Why This Trek?
Short on time and still want to savor the majesty of West Sikkim trek in Himalayas then the Dzongri Trek is the best. The Dzongri trek is the shares the same trek route to Chaurikhang the HMI Basecamp and Goechala Trek. Dzongri Trek starts at Yuksom the erstwhile capital of Sikkim, after crossing four cantilever bridges and through thick pristine forest of Sikkim Himalayas takes you to the highest point of at Dzongri Top around 15000 ft from where one can imbibe the splendor of Kanchenjunga National Park and jagged mountain peaks like Kabru, Kabru Dome, Frey Peak, Renok Peak.
- 02 Nights Guest House / Homesaty accommodation in Yuksom on Quad/Triple Sharing basis.
- 04 Nights Tented accommodation while on trek on triple sharing basis.
- All Veg Meals from 2nd Day Lunch till Day 6th Lunch while on the Trek.
- Morning, evening tea/coffee served with light snacks while on the trek.
- Trekking Equipment like Sleeping bags, Sleeping Mattress, Sleeping tents, utensils etc.
- All fees and permits for Indians.
- Basic First Aid Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder and Oxi Meter.
- Qualified and experienced Trek Leader and support staff.
- Transportation from NJP – Yuksom – NJP.
- Any fees and permits for Non Indians.
- Meals during transit or in Yuksom.
- Luggage carrying charges (Rs. 1750 per bag weight 8 Kgs or less for entire program)
- Any expenses of personal nature.
- Cost Escalation due to “Force Majeure” and evacuation charges.
- Anything which is not a part of our inclusions.
**The pick up from NJP Railway Station will by 9 AM on scheduled date. We will arrange the transportation from NJP to Yuksom and Return from Yuksom to NJP at an extra cost of approximately Rs. 5500 per Vehicle one way. The amount to be paid directly to the driver and participants are expected to share the cost of the vehicle likewise**
More Information On Yuksom:
Here’s a short itinerary of Dzongri Trek:
- Day 1 Dzongri Trek : Drive from NJP to Yuksom
- Day 2 Dzongri Trek : Trek from Yuksom to Bakhim (3000m, 6 Hrs)
- Day 3 Dzongri Trek : Trek from Bakhim to Dzongri (4030m, 5 Hrs)
- Day 4 Dzongri Trek : Dzongri Exploration Day
- Day 5 Dzongri Trek : Trek from Dzongri to Bakhim (4030m, 4 Hrs)
- Day 6 Dzongri Trek : Trek from Bakhim to Yuksom (1875m, 5 Hrs)
- Day 7 Dzongri Trek : Drive from Yuksom to NJP
Detailed Dzongri Trek itinerary
Day 1: New Jalpaiguri railway station to Yuksom
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) is located in the Jalpaiguri District which is considered to be the Gateway to the Northeast. All major cities and towns are connected to NJP via the Indian Railways. The closet airport is Bagdogra Airport which is about 16km from NJP. From NJP we take a taxi to Yuksom in Sikkim. This journey will take us approximately 6 hrs. Yuksom is a beautiful town in West Sikkim which was once the capital of Sikkim and it serves as the base for major treks in Sikkim like Goechala Trek, Kanchenjunga Basecamp Trek. Overnight stay in Yuksom.
Day 2 : Trek from Yuksom to Bakhim (3000m, 6 Hrs)
Day 3 : Trek from Bakhim to Dzongri (4030m, 5 Hrs)
The trek from Bakhim to Dzongri via Tshokha involves quite considerable altitude gain. We continue walking until we reach the bridge over the river Prerak. Prayer flags in the distance are an indication of the start of the Goechala trail. Trek from Bakhim to Tshokha and till Phedang is quite steep, it’s a well laid out path with wooden logs. At 12,000 feet and a source of water nearly Phedang is a perfect place to stop for lunch. We then continue for Dzongri. Through this leg of the trek you will be reaching over 13,000 feet, so headaches are not uncommon due to the thin air. In about 6 -7hrs we reach Dzongri. Overnight stay at Dzongri.
Day 4 : Dzongri Exploration Day
Today is the exploration day and we trek to Dzongri top early in the morning to get sunlit view of Kanchenchunja massif. Experience how the golden rays of the sun interact with this magnificent mountain range. After enjoying this spectacular view we retrace our steps to Dzongri campsite. Dzongri Top is the highest point on the Dzongri trek from where we will get a 180 degree panoramic view of the Kanchenchunja range. If we start early at 4am we can reach the top just in time for the sunrise. Goechala Trek is also the same route till this Goechala Trek further proceeds towards the Goechala view point
Day 5 : Trek from Dzongri to Bakhim (4030m, 4 Hrs)
We trek back with amzing views of snow clad peaks of Himalayas as close as we were in heaven for a day. You could literally see the mountain peaks waving goodbye from behind the clouds.
