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Sikkim One Day Hiking and Tour

01 Nights/02 Days
Price per person USD 175 - INR 9500
Difficulty
Difficulty
Easy to Moderate
Duration
Duration
2 Days
Maximum Altitue
Maximum Altitue
2100m
Pickup Point
Pickup Point
Bagdogra/NJP
Drop Point
Drop Point
Bagdogra/NJP
Base Camp
Base Camp
Yuksam/Pelling
Min/Max Age
Min/Max Age
1 to 80 years
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
Jan to June & Sept to Dec

Trip Overview

Our one-day hiking tour is customized for nature lovers who wanted to explore the beautiful countryside of West Sikkim in a day. The hiking tour covers famous locations of tourist interest such as Yuksam, Pelling, Khechupelri Lake, and Tashding.

This one-day short hiking tour includes visits to Monasteries, Lakes, Waterfalls, Tribal villages, and Viewpoints.

This typical one-day hiking tour is of around 8 hours and involves vehicle support to reach each location. The trip starts from either Yuksam or Pelling. 

Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Yuksam Hike and Sightseeing + Tashiding Hike and Sightseeing + Khechupelri Lake Hike and Sightseeing + Pelling Hike and Sightseeing (1785m/1200m/1800m/2100m) (4 to 5 hrs drive / 2 to 3 hrs hike)

    Early morning hike to Dubdi monastery located at the hilltop of Yuksam. Dubdi monastery is the oldest and one of the holiest monasteries in Sikkim. It was also known as the “Hermit's Cell” after its ascetic founder Lhatsun Namkha Jigme, who along with two other lamas from Tibet met at Norbugang near Yuksam and crowned Phuntsog Namgyal as the first religious King or Chogyal of Sikkim at Norbugang Yuksam in 1642. The literal meaning of 'Dubdi' in the local language is "the retreat". After the visit drives back to visit Kathok lake, a holy lake located at the heart of Yuksam village, and the Coronation throne which is locally known as Norbugang where the first religious king of Sikkim was crowned. Later after breakfast drive for a visit to Tashiding monastery. Tashiding monastery was founded in 1641 by Ngadak Sempa Chempo Phunshok Rigzing who belonged to the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Ngadak was one of the three wise men who held the consecration ceremony crowning the first King of Sikkim at Yuksam. It was extended and renovated in 1717 during the reign of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal. Bhumchu Ceremony' or festival is a popular religious festival that is held on the 14th and 15th days of the first month of the Tibetan Calendar. After lunch at Tashiding drive on for a visit to Khechupelri lake with a visit to beautiful Phamrong Waterfalls on the way. Khechupelri means “the wish-fulfilling lake”. It is widely and commonly believed that once you visit the lake all wishes in your mind will be fulfilled. The water in this lake is placid and crystal clear. Not even a single leaf can be seen floating on the surface of the water surface although there is a beautiful dense forest above the lake. If a leaf drops on the surface of the water it is picked by a bird and keeps it clean. Khechupelri has two monasteries to visit, one on the top of the hill and one close to the lake. After a visit to Khechupelri lake head-on for a visit to Pelling. Pelling is one of the famous hill stations of India and especially famous among Indian tourists. Here you will visit be visiting Pemayangtse Monastery, Sangacholin Monastery, Sky Walk, Chenrezig Statue & Rabdentshe Place ruins. PEMAYANGTSE MONASTERY is located less than a kilometer from the main pelling. It is the most important monastery of the Nyingmapa order and was first built as a small temple in the late seventeenth century by Latsun Chembu. Later it was built into a big monastery by the third incarnation of lama Lhatsun chembu.The monastery houses numerous religious idols and other objects of worship, most of which are priceless because of their antiquity. One of the most important, significant, and famous sculptures of the monastery is a WOODEN sculpture portraying the MAHAGURU'S HEAVENLY PALACE SANGTHOKPALRI. It is a hand-made sculpture by a single Rimpoche and is a treat to watch. The main dance of the monastery is on the 28th and 29th day of the 12th month of the Tibetan calendar, normally corresponding to February three days before Losar (Buddhist new year). Later visit SANGACHOLIN MONASTERY which is the second oldest monastery in Sikkim after DUBDI MONASTERY at Yuksam. Sky Walk and Chenrezig statue near Sangacholin Monastery is a new attraction to explore in Pelling. RABDENTSE PALACE RUINS is an hour walk from PEMAYANGTSE MONASTERY and was the second capital of Sikkim. Here one can have a closer look at the ruins of the old palace. After the visit drives back to Yuksam the same way or stays for the night in Pelling. One can stay at Pelling or either choose to drive back to Yuksam!

