Runners Family & Friends program, 9 days 8 nights

In Sikkim, the Goeche La trek takes the trekker up-close for a spectacular view of the mighty Kanchenjunga amidst a majestic panorama of the other lesser Himalayan giants within its range of mountains. This extension of the Dzongri trek - and trekking beyond the meadows is raw adventure at its best where you are taken into the realm of towering mountain peaks directly above and camp is set amidst the view of rumbling avalanches and high mountain glaciers.

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Itinerary

Day 1: 31st Oct – Bagdogra – Yuksam, 1780 m.

On arrival to be met by marathon representative and a scenic drive to your hotel in Yuksam. After check in, you will be briefed on your trip. Yuksam is the base of West Sikkim’s most popular trekking region, Dzongri and is also of historical importance to the Sikkimese.

Meals: Dinner
Hotel :

Day 2: 1st Nov – Trek to Tshokha, 2946 m. 7 hours

We walk gently uphill, following the Rathong River gorge, through dense mixed jungle with magnolia, rhododendron, ferns and several varieties of orchids, brightly colored birds, and the occasional monkey. After an hour or so we cross the Paha Khola bridge, (1,733m.). This is a long trekking day and you should expect to be pretty tired by the time you arrive at the camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camp: Tented camp

Day 3: 2nd Nov – Dzongri, 4020 m. 5 hours

A fairly steep climb above Tshoka takes you into beautiful rhododendron forests, and you continue along a well-defined uphill path to Phedang. From her we start treading above the 4,000-meter mark. We will be setting up camp by lunch time and suggest that you spend a relaxed afternoon acclimatizing. A brief climb beyond brings you to a meadow (Deorali Danda) with views of Koktang, Rathong, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Simvo and Pandim.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camp: Tented Camp

Day 4: 3rd Nov – Thangsing, 3639 m. 5-6 hours

Today we ascend gradually over open hillside for a mile or so to a low ridge visible from the campsite, 4,115 m. From here, chortens and prayer flags overlooking fabulous views of Kanchenjunga and Pandim make ideal photocompositions. We then descend, at first traversing down towards Pandim on the far side of the valley, and then dropping steeply down on a good path through rhododendron forest to the Prek Chu River at 3,749 m. for lunch (3 hours). We then cross the river and ascend gradually for one and -a-half-hour, through pinewoods to reach a grassy campsite, beneath the shapely unclimbed peak of Pandim. Trekkers huts has been built here, which we use for cooking and sleeping.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
Camp: Trekkers Hut or Tented Camp

Day 5: 4th Nov - Lamuney, (near Samiti Lake), 4298 m, 3 hours

You begin by continuing your walk parallel to the Prek Chu River. Sacred Samiti on the opposite side is a beautiful emerald green lake nestled in the midst of brightly coloured wind-torn prayer flags. After a short rest, we climb the hill behind the Lake before traversing the moraine and then descending to the sandy bed of an empty lake. The whole area above Samiti Lake is called the Zemathang Plateau. We cross this under the shadow of Pandim and then ascend a moraine to a height of about 15,700 feet where you rest above a glaciated lake mottled with snow and icy pinnacles. The Goecha La Pass is another hour away. We traverse the lake and proceed across a slope, and then on a well-trodden path to our objective, which is festooned with brightly coloured prayer flags. The views of the east flank of Kanchenjunga and the mountains and valleys in the distance are stunning.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
Camp: Tented Camp

Day 6: 5th Nov – Dzongri

We get an early start today and trace our route back to Dzongri. It is mostly downhill but still a long hike.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camp: Tented Camp

Day 7: 6th Nov – Race Day - Yuksom

Today is the big day! After an early breakfast, we set of for Yuksom as runners are getting ready to start their race at Goeche La. We have a long way back and runners will probably catch us en-route to Yuksam. Once at Yuksam you can retire to your hotel to rest or welcome runners at the finish line. Our help desk is there if you require any assistance.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Camp: Tented Camp

Day 8: 7th Nov – Sightseeing, Prize giving and celebratory dinner

After breakfast trek to Dubdi monastery, ‘the hermits cell’, which is situated on the top of a lofty hill one thousand feet above Yuksam. The fir-clad mountains behind provide a dramatic background. Founded by Lhatsun Chempo in 1701, it is the oldest monastery in Sikkim. After visiting the monastery we descend to the site where the first King of Sikkim was crowned in 1641 by three lamas. From here time permitting we can visit the Kathok lake or back to our hotel for a hearty lunch. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to roam this quant village and do some souvenir hunting. Later in the evening, a festive dinner and awards ceremony will lead up to an all-night party, with cocktails, life music, and culture program and dance.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Cocktails & Dinner
Hotel:

Day 9: 10th Nov – Departure transfer to NJP, Bagdogra or Kakarbita (Nepal)

We leave early in the morning to catch our flight back home. End of program

Meals: Breakfast

Cost: $ 680 per person

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Price includes: 

  • KNP Permits
  • Standard Hotel accommodation in Yuksom (3 nights double sharing)
  • All transfers & excursion as per itinerary
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinners as per itinerary
  • Snack after the race
  • Celebratory marathon dinner with culture program
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Porters during the trek

Price excludes:

  • Domestic train, flights
  • International flights to/from India
  • India visa fee
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for local guides and driver (Rs. 150 per person per day is recommended)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Room services and personal expenses
  • Cancellation insurance due to illness or injury prior to departure
  • Travel and health insurance (Strongly Recommend)
  • International Departure Airport Tax
  • Anything not mentioned under ” Price includes”