We followed the same trekking route from Tshokha, Bakhim and trek back to Yuksom, putting an end to a spellbinding Dzongri Goechala Trek.
Day 7 : Drive from Yuksom to NJP
We drive back from Yuksom to NJP with a mosaic of frozen memories of the Trek.
Fitness Required for Dzongri Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant. The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
The Dzongri Trek is amoderate trek suitable for first time trekker with basic to above average fitness
Trekking Experience: Prior trekking experience is helpful for this trek but not necessary.
Fitness Required: The Dzongri Trek falls in the category of Moderate treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available through out the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.
Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body
Things to carry for Dzongri Trek
- Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs): A good quality backpack from reputed brand and try it before buying.
- Floaters or Sandals: When you are at the camp they help to move freely
- Trekking Shoes: Always invest in a good quality trekking shoes, we recommend Forclaz 500 by Quechua for Goechala Trek. They are light weight, good grip, sturdy and easily available throughout India.(How to find the best trekking shoes)
- 3 Pair of Quick Dry Tees
- 2 Trekking Pants
- Poncho/Rain Jacket
- 1 Wind Proof Jacket
- 1 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- 1 Heavy Jacket (Down Jacket preferable)
- 1 Trekking Pole
- 2 Pair of Thermals
- 3 Pair of Cotton Socks
- 2 Pair Woolen Socks
- Woolen Gloves
- Sun Cap
- 1 Scarf
- Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit
- Dark Sunglasses
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !
What is the Dzongri Trek?
Dzongri Trek is a moderate high altitude trek done primarily during the pre-monsoon and post monsoon. The trek is situated in the state of Sikkim.
When is the best time to go to for the Dzongri Trek?
The best time for Dzongri Trek is during the months of April, May,June, September and October,November, December.
How difficult is the Dzongri Trek?
Dzongri Trek is considered by comparison an moderate high altitude trek. But you need to have good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful for preparing for this trek. Please check the preparation section to get a better understanding of this.
What are the temperatures during the Dzongri Trek?
During the Dzongri Trek temperatures vary between 0-20 degree celcius.There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.
How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6-9 Kms each day and it takes around 6-7 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.
What medicines should I carry during the trek.
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 strips
Gauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets
Is Diamox advisable?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it. Please consult your Doctor before taking it.
Who will lead and who all will go along with us?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.
How big are the trekking groups?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.
What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.
I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe?
We generally have a ratio of Male:Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.
What thing we need to Carry for the trek?
You can refer to the section things to carry for this information
Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same.
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 300 per day.
Which type of shoes should I buy?
Good trekking shoes are a must for the Dzongri Trek. Read more at “How to Buy Trekking Shoes”
How many trekkers will be in one tent?
We generally have 3-man tents were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.
What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers?
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Dzongri Trek. This is a trek which can be done by a beginner who wants to familiarize him/herself with high altitude treks.To get into optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.
What is there in Food menu during a trek ?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.
Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.
What type of vehicles are used for transportation?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.
What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kitsand oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker.Also before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.
Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.
Can you customize a Dzongri Trek?
Yes Dzongri Trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for private customized trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.
What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.
What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund
What is your Rescheduling Policy?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing atleast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost will be charged for rescheduling.
NJP is the base location for the Dzongri Trek .We have to meet at 6:00 AM at NJP. From NJP we drive to our basecamp.
Reaching NJP by Flights
The Bagdogra Airport is the closest airport to NJP. It is around 20 Km from NJP. Taxis are easily available from Bagdogra Airport.
Reaching by train
NJP is well connected by railway network with major destinations of India because it’s a major Junction.
For exact timings & Schedule of trains please check the Indian Railway official site.
Reaching NJP by Road (Bus)
NJP is well connected with comfortable buses run by government and private operators. You can catch luxury and normal buses to NJP from Kolkata.
Here’s a short itinerary of Animal Pass Trek:
Day 1: Drive from Bhuntar to Tosh Village and Trek to Buddha Ban (3020m – 5 hours)
Day 2: Buddhaban – Sharam Thach (3505m – 5 to 7 Hours)
Day 3: Sharam Thach – Shamshi Thach (3800m – 4 to 5 Hours)
Day 4: Trek upto Animal Pass Lake and return Sharam Thach (3505m 6 to 9 Hours).
Day 5: Trek from Shamshi Thach – Tosh and drive to Bhuntar (6 hours ).