 16: load ferry to camp iii (21225ft) and back to camp ii.

 

 Day 17: load ferry to camp iii and back to camp i.

 

 Day 18: rest at camp I (19003ft).

 

Day 19: camp I (19003ft) to camp ii (20117ft).

 

Day 20: camp ii (20117ft) to camp iii (21225ft).

 

Day 21: camp iii (21225ft) to summit camp (22552ft).

02 reserve days for the summit in case of bad weather.

 

 Day 22: summit attempt to camp ii (20117ft)

After midnight, we push for the summit and reach the summit

Climb to dome kang and jongsong massif col and reach the southeast ridge of jongsong after which traverse to the west summit- main summit of mt. Dome kang. Return to camp 1 after winding up higher camps.

 

 Day 23: camp into base camp: We wind-up the camp 2 and move to base camp.

 

 Day 24: base camp rest and packing: We pack all the ration, equipment and clean up the base camp.

 

 Day 25: base camp to mugathang.

 

 Day 26: mugathang to kala pathar.

 

 Day 27: kala pathar to Gangtok city.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY WITH BLACK YAK EXPEDITIONS:

 

Please contact us directly through phone or email us through filling up the enquiry form for the Best Rates and Availability. The rates depend on the number of people and the minimum required the number of the person for the trek. The more the number of trekkers the better the Price. The given rates will be based on per head per day basis which will include all the necessary facilities required during the trek from the point of start to the end. We arrange up to the maximum number of 60 people and the minimum should not be less than 2 people.
We provide considerable rates for the bigger group, Student Group, Religious Group and Senior Citizens. The rate is based on quality service requested by groups. Do email us [email protected] know the special prices and services provided.

 

PRICE INCLUDE AND EXCLUDE:

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN PRICE

1: 2 nights in the standard hotel at Gangtok/trek point.

2: Accommodation during the trek (camping/guest house).

3: All meals – vegetarian (starting from dinner at Gangtok and ending with breakfast at Gangtok.

4: Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg).

5: Trekking permits and forest camping charges. and Police verification at Gangtok.

6: Accommodation on trek Trekking equipment (sleeping tents 2 Or 3 man Dom, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, sleeping bags etc.

7: Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, etc.

8: Services of an expert trek leader/Guide (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses).

9: Services of an expert trek team (cooks, helpers, porters/mules.

10: Transport from N J P / Bagdogra airport to Yuksam and return.

 

Note: Normally other company charges extra for uploading Bag Pack, but black yak expeditions allow up to 20. kg free. More than 20.kg you have to pay ₹. 500/- per day per bag pack.

If you have bag packs weighing more than 20. kg then you can give it to the yaks or horses prior to the trekking before leaving arranged exclusively for the trek. The backpack cannot weigh more than 20. kg and No suitcases and trolleys only duffel bags will be allowed.

Withdrawing cash: If you are intended to visit in North sikkim from Lachen and Lachung for expedition, trekking and  insightseeing then don’t expect for withdrawing cash because Lachen and Lachung does not have ATM services till updated the year 2020.

 

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

1: We do not provide travel insurance except for any Expeditions.

2: Food during transport is not included (pick up point to and from the base camp to drop point).

3: Alcohol, Soft Drinks, bottled water.

4: Anything Not Specifically Mentioned Under the Head.

5: Any costs arising out of unforeseen Circumstances like Landslides, Road Blocks, Bad weather, etc.

6: External purchase you make during your travel or on trek routes like food, local crafts or drinks.

7: Itinerary includes transport for pick up and drops yet if you do not want then you can exclude this option) Transport to and from the base camp (N J P/Bagdogra airport to trekking point and return).

8: Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.

9: Personal expenses of any kind.

10: Anything apart from the inclusions.

11: Tips for guides, cooks or trekking staffs and telephone calls, laundry, etc.

How to Reach:

 

If you are trekking with Black yak expeditions

Arrive at (NJP) Railway Station, Siliguri or Bagdogra airport by 9 am (on your own)

Black Yak Expeditions will arrange pick-up vehicles from NJP railway station and Bagdogra airport to Yuksom the base camp of your trek. We provide luxury vehicles like INNOVA, ZXILO or normal vehicles like TATA SUMO GOULD, BOLERO, etc. And mini cab suitable for 2 or three family with light travel bags like, Wagoner, Alto etc. We cannot arrange shared jeeps because it is not reliable. Above all there are no direct shared jeeps to certain parts of Sikkim from pick up points. You have to break down your points while taking shared jeeps. For example if you are traveling to Yuksom for Goechala Trek or Dzongri Trek there are no direct shared jeeps from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra Airport. First you have to reach silliguri junction from there you have to take a vehicle to Jorethang. (Jorethang is a small business town or main point that connects to most part of Sikkim.) Even though if you reach Jorethang than here comes another challenging part that is all the regular shared jeeps that comes to Jorethang from Yuksom Leave within 2:00 pm. So you have to be there within 1:00 or 2:00 an. Even after that there is no 100% guaranteed that you will get the shared jeeps because it is pre booked by locals by call and you should also keep one thing in mind that in tourist season most of the vehicles are pre-booked. So thinking about shared jeeps is not good at first place.

Transport is arranged in a Tata Sumo (or similar vehicle). Each cab costs Rs. 5500/-

If you request pre booking for pick up and drop along with trek or tour package than this statement is not applicable to you since Black Yak Expeditions will pay for the charges but in case if you have not asked for pick up and drop facilities than you should know that the transportation cost is additional, to be shared among the trekkers and paid directly to the drivers.

On the day of pickup at least do your best to be present at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) or Bagdogra Airport within 9:00 Am or 10:00 Am.  Incuse if we start late from this two points than we will reach certain trekking basecamps like Yuksom very Late at night and that can cause great inconvenience to you as we have to begin the trek early next morning. It takes around 6-7 hours from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra airport to Yuksom. Expected arrival time at Yuksom is 5 pm. Due to ongoing constructions on the route and sometimes heavy traffic jams it can delay our travel on the route.

 

Getting Back:

Depart from Yuksom early morning.

Black yak expeditions we will arrange reserved vehicle to drop trekkers to NJP railway station or Bagdogra airport.

The transportation cost from Yuksom to NJP/Bagdogra is additional, to be shared among trekkers and paid directly to the driver.

The approximately cost for reserved vehicle is Rs. 5,500/-

Expected arrival time at NJP/Bagdogra is 5 pm. It is wise for you to book your train/flight tickets late in the evening to give you enough buffer time. Or Plan extra days in your itinerary to avoid busy schedule.

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