You arrive at Yuksom and check-in the hotel, followed by an orientation session and a brief for the next day with the GIO team. Have your lunch and spend evening embracing the beautiful environs of Yuksom. Overnight in hotel / guesthouse.
Take a break from conventional breakfast, go pick some fresh veggies from the kitchen garden; we get it cooked for you. A delightful organic meal and you are all set to visit the still town of Yuksom. Starting from a small holy lake which is overflowing with fishes, as no fishing is allowed here! You further visit the Coronation Throne, where the first king of Sikkim, then a separate country, was crowned following a holy ceremony. As you proceed towards the upper village, you reach a few gigantic boulders. You can climb up and sit at the rock to get the panoramic views of the transcendent valleys that dissolve into the horizon. An option of Abseiling and bouldering is also available if you like to make things adventurous. Evening spent in leisure. Head for an adventurous journey, to the ancient monastery sitting atop a small hill, surrounded by endless forest of pine trees. Meditate here for a while and follow the same trail that will further lead you to a beautiful waterfall rushing into a pool of clear waters. Capturing some rare moments at the falls, you move towards a traditional Lepcha Village called Tsong. Spend evening at leisure after driving to hotel/ guesthouse. Overnight in hotel / guesthouse.
This fine day you will go for a day hike to the holy lake of Khechuperi. Starting from your hotel in Yuksom, you climb down to the Rathong River, crossing a small Lepcha village. Here you cross the river and hike up to Leythang, a spot where you will experience wonder of nature, a singing stone, which rings like a bell if struck by another stone. Moving further, you come across a few more villages, a hanging bridge and a few more streams before arriving at the magnificent Lake. Filled with mysterious fishes and water animals, Khechuperi marks as an important feature for the local communities. Spend some time at the holy lake before heading towards a beautiful homestay, where you will spend the night. One can try the local wine made out of millet, in a traditional tumbler, called Tumba. A mild brew, just enough to take away fatigue of the day. Overnight in homestay.
Today, we head to Ravangla which is a very scenic drive. Pelling is a beautiful town in the foothills of Mount Kachenjunga, drive takes you through this beautiful town. With magnificent Kachenjunga accompanying you in Ravangla, it is a perfect place for rejuvenation. It is a popular tourist attraction due to its rich flora and fauna, picturesque views, culture and ancient monasteries. In Ravangla we spend time sightseeing trip to Buddha Park and Temi Tea garden. Overnight in hotel/ guesthouse.
Post breakfast we drive to Gangtok. Drive takes about 3 hours for us to reach. Gangtok is a complete wonderland with exquisite surroundings. Overnight in hotel/ guesthouse.
After breakfast, head to the Tsomgo Lake which is perched at an altitude of 3780m. This lake is bestowed with scenic beauty a pure joy to visit. We then head to Baba Mandir which is a holy shrine of Baba Harbhajhan Singh a soldier of Indian army. From here we drive back to Gangtok. Overnight in hotel/ guesthouse.
Post breakfast we drive to Bagdogra.
|Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)||250|
Down jacket (for additional warmth)
|Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover||75|
|Waterproof Trekking boots||300|
|Rucksack (60 ltrs)||150|
|Warm high-length woollen socks||50|
*Cost in INR per day
* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true
For travel to Sikkim and back one can choose between air, rail & road. Bagdobra airport is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.
Lachung: It is a small hill station resting on an elevation of 2,900 m. It is known as one of the most picturesque villages of Sikkim and makes for an exciting escapade with its waterfalls and hotsprings.
Gurudongmar Lake: Marked as one of the highest lakes in the world with a surface elevation of 5,183 m, Gurudongmar Lake is a perfect getaway for someone who is looking for the most beautiful trail leading to majestic panorama of mountains being reflected on the sheer waters of a sacred lake bearing an essence of spirituality.
Yumthang Valley: It can be the most colourful escapade of your life as this valley opens to vast stretches of land covered in flowers of several hues. More than 24 species of rhododendron can be found here in vibrant colours in large numbers among other flowers. It is placed at an altitude of 3,564 m in Sikkim.
Lachen: Perched at an altitude of 2750m Lachen exudes serenity. Encapsulated with alpine pastures, apple orchards, Buddhist monasteries, sacred lakes, etc, that makes it a perfect getaway. It is relatively close to Gurudongmar lake and Chopta valley and excursion to these places can be done from Lachen.
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip
Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list before travelling
Duration: 07 Days | Season: Jan – May & Sep – Dec | Grade: Easy | Max Alt: Nathula Pass( 4310m)
DAY 1: Bagdogra / NJP - Yuksom( 1780m) ( Drive / 170km / 6 hrs)
DAY 2: Around Yuksom
DAY 3: Yuksom - Khechuperi Lake ( 1700m) (Drive/1.5 - 2 hrs & Hike/ 1 - 2 hrs)
DAY 4: Khechuperi – Pelling (2150m) – Ravangla (2133m) ( Drive / 3 - 4 hrs)
DAY 5: Ravangla – Gangtok (1600m) (Drive / 3 - 4 hrs)
DAY 6: Gangtok – NathulaPass (4310m) / Tsomgo Lake (3780m) – Baba Mandir – Gangtok
DAY 7: Gangtok – Bagdogra / NJP ( Drive / 123km / 6 hrs)
One of the 100 green destinations on the planet, and a world heritage site, as recognized by UNESCO; with a rich ecosystem, Yuksom is a perfect place to bring your family for a break from their city lives. Visiting west Sikkim with your family and kids will help the little ones to understand the real meaning of existence, as till now they were working on need to know basis. Kids will have an authentic experience of a lifetime, staying around the eternal nature. Here you get a chance for various sightseeing options like the Coronation Throne, and the famous Dubdi Monastery. In Khechuperi Lake, you will witness mesmerizing views. It is the best place for off-sites, as the atmosphere of the place creates a good bonding among the team members and builds a comfort zone among them. Trip to Ravangla is filled with exquisite views of Mount Kachenjunga. Being a popular tourist attraction with the essence of rich flora and fauna, time spent here is worth it. By the time this trip comes to an end you sense a certain kind of joy within yourself and the people who accompanied you on this trip. Kids become more aware, empathetic and fearless of their surroundings. People break that ice by getting out of their comfort zones, their house and reach out to make elated moments of adventure and outdoors.