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Bajre Dara Trek

04 Nights/05 Days
Price per person USD 375 - INR 13,500
Difficulty
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Duration
Duration
5 Days
Maximum Altitue
Maximum Altitue
3350 m / 10,990 ft
Pickup Point
Pickup Point
Bagdogra Airport / NJP
Drop Point
Drop Point
Bagdogra Airport / NJP
Base Camp
Base Camp
Yuksam/Melli Aching
Min/Max Age
Min/Max Age
4 to 65 years
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
Mar to June and Oct to Jan

Trip Overview

Bajre Dara trek is the latest addition to Sikkim’s rich adventure destination. These new offbeat trails offer breathtaking views of the Majestic Mt. Kanchendzonga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kumbhakarna Mt. Janu, Kabru North and South, Kabru Dome, and other snow-capped mountain peaks.

It is an easy to moderate trek and the shortest among many adventure trails offering a grand panorama of Mt. Kanchendzonga and other high mountains of Sikkim. The views throughout these pristine trails are picturesque and gratifying.

Bajre Dara in the Nepali language means “A thunder-stricken hill”. The remnants of burnt-out, lifeless tree trunks still stand on the top of the Ridge to date. It is believed that this hill had been frequently stricken by thunder and lightning and all the vegetation in and around had been burnt by it. While many others believe that the locals had burnt the Ridge to protect their lands from foreign invasion.

Endangered animals such as Red Panda and other mammals like Barking Deer, Musk Deer, Black Bears are very common on these routes, even though the sighting of these animals is rare due to dense uneven landscape.

The ridge stands at an altitude of 3350 meters with sublime views of the Kanchendzonga mountain range, adjoining hills, and valleys. The trek starts from Melli Aching, a small hamlet 17 km away from Pelling. The motorable road goes till Melli Aching monastery located at the hilltop of the village. The actual trek starts from here to Bhanjyang via Pangreytar and Gorujurey. The initial trek on the first day till Pangreytar is easy, thereafter gradual and steep climbing till Gorujurey and at the end descend to Bhanjyang. The next day trek to Bajre Dara is through Rhododendron and Bamboo forest with moderate climbing. Following day, we have two optional trails to trek back - Take a circuit route to Lamathang village and the old khechupelri monastery located at the hilltop OR take a traditional route to Pangreytar via Grujurey and then to Melling Aching. 

Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Airport/NJP Railway Station to Yuksam (1785m/150 km/6-7 hrs drive) (Hotel Stay)

    Our staff will warmly receive you upon your arrival at Bagdogra Airport or NJP Railway station. Afterward, drive towards Yuksam through the beautiful NH 10 highway crossing Melli check post on the way. Yuksam is a beautiful Himalayan village and a hub to many trekking destinations in Sikkim. Upon arrival at Yuksam check in to the hotel and get refreshed. Evening free to explore the beautiful Yuksam village. Overnight stay at Hotel

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    Day 2

    Yuksam to Melli Aching and trek to Bhanjyang (2250m/10 km/1 hrs drive/5-6 hrs trek) (Camping)

    Today after breakfast you will take an hour’s drive to Melli Aching to start the first day of the trek. The Trek to Bhanjyang passes through Pangreytar and Gorujurey campsite. The trail towards the Pangreytar campsite is flat and easy and has gorgeous mountain views. From Pangreytar it’s a gradual and steep climbing to Gorujurey and thereafter a short descend leads to Bhanjyang Campsite which is nestled inside the dense tropical forest. Overnight Camping.

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    Day 3

    Bhanjyang to Bajre Dara (3350m/9 km/5-6 hrs trek) (Camping)

    Today you will head towards the main point of the trek Bajre Dara viewpoint ideally situated at the ridge overlooking Mt. Kanchendzonga group of mountains, everlasting soaring hills, and a breath-taking valley. The trail towards Bajre Dara is a moderate climb through the tropical rainforest, gorgeous Rhododendron grove, and Bamboo forest with stunning mountain views and charming vegetation. Overnight Camping.

