Trekking in Sikkim Valley
>> << Dzongri Gochal La
La Trek Sikkim
Maximum - 06 Days
About This Trek:
Dzongri-Gochal La (hard) - The most popular,
pleasnat and aveagely strenuous trek in Sikkim. It starts from Pemayangtse and
is reached from Gangtok by bus in 5h. Dzongri and Gochal La lie S/SE of
Kangchenzonga and close views of the great mountain and its neighbours are
obtained. Pemayangtse Monastery is located at a secluded vantage point from
where Pelling, the nearest village.
I t i n e r a r y
All the treks of Darjeeling (West
Bengal India) is connected by 'our coach'
Pemayangtse (2085m) / Pelling-Yuksam (1770m)
16km. - There are two rotes to Yuksam. One is an old pedestrian track of 16km,
the other a jeep track of 23km used by buses in fair weather. Turning right
from Pelling the old forest trail descends gradually then goes up steeply
through small hamlets. Approaching the Rathong Chhu by a wooden bridge. Climb
again and meet the Pelling-Yuksam jeep track near Thingling, taking about 3h.
Yuksam-Bakhim (2742m) 6h - A well-defined broad
track climbs gradually through bamboo groves and mixed forest for 4h, crosses a
stream and there is also a Himalayan Mountaineering Institute as a centre for
A little beyond, near Tsoka, the trail
divides-one branch goes towards the base camp of the Mountaineering Institute,
the other rightward to Dzongri. The latter is a broad track with wooden planks
laid systematically wherever the ground is bad; no drinking water en route.
After some 4h reach a vantage point called Phating where snowy peaks can be
viewed from atop a wooden tower. Following the Kabu ridge, the trail passes
through rhododendron and birch forest, and going up and down for 3h from
Phatting, reach Dzongri.
Dzongi-Thangshing (3780m) 7h - An easy pleasant
day through alpine meadows; cross the Prek Chhu by a wooden bridge to arive at
Tangshing camp ground.
Thangshing-Onglakthang (4175m) 8h - Heading N,
the trail follow a tributary of the Prek Chhu upstream, and goes up to Lambi
(4079m), a beautiful glacial lake, in 4h. Onglakthang is another 4h ahead; the
camp ground is situated near the snout of the Onglakthang Glacier, seen coming
down from Kabru Dome (6600m).
Onglakthang-Gochal La (4940m) 6h. Onwards, the
valley narrows. the valley narrows. The trail follows the E side of
Onglakthang Glacier and climbing steeply reaches Jemathang camp ground (4450m),
used as a base for Gocha and Padam peaks.
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