Yuksom-Dzongri Trek is a popular short high-altitude trek in the North Eastern region of India. The trek takes you to an altitude of 4020 meters at Dzongri peak to witness mesmerizing views of the Kanchenjunga group of peaks. The base camp of the Trek, Yuksom, is a small historical town located in Sikkim, India, at an elevation of 5670 ft.
Experience the incredible natural beauty as your journey starts from Yuksom and crosses multiple campsites at Sachen, Bakhim, and Tshoka village to reach the Dzongri peak camp. You will mostly rest in tents and the beautiful traditional wooden huts of Tshoka village. Once you reach the Dzongri peak, you will rest at the campsite along it.
Getting up early the next day, you will experience the sunrise views of mountains Narsingh, Ratong, Koktang, Pandim, Kabru, and Kanchenjunga, the main highlight of the trek. On the same day, you will explore the beautiful and sacred lake of Laxmi Pokhari, before heading down to Tshoka and Yuksom. The short 50 kilometers trek will reward you with enchanting memories of lush meadows, rhododendrons, gushy rivers, and many other masterpieces of mother nature.
Maximum altitude: around 15,000 feet
Grade : Moderate
Duration: 11 days and 10 nights
Trekking distance: 50 kilometres
Trail type: Moderate to Difficult
Rail head: New Jalpaiguri at a distance of 150 kilometers from Yuksom-base camp.
Airport: Bagdogra International Airport, near Siliguri, about 160 km from Dzongri
Snow Season: In winters, snowfalls in January and February. The trails of Dzongri Trek are covered with thick snow till early April. Service from: Siliguri
Base camp: Yuksom, Sikkim
Best season: Summer Season: mid-March to mid-June and Autumn Season: Mid- September till November
Region: Yuksom, Sikkim, India
Who can participate: Intermediate to professional hikers
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1: Arrive at NJP/Bagdogra Airport, and drive to Kalimpong covering 80 km
Day 2: Drive from Kalimpong to Yuksom (By car - 102 kilometres)
Day 3: Trek from Yuksum to Sachen Camp (altitude - 2,750m).
Day 4: Trek from Sachen to Bakhim and to Tshoka Camp (altitude - 3,050m).
Day 5: Trek from Tshoka camo to Dzongri Camp ( altitude - 4,020m) and stay overnight in the camps.
Day 6: Go on an excursion to Laxmi Pokhari.
Day 7: Trek from Dzongri to Tsokha
Day 8: Trek from Toskha to Yuksom ( altitude - 4000 ft)
Day 9: Drive back to Pelling covering approx. 40 km.
Day 10: Drive to Darjeeling covering 110 km in 4 Hours.
Day 11: Departure from Bagdogra Airport to your residence
Arrival at NJP/Bagdogra Airport and drive to Kalimpong
Distance: 80 km Duration: 3 hr approx.
Your Dzongri trek package will start as soon as you arrive at NJP railway station or Bagdogra Airport.
You will be driven to Kalimpong in a spacious and hygienic vehicle by road.
Check in the booked hotel of this scenic town, Kalimpong.
Have a delicious dinner before retiring for the night.
Before the trek, get your fitness level certificate and complete any necessary checkups.
Practice ventilation techniques as the atmospheric pressure drops at such high altitudes with less oxygen inhaled.
Carry some light snacks such as dry fruits to keep you energized. You can also stop at the several food stalls and eateries on the way to get some food.
Wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable for trekking.
Maintain a supply of medications on hand and take the necessary precautions to avoid them.
Since Dzongri Trekking is a long journey with challenging to extremely difficult level trails, train thoroughly before embarking on the trek.
Always carry cash with you because there are no ATMs or UPI facilities beyond Yuksom.
Do not get distracted while walking, which might result in losing your foothold and spraining your legs.
Get 7-9 hours of quality sleep the night before your trek because moving around restlessly will make traveling difficult and uncomfortable.
Respect the traditions of Dzongri and Tshoka refugee villages.
Wake up early to witness the sunrise view of Kanchanjunga's group of mountain peaks.
Yuksom was historically known as the rest stop for three monks traveling from Tibet to India. These monks crowned the first King of the community and named it 'Chogyal.' Yuksom was established as the capital of Sikkim, and the Chogyal dynasty ruled here for over 300 years. This community still exists today and did not allow trekking until the Indian government put pressure on them in the early 2000s.
After finishing Dzongri Trekking, you will encounter the legendary Khecheopalri Lake on the path between Yuksom and Pelling. Legend says birds in the area do not allow tree leaves to fall in the lake.
'Kanchenjunga' translates to 'five treasures of snow,' referring to the mountain's five peaks, three of which are in India and the other two in Nepal.
Dzongri Trek is one of the most popular and scenic treks in India, where you find beauty and peace. The Dzongri Trek gives you the chance to view the stunning mountain peaks from an astounding height of approx 14,000 feet. The Kanchenjunga mountain, which is 8586 meters high, looks fascinating from such a high altitude. The morning sunrise at Dzongri is famous for presenting the euphoric views of Narsingh (5825 m), Ratong (6678 m), Koktang (6147 m), Pandim (6691 m), Kabru (7353 m), and Kanchenjunga (8534 m). The whole area is covered with snow-capped mountains and is spectacular to look at. You will be experiencing the traditional Tibetan mountain life by resting in their special huts. The trail will take you past verdant forests, meadows, picturesque lakes, roaring rivers, hamlets, and Kanchenjunga National Park, as well as steep climbs to lofty altitudes and a variety of endangered species of plants and animals.
Dzongri Trek is classified as a moderate level trek as it requires you to cover 50 kilometers in six days and requires quick climbs with more effort. Being at the elevation of 15000 ft can be uncomfortable at times. As a result, it is critical to carefully monitor your acclimation to high altitudes and carry medical supplies with you. Pregnant ladies and people with heart, respiratory and blood pressure problems should not go trekking without a doctor’s advice. This trek requires a high fitness level because you will travel 8-9 kilometers in a single day. You must start walking and running every day, 1 month before the trek to increase your endurance. During your trek, if and when you feel dizzy or any other difficulty, you should inform your trek guide right away.
You will be covering 50 kilometers in 6 days. It is approximately 8 kilometers of daily ascents and descents.
The sunrise views of Group of Kanchenjunga peaks- Narsingh (5825 m), Ratong (6678 m), Koktang (6147 m), Pandim (6691 m), and Kabru (7353 m), and Kanchenjunga (8534 m) are the main highlight of the trek.
Yes, because Dzongri Trekking is well-planned, it is completely safe and reliable. A reliable and experienced trek guide will be provided in addition to the plan who will be ensuring your safe and sound trekking.
Regular hydration can aid in maintaining the body's balance. To avoid getting altitude sickness, you need to get enough sleep when you are climbing more than 1000 feet per day. Pre-training establishes a solid base for efficient acclimatization and management of altitude-related issues.
To complete the 50-kilometer Dzongri trek, you must be in good physical shape. You can attempt to walk for 8 to 10 kilometers per day while carrying 15 kg.