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    Day 4

    Bajre Dara to Khechupelri Monastery (1900m/15 km/6-7 hrs trek) (Camping/Homestay)

    Wake up early morning to enjoy the captivating views of the snow-capped mountain range and dazzling sunrise over Mt. Kanchendzonga. Feel and grasp the eternal feeling of spirituality and awakening with a brisk and crisp breeze from the guardian deity of Sikkim, Mt. Kanchendzonga. After breakfast trek down to Bhanjyang, the same way and thereafter takes a circuit route to Lamathang and Khechupelri Monastery with the views of the never-ending forest and Khechupelri Lake.

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    Day 5

    Khechupelri to Airport/NJP Railway Station (150 km/6-7 hrs drive)

    Early morning or after breakfast drive towards Bagdogra / NJP Railways station with everlasting wonderful memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Trip Highlights

1) Bajre Dara Viewpoint – One of the pristine viewpoints with stunning views of Mt Kanchendzonga. Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabru North and South, Kabru Dome, Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Janu, and other

2) Rhododendron – Pristine and undisturbed forest of Rhododendrons.

3) Flora and Fauna – Many endangered and exotic animals and plants are found

4) Less explored easy adventure trail – The particular trekking trail is pristine and less explored with mesmerizing views of the snow-capped mountains and beautiful nature.

5) Melli Aching - A typical small village settlement situated at a cliffside overlooking various scattered villages down the valley. 

6) Melli Aching and Khechupelri Monastery – Two of the oldest holy monasteries of Sikkim.

Health and Fitness

You have to be Relatively Fit and Healthy to undertake the Bajre Dara trek. Trekking for 4 to 7 hours a day is one of the most important requirements for this high-altitude trek. Apart from good health conditions basic mental preparation is also very important to undertake this Trek.

People suffering from Acute Heart and Lung diseases, Asthma, and High blood pressure are not recommended to take up this trek. However, since this is one of the easiest high altitude trekking routes available with a gradual height gain it can be done with proper professional guidance and preparation.

To complete this high-altitude trek regular exercises like running, skipping, aerobics, Zumba, and long-distance uphill trekking (4 to 5 times a week) are highly recommended. One should start making basic physical preparation at least a month before a trek. These exercises help you during the Trek.

The packing of right and comfortable clothing also makes a difference in the completion of Trek, so it is necessary to be disciplined while packing your clothing for the trip. You can contact us for help with clothing choice and packing!

During the Trek, we provide a basic medicine Kit that includes Medicine for High Altitude sickness, Headache, Diarrhoea, Vomiting, Common Cold, etc. All of our medicine is scientific medicine purchased in India, however, we advised you to bring your small medicinal kit for the trip if possible.

Trekking/Tour Tips

1. A common tendency among young blood and beginners is to show enthusiasm by walking fast with excitement. Even the experienced sometimes try to show off by walking fast, this is soon exhausting and not recommended. Walk slow - warm up gradually and continue at a slow comfortable pace before pushing yourself a little more.

2. Develop a personal rhythm. Maintain your steps to synchronize with breathing. This will help minimize getting out of breath.

3. Walking in Himalayan trails with loose soil and rocks is tricky. So, avoid stepping on loose soil and rocks and place the foot flat and firm with a better grip. Always follow the rule ‘heel first’ while walking on the Himalaya trail. 

4. Walking in a zigzags manner while ascending on a very steep slope is advisable. While descending walking zigzag is a good technique to avoid excessive pressure on knees and avoid knee pain and blisters.  

5. Avoid stepping on loose stones and soil to avoid an accident.

6. Avoid overtaking fellow travelers on a narrow trail. Only Overtake at comfortable wide space if necessary. 

7. While ascending and descending a slope or over loose stones, leave sufficient space between the next person so that any stone rolling down does not hit trekkers below.

8. Do not run down a slope. Bend knees a little while descending. Dig heels into soft snow or soft ground.

9. Our Himalayan condition is mostly wet so avoid wet grass, wet roots, and the muddy zone which can be very slippery. Be careful while walking on them.

