Uttarey to Yuksom Round Trek

Uttarey to Yuksom Round Trek

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SINGALILA ROUND TREK

About Uttarey Singalila Round Trek: Ridge trek is one of the longest treks in the region. The trail covers the complete Singalila range all the way from Uttarey (Sikkim) to the border with Nepal and finally reaching Goechala pass to witness world’s third highest mountain – Khangchendzonga, 8585m. Singalila trek is the only trekking route in this part of the Himalaya from where one can get spectacular view of Mt. Everest, Mt.Lhotshe, Mt.Makalu, Mt Khangchendzonga, Mt. Tenchingkhang and several others.

Short Itinerary:

 Day 1: pickup from (N J P) New Jalpaiguri railway station Bagdogra Airport to Uttarey (1,950.mtrs) 165km appx.

Day 2: Uttarey (1,950.mtrs) to Chewabhanjyang (3,145.mtrs) 15.km appx.

Day 03: Side Excursion to Phoktey Dara (3588.mtrs).5km appx.

Day 04: Chewabhanjyang (3,145.mtrs to Dhoor (4,760.mtrs).16km appx.

Day 05: Dhoor (4,760.mtrs) to Sikkim Meghu (3,916.mtrs).13km appx.

Day 06: Sikkim Meghu (3,916.mtrs) to Lampokhari (4,323.mtrs).11km appx.

Day 07: Lampokhari (4,323.mtrs) to Gomathang (3,796.mtrs). 10km appx.

Day 08: Gomathang (3,796mtrs) to Pangding (4,317mtrs) 15km appx.

Day 09: Pangding (4,317.mtrs) to Dzongri (3950.metrs).10km appx.

Day 10: Dzongri (3970m) to Thangsing (3800m). 10km appx.

Day 11: Thangsing (3800m) to Lamuney (3950m). 3.5km appx.

Day 12: Lamuney (3950m) to View Point 1 (4600m) and back to Kokchurang (3600m). 15km appx.

Day 13: Lamuney (3950m) to View Point 1 (4600m) and back to Kokchurang (3600m). 15km appx.

Day 14: Lamuney (3950m) to View Point 1 (4600m) and back to Kokchurang (3600m). 15km appx.

Day 15: Tsokha (2950m) to Yuksom (1750m). 16km appx.

Day 16: Leave to Yuksom (1750m) to Bagdogra Airport/N J P.

Details itinerary

Day 1: pickup from (N J P) New Jalpaiguri railway station Bagdogra Airport to Uttarey (1,950.mtrs) 165km appx.

It is a 6 to 7 hour ride through the hills. Upon arrival in Uttarey prepare for the trek 15km next day. If time permits, one could also see around Uttarey Tenzing Hilleary Park, monastery, and local attractions. Additionally, Uttarey is famous trek point of Indio-Nepal border.

Day 2: Uttarey (1,950.mtrs) to Chewabhanjyang (3,145.mtrs) 15.km appx.

Our ascent takes us to the upper reaches of the Singalila Ridge, which forms the border between Sikkim and Nepal. We pass through a rich and dense forest, swathes of Rhododendrons, open ridges, sacred lakes and remote trails. Our first day takes us to Chewabhanjyang. An easy trail rises gently through the rainforest until a final steep ascent for the last couple of hours brings us right up to the Nepalese border and our first camp. We spend the following day here for necessary acclimatization before further ascending.

Day 03: Side Excursion to Phoktey Dara (3588.mtrs).5km appx.

A walk to Phoktey Dara in the wee hours of the morning provides one of the most breath-taking panoramic view of the Sikkim and Nepal ranges.

Phoktey Dara (3,618m) is at a junction between Sikkim, Nepal and West Bengal and the borders meet here. You will have a full view of towering peaks including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Nuptse, Lhotse, Three sisters, Kumbakarna, Kanchenjunga and several other peaks in the region. This is one of the best grand-stand views one will get of the majestic Himalayas from anywhere in the mountains.

Day 04: Chewabhanjyang (3,145.mtrs to Dhoor (4,760.mtrs).16km appx.

A gentle uphill traverse through forests and then over a more exposed hill side brings us to prayer flags adorning our first trail near Major Dara and views of distant mountains – a taste of what is to come. As we gradually gain height we will appreciate the previous day’s acclimatization. The occasional yak herders hut is the only sign of habitation as we look down far below to the rice fields and cardamom plantations. Our camp is in a remote and sheltered hollow below the ridge.

Day 05: Dhoor (4,760.mtrs) to Sikkim Meghu (3,916.mtrs).13km appx.

Throughout the day we alternately descend and climb, maintaining a steady height, spiralling from one side of the ridge to the other until a rough steep ascent takes us across a pass. Beyond, the trail winds its way steadily through Rhododendrons and past several Hindu shrines where a second easier pass drops down to our camp close to a Shepherd’s summer settlement. Watch the Blue Sheep on the high craggy mountainside.

Day 06: Sikkim Meghu (3,916.mtrs) to Lampokhari (4,323.mtrs).11km appx.

We walk easily on a good trail through woods until we begin a steady rise up a broad valley where we catch our first closer view of the entire Kabru Range and a dominant Mt. Pandim (6,691m). A further two hours of ascent will get us to our camp with Everest and a host of other Khumbu Giants dominating the distant skyline. An afternoon of rest and acclimatization for the following day’s foot slogging.

Day 07: Lampokhari (4,323.mtrs) to Gomathang (3,796.mtrs). 10km appx.

