low altitude trek from Uttarey to ravangla

low altitude trek from Uttarey to ravangla

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Uttarey To Yuksom Heritage Trek Overview

Uttarey is one of the best Heritage Trek Destinations in west Sikkim that is about 165 km from NJP/Bagdogra Airport. It is at an elevation of 1,950 meters near Indio-Nepal Border. Uttarey is one of the nearest adventure destinations from Gangtok city. Here we can opt for one of the many famous trekking routes in the region. They either start or end at Uttarey. All of them pass through the World Heritage site of Khangchendzonga National Park in Sikkim, at the heart of the Himalayan range in northern India (State of Sikkim). The place includes a unique diversity of flora and fauna, valleys, lakes, glaciers and majestic views, snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests, including the third highest peak of the world the Mount Khangchendzonga 8,585 meters. Khangchendzonga National park is a haven for Heritage Lovers.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Bagdogra Airport to Uttarey (1,900.mtrs).

Day 02: Uttarey (1,950.mtrs) to Ghaddi Dara (2,112.mtrs).

Day 03: Ghaddi Dara (2,112.mtrs) to Tasandhang (1,960.mtrs).

Day 04: Tasandhang (1,960.mtrs) to Khechuperi (2,226.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.

Day 05: Khechuperi (2,226.mtrs) to Yuksom (1,750.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.

Day 06: Yuksom (1,750.mtrs) Labdang (1,460.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.

Day 07: Labdang (1,460.mtrs) to Tashiding (1,460.mtrs).

Day 08: Tashiding (1,460.mtrs) (1,460.mtrs) to Ravangla (2,055.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.

Day 09: Lave to Ravangla to Airport / Railway Station (Drive.)

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Bagdogra Airport to Uttarey (1,900.mtrs)

Trekkers have to report either at NJP Railway Station which is the nearest railhead to Uttarey or at Bagdogra Airport by 8:00 AM. The transportation would be arranged either in Max. Bolero or Tempo Traveller depending upon the number of trekkers and the cost for the same would be borne by the company. Drive from NJP to Uttarey is mesmerizing with dense forests of Sikkim all along the way to Uttarey. It usually takes about 7 to 8-hour drive to arrive at Uttarey from NJP/Bagdogra. Trekkers can stop at Jorethang for the lunch and make sure to carry sufficient cash while arriving at Uttarey as after Jorethang there are very few options for ATMs. The drive goes via Jorethang, Richenpong, Dentam and at last Singshore Bridge which is the highest suspension bridge in India and the second highest suspension bridge in Asia. Make sure to start from NJP or Bagdogra by 10 am so that you can arrive easily by 5 pm before it gets dark. The altitude gain from NJP (114mts) to Uttarey (1950mts) is about 1836mts. overnight in tents/hotel. If time permits, one could also see around Uttarey, there is the Tenzing Hillary Park, a monastery, and other local attractions. Additionally, Uttarey is a famous trek start-point on Indio-Nepal border.

Day 02: Uttarey (1,950.mtrs) to Ghaddi Dara (2,112.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.

This day after breakfast the walk begins towards Ghaddi Dara. It takes about 5 to 6 hours walk. The trail passes through many villages like Bulling, Geetang, Bangten and Changay Village towards Ghaddi Dara. This day the trail sometime is along the motorable road and at times through the dense local forest. The trail is full of beautiful blooming flowers. At Ghaddi Dara there is a rare pine forest around the camping place and the camp offers you majestic views of the Rathong, The S Kabru, The N Kabru, The Kangchenjunga, The Pandim, The Tenzingkhang, and The Jopnu. Overnight stay in camping.

Day03: Ghaddi Dara (2,112.mtrs) to Upper Rimbi (1,585.mtrs)

This day the walk begins in an easy fashion towards Upper Nambu. From here the trail gradually descends towards Nambu road head. Before Nambu road head you will walk through dense forests. You will also come to a heritage village. From Nambu road head the trail is along a motorable road till your campsite.  Overnight at camp.

Day 04: Upper Rimbi (1,585.mtrs) to Khechoplari (2,226.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.