10. Shortcuts on a foot trail should be avoided.

11. Always put on warm clothing while taking a rest. This will help avoid getting cold, cough, and high-altitude sickness

12. Respect the sentiments and traditions of the local hill people.

13. Always carry enough water in your water bottle as water is essential in avoiding altitude sickness.

14. Wear a comfortable and right set of trekking boots, pants, and jackets. Avoid wearing new trekking boots directly for the Trek. Get used to it by wearing it before the trek. Carry all necessary clothing.

 Halts and Rests:

1. While taking a rest, lie against a tree trunk, a big stone, or on flat ground. Place your legs on your bags or any other higher ground. This helps regulate blood circulation.

2. Stop at any comfortable point after the first start to readjust your rucksack, jackets, or tie a shoelace for better comfort and adjustment.

3. Do not make frequent or prolonged halts. Too many small stops destroy the walking rhythm. Frequent rests are not helpful. You should follow your own rhythmic walking pace and technique to avoid unnecessary tiredness. A stop should be made only at natural stopping points, like on the top of a ridge, or before an ascent, or at a scenic viewpoint.

4. Stop and place yourself on the safer (Mountain) side to give way for the pack animals to pass through. Avoid bags carried by the animals that can push you. Be aware of the yak's horn too.

Inclusion / Exclusion

SERVICES INCLUDED:

1) HIGH ALTITUDE TREKKING PERMITS/PERMISSION
2) LOCAL ENGLISH-SPEAKING GUIDE
3) EXPERIENCED LOCAL COOK
4) LOCAL PORTERS
5) PACK ANIMALS
6) 2 MEN TENTS / HUTS
7) KITCHEN & DINING TENTS
8) SLEEPING BAGS
9) MATTRESSES
10) HOT WATER BAGS
11) NATIONAL PARK FEES AND PERMISSION
12) TOURISM FEES AND PERMISSION
13) ENVIRONMENTAL FEES
14) ALL MEALS AND DRINKS THROUGHOUT THE TREK  
15) TABLE & CHAIR
16) BASIC MEDICINAL KITS

SERVICES EXCLUDED:

1) INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC FLIGHT TICKETS
2) TRANSPORTATION TO / FRO STARTING & ENDING LOCATION
3) INSURANCE OF ANY NATURE
4) ALCOHOL AND BEVERAGES
5) TIPS AND GIFTS
6) PERSONAL SHOPPING COST
7) ANYTHING NOT INCLUDED IN INCLUDED LIST

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

HOW TO REACH YUKSAM/MELLI ACHING?
The closest Airport and Railway station to Yuksam/Melli Aching, Sikkim is PAKYONG AIRPORT & BAGDOGRA AIRPORT / NJP Railway station. You have to fly either to Bagdogra Airport or Pakyong Airport or board a train to NJP Railways station. From there you can drive to Melli Aching/Yuksam with a private reserve vehicle.

Pakyong Airport is around 6 hours’ drive and Bagdogra Airport / NJP Railways station is around 7 hours’ drive from Melli Aching/Yuksam.

WHAT GEARS AND CLOTHING TO CARRY FOR BAJRE DARA TREK?
No matter what season you are planning for the mountains are always going to be cold, rough, and tough so it is necessary to pack yourself with adequate and proper clothing. Here is the standard kit checklist for the Trek.

Proper packing of the trekking gears is necessary with eyes on the weight limit. It is important to have a good brand of clothing.

Basic Gears:
BackPack & rain cover or Duffel bag (50 to 70 ltr)
Day Pack & rain cover (20 to 30 ltr)
Walking stick (1 pair or at least one)
Water Bottle (2 bottles of 2 ltr each)
Thermos flask (1 nos)
Head Light (1 Nos with 4 pairs of batteries)
Gaiters (1 pair)

Upper and Lower Clothings:
T-Shirt (2 to 3 full sleeves). Mostly noncotton
Fleece T-shirt (1 nos)
Thermal Inner-wears or base layers (1 nos or 1 pair) such as long jones
Fleece Jacket (1 nos)
Down, Feather, or Holofil Jackets (1 nos)
Wind and Waterproof jackets & pants (1 pair)
Trekking Pants (1 pair). Comfortable and durable
Short Trekking Pants (1 nos or 1 pair)
Poncho (1 nos)

