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Sikkim Dzongri HMI Base Camp Trek with North Sikkim

Mount Kangchenjunga - at 8598-m the third highest mountain on earth straddling Nepal and Sikkim - is the focal point of Sikkim and its people and their culture. It is not just a mountain, but the Sikkimese protective deity. The Sikkimese believe that it is not meant to be climbed, but only worshipped, as it is the abode of "The Five Treasures of the Great Snow". In deference to local sentiments, no expedition has set foot on its main summit peak - but remained a few meters below.

Our trip will take us through lush verdant forests, rhododendron-covered hillsides, tiny yak-herders' summer settlements on high meadows, remote monasteries tended by Tibetan lamas, and high viewpoints with magnificent views of white jagged glacial peaks.The main highlight of this trip is the popular Dzongri trek with an extension to the training base camp of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ( HMI ) which offer us great views of various Sikkimese mountains.

Included in the program is a visit to the famous former British hillstation of Darjeeling where we will get to see the famous sunrise from Tiger Hill as well as a visit to the HMI where there is an extensive permanent exhibition on Everest and its climbing history.

To complete our Sikkim experience, we drop a visit to the capital Gangtok and up north to beautiful North Sikkim - where the high plains parallel that of the Tibetan plateau.

If you are looking for a more relaxed and culture experience, make sure to check out the Sikkim Culture Explorer.

Highlights
  • Visit delightful former British hill station of Darjeeling
  • Views of southeast face of the world’s 3rd highest mountain - Kangchenjunga as well as other beautiful peaks
  • Visit to HMI Base Camp
  • Visit to North Sikkim

Included:

  • Accommodation in hotels on twin-share basis
  • All meals for whole trip duration
  • Full transportation arrangement ( airport transfers in Kolkata, sleeper berth train between Kolkata-Siliguri, 4WD jeep transfers between Siliguri-Sikkim & within Sikkim )
  • Full trekking arrangement ( guides, yak support, all camping/ cooking/ dining equipment, all meals, tented or hut accommodation, toilet tents, permits & NP entrance fees, & sleeping bag )
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Duration: 19 days
Maximum Altitude : 4,600-m HMI Base Camp
Grading:
Best Season: Mar - May; Aug - Dec
Dates : 6 - 24 Oct 10
  3 - 21 Nov 10
   
Group Size Land Price
2 - 3 persons S$2,850
4 - 6 persons S$2,500
7 - 10 persons S$2,350
11 - 15 persons S$2,200

* Domestic Flight upgrade Kolkata-Siliguri S$190.

* International flight Singapore - Kolkata can be arranged on behalf.

* Chartis Travel Insurance offered at discounted price.



Day 1 - 2
Singapore - Kolkata - Siliguri
Day 3
From Siliguri, travel by jeep through mountain roads to Darjeeling, famous worldwide for its quality tea as well as final resting place of Tenzing Norgay, the 1st & most famous Sherpa Everester. Catch the famous sunrise of Kangchenjanga Range from Tiger Hill & visit other places of interest such as Himalayan Mountaineering Institute where there's an extensive exhibits on Mount Everest and its history.
Day 4 - 15
Depart for Sikkim to visit of this beautiful unspoilt mountain state. In western Sikkim. From Yuksom, we start our trek to Dzongri and onwards to HMI BC through rhododendron forests, mountain trails, and rock moraine for that awesome view of the southeast face of Kanchenjunga and its lesser cousins – Mt Simvo 6811-m, Siniolchu 6888-m, Pandim 6691-m, Kabru 7338-m, and Rathang 6087-m with the mighty Talung Glacier winding its way down below. Return trek to Yuksom.
Day 16 - 17 Transfer to Gangtok for sightseeing before travelling up north to to visit Lachung & Yumthang ( 'Valley of Flowers' ) in North Sikkim.
Day 18 - 19 Sikkim - Kolkata - Singapore

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Sikkim is a restricted area within India and special endorsements are required in addition to an Indian entry visa. Interested members are to submit their trip applications at least 1 month before departure date. All participants need to have good physical fitness to be able to enjoy the trek and are strongly encouraged to start a conditioning programme at least 8 weeks before departure. The coldest temperature encountered on trek can be -10C or colder so good weather gear is required. Thorough pre-trip briefings on all aspects of trek preparations will be conducted and participants can look forward to good discounts for gear.

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