Tenzingkhang 6,010 meters is one of the most popular expedition peak in west Sikkim at an elevation of 6,010 meters from sea level near Goechala, a high mountain pass in Sikkim. Mt. Tenzingkhang, located in the Khanchendzonga national park, a world heritage site, is a good peak to climb for climbing enthusiasts aspiring to climb higher peaks eventually. The region 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. The Tenzingkhang expedition demands climbers be mentally and physically tough and well-prepared. The climb is generally of a moderate difficulty. The route above the ABC (Advanced Base camp) involves Ice wall, glaciers crevasses, and rock wall. The Tenzingkhang summit offers you great views of the area. The wide and open surroundings give you a royal feeling on the top of the peak. You would get panoramic views of unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and majestic spectacular, snow-capped mountains and downwards you can get view of Onglathang valley. Tenzingkhang was declared a climbing peak by Sikkim Govt. in 1990.
Day 1: Travel from NJP/Bagdogra to Yuksom by jeep.
Day 2: Yuksom (1750m) to Sachen (2250m). 8km appx.
Day 3: Sachen (2250m) to Tsokha (2950m). 8km appx.
Day 4: Tsokha (2950m) to Dzongri (3950m). 10km appx.
Day 5: Rest Day. Acclimatization
Day 6: Dzongri (3970m) to Thangsing (3800m). 10km appx.
Day 7: Thangsing (3800m) to Toriphulay Base Camp (4290.mtrs) 4 to5 km appx.
Day 8: Toriphulay Base Camp (4290.mtrs) rest equipment distribute
Day 9: Toriphulay Base Camp (4290.mtrs) to ABC load ferry (4, 980.mtrs) 4 km. 4 to 5 hours. Steep ascend.
Day 10: Toriphulay Base Camp (4290.mtrs) to ABC load ferry (4, 980.mtrs) 4 km. 4 to 5 hours. Steep ascend.
Day11: Toriphulay to ABC Camp shift.
Day 12: ABC (4, 980.mtrs) to Camp 1 Route Open
Day 13: ABC (4, 980.mtrs) to Camp 1 Route Open
Day 14: ABC (4, 980.mtrs) to Camp 1 move (summit camp 5,352.mtrs)
Day 15: Camp 1 to Summit Route Open
Day 17: Camp 1 to Summit (6010.mtrs) overnight same summit camp.
Day 18: Camp 1 (5,352.mtrs) to Base camp Toripholay (4,290.mtrs)
Day 19: Toripholay (4,290.mtrs) to Kokchurang (3600m).8 km appx.
Day 20: Kokchurung (3600m) to Tsokha (2950m). 15km appx.
Day 21: Tsokha (2950m) to Yuksom (1750m). 16km appx.
Day 22: Leave Yuksom for NJP/Bagdogra as planned.
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.
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.
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 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 half to Tsokha.
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 (3679m 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 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.
This day you stay on at Dzongri and take rest. You may choose to wake up early and walk up to 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.
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 riverside 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 splendor. 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!
We start climbing around at night 11 pm to 12: am. Rest well before the Tenzingkhang summit attempt for you should be well prepared for the big climb. You should wake up early to start the climb. The route goes through Ice wall and glaciers and then comes to Gradual slopes and finally has a steep slope to the summit camp. This is a long climb, so you should be mentally strong and prepared. It would take somewhere between 9 to 10 hours for average climbers. Slow climbers may take another 2 to 3 hours in addition and through the trail, you can get good views to keep you company. Once on top, spend some time relishing the experience and then descend to the summit camp for the night.
This morning dismantle your summit camp and ABC camp and proceed towards Toriphulay Basecamp.
Begin the trail to ABC camp and same day remove ABC camp. Before ABC for most of the time the walk is on the glacier, then after ABC to Toriphulay Base camp walk along on loose smooth moraines as well as steep rocky patches. Descend towards Toriphulay, overnight at camp.
After breakfast trek to Kokchurung Start late by 10 to 11 am and you will still reach Kokchurung by 02 to 03 pm. Relax at overnight in camp.The trail begins an easy descend from Thangsing after the trail is rocky downwards from Kokchurung. The Kokchurung camp side it is near from river inside the deep forest Himalayan rhododendron forest and pine trees. From here try to wake up early in the morning for majestic spectacular, snow-capped mountains covered with ancient dense forests, including the Mt. Pandim The Mt.Tenzingkhang The Mt.Jopnu and many more.
