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Rhododendron Trek (Sikkim)

This trek takes one through Darjeeling, its tea plantations and on to exciting Goecha La (5000m) in Sikkim. Here one traverses the base of Kanchanjunga (8585m). This trek also passes through verdant tropical and alpine forests where a great variety of orchids, rhododendrons and primuleas carpet the alpine terrain. The valleys are warm and one can expect daytime temperatures of around 350C, while at nights the temperatures drop to below 0oC.

Day 01: Arrive Darjeeling
Drive to Darjeeling. Check into and overnight at hotel

Day 02: A full day of sightseeing
Sightseeing at Darjeeling. Begin with a view of the sunrise from Tiger Hill. Visit the Ghoom Monastery, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Tibetan Self-Help Centre. Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Drive to Pemayangtse (Sikkim)
Drive to Pemayangtse via the Teesta valley and enter Sikkim via Melli. On arrival check into Hotel Mt. Pandim

Day 04: Drive to Yuksam (Sikkim)
Morning visit to the Pemayangtse and Sangacholing Monasteries. Drive to Yuksam. Overnight in tented camp

Day 05: Trek starts
Trek Yuksam to Tsokha. Lunch en route at Praig. Overnight in trekkers huts/tents

Day 06: Trek continues
Trek uphill Tsokha to Dzongri (4030m). Lunch en route at Phodong. Overnight in trekkers huts/tents

Day 07: Trek continues
Trek downhill Dzongri to Thangsing. Lunch at Phodong. Overnight in trekkers huts/tents

Day 08: Trek continues
Trek Thangsing to Lake Samiti. Lunch near the placid lake. Overnight in trekkers huts/tents

Day 09: Trek continues
Early morning trek up to Goecha La (5000m) to get splendid views of the magnificent mountains. Return to Thangsing to overnight in tented camp

Day 10: Trek continues
Return trek Thangsing to Dzongri. Overnight in trekkers huts/tents

Day 11: Trek continues
Trek Dzongri to Bakhim. Overnight in Forest log house/tents

Day 12: Trek continues
From Bakhim trek down hill to Yuksom. Overnight in trekkers huts/ tents

Day 13: Rest day
A day of leisure at Yuksam

Day 14: Drive to Gangtok
Drive from Yuksam to Gangtok via Tashiding. Overnight at hotel

Day 15: A full day of sightseeing in Gangtok
Sightseeing in Gangtok the whole day. Visit Enchey and Rumtek monasteries, the Goverment Institute of Tibetology. Overnight at hotel

Day 16:  Final Departure
Fly from Bagdogra to final destination

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