Darjeeling Dzongri trekking trail climbs out of the valley into the Rotung Chu river. The trek continues to traverse through Bakhim to the base camp of Chaurikhang. If you leave from Gangtok for Yoksham the journey can be covered by Land Rover or jeep. From Yoksham we trek through Tsokha.
The trail climbs steeply through the forests of Rhododendron to the alp of Phidang. The distance between Phidang and Dzongri should not take more than two hours.
How to get there
By Air: From Delhi to Bagdogra Airport and a 4 hours journey by road will take us to Darjeeling.
By Train: From Delhi to NJP Railway Station
Nearest Town: Siligudi, 30 km from Darjeeling
Distance: Delhi “ Bagdogra 1467 km
Best time to visit: May to October
Exact Location: The trek begins at DarjeelingGangtok and passes through Bakhim, Phidang before it reaches Dzongri.
- Indian nationals can visit the areas inside the inner line of Dzongri with permits, which can be obtained in advance.
- Permits can be obtained for periods upto 15 days for visits to Gangtok,
- Rumtek, Phodong and Pemayangtse monasteries, from a number of designated offices including Indian missions overseas, immigration officers at the main metro airports, Bagdogra, Gangtok and other convenient points including the Sikkim tourism office in Delhi.
Things to Carry
- Walking stick
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
A stop over at Sikkim Treks or visit the monasteries around can be good for sightseeing. The trek passes through Kanchendzonga National Park and entry fees has to be paid at Yoksam.
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