Day 1: Welcome to Kolkatta
Arrival in Kolkata, transfer to hotel – relax at hotel and evening tour briefing with lead guide Mohan. Overnight stay in Kolkata, prepare for early morning journey to Himalaya (sightseeing in Kolkata way back).
Day 2: To the Himalayas!
Take morning flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra. Connecting with Namaste Nomad local team and drive towards Darjeeling. On arrival transfer into hotel. Evening sightseeing and acclimatization. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Tiger Hill View
For people who like to wake up early, there’s a trip to Tiger Hill from where at dawn you can get spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga (world’s third highest peak) with Darjeeling in the foreground and Everest and Makalu on the horizon. Today, you can also take an optional joy ride on the Toy train of Darjeeling. This train was commissioned in 1881 and still is a big attraction for tourists apart from ferrying local people. Evening we stroll around the local markets. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 4: To Sikkim
Today we will drive to Pelling, West Sikkim – the base of our trek. We clear our sikkim permits and we enter to Sikkim, through the beautiful Darjeeling tea gardens and holy river Teesta. Tonight we stay in Pelling with traditional buffet dinner and overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 5: Sikkimese Culture
Today we visit authentic Sikkim village life, birthplace of Nomaste Nomad founder Mohan – experience the authentic Sikkimese self sufficent way of life, visit one of our charity projects with local cultural experience.
Day 6: We Start Our Trek
This is the first day of the trek and from now on we will be camping. We take a morning jeep from Pelling to Yuksom our starting point. We arrange trekking permits, meets our poters, sherpas and kitchen crew. We start our walking at 10 am. After walking across open fields we enter the beautiful valley of the Rathong river. En route we pass ancient Oak, Conifer and Bamboo forests and the variety of ferns and orchids that line the trail. We arrive in afternoon at Sachen which is located at about 7200 feet above sea level. At Sachen we reach our pre-established campsite where we will spend the night. First evening camp meal and rest for next day trekking.
Day 7:It’s the Altitude
Today we trek from Sachen to Tshoka, gaining quite a bit of attitude. We continue walking until we reach the bridge over the river Perk. Prayer flags in the distance are an indication of the start of the Goechala trail. We trek through oak and later Rhododendron forests. On the way we pass through Bakhim. Bakhim has a forest rest house and a tea and snack stall. We can stop and rest for a while and enjoy the view of the Yuksom Valley. From Bakhim, Tshoka, is about an hour. From a distance you will see a trekkers hut on a plateau. This is Tshoka. We reach there and overnight stay in Tshoka.
Day 8: Mt Pandim View
Today we gain almost 900 meters in altitude for an exhilarating trek through alpine and rhododendron forest, and from our lunch place Phedang we will see stunning views of Mt Pandim – an elevation of 6,691 m (21,952 ft). After Lunch we will accent for 2 hrs then we reach to our next Dzongri campsite.
Day 9: Kanchenjunga View
Today we start a steep ascend to Dzongri top which will take up about an hour. From this high point on the trek we will get an amazing 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. 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 and rest for the day to acclimatize.
Day 10: Entry to Goechala
We depart our campsite this morning headinf east from Dzongri to a series of cairns above the Prek Valley. From the ridge, a steep descent though the forest leads to the riverbed before heading up along the boulder-strewn riverbed to a bridge over the Prek River. The trail leads to the meadows at Thangsing(3930m). Overnight stay at Thangsing.
Day 11: Breaking A Sweat
Now we trek the way to Goecha La – with unrivaled views of the massive east ridge of Kangchenjunga. We’re now high above the Talung Glacier and can enjoy views of the high ridges and peaks above the upper Prek Valley. The pass is often shrouded in mist and cloud not long after sunrise, so an early start is necessary. The trail heads along the far side of the lake and through moraine before crossing a sandy section alongside the Onglakhing Glacier. From here, you can see the pass at the head of the valley. This trek through the lateral moraine is challenging – more so if there has been a recent snowfall. The Goecha La is marked with fluttering, colourful prayer flags, framing the peak of Kangchenjunga. Evening we return to Thangsing for riverbank camping.
Day 12: Back to Tshoka
From Thangsing we trek back to Tshoka via Phedang the way we came – today we can enjoy mostly downhill 1200 meters. Passing again through the rhododendron forests and beautiful surroundings. On the way we stop for lunch in Phedang.
Day 13:Final Day of Trek
We retrace our steps back to Yuksom via Bhakim and Sachen, evening celibration with local wine and dine with sherpas and guides. Next day we take a cab back to Gangtok capital of Sikkim.
Day 14:Sightseeing Gangtok
Rest day with shopping and sightseeing in cleanest town in Sikkim – Gangtok, which is also it’s capital. We pay a visit to Sikkim’s biggest monastery, the Rumtek Monastery. Built in 1740 and rebuilt in 1979, the monastery features a golden stupa containing the relics of the 16th Karmapa, with several other sacred Buddhist artefacts.
Day 15: Train to Kolkata
Early morning we depart Gangtok by jeep proceeding to Siligory close to train station. We enjoy lunch in Siligori. Tonight we’re taking an overnight train journey to Kolkata where you can experience the authentic Indian train travel experience in high class AC.
Day 16:Rest / Sightseeing Kolkata
Enjoy the sights & sounds of vibrant and bustling Kolkata. Free day for resting / shopping / visit charity project / private sightseeing in Kolkata.
Day 17: Tour Finishes
Fly home or continue on to your next destination.