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Snow Trek to Dzongri


Rs.15,750
Product Code: TRSDG
Availability: In Stock
Duration: 07 Days
Season: Dec-Mar
Grade: Moderate
Region: Sikkim
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ITINERARY


Day 1: Arrive Yuksom(1750m)

You arrive at Yuksom and check-in the hotel. Meal will be followed by an orientation session and a brief for the next day with the GIO team. Stay for the night in hotel.

Day 2: Trek to Sachen(2400m)9 kms, hike/4-5 hrs

The morning starts with breakfast at the hotel, and commencing the trek to Dzongri. Get past the National Park Gate to enter a thick green forest filled with all kinds of flora and fauna, keep an eye for the minute details on the trail as walking up and down will be the schedule for today. You cross a few bridges and streams before reaching Sachen, a small empty spot inside the evergreen forests of KNP. Spend the evening reading a book and enjoying the rich healthy eco-system, before retiring to your tents.

Day 3: Trek to Tshoka (3040m) hike/4-5hrs

Sachen to Tshoka is a nice arduous trek with demanding walk after the last bridge. Walking at a slow and regular pace is advised, as getting winded will increase the fatigue thus taking more time to reach the destination. Sitting at an altitude of 3040m, this village has a pond, a monastery, a few trekker huts and a restaurant that severs food and beer. Spend the evening watching a transition of colours over the snow peaks, while the sun sets in a dramatic fashion. Stay for the night in trekker hut.

Day 4: Trek to Dzongri (3930m) hike/5-6hrs

Wake up to an early and clear morning as the sun comes out quite early. You get spectacular views of the Kanchendzonga range from here, although the mighty peak won’t be showing up until you mount to the Dzongri top. Today’s hike is a bit strenuous than the previous, since you climb up to the top of the mountain, climbing almost 1000m in less than 6 hrs. Pre-monsoon season in these mountains is cloudy, while one can witness clear skies in the months of September till summers. By the time you reach the snow fields of Dzongri, all your fatigue turns into euphoria. Play around in the snow before getting into dry clothes. Enjoy a delightful dinner and retire to your sleeping bags. Stay for the night in trekker hut.

Day 5: Hike to Dzongri Top to catch the sunrise. Post breakfast trek back to Tshoka

Wake up at 3 in the morning, have tea with some cookies and go for a hike to Dzongri top, to catch the first rays of the sun illuminating the snow-capped peaks. It’s a small hike with, chilling cold and snow, as the only challenge. After witnessing a breathtaking sunrise, descend down to the campsite, have breakfast and rest a bit before heading back to Tshoka. Today’s hike will be more technical then strenuous, as walking down will engage up all your energy and attention. Reach back to the campsite at Tshoka, have tea with snacks and spend the evening; getting a grip around the rare moments that you witnessed in the high altitudes of KNP. Celebrate the successful execution of the venture over a special dinner with the team, before retiring for the night. Stay for the night in trekker hut.

Day 6: Tshoka to Yuksom

Post breakfast; prepare yourself for the final stretch of this venture. You retrace your footsteps back to where you started, marking the completion of one of the most beautiful and a challenging trek in the Himalayas

Day 7: Depart to NJP

Trip ends here!

PRICE 


PRICE INCLUDES

  • Professional guide(s) to ensure high safety and more information and personal attention which are necessary to appreciate a trek. All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.​
  • Accommodation High quality Camping arrangements
    We believe that roughing it out necessarily doesn't mean sleeping in smelly sleeping bags, compromising on safety by using low quality equipment and having unappetising meals. We focus on your safety, basic comforts and the environment while camping. Keeping this is mind, the following equipment is provided on the trek:
    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Fresh and clean sleeping bags of very good quality
    • Good quality Camping Mattresses
    • Camping stools
    • Mess Tent
    • First Aid / Medical kit.
  • All meals starting from lunch on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 7. A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly. Tea/coffee will be served throughout.
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)
  • First Aid Kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)

TRANSPORT TARIFF INCLUDES

Do keep in mind that transport is a very critical component of your trek. This aspect is most often not given proper attention and can result in lot of discomfort especially in the mountains. We provide transfers to get you to the starting point and back as comfortably and in as less time as possible for you to enjoy the trip. We only use quality vehicles like Tata Sumo, Mahindra Max etc. The transport tariff includes all driver charges, fuel, parking, toll and taxes.

