Day 01: Travel from NJP/Bagdogra to Yuksom by jeep.
It is a 6-7 hour ride through the hills. Upon arrival in Yuksom, prepare for the trek that starts the next day. If time permits, one could also see around Yuksom. The Dubdi monastery, the Coronation throne are a couple of the local attractions. Additionally, Yuksom is a historically important place for Sikkim as it was anointed the first capital of Sikkim in 1643 AD.
Day 02: Yuksom (1750m) to Sachen (2250m). 8km appx.
This is a fairly easy walk and helps trekkers to find their rhythm and gradually get used to the demands of the trail. The distance is about 8km and it takes between 3.5-4.5 hours for most trekkers to reach Sachen. Trekkers tend to skip this campsite at times, however, this is not recommended unless one is a regular and experienced trekker who has done multiple 800m single day altitude gains before.
Day 03: Sachen (2250m) to Tsokha (2950m). 8km appx.
The walk begins in an easy fashion from Sachen and takes about an hour to the bridge over Prek Chu (chu meaning river). From the bridge to Tsokha is a straight ascent of about 5 km and is a good introduction to the climb the next day. Bakhim (meaning Bamboo Hut) breaks the climb. There is a tea stall at Bakhim and one can sit here and enjoy the views of the valley below. Trekkers are often astonished at how much they have climbed in the previous hour and a half. Rhododendron trees abound around Bakhim and here onwards till you are above the tree line they will remain a constant companion. It is a further hour and a half to Tsokha.
Day 04: Tsokha (2950m) to Dzongri (3950m). 10km appx.
This day is often referred to as the ‘test day’ since it is a relentless and fairly steep climb from Tsokha to Dzongri. You will gain altitude fast and it is important to not rush up the slope. Time the ascent to reach Dzongri is about 5-6 hours and you will still reach comfortably by 2 pm, assuming you start at around 8 am. The trail passes via Phedang (3690m appx.) which almost slices the walk into the half. It looks like a possible campsite but teams do not prefer to camp here because of lack of water near the campsite. The water here must be brought from far (20 min walk one way). Thus, teams rest here for a while, have their packed lunch/rations provided to them in the morning, and proceed to Dzongri. In an hour, you will come across the Deorali top, the highest point on this day at over 4100m. Here on the trail eases out and descends slightly to dzongri. Many people, upon arrival in Dzongri, will experience a mild headache due to the 1000m effective gain. Make sure you stay warm and hydrated. Let the guide/team leader know about any a headache or health difficulty. Usually, the headache should subside in a couple of hours.
NOTE: There is no water source on the trail on this day and trekkers must fill up at Tsokha and ration the water wisely.
Day 05: Dzongri Rest Acclimatization Day.
This day you stay on at Dzongri and take rest. You may choose to wake up early and walk up to the Dzongri top to see a full panoramic view of all the snow-capped mountains around at sunrise. One can see at least 10 peaks here from left to right, including Kokthang, Rathong, Frey’s peak, Black Kabur, Kabru dome, Kabru north and south, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Tenzingkhang, Japnoo, Narsing and a few others. Return from Dzongri top to the campsite and rest here for the day.
Day 06: Dzongri (3,950.mtrs) to H M I Base Camp (4,990.mtrs) 9.km appx.
This day after breakfast trek to H M I Basecamp. The trail begins with a gradual ascent towards Dzongri la pass which is at 4,400.mtrs. The trail goes to HM I Basecamp through Dzongri la pass and past Mt. Black Kabur. The trek continues with a gradual descent towards a bridge. Cross over the bridge and the trail gradually ascends towards H M I base camp. Overnighting camp.
Day 07: HM I Base Camp (4,990.mtrs) rest. Equipment distribution.
Day 08: HM I Base Camp (4,990.mtrs) to A B C load ferry (4,766.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours. Gradual ascent.
Day 09: HM I Base Camp (4,990.mtrs) to A B C load ferry (4,766.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours. Gradual ascent.
Day10: H M I Base Camp (4,990.mtrs) to A B C camp move. Summit camp. (4,766.mtrs).
Day 11: A B C Camp to Summit Route Open.
Day 12: A B C Camp to Summit Route Open.
Day 13: A B C Camp to Peak Summit (5,773). Then back to H M I Base Camp
We start climbing around at night 11 pm to 12 midnight. Make sure that you have had rest for a day before the Frey peak summit climb, you should be well prepared for the big climb. The route goes through Ice wall, glaciers and Rock and scree. This is a long climb, so you should be mentally strong and prepared psychologically. It would take somewhere between 9 to 10 hours for average climbers. Slow climbers may take another 2 to 3 hours. Throughout the trail, you can get good views.
The summit offers you great views of the area. The wide and open surroundings give you a royal feeling top of the peak you would get panoramic views of the unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and majestic spectacular, snow-capped mountains and including many more peak higher above 6,000 to 8,000 meters. After summit takes great photography then back to summit camp overnight at summit camp or HMI Base Camp.
Day 14: HM I Base Camp Rest Day.
This day if time permits, one could also see around base camp visit holy lakes Dhood Pokhari and Vhalay Pokhari.
Day 15: H M I Base camp to Tshoka.
This Day after breakfast, head back to Tshoka. Take the same trail you took to come to the base camp.
This day, the trail has been identified as having the significant concentration of blue sheep, snow leopard, and Birds. Carry a pair of binoculars with you to give yourself a chance of spotting a rare leopard or a flock of blue sheep. Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant may be spotted around Phedhang. Overnight at Tshoka.
Day 16: Tsokha (2950m) to Yuksom (1750m). 16km appx.
Last day of the trek takes you back over the same route you took to come up. Descend all the way to the suspension bridge over Prek Chu below Bakhim. It can take anywhere between 1.5 to 2.5 hours. From the bridge, there is a climb for about 20mins after which the trail takes you over gentle ups and downs while constantly losing altitude towards yuksom. Expect yourself to reach Yuksom in between 5-7 hours. You will have packed lunch on this day as well and Sachen is a good point to take a break. As you near Yuksom mobile networks will become active again. Reach the road head and you are standing at the end point of the trek. A cozy bed and hot water will be waiting for you at your hotel/homestay.
Day 17: Leave Yuksom for NJP/Bagdogra as planned.
In morning it is advisable to start early since it is a long drive. We suggest you pack the luggage the night before. Have breakfast before starting on your journey. The distance from NJP/ Bagdogra airport is 155 kilometers which ideally should take not more than 7 to 8 hours. Lunch can be enjoyed at Jorethang or Malli. After enjoying lunch drive continues to your destination at NJP/Bagdogra Airport.