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    Day 2

    Hike and Tour Ends

    The trip ends with memorable lifetime experience.

Trip Highlights

1) Yuksam - Visit the oldest Monastery of Sikkim Dubdi Monastery, Holy Kathok Lake, Coronation Throne of Norbugang where the first religious king of Sikkim was crowned, and Tribal Villages

2) Tashiding - Visit the world-famous Tashiding Monastery, Beautiful Phamrong Water Falls, and Tribal Villages

3) Khechupelri Lake - Visit Kanchendzonga Water Falls, Wish-fulfilling Khechupelri lake, Khechupelri Monastery, and Tribal Villages

4) Pelling - Visit famous Pemayangtshe Monastery, Sangacholin Monastery, Chenrezig Statue, Skywalk, and Rabdentshe Palace Ruins

The Tour will cover almost all major and important places of tourist interest.

Health and Fitness

For undertaking a one-day hiking tour in Sikkim, you do not need to have any special physical fitness requirements but you should be able to walk for 1 to 2 hours on easy and moderate trails.

Normal Exercises like Jogging and running at least 2 weeks before the Trip is advisable if you want to enjoy your hike.

People suffering from Acute Heart and Lung diseases, Asthma, and High blood pressure are not recommended to take up long hikes in the Himalayas however, since this is one of the easiest short hikes with a gradual height gain it can be done by anyone with relative fitness and preparation.

The packing of right and comfortable clothing also makes a difference in the completion of the hike, 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!

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. EXPERIENCE LOCAL GUIDE
  2. VEHICLE SUPPORT
  3. LOCAL DRIVER
  4. SIGHTSEEING
  5. HIKING
  6. TAXES AND GST

SERVICES EXCLUDED:

  1. INTERNATION AND DOMESTIC FLIGHTS TICKETS
  2. PERSONAL SHOPPING COST
  3. INSURANCE OF ANY NATURE
  4. ALCOHOL AND BEVERAGES
  5. TIPS AND GIFTS
  6. ANYTHING NOT INCLUDED IN THE INCLUDED LIST

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

HOW TO REACH YUKSAM / PELLING?
The closest Airport and Railway station to Yuksam and Pelling, 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 Yuksam or Pelling with a private reserve vehicle.

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

WHAT GEARS AND CLOTHING TO CARRY FOR ONE DAY HIKING TOUR?
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:
Day Pack & rain cover (20 to 30 ltr)
Walking stick (1 pair or at least one)
Water Bottle (2 bottles of 2 ltr each)

Upper and Lower Clothings:
T-Shirt full sleeves). Mostly noncotton
Fleece T-shirt
Wind and Waterproof jackets & pants
Trekking Pants. Comfortable and durable
Short Trekking Pants
Poncho

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

Feet gears:
Waterproof Trekking boots of any company or
Snickers or running shoes preferably from any reputed brand

Personal utilities:
Sunscreen cream
Moisturizers
Hand sanitizers
Toilet papers and wipes

Proper packing of the trekking gears is necessary with eyes on the weight limit.

CAN I EXIT YUKSAM/PELLING ON THE LAST DAY OF THE TREK DIRECTLY?
No, Driving to Airport and Railway station directly after the trek is not recommended.

We will advise not to plan to leave directly after the Hike 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 Yuksam/Pelling after the hiking tour is around 4 to 5 pm so long hours drive thereafter is not possible.

CAN I LEAVE EXTRA BAGS AT THE OFFICE AND COLLECT THEM AFTER THE HIKE?
Yes, you can keep a bag 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 HIKE?
There is good phone connectivity throughout the day.

You get Vodafone, Airtel, and Jio networks.

There is an electricity and charging option throughout the day hike.

HOW IS THE WEATHER & TEMPERATURE DURING THE HIKE?
There are two distinct seasons for doing the Hike like high-altitude treks and low altitude treks. 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 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

Autumn (Mid-September, October till November)
* Yuksam 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

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