TRIP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Porter/Yak charges to carry your personal bag
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Service Tax

OTHER OPTIONAL CHARGES

  • Charges for a porter/mule to carry personal bag throughout the trek (not more than 10 kgs) per person for the complete trek. If you want us to arrange for portage of your personal luggage you can book the same by selecting the option of Personal Luggage Charges.
  • Personal trekking gear
    You can save on buying expensive trekking equipment for the trek by hiring the same from our gear store. High quality equipment is provided at reasonable rental/sale and you are assured of clean equipment that has been checked for its efficacy.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL/PURCHASE

EQUIPMENT

RENT*

Windproof, Water resistant Warm jacket (with hood)

250

Down jacket (for additional warmth)

300

Lightweight & Warm Fleece pullover

75

Warm Gloves

50

Waterproof Trekking boots

300

Balaclava

50

Rucksack (60 ltrs)

150

Waterproof gaiters

50

Warm high-length woollen socks

50

Poncho/Raincoat

50

Trekking poles

60

*Cost in INR per day

*Taxes extra

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true

VITAL INFORMATION


Transport Options (DELHI – BAGDOGRA/NEW JALPAIGURI)

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, Kingfisher Airlines & 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.

Weather Details

The climate in Yuksom, which is located at a moderate altitude, is pleasant from March to June and September to November, while in the winter season, the coldest months are December and February. The climate of Sikkim can be termed as temperate in broad terms. Sikkim enjoys the five seasons of summer, winter, monsoon, autumn and spring. Sprawled in an area of 7,096 km², Sikkim lengthens from an altitude of 280 m (920 ft) to 8,585 m (28,000 ft). With such varied altitudes, the state observes tropical, temperate and frigid climate in different regions. In the southern part, the weather is usually sub-tropical, whereas in the north, it is generally tundra.

However, the colonized regions are dominated by temperate climate, where temperature rarely goes 28 °C maximum in summers and drops below 0°C in winters. The average annual temperature for the major part of Sikkim is recorded 18°C (64 °F) approx. During the months of March - May, the sun shines at its best in the state of Sikkim. The weather remains wintry and humid; with a frequent drizzling, makes it misty and cloudy.

Monsoon prevails from late-June to early-September. Autumn stays from September to October providing a nice time for tourists to visit the state. In India, Sikkim is one amongst the few states that receive regular snowfall. The snowline of Sikkim is approx. 6,000 meters. The high altitude in the northern region permits the temperature to drop below -40°C in winters. The proper winter season starts from late December till February.

Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications

List of Essentials

It is very important for this adventure trip that you need to be equipped properly and with a bit of back up. 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.

  1. Shirts / T-shirts – 2/3
  2. Jeans / Trekking Pants - 2
  3. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood 
  4. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater 
  5. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower) 
  6. Woollen cap
  7. Woollen gloves
  8. Woollen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
  9. Scarf/muffler (optional)
  10. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
  11. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
  12. Raincoat / Poncho 
  13. Small light weight towel
  14. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!) 
  15. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  16. Sun glasses 
  17. Walking stick / Trekking pole 
  18. Sunscreen Lotion
  19. Lip Balm
  20. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  21. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
  22. Personal toiletries
  23. Books, if you like reading
  24. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  25. Carry rain cover for your bags
  26. Keep a few poly bags or waterproof bags in your bag in which if required you can put your belongings in case of heavy rain
  27. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

…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 trek.

NOTE: In case you are planning to put your bag on a mule or taking a porter please get a duffel bag or rucksack and keep it in mind that there is a possibility that the bag at times might brush against a rock or a tree and get slightly damaged so don't get very expensive bags. Also in case of damage we shall not be held accountable.

Our Trekking Code

We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.

Acclimatisation & high altitude sickness

This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.

Selecting the right trek & training for it

Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.

Trek grading system

We have broadly classified our treks as below:

Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers

Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding

Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.

Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.

Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.

Disclaimer

Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

07 Days | Jan-Mar| Mod| Max Alt: 3940mts (Dzongri)


Sketch Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Yuksom(1750m)
Day 2: Trek to Sachen(2400m)9 kms, hike/4-5 hrs
Day 3: Trek to Tshoka (3040m) hike/4-5hrs
Day 4: Trek to Dzongri (3930m) hike/5-6hrs
Day 5: Hike to Dzongri top to catch the sunrise. Post breakfast trek back to Tshoka
Day 6: Tshoka to Yuksom
Day 7: Depart to NJP

Description

Walking up the snow clad mountains and sliding down those velvet slopes is the idea of adventure that meets in this venture!

The trail moves through a mystical forest of pine, oaks and rhododendrons of 30 kinds, along with a twittering population of thousands of Himalayan birds. At Dzongri you will experience the environs that are rarely seen by many trekkers, as most people make this journey when theres not much snow; so as to get much closer to Mt. Kangchendzonga. You spend the night at Dzongri, only to make an early morning hike to catch the magnificent sunrise from Dzongri top. Its a small 1 hr hike that will take you to a vantage point which gives a 360 degree view of the greater Himalayas; with peaks rising over 8000 meters above mean sea level, and the deep valleys of KNP that stretch into the horizon. This adventurous journey will not only give you a firsthand experience of adventure in the snow but also develop your skills so as to undertake even harder journeys in the mighty Himalayas.


Climb on!

DETAILS
Duration 7 Days
Region Sikkim

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