This day after breakfast trek to Khechoplari. It is about 4 to 5 hours walk. The trail is an easy ascent toward Mali Dara, near Mali monastery through upper Rimbi village,Topung and kumdara gurung village. There you can take rest with majestic views of snow-capped mountains. The trail then gradually descends towards the road head through the wild forest, cardamom fields, and local villages. Continue on the road to Khechoplari lake. Overnight at homestay/ camp.

Day 05: Khechoplari (2,226.mtrs) to Yuksom (1,750.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.

In morning before breakfast, you can visit the Lake and monastery and then have your breakfast. Thereafter start the trek for next camp from Yuksom. It is a 4-5 hour walk today. To begin, the trail is easy and downhill towards Kanchenjunga waterfalls through the deep forest and Lepcha villages. In some places walk over the suspension bridge. You will have few minutes rest from the waterfall, then trek towards Yuksam. Initially, the walk is on motorable road towards from big suspension bridge near Leathang Village. A few minutes from the bridge, the trail goes uphill through the Lepcha village Ramgaythang, and Yuksom Y S S School. You are in Yuksom here. Check into your hotel/homestay/camp.

Day 06: Yuksom (1,750.mtrs) to Labdang (1,460.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.

The walk begins in an easy fashion from Labdang and takes about 5 to 6 hours walk. The trail passes by Dubdi Monastery, Tshong village, Hongri Monastery, Nesha pokhari Dara, Nakung Village towards Labdang Gurung heritage Village. A part of the route towards Labdang is on road and the rest through the forest. The trail is full of blooming flowers. You will see dense cardamoms fields, waterfalls and wild bees’ nests near Nakung village. Overnight at camping/homestay.

Day 07: Labdang (1,460.mtrs) to Tashiding (1,460.mtrs) 4 to5 hours.

This day after breakfast walk the same way back to Tashiding. The trail passes by Nesha pokhari Dara. Continue towards sinon monastery. From here the trail is a steep downhill towards Tashiding. This day most of the time you will walk on a motorable road. The trail offers you very pleasant views of flora, fauna, culture and beautiful heritage local village. Overnight at camping/homestay.

Day 8: Tashiding (1,460.mtrs) to Ravangla (2,055.mtrs) 5 to 6 hours.

After breakfast, trek gradually descends towards Tashiding suspension bridge walk around 2 hours. This day sometimes you will walk on the motorable road. On the way, you will visit Bon monastery. It is a famous monastery in Sikkim. The Bon monastery was established in 1980 AD by the late Yung Dung Tsultrim. There are only two Bon monasteries in India; one in Himachal Pradesh and the other in Sikkim. The monastery exhibits the fascinating paintings of Bon deities including the Bon Demonical Buddha. The Bon monastery is located between Kewzing and Ravangla. After crossing over a suspension bridge the trek continues to gradually ascend towards Ravangla. Overnight at camping/ Homestay.

Day 08: Lave Ravangla to Airport / Railway Station (Drive.)

After having breakfast, we depart to NJP or Bagdogra Airport depending upon the trekker’s travel plans. It is advisable to start early since it is a long drive. The distance from NJP/ Bagdogra airport is 155 kilometers which ideally should not take more than 7 to 8 hours. Lunch can be enjoyed at Jorethang or Malli Checkpost. After having lunch, continue your drive to your destination at the N J P/Bagdogra Airport.

How to Reach

If you are trekking with Black yak expedition

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

Black Yak Expedition 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 Expedition 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 expedition 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.

Please email us for the Best Costing and Availability. The Costing depends on Number of person and the minimum required number of person for the trek is 2 pax and maximum is 30 pax. The more the number of trekkers the better the Price. The given costing will be based on per head per day basis which will includes all the necessary facilities required during the trek from the point of start to the end. Please email us for the Brief Description of the Costing and the Facilities and services provided with it.

We have special costing for the bigger group, Student Group, Religious Group and Senior Citizens. The costing is based on the Requirements and demand of the group. Do email us [email protected] to know the special prices and services provided.

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