The walk from Kokchurung to Phedang is through a very dense forest and no pack animals can do this trail due to the narrow trail 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.
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.
It is advisable to start early since it is a long drive. We suggest you pack the luggage the night before departure. Have an early breakfast. 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, the drive continues to your destination at the N J P/Bagdogra Airport.
It is the simplest day of the trek. A very gradual gain from Thangsing will take you to Toriphulay is about 2 to 3 hours. Start late at 10 am and you will still reach Toriphulay by 01:30 am. Relax at overnight in camp.
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:
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.
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.
This list shall cover the clothing and equipment that you will require for the trek.
1. Bag pack: Typically a 60L pack is sufficient for most trekkers. Some prefer a larger pack but make sure you have trekked with large packs and weights before if you are going to opt for a larger pack. If you are going to trek with a pack smaller than 60L ensure that you can fit all your gear into it properly otherwise packing and carrying will become a constant problem. If you have not bought your packs yet, make sure you do not order your packs online. It is important to personally check out the pack. The design and construction must be right for you. Hence wear and see the pack if you can. A pack without an internal frame is ill-advised. It must have a good lumber support, sturdy shoulder straps with good padding. Pack must feel comfortable on your shoulder and must afford good hip support (via adjustable hip straps).
2. Rain cover: Make sure your pack has a rain cover too. If it does not come with one then you must buy it, but it is necessary to have it. And Carry a poncho (avoid Velcro. Zips or buttons down the side to hold the poncho are better) or a good water proof jacket to protect you from rain
3. Trekking Shoes: Having the right kind of shoes (or not having them) is one of those things that can make your excursion sheer joy (or a nightmare). Make sure your shoes are ‘your’ shoes, that you have worn them before and used them to get used to them before taking them along. Brand new shoes might give you shoe-bites and cause discomfort. There are several good trekking shoes available in all price ranges available. Salomon, North Face etc. are the more expensive brands. The emerging standard in recent times is the Quechua Forclaz series. The budget should be dictated by how frequently you are going to trek and what they cost for the return you will get. Army boots, although slightly heavy are extremely good to trek and high value for money. Besides they are very cheap. If anyone is interested in them, one could try those too. My experience has been military boots are a match for any trekking shoes and I have used a couple of pairs for several years although now I have a pair of Forclaz 600 (with which I am not exactly impressed). Carry one additional pair of shoe laces with you. It is a good idea to carry a pair of slippers/floaters. Remember shoes are VERY IMPORTANT and hence pick your pair carefully and break into it before the trek.
4. Socks: Carry about 3-4 pairs of good sports socks. Also carry a pair of woollen socks. Many trekkers wear woollen socks at night in their sleeping bags. If you are going to wear them while walking (which is usually not necessary) then you might want to carry one additional pair.
5. Underclothes: Carry about 3 sets of underclothes. That should be sufficient for the trek. 3 sets for a period of over a week seems odd but those who have trekked will attest to a fact that one does not change clothes everyday on a trek. It does not make sense nor is it necessary.
6. Thermal inners: You might want to carry a set of thermal inners. It is not usually necessary and one is certainly ill-advised to wear them while trekking but those of you who feel very cold might use them in the evenings.
7. Trekking pants: One need not carry too many on the trek. 2-3 pairs of pants (including the one you will start with) should be sufficient. DO NOT carry jeans. They are heavy, occupy space and do not dry quickly when wet. Good track pants, cargoes and so on are better bets.
8. T-shirts: 3 T-shirts (full sleeve if u are susceptible to feeling cold). The quick-dry sports T shirts are the best as far as our experience goes.
9. Warm clothing: Carry adequate warm clothing. 2 good warm jackets/sweaters, and a jacket on top is what one usually wears at night if it gets too cold apart from the primary clothing inside. The idea is layered clothing. One big fat jacket is never a good idea because it gives you no flexibility to remove a layer in case you are too warm inside (or add a layer if u are a little cold). In fact your warm clothing will take up most of your space in the pack Make sure that you carry enough warm clothing for how cold you generally feel. Temperatures may hover around zero on a couple of nights. .
