GOV. REG. NO. 38341/062/063

Sikkim Green Lake Special Area Trekking

NTT 06: SIKKIM GREEN LAKE TREK (15 DAYS / 16 NIGHTS)

  DAY

PROGRAM

ACCOMMODATION

Day 01

Arrival Bagdogra / Bhadrapur, drive to Gngtok (1600m)

O/N Hotel on AP

Day 02

Gangtok sightseeing

O/N Hotel on AP

Day 03

Transfer to Lachen (2728m), 6/7hrs drive

O/N Lodge / Hotel

Day 04

Permits & porters arrangement

O/N Lodge / Hotel

Day 05

Transfer to Zema and trek to Thalem (2900m), 5/6hrs walk

O/N Camp

Day 06

Trek to Jakthank (3240m), 5/6hrs walk

O/N Camp

Day 07

Trek to Yabuk (3810m), 6hrs walk

O/N Camp

Day 08

Trek to Rest Camp, 6/7hrs walk

O/N Camp

Day 09

Trek to Green Lake (4934m), 4/5hrs walk

O/N Camp

Day 10

Excursion around Green Lake

O/N Camp

Day 11

Trek back to Rest Camp

O/N Camp

Day 12

Trek back to Yabuk

O/N Camp

Day 13

Trek back to Jakthang

O/N Camp

Day 14

Trek back to Thalem& drive to Lachen

O/N Lodge / Hotel

Day 15

Drive back to Gangtok

O/N Hotel

Day 16

Transfer to Bagdogra or Bhadrapur

 

 

 

 

Day 1 Arrival Bagdogra or Bhadrapur – Gangtok (1,700m)

Arrival at Bagdogra Airport, drive to Gangtok through the narrow hilly roads,passing the Teesta river numerous times along the way. In between we stop at Rangpo, the borderbetween the state of West Bengal and Sikkim, to obtain the inner line permit.

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Pick up at Bhadrapur airport, Nepal and transfer to Kakharvitta which is approximately 35 minutes by vehicle, a small town which shares international border with India.

After immigration formalities, drive to Gangtok, which is about 5hrs. In between we stop at Rangpo, the borderbetween the state of West Bengal and Sikkim, to obtain the inner line permit.

 

 

Total Drive – 5/6hrs

Overnight at Hotel (D)

 

 

Day 2 Gangtok sightseeing

After breakfast, we drive for an hour to Rumtek monastery which was founded in mid-1700s by the12thKarmapa of the Kagyu sect and rebuilt again in the 1960s by his 16threincarnation. It is the mainseat-in-exile of the Kagyu sect outside Tibet. Drive back to Gangtok and visit Dro-Dulchorten, a stupabuilt in 1945 by the head of the Ningma order. Afternoon, visit the Handloom & Handicraft centrefollowed by local market exploration.

 

Total Drive – 3hrs

Overnight at Hotel (B L D)

 

 

Day 3Gangtok – Lachen (2728m)

Transfer to Lachen through the North Sikkim Highway, a small town in North Sikkim stands on a grassy and bushy flat land separated by deep gorges of river Lachen-Chu from where rises the pine clad mountains with their snowy peaks and black cliffs. The village holds nearly 250 houses.

 

 

Total Drive – 6/7hrs

Overnight at Hotel / Lodge (B,L,D)

 

Day 4Permits & porters arrangement

We are obliged to passthrough local governing system known as Zumsaheaded by a person known as Pipon for the arrangement for porter loads. Army liaison officer is arranged here.

 

Overnight at Hotel / Lodge (B,L,D)

 

Day 5Lachen – Zema – Thalem (2900m)

Transfer to Zemafor about 20mins, our trek starts from here walking along by the side of the Zema river, the route here is quite steep with small boulders along the trail, small landslides have to be crossed by temporarily made log bridges in Thalem. Today we will be walking mostly through the dense rhododendron forest and uneven terrains. Reaching at campsite one can still go for the short excursion around the region and discover it’s natural beauty.

 

Total walk – 5/6hrs

Overnight at Hotel / Lodge (B,L,D)

 

Day 6Thalem – Jakthang (3240m)

Today we will be walking into the dense rhododendron forest giving us an opportunity to witness the different species / color of rhododendron and slowly gaining steepness as one approaches the campsite.

Total walk – 5hrs

Overnight at Camp (B,L,D)

 

Day 7Jakthankg – Yabuk (3810m)

Today the trail passes through the dense forest and after about 3hrs walk we will reach a point from where one can enjoy the demanding views of the Zema Glacier. After about 2-3hrs walk from here onwards we finally reach our campsite.

 

Total walk – 6hrs

Overnight at Camp (B,L,D)

Day 8Yabuk – Rest Camp (4500m)

From here onwards the vegetation is fully alpine and the trail follows steeply along the hillside and goes down towards the Zemariver. Once we crossed the river we reach a small valley knowan a Sona Camp further up the trails goes through the small meadows along the river camp. We get the first glimpse of one of world’s most beautiful mountain i.e Mt. Sinolchu along with Mt. Simvo, Kanchenjunga and Tent Peak. Blue sheep can be spotted during the day.

 

Total walk – 5/6hrs

Overnight at Camp (B,L,D)

 

Day 9Rest Camp – Green Lake (4934m)

The trail goes along the river among meadows and Alpine flowers & vegetation. The mountain view is constantly by your side as you walk through Marco Polo camp and further onto Green Lake. The lake here is small and dried up in the past year. On the one side we have the Zema Glacier with meadows and small stream flowing in-between whereas on the other side we have rocky hill sides. Majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga, Tent Peak, Nepal Peak, Simvo and Mt Sinolchu.

 

Total walk – 5hrs

Overnight at Camp (B,L,D)

 

 

Day 10 Green Lake Excursion

After so much of tiring and exhilarating ascends and descends, today you will be spending the entire day relaxing and enjoying the magnificent beauty of the nature beside the Green Lake.

 

Overnight at Camp (B,L,D)

 

 

Day 11Greenn Lake – Rest Camp

After a day relax at Green Lake trek back to Rest Camp.

 

Overnight at Camp (B,L,D)

 

Day 12Trek back –Yabuk

 

Overnight at Camp (B,L,D)

 

Day 13 Trek back –Jakathang

 

 

Overnight at Camp (B,L,D)

 

Day 14 Trek back to Thalem and Drive back to Lachen.

 

Day 15 Lachen – Gangtok

Take the same route and after about 6/7 hrs drive we will reach Gangtok.

Day 16 Gangtok – Bagdogra / Bhadrapur

After breakfast drive towards Bagdogra or Bhadrapur depending to your onwards destinations.

Total Drive – 5/6hrs

Breakfast

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