Sparse vegetation can be seen as we mount up higher. A little snow underfoot can be expected as we climb to our first pass, the Danphey Bhir La at 4,530m, the Pass of the Pheasant. From here it is possible to see the whole of Sikkim with the view stretching out well into Tibet and Bhutan. A further hours contouring and a small ascent reveals the Kag Bhir La, (the Pass of the Crow) where we may be lucky enough to get the closest view of the panorama of the Himalayan peaks including Majestic Khangchendzonga. Reluctantly, we then must head downhill making a steep descent to our river side camp Gomathang. The camp is located in a beautiful meadow and is a great place to rest for the night.

Day 08: Gomathang (3,796mtrs) to Pangding (4,317mtrs) 15km appx.

This day we have to climb through forests of sweet smelling silver fir and rhododendrons. Soon we are in high mountains terrain again. The route goes up and down over the hills culminating with a stiff ascent as we near Pangding. Pangding offers the view of almost all the important peaks and ranges of this trek.

Day 09: Pangding (4,317.mtrs) to Dzongri (3950.metrs).10km appx.

First trekkers have to descend down to Tigap Chu (3,700m) and then ascend up to Dzongri crossing Rathong Chu River. As Tigap chu is lower in altitude big pine trees and rhododendron bushes become visible and large rocks dominates the area. It offers a nice area to rest. After refreshment climb begans to Dzongri, a campsite at the junction of several trekking trails in the region.

Day 10: Dzongri (3970m) to Thangsing (3800m). 10km appx.

This day you ascend a little from the Dzongri campsite and then walk through meadows with gentle up and down slopes till you arrive at the steep descent to the Kokchurang campsite by the Prek chu. The descent is challenging for almost everyone and can take around an hour. Kokchurang campsite is nestled in a dense forest by the river side and is a perfect spot to rest for a while. We do not set up camp here on our way up. After some rest, we proceed to Thangsing, our camp for the night, through some more beautiful forest. On a clear day, the Thangsing campsite gives you a welcome gift of outstanding views of Mt. Pandim right upon arrival. Soak in the beauty of the sights before you and surrender to nature’s splendour. Thangsing is a wide open field and you will often find trekkers or local staff playing cricket, football or volleyball here. Join in for some fun and to test your lungs!

Day 11: Thangsing (3800m) to Lamuney (3950m). 3.5km appx.

It is the simplest day of the trek. A very gradual gain from Thangsing will take you to Lamuney in 1.5 hours. Start late by 10 am and you will still reach Lamuney by 11:30am. Relax at camp. The following morning you will be up early and leave for View Point 1 around 2:30am.

Day 12: Lamuney (3950m) to View Point 1 (4600m) and back to Kokchurang (3600m). 15km appx.

The day starts early at 2:30am. It will be biting cold at this hour and one must be prepared for it. Typically the temperature will be below zero at start. Start slowly and cross the Samiti Lake in the dark on your way up to the view point. The start is timed to take you the view point around first light and before sunrise for, as beautiful as first light looks on the peaks, the sunrise is pure magic. Peaks light up in the descending order of altitude with Kanchenjunga first to be lit followed by kabru north and then the lower peaks in order. The route used to be open right up to the Goecha la earlier. However, the NAtional park authorities have closed the route beyond view point 1 now as the zone beyond it has been identified as having significant concentration of blue sheep and the snow leopard. This area is a breeding zone for these species as well and has been demarcated as a conservation zone to reduce human interference. Carry a pair of binoculars with you to give yourself a chance of spotting a rare leopard or a flock of blue sheep. Leopard sightings are very rare as they are extremely shy and if you see one, count yourself very very lucky! Descend to Samiti Lake on your way back to the camp. Around 8am, when you are likely to be back at Samiti, the water is very still usually and a full reflection of the peaks around it is visible in the water. Several birds will be out by now and the area around the lake is a great place for photography aficionados. Come back to camp at Lamuney, have an early lunch and move down to Kokchurang campsite next to the river for the night. It is warmer here and of course very beautiful.

Day 13: Lamuney (3950m) to View Point 1 (4600m) and back to Kokchurang (3600m). 15km appx.

The walk from Kokchurang to Phedang is through a very dense forest and no pack animals can do this trail due to the narrow nature and dense vegetation on the trail. For several hours you will walk through forests that might remind some of the forests in the Indian Western Ghats during monsoons. This part of the trail takes about 4-5 hours typically. Have the packed lunch provided to you, here. From Phedang turn left and down towards Tsokha. It is a continuous descent up to Tsokha and takes up 2 hours.

Day 14: 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 14: Tsokha (2950m) to Yuksom (1750m). 16km appx.

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 to pack the luggage in advance before starting to your journey. The distance from NJP/ Bagdogra airport is 155 kilometres 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 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 Pelling/Uttarey village 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-Pelling-Uttarey for Dzongri Trek, Goechala Trek, Uttarey to Yuksom round trek Nambu to Yuksom round 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 many part of Sikkim Leave within 12:00 noon. So you have to be there within 11:00 or 12:00 noon 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, Pelling, Uttarey 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 your trek post. Expected arrival time at any trek pint of west Sikkim  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 Darjeeling early morning.

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

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

The approximately cost for reserved vehicle is Rs. 4000/-

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.

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 Number of people and the minimum required 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 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] to know the special prices and services provided.

 

PRICE INCLUDE AND EXCLUDE

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN PRICE 

1: 2 night in the standard hotel at Yuksom (MAP plan)

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

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

4: Meals while on trek (Veg& Egg)

5: Trekking permits and forest camping charges.

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

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

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

9: Services of an expert trek team (guides, 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 15 kg free. More than 15 kg you have to pay ₹. 300/- per day per bag. If you have bag packs weighing more than 15 kg than you can give it to the yaks or horses prior to the trek before leaving arranged exclusively for the trek.  The backpack cannot weigh more than 15 kgs. No suitcases/trolleys’/duffel bags will be allowed.

Withdrawing cash: 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 the year 2018.

 

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 Yuksom 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.

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