Headgears:
Woolen cap (1 nos)
Sun cap (1 nos)
Balaclava or scarf (1 nos)
Sunglasses (1 nos) U/V protected and dark

Hand gears:
Waterproof gloves (1 nos)
Woolen gloves (1 nos)

Feet gears:
Waterproof Trekking boots (1 nos) preferably ankle high Goretex, North face, Colombia or Quechua
Snickers or running shoes (1 nos) preferably from any reputed brand
Gaiters (1 nos)
Sandals or flippers (1 nos)
Cotton socks (4 pairs)
Woolen socks (2 pairs)

Personal utilities:
Sunscreen cream
Moisturizers
Hand sanitizers
Toilet papers and wipes
Anti-bacterial powders
Lip balm
Toothbrush and toothpaste

Proper packing of the trekking gears is necessary with eyes on the weight limit. It is important to have a good brand of clothing.

CAN I EXIT KHECHUPELRI ON THE LAST DAY OF THE TREK DIRECTLY?
Yes, you can if you are looking to reach any other location near to these places OR if it is too urgent and necessary. Driving to Airport and Railway directly after the trek is not recommended.

We will advise not to plan to leave KHECHUPELRI directly after the last day of Trek as it will be too tiring and hectic. Driving at night on the Himalayan road is not comfortable and enjoyable.

The earliest you will reach Khechupelri on the last day of the trek is around 2 pm so long hours drive thereafter is not possible.

CAN I LEAVE EXTRA BAGS WITH OFFICE STAFF AND COLLECT THEM ON THE LAST DAY OF THE TREK?
Yes, you can keep a bag of clothes with our staff at our office and collect it after the trek.

You can even keep valuables and cash at our office safely and collect them after the trek.

WHAT DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE CARRIED?
Indian trekkers must carry identification documents such as VOTER ID CARRD, DRIVING LICENSE, AADHAR CARD, INDIAN PASSPORT. Original documents need to be carried along with 4 pcs PASSPORT SIZE photograph.

Foreigners need to carry INDIAN VISA, PASSPORT & SIKKIM INNER LINE PERMIT along with 4 pcs PASSPORT SIZE photographs.

A medical fitness certificate is also mandatory.

IS THERE CONNECTIVITY DURING THE BAJRE DARA TREK?
There is no phone connectivity during the Bajre Dara trek. Melli Aching and Khechupelri is the last village before and after where you can get a good phone and internet connection.

There is no electricity throughout the Bajre Dara trek.

HOW IS THE WEATHER & TEMPERATURE DURING THE BAJRE DARA TREK?
There are two distinct seasons for doing Bajre Dara Trek. Mid-March, April to May (Spring) and Mid-September, October to November (Autumn). Normally weather remains good and clear in those given periods however there is no guarantee as weather is extremely unpredictable in our Himalayas and does change within hours and days.

The temperature at each campsite depends largely on each day's specific weather condition.

Spring (Mid-March, April till May)
* Yuksam, Melli Aching and around
Morning and Evening – 12 to 16 degrees centigrade
Day time – 18 to 24 degrees centigrade
Late Evening and Mid Night – 8 to 14 degrees centigrade

* Pangreytar and above
Morning and Evening – 4 to 12 degrees centigrade
Day time – 12 to 18 degrees centigrade
Late Evening and Mid Night – minus 10 to 4 degrees centigrade

Autumn (Mid-September, October till November)
* Yuksam, Melli Aching and around
Morning and Evening – 8 to 14 degrees centigrade
Day time – 16 to 21 degrees centigrade
Late Evening and Mid Night – 2 to 10 degrees centigrade

* Pangreytar and above
Morning and Evening – minus 8 to 10 degrees centigrade
Day time – 2 to 14 degrees centigrade
Late Evening and Mid Night – minus 15 to 2 degrees centigrade

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