Day 1: Arrive Yuksom.
You arrive at Yuksom and check in the hotel. Have your dinner after orientation with the Namoh team followed by some briefing for the next day. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Local Sightseeing
Today post a scrumptious organic meal, you set out to visit the wee town of Yuksom. Starting from a small holy lake which is overflowing with fishes, as no fishing is allowed here, you further visit the Coronation throne, where the first king of Sikkim, then a separate country, was crowned after a holy ceremony. As you proceed towards the upper village you reach a few gigantic boulders, which is the spot for the various rope activities. The day will be spent enjoying thrills of Abseiling and rock climbing followed by a picnic lunch at a scenic spot. Evening at leisure.
Day 3: Cultural Hike from Yuksom to Chong Village
Today you have an opportunity to get accustomed to the locals and their ways. Starting from the hotel you walk through the green trails of Yuksom village, and reach Dubdi monastery standing atop a hill, amidst an air tight forest of huge pine trees. Further walking along the trail, you come across a beautiful waterfall thundering into a pool of crystal clear ready to drink natural mineral water. Spending some time at the waterfall you climb down to reach a Lepcha( a mountain tribe) village called Chong. Here you spend some nice time at a local house, communicating with the locals and understanding their way of living. Have a nice home-grown and home-cooked local meal, with all sorts of mountain veggies and rice. Spend all the time you want to spend in the local world before driving back to your hotel at Yuksom.
Day 4: Cycling on the surrounding trails, or an alternative bird watching/ nature hike.
Today you have an option of either, pushing some cranks and touring the natural habitat of west Sikkim or exploring the flora and fauna of the Kanchenjunga National Park (KNP), by going on a bird-watching hike. Both the experiences are better than each-other as this area maintains one of the greenest and richest ecosystems. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Hike to Khechuperi. Hike/4-5 hrs
On this fine day you will go for a day hike to the holy lake of Khechuperi. Starting from your hotel in Yuksom, you climb down to the Rathong River, crossing a small Lepcha village. Here you cross the river and hike upto Leythang, a spot where you will see a wonder of nature, a singing stone, which rings like a bell if struck by another stone. Moving further, you come across a few more villages, a hanging bridge and a few more streams before arriving at the magnificent Lake. Filled with mysterious fishes and water animals, Khechuperi marks as an important feature for the local communities. Spend some time at the holy lake before heading towards a beautiful homestay, where you will spend the night. One can try the local wine made out of millet, in a traditional tumbler, called Tumba. A mild brew, fine enough to take away fatigue of the day.
Day 6: Hike to Meditation cave, drive back to Yuksom via Palace ruins and monastery at Pelling.
Post breakfast, you hike to an ancient cave where many saints use to sit in meditation. The spot gives a perfect view of the lake; it is from here you notice that it’s in a shape of a giant foot step, which also gives the lake its name. Meditating for a while in the peaceful cave, you climb down to the homestay and get back to the road to board your vehicles. Enroute visit the ruins of the second palace of ancient Sikkim, which was destroyed in an invasion, and a beautiful monastery atop a hill nearby. Towards the evening you reach back to Yuksom where you celebrate the experience you had in this mysterious green country. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Depart to NJP.
Trip Ends With Sweet Memories !!!
Below is a list of essentials you would require at the camp:
Small day pack/back pack
Comfortable fit Jeans/Track Pants/trekking pants
Jacket/Sweater (please see the section on weather)
Windproof jacket ideally with a hood
Comfortable trekking shoes
Sneakers or any other low ankle shoes for riding(cycling)
Poncho (rain coat)
Sunglasses with holding strings
Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!!
Carry rain cover for your bags
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage
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Transport Options (Delhi – Dehradun – Delhi)
For travel to Sikkim and back one can choose between air, rail & road. Bagdobra airport is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines & Spice Jet. Train travel is highly recommended with enough options being there. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in.
The climate in Yuksom, which is located at a moderate altitude, is pleasant from March to June and September to November, while in the winter season, the coldest months are December and February. The climate of Sikkim can be termed as temperate in broad terms. Sikkim enjoys the five seasons of summer, winter, monsoon, autumn and spring. Sprawled in an area of 7,096 km², Sikkim lengthens from an altitude of 280 m (920 ft) to 8,585 m (28,000 ft). With such varied altitudes, the state observes tropical, temperate and frigid climate in different regions. In the southern part, the weather is usually sub-tropical, whereas in the north, it is generally tundra.
However, the colonized regions are dominated by temperate climate, where temperature rarely goes 28 °C maximum in summers and drops below 0°C in winters. The average annual temperature for the major part of Sikkim is recorded 18°C (64 °F) approx. During the months of March - May, the sun shines at its best in the state of Sikkim. The weather remains wintry and humid; with a frequent drizzling, makes it misty and cloudy.
Monsoon prevails from late-June to early-September. Autumn stays from September to October providing a nice time for tourists to visit the state. In India, Sikkim is one amongst the few states that receive regular snowfall. The snowline of Sikkim is approx. 6,000 meters. The high altitude in the northern region permits the temperature to drop below -40°C in winters. The proper winter season starts from late December till February.
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
Duration: 7 Days
Season: Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec
Mountains can be enjoyed and experienced in various different ways. Some people sit on the edge of a boulder and read a book, and some climb that very boulder with bare hands; some get indulged with the locals and some live with them to be like locals. Designed specially keeping in mind all the features this place had to offer, this multiple sports trip will give you an overall experience of the place. It is a complete package of few many things that hit the right spot. One can get an elated experience of riding a bicycle on the beautiful trails or climbing up and down an intimidating boulder. The hike to Khechuperi Lake gives a firsthand experience of the evergreen rain forests of the region. By the time this trip ends you get to know and experience everything this place is all about.