10. Cap/Head: A good balaclava (monkey cap), scarf, possibly a pair of warm gloves is advisable. Carry a sun hat/cap for the trek. It works better than walking in a monkey cap.
11. Good Idea: Carrying a pair of shorts is a good idea.
12. Good Idea: Carry a good torch with spare batteries.
13. Good Idea: Carry a good pair of sunglasses.
14. Basic toiletries – Brush: Carry basic toiletries – Brush, paste (small tube), small soap, a small bottle of moisturizer perhaps and a stick of lip balm if you wish. Soap- strips (paper soap) and a bottle of hand sanitizer are also very handy.
15. Lunch box: Carry a lunch box (tiffin box) and a spoon. It is better than a plate, mug and a spoon as it is much lighter. Also one can use to eat in, drink tea in and also carry small things if needed. It is very useful when lunch has to be packed as we won’t have to use aluminium foil and thus will reduce the amount of trash we gather. Lunch will be packed in the lunch box. Thus, do not forget to carry the lunch box and a spoon. Add to that two 1 lit. Bottles for water also Headlamp/LED torch.
16. Personal first aid kit: You might want to carry a small personal first aid kit. In case you do the following things could be a part of your list
1. Paracetamol (1 strip of 15)
2. Brufen 400 or Voveran 50mg (1 strip)
3. Pain killer
5. Combiflam (1 strip)
6. Disprin (1 strip)
7. Metronidazole 400mg (1 strip)
8. Sinarest (1 strip)
9. Cetrizine (1 strip)
10. Allegra 120mg (1 strip)
11. Band-Aid strips
12. Neosporin powder
13. Savlon (small bottle)
15. Gauze dressing (3 pieces)
16. Leukoplast tape/ Adhesive tape (0.5 or 1 inch width)
17. A pair of scissors.
18. Betadine antiseptic cream
19. Health Supplement
20. Amoxicillin and Potassim
21. Eye Drops
NOTE: If you are Asthmatic please carry your inhaler or other prescription medication with you. Similarly, if you are a susceptible to Migraine pains, please carry your medication with you.
It is advisable to carry all the gear in plastic bags for additional protection inside the sack.
Documents to carry on the trek. (Indian client
1. Make sure you are carrying the following documents on the trek.
2. Disclaimer – original + 2 copies.
3. Medical certificate from a registered and practising doctor with his stamp and registration number. – Original + 2 copies.
4. A Govt. of India Photo Identity card + 3 photo-copies (most preferred are Passport, Aadhar card, Voter-id card, Drivers licence and PAN card in that order).
1. Foreign nationals will also have to get the Inner Line Permit made at the Melli check post while entering Sikkim in route from NJP/Bag-Dogra airport. Without this document, they will not issue trekking permit.
2. Special trekking permit as per regulations, made from Gangtok Department of Tourism.
3. Black yak expedition can make special trekking permit from Gangtok Department of Tourism you are not allowed to trek before obtaining Trekking Permit. That is why you should reach Yuksom atleast two day before the trek. You need to obtain a special permit at Gangtok to trek in Sikkim which is called trekking permit. Black yak expedition can help you obtain this permits. As per regulations, your trekking permit can be obtained only after obtaining Sikkim Inner Line Permit (ILP). Inner line Permit or ILP is must important without which trekking permit cannot be obtained. Inner Line permit can be obtained at main check points or border area Like Melli, Rangpo in Sikkim it can be also obtained at Bagdogra Airport or Silliguri Kachahari area. You need to obtain a special permit at Gangtok to trek in Sikkim which is called trekking permit. Black yak expedition can help you obtain this permits. But in order to issue an inner Line Permit you should be there as an evidence therefore we cannot claim Inner line Permit without you. Kindly reach Yuksom a day before the trek batch starts. The charges of obtaining the permit will be Rs 1000 per person and has to be paid to our representative who will meet you at Yuksom. Going to Gangtok and returning back with your trekking permit is one day long procedure.
1. Original passport + 2 pc of photo copy
2. Original Visa + 2 pc of photo copy.
3. Original Sikkim Inner Line Permit+ 2 pc of photo copy.
4. pc Passport Size Photography
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.