Sikkim Himalayan Heritage Trek Yuksom to Pelling

Sikkim Himalayan Heritage Trek Yuksom to Pelling

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Sikkim Himalayan Heritage Trek Yuksom to Pelling

Yuksom is a small tourist destination in west Sikkim an elevation of 1,750.mtrs it is confluence many ways to height altitude trek and Low Altitude trek point. The Yuksom is one of the famous adventure lovers’ destinations in Sikkim. Also impressive natural scenery lake lofty palms on mt. Kangchenjunga waterfalls colorful dense flora and fauna. The truly provable unimaginable majestic paradise for the visitors. Also, Yuksom is a base camp of Mt. Kangchenjunga and it was the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD by Phuntsog Namgyal. The Low altitude trek from Yuksom to Pelling is one of the most popular and risk-free treks and completely remove of altitude sickness. The temperature is a moderate and easy route from Yuksom to Pelling trek and normally of short duration. The route offers you. While experience for high low altitude trekking. The route from Yuksom to Pelling trek through from Khecheoparli, Darap Village and end from Pelling. It is the perfect and easy trek from Yuksom to Pelling. Yuksom to Pelling the Low altitude trek is best suited for old ages and peoples who loves adventure and love local culture and respect nature. In low altitude trek, you will be enjoying with flora and fauna also some of the places you can get Majestic views of higher Himalayas above 6,500.mtrs to above 8,000.mtrs. The trail through dense forest and monastery.

Short itinerary

Day 01: Yuksom (1,750.mtrs) to Khechuperi (2,226.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.

Day 02: Khechuperi (2,226.mtrs) to Darap village (1,526.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.

Day03: Darap Village (1,526.mtrs) to Pelling (1,992.mtrs).

Day 04: Pelling one day execution for Ranidunga (2,472.mtrs).

Day 05: lave to Pelling to Airport / Railway Station (Drive.)

Day 06: lave to Pelling to Airport / Railway Station (Drive).

Details itinerary

 Day 01: Yuksom (1,750.mtrs) to Khechoperi (1,800.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.

After breakfast trek beginning from Yuksam the trail gradual demand towards from Ladung Bridge near Leathang (Lepcha village) Keep continue to the motorable road after few minutes you will reach from Leathang Lepcha Village. From here the trail again gradual ascend towards from Khecheoperi Lake. Khecheoperi Lake is regarded as one of the most sacred Lake and one of the tourist hotspot place for all the time. Many people come to over here for worship and offering. Khecheopalri Lake is sacred for both Buddhists and Hindus and is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake.

The khecheoperi lake origin from Yuksom before many years ago. His origin place is called Labding. After Yuksom shifted from Cho-Sho near from Dofuk village. Cho-Sho it is behind the present place from Khecheoperi Lake at that time the Khecheoparli Lake is quite big and Cho-Sho his second birthplace is inferior and it is a too congested place. And the Khecheoparli Lake again shifted from present place.

Before shifting the Khecheoperi Lake from Yuksom. The people are very less and the people staying with many horses, yak, and cows. Sometimes the animals died. The peoples used to put them into the lake, then the lake became dirty by the action of peoples. Then the lake moves to another place from Cho-Sho. Near Khecheoprali village.

The Khecheopalri Lake is also part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit involving the Yuksom Dubdi Monastery,Pemayangtse Monastery,Rabdentse ruins, Sanga Choeling Monastery, and Tashiding Monastery.An interesting feature of the lake is that leaves are not allowed to float on the lake, which is ensured by the birds which industriously pick them up as soon as they drop into the lake surface. In morning You can get taxis, vehicles for Pelling,Gayzing, and Gangtok around Khecheoprali village homestay, hotel are available here. Overnight tent/Homestay.

Day 02: Khechuperi (2,226.mtrs) to Darap village (1,526.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.

