Jopunu 5,950 meters is one of the well-known expedition peaks in west Sikkim at an elevation of 5,950.meters from seal level near Goecha la. The peak lies within the Khangchendzonga national park region offers 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.
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 Poktay Tar Base Camp (4442.mtrs) 3 to 4 km appx.
Day 08: Poktay Tar Base Camp (4442.mtrs) rest equipment distribution.
Day 09: Poktay Tar Base Camp (4442.mtrs) to Camp 1 load ferry (5,277.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours. Steep ascend.
Day 10: Poktay Tar Base Camp (4442.mtrs) to Camp 1 load ferry (5,277.mtrs) 4 to 5 hours. Steep ascend.
Day 11: Poktay Tar Base Camp (4442.mtrs) to Camp 1 moved (5,277.mtrs).
Day 12: Camp 1 to Summit Route Open.
Day 13: Camp 1 to Summit (6010.mtrs) overnight same summit camp.
Day 14: Camp 1 (5,352.mtrs) to Base camp Tolotar (4,290.mtrs).
Day 15: Tolotar (4,290.mtrs) to Kokchurang (3600m).8 km appx.
Day 16: Kokchurung (3600m) to Tsokha (2950m). 15km appx.
Day 17: Tsokha (2950m) to Yuksom (1750m). 16km appx.
Day 18: 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 annointed 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 camp site at times, however this is not recommended unless one is a regular and experienced trekkers who has done multiple 800m single day altitude gains before.
The walk begins in an easy fashion from Sachen and takes about 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 2pm, assuming you start at around 8am. The trail passes via Phedang (3679m appx.) which almost slices the walk into half. It looks like a possible camp site but teams do not prefer to camp here because of lack of water near the campsite. 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 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!
This day you can start late from Thangsing the trail gradual ascend till from Tholotar Base camp is about 2 to 3 hours. Start late by 11 am and you will still reach 02: pm Tholotar. The trail offers you majestic views of snow-capped mountains walk along on ridge above Thangsing and downwards. You can get nice views of camping ground of Thangsing and nice green valley with the flowing river. Reach camp and relax overnight in camp.
We start climbing around at night 11 pm to 12: am. Rest well the whole day so that you are well prepared for the big climb. You should wakeup early to start the climb. The route goes through Ice wall and glaciers and then comes to gradual slopes. Some places have steep slopes with rocks to the summit. This is a long climb, so you should be mentally strong and prepared psychologically. 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.
The summit offers you great views of the area. The wide and open surroundings give you a royal feeling on 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 from Thangsing camp side you can get views of slopes covered with ancient dense forests and the world’s third highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga, 8585 m. At the summit relish the moment and walk back to summit camp. Overnight at summit camp.
This morning, dismantle your summit camp and walk towards Tholotar Base Camp. The trail is on the glacier and loose smooth moraines as well as steep rocks. 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 overnight in camp. The trail is a gradual descent from Thangsing. The Kokchurung campsite is by the river inside the deep forest. From here try to wake up early in the morning to experience the real charm of this camp.
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 people 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.
In the morning it is advisable to start early since it is a long drive. We suggest you pack the luggage the previous night. 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 lunch drive continues 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 the number of people and the minimum required the 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 the 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 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. and Police verification at Yuksom.
6: Accommodation on trek Trekking equipment (sleeping tents 2 Or 3 man Dom, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, sleeping bags etc.
7: Safety equipment (first aid, medical kit, oxygen cylinders, etc.
8: Services of an expert trek leader/Guide (qualified in basic/advanced mountaineering courses).
9: Services of an expert trek team (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 20. kg free. More than 20.kg you have to pay ₹. 500/- per day per bag pack.
If you have bag packs weighing more than 20. kg then you can give it to the yaks or horses prior to the trekking before leaving arranged exclusively for the trek. The backpack cannot weigh more than 20. kg and No suitcases and trolleys only duffel bags will be allowed.
Withdrawing cash: If you are intended to visit in Yuksom for expedition, trekking and insightseeing then don’t expect for withdrawing cash in Yuksam because Yuksam does not have ATM services till updated the year 2020.
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 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 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 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 expeditions 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.