Ravangla is a small tourist destination in south Sikkim an elevation of 2,055.meters It is connected by state highway to other major towns in the state and between Pelling and Gangtok from Ravang starting point for the trek to Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary and Low altitude trek to Pelling low altitude trek it is one of the most popular and risk-free trek and completely remove of altitude sickness. The temperature is a moderate and easy route. Ravangla to Pelling trek is normally of long duration and offers you. You will experience for high low altitude trekking. The route from Ravang to Pelling trek through from Tashiding Monastery –Hongri Monastery -Yuksom the first capital of Sikkim -Khecheoparli-Darap Village and trek end from Pelling. It is perfect and easy trek start from Ravangla south Sikkim and end from Yuksom or Pelling. The Low altitude trek is best suited for old ages and peoples who love 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.
Day 01: Bagdogra Airport to Ravangal (2,055.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.
Day 02: Ravangla (2,055.mtrs) to Tashiding (1,460.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.
Day 03: Tashding (1,460.mtrs) to Hongri Monastery (2,147.mtrs) 5 to 6 hours. Via Sinon Monastery (1976.mtrs).
Day 04: Hongri Monastery (2,147.mtrs) to Yuksom (1,750.mtrs) 3 to 4 hours.
Day 05: Yuksom (1,750.mtrs) to Khechuperi (2,226.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.
Day 06: Khechuperi (2,226.mtrs) to Darap village (1,526.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours.
Day07: Darap Village (1,526.mtrs) to Pelling (1,992.mtrs).
Day 08: lave to Pelling to Airport / Railway Station (Drive.)
It is a 6-7 hour ride through the hills. Upon arrival in Ravangla, prepare for the trek that starts the next day. If time permits, one could also see around Ravangla: Buddha Park, and monastery are a couple of local attractions. The Ravangla is a small tourist destination in south Sikkim an elevation of 2,055.mtrs it is connected by state highway to other major towns in the state and between Pelling and Gangtok from Ravang you can get Majestic views of snow-capped mountains in Sikkim and many more Himalayan range. Overnight Hotel/Camping.
After breakfast Trek gradual descending towards from Tashiding suspension bridge walk around 3 to 4 hours. This day sometimes you will walk on the motorable road. On the way you will visit Bon monastery it is the famous monastery in Sikkim. The Bon monastery was established in 1980 AD by the late Yung Dung Tsultrim. As per the facts, there are only two Bon monasteries in India; one in Himachal Pradesh and other in Sikkim. The monastery exhibits the fascinating paintings of Bon deities, Bon Demonical Buddha. The Bon monastery is located between from Kewzing and Ravangla inner route from Yuksam and Pelling road with impressive beautiful flowers into the village towards from Tashiding riverside. Cross over the suspension bridge then you will take few minutes over here with drinking water then trek continue gradual ascend towards from Tashiding. Tonight your camp near from Tashiding Monastery Overnight at camping/ Homestay.
This day before breakfast you will visit Tashiding monastery. Tashiding monastery was founded in 1641 by name Ngadak Sempa Chempo Phunshok Rigzing who belonged to the Nyingma sect in Buddhism. Ngadak was one of the three wise men who held the consecration ceremony crowning the first King of Sikkim at Yuksom. It was extended and renovated in 1717 during the reign of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal. ‘Bhumchu Ceremony’ or festival is a popular religious festival that is held on the 14th and 15th day of the first month of Tibetan Calendar.The Tashiding Monastery is also part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit involving the Yuksom, Dubdi Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery, Rabdentse ruins, Sanga Choeling Monastery, and Tashiding Monastery.
After exploring the monastery having breakfast then trek to Hongri monastery the trail beginning easy decade towards from Tasiding Bazar after Tashiding Bazar the trail steep ascend towards from Sinon Monastery. This day trail along on the hills with beautiful views and lightly forest till from sinon monastery.The sinon monastery is the oldest monastery in Sikkim located on the top of the hill from Tashiding an elevation of (1976.mtres) near sinon monastery direction of the west side of you can visit holy cave as for the meditation place. After Sinon Monastery the trail goes to the Hongri monastery through from Nesha Pokhari Dara. The Nesha Pokhari you will have lunch then trek continue to the Hongri monastery over the Nesha Khebukley village. Hongri monastery is the oldest monastery in Sikkim located top of the hill from Yuksom an elevation of (2,147.mtres) in around the Hongri monastery some of the few Lepcha villages and here if day is clear you will get incredible view of Mountains like The Chogyal Peak, The Frey,and The Kokthang peak and downwards offer you Tashiding monastery, Rangeet River and Pelling town and camp near from monastery. Overnight ta camping/homestay.
This is a fairly easy walk and the trail gradually towards from Yuksom. The trail through Tsong village and Dubdi monastery it is around 3 to 4 hours walk from Tsong Village the trail along on the motorable road towards The Dubdi monastery. The Dubdi monastery is an hour’s walk from Yuksom the trail through the front of PHC health center from Yuksom. The trail gradually ascends the path covered with greenery and trough wild forest. Before 3000meter below you will get the motorable road. There you will have to cross the motorable road, then the trail easy ascends towards from monastery on the way you will worship of holy rock and stupa. The Dubdi monastery Established in 1701, it is professed to be the oldest monastery in Sikkim and is located on the top of the hill from Yuksom an elevation of 1,974 meters. The Dubdi monastery known as the Hermit’s Cell after its ascetic founder Lhachen Namkha Jigme, who along with two other lamas from Tibet met at Norbugang near Yuksom and crowned Phuntsog Namgyal as the first King or Chogyal of Sikkim at Norbugang Yuksom in 1642.The Dubdi monastery around possesses rare forest. Near Dubdi monastery there is one holy rock it is especially for Buddhism people not for other religions. After death Buddhism peoples we will have the last ceremony funeral peace on that rock as per the facts, there are only four rock in the world. One in Bihar Buddha-gaya and another in Sikkim. And the other two from Bhutan and Tibet after the Dubdi monastery the trail easy descend from Yuksom. Overnight Camping/hotels.
After breakfast trek beginning from Yuksam the trail gradual desand 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 Khecheopalri Lake. Khecheopalri Lake is regarded as one of the most sacred Lake and one of the tourist hotspot places 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 khecheoparli 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 Khecheoparli 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 Khecheoparli 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.
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 will continue 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.
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.
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.
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] know the special prices and services provided.
PRICE INCLUDE AND EXCLUDE:
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN PRICE
1: 2 nights in the standard hotel at Ravangal and 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 Ravangla and return from Pelling.
Note: Normally other company charges extra for uploading Bag Pack, but black yak expeditions allow up to 10 kg free. More than 10 kg you have to pay ₹. 250/- per day per bag pack.
If you have bag packs weighing more than 10 kg than you can give it to the yaks or horses prior to the trek before leaving arranged exclusively for the trek. The back pack cannot weigh more than 10 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 2019.
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.
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 Ravangal your trek point. We provide luxury vehicles like INNOVA, ZXILO or normal vehicles like TATA SUMO GOULD, BOLERO, etc. And mini cab suitable for 2 or three families 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 travelling 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 Siliguri 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 come 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 in the 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 then 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 then 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 Pelling early morning.
Black yak expeditions we will arrange a 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 approximate cost for a 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.