In morning before breakfast, you can visit Lake and monastery and have your breakfast then start trek for next camp. This day some time the trail through to the village an about 4 to 5 hours walk. The trail keeps continuing on the motorable road towards from first small stream. Here the trail gradual ascends from Melli Dara near Melli monastery and a nice spot for the photography of Majestic views of snow-capped mountains. And the trail gradual descend towards from Rimbi powerhouse After powerhouse the trail cross over the bridge then the trail steep ascend towards from Darap Village.the Darap village is one of the small town and tourist sports places.The area is mainly inhabited by the Limboo Community and other small communities like the Bhutias, Chettris, Tamangs, Rais, Gurungs, and Lepchas live in harmony. The landscape is gently sloped unlike any other locations in the west of Sikkim. Overnights at camping/hotel.

 Day03: Darap Village (1,526.mtrs) to Pelling (1,992.mtrs). Via Ghaddi Dara

This day after breakfast trek to pelling the trail is easy and walk along on the motorable road it is about 2 hours walk. After arriving pelling check in camp or hotel and keep your bag pack then hike freely. This is an awesome location, one and a half kilometers away from pelling you will enjoy the walk through the dense forest, and once you finally reach, you will be amazed. Not much of ancient architecture to see, most of it is destroyed, by natural climates, but it is well maintained and very few tourist visits the place, makes it quite enjoyable.


The Rabdentse ruins

Rabdentse was the second capital of the former kingdom of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814. The capital city was destroyed by the invading Gurkha army and only the ruins of the palace and the chortens are seen here now. However, the ruins of this city are seen close to Pelling in West Sikkim. It was first established in 1670 by Tensung Namgyal son of Phuntsog Namgyal by shifting from the first capital of Yuksom that was consecrated in 1642.

The Rabdentse ruins are part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit starting with the first monastery at Yuksom known as the Dubdi Monastery, followed by Norbugang Chorten, Tashiding Monastery, the Pemayangtse Monastery, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, and the Khecheopalri Lake. After The Rabdentse Ruins trek for the pemayangtse monastery.

The Pemayangtse Monastery

The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Sikkim near Pelling designed and founded by Lama Lhatchen  Chempo in 1705, it is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, also the most famous in west Sikkim.Originally built by Lhatchen Chenpo in the 17th century, as a small Lhakhang, it was subsequently enlarged during the reign of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal who was considered as Lhatchen Chenpo’s third reincarnate, Jigme Pawo. Further visiting pemayangtse you will have lunch. In evening overnight at camping /Hotel.

Day 04: lave to Pelling to Airport / Railway Station (Drive).

After having breakfast, we depart to NJP or Bagdogra Airport depending upon the trekker’s mode of transportation to their respective homes. It is advisable to start early since it is a long drive. We suggest packing the luggage in advance before starting to your journey. 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.

19 Tips before Travel with Black Yak Expedition:

We would like to make your travel worry free and memorable. For that we will try our best from our side. At the same time you should also prepare yourself beforehand so that it would be easier for us to communicate with you and make your travel easy. Before head off on your trip, please be sure that you have acknowledged following information, documents and requirements.

If your first time travelling here is a list of 19 tips you should do or bring before your traveling.


You have read out what to bring list for your travel activities:

  1. You have gone through the trip itineraries in detail: Please go thoroughly through the trip detail itineraries before making enquiry for particular trek.
  1. You are fully aware of health related issues in your activities: You must be well concern about your health problems and fully conscious with it. For example if you have Heart Problems, high or low blood pressure, mental health problems or frequently you are vulnerable to sunstrokes. We recommend you to travel with a trusted companion on whom you can rely open in case of emergency. Depending on where you’re going, you may need to get special vaccines or medications as a precaution against various diseases. For the most comprehensive and up-to-date medical recommendations, check the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, which also lists health advisories by country. In addition, if you routinely take any prescription medication, make sure you have enough to cover the duration of your travels so that you don’t run out while you’re overseas. We advise you to carry medicinal kit box and first aid kits because there may be some remote areas where you cannot find Pharmacy or Chemist shops nearby.
  1. You have secure your travel insurance policy: We provide travel insurance for peak expedition only we do not provide insurance for high and low altitude trekking, hiking, package tour, and other small activities. Travel Insurance is compulsory for all the clients who are going to participate in any of our adventure activities. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency air, ambulance/helicopter rescue services and personal liability. Please ensure you have your policy number and emergency telephone number for your insurance company. If this is unavailable please ensure you provide us with the necessary information required by your Insurance Company in case of an emergency. Having good travel insurance will not only guarantee you peace of mind while you travel with us but also provide you with complete cover for anything things that may go wrong. And make sure that you have all of the proper vaccinations and that you have renewed all essential prescriptions. Also, ask you medical insurance provider if your policy applies overseas for emergencies. If it doesn’t, and you want to add extra coverage,
  1. Bring copies of your passport and visa. If your passport gets stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your citizenship.
  1. Leave a copy of your passport and visa. For extra backup, leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust. Consider making an electronic copy you can store in your email account as well.
  1. Register with your embassy. If there’s a problem in the country, this will make it easier for your government to contact you and get you to safety.



  1. Prepare your finances: Call your bank and let them know that you will be overseas so your funds do not get cancelled while you are travelling. Your bank will also be able to advise whether your bankcard/credit card will work where you are going. It’s best to take a mixture of money – credit card, debit card or STA Travel CashFLEXcard, plus cash just in case. If all else fails, have someone you can depend on for an emergency transfer. Most of the ATM available in India accepts Masterio or Visa Verified International Shopping Debit Cards but advise you to ask your branch for details. Always carry plenty of cash because some remote parts in India does not have ATM branches. If you are intended to visit places like Yuksam for Goechala Trek or Dzongri Trek or sightseeing then don’t expect for withdrawing cash in Yuksam because Yuksam does not have ATM services till updated year 2017.
  1. Look up the monetary conversion before you go. Finding out that one Danish Krone is equal to just 19 cents … bad surprise. Make sure you do your math before you travel to get a sense of where the conversion rate is at.
  1. Make sure your credit card will work in the country you’re visiting. European banks have switched almost completely to the more secure chip-and-PIN technology, and fewer businesses abroad are accepting the outdated magnetic-strip cards.
  1. Go to a bank or ATM in the country you’re visiting. The conversion centers in the airport or around the city tend to be huge rip-offs. You won’t get charged as many fees at the ATM or the bank, and the conversion will be exact.
  1. Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards. Especially important places like trains or buses.
  1. Call your bank or credit card provider. Sometimes banks think that fraud may be occurring if transactions are suddenly happening in Bali when you’re from Jersey, and they will turn off your card as a security measure.
  1. Check the country’s entrance/exit fees. Some countries require travellers to pay in order to enter or leave the country. These fees are not included buy tickets now for places you know you want to visit or see. By buying in advance you’ll be able to skip more lines, and find more deals targeted toward you.
  1. Get guide books. Guide-books usually include maps, key words or phrases, and give you enough detail on certain sites that you won’t need to purchase the pamphlet at the venue. And download apps before you travel. Avoid downloading charges from your wireless carrier and get your apps before you leave.
  1. Research events going on while you’re there. This will help you make sure that you’re not missing the best events going on in the city — fun things like festivals, ceremonies and natural events. Also be sure to research as a few national dishes to try. You don’t want to leave the country without experiencing what it’s known for.
  1. Electronics: Activate your phone’s global capabilities. There’s usually a charge for doing this, but it is much less than the roaming charges you’ll get if you don’t. Get information on reliable roaming network service provider. Do inform your near and dear ones that you may have to stay out of reach in case if you are up to high altitude trek.
  1. We recommend you to carry Power Banks, Solar charger, Mini Solar Lights or special trekking torch etc. We also recommend to carry travel plug adapter in order to plug in. If it’s crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for both types. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit if you plan to take many electronics. If you are here for high altitude trek then please keep in mind that there are no electrical supplies in the mountains. It’s worth investing in portable phone chargers and/or spare batteries that can be charged and swapped into phones, cameras, and other electronics so that you can stay fully charged while you’re on the go.
  1. Get accustomed with local culture and Beliefs: Learn some basic local languages and educate yourself about the beliefs and traditions with the help of Guide Book. Get basic concept of gestures and body language because certain gestures can be interpreted as rude or vulgar. Most of the communities in India have their own rich beliefs and myths. Most of the communities are nature worshippers if you have a guide never fail to ask before spitting, Urinating in certain places. Because some of the streams, stones and places are regarded as holy.
  1. You have enough information about weather and travelling season of our destination country: You have enough information about the geography, environment and country. You have clear idea about getting there from your country. You have contact details of our company.

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.

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