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The trek to Green Lake, the base of Mt. Khangchendzonga on the Zemu glacier in North Sikkim is the most enchanting of all treks in this area with a variety of flowers such as rhododendrons, primulas and blue poppies. The view of the Mt. Khanchendzonga is fantastic. The Green Lake base camp is more than 5000 meters, so proper acclimatization is essential to avoid altitude sickness. Since there are no trekkers huts or bunglows along this route so any team attempting the trek must be entirely self sufficient, with proper trekking equipments, food, guide, porters etc. Best Season: April-May and October-November. Trek Grading: Moderate to Strenuous. Maximum Hiking Altitute: Zemu Glacier Maximum Camp Altitude: Green Lake. Staring and Ending Point: Bagdogra/ Phuentsoling/Bhadrapur airport.
Arrival at Bagdogra airport. Drive to Gangtok along the river Teesta, through the Sikkim-Bengal border town of Rangpo. The drive takes about 4 hours. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Gangtok
City tour of Gangtok which includes the famous Rumtek Monastery, Enchey Monastery, Institute of Tibetology and also time for accquiring the necessary trekking permits etc. Overnight at Gangtok Hotel.
We drive north to Lachen (2730 meters) which is one of the most scenic drives in north Sikkim, as it winds through the picturesque towns of Mangan and jangthang. Enroot to Lachen. At toong bridge, the Lachen (from the west) and Lachung (from the east) valleys converge to form the mighty river Teesta .The driver also take us across the Bolshoi bridge, a Russian design which is 50mts above river bed .Lachen is a small Bhutia village with a monastery at its far end. We camp in the venicity of the village while our staff and potters are organized. Overnight Stay at Hotel.
We start walking after breakfast to Tallem, which is also called Jadong. The first 6 kms of the walk is on the mettle road until we reach Zemu where the zemu chu rivers mearch with the thang chu river. We cross the huge steel bridge and take the trail, which turns westward and follow the left bank of Zemu Chu River. The source of this river is the Zemu glacier. We follow the river to our camp at Tallem at the junction of Lhonak chu and the Zemu rivers in the surrounding fo a beautiful forest. (5-6 hours approx). Overnight Stay at Camp/Tent.
We start walking again along the Zemu Chu River and after about 15 minutes cross the Lhonak chu river on a foot bridge and start ascending the hill through some of the most magnificent forest area in Sikkim. We camp at Jakthang by the side of Zemu Chu River. (5 hours approx).Overnight Stay at Camp/Tent.
Our trails continue through forest and after a short climb we cross a foot bridge over the Thombak Chu River which leads to the Thieu La (pass) and muguthang towards the Lhonal Valley. Today there will be more little ups and down and we will have to negotiate some tricky trails as the heavy rains and floods quite often wash away the trail. The last one hour is an uphill climb to our camp at Yabuk which is a fairly small, cold and windy campsite. (5-6 hours approx)
As we are in hill region, now the altitude effects will begin to be felt and our pace of walking will be slow. The trail enters the moraine section of the Zemu glacier crossing loose screen and boulders. As the valley opens up the rest peak including Khangchendzonga come into the view. The rest camp is situated right opposite siniolchu (6877m) knows to some as the most beautiful mountain in the world. Bharal or Blue sheep are often sighted on the hill opposite and this also the area where many sightings of the elusive snow leopard have been noted. We camp at the Rest camp. Overnight Stay at Camp/Tent.
Today is a short walk but the effect of altitude and walking on the boulders makes the going pretty slow. We are in open wide valley now with breath taking mountain views around us. The trail continues gently up the valley along the moraine ridge and the wide valley where we camp overnight. (4-5 hours approx).Overnight Stay at Camp/Tent.
Today we explore around us and will try to get further up the valley towards where the mountain expedition set their bass camp at the foot of four submits. The ridge of Simvu ice falls to the Zemu Gap at (5875 mts), which rise on the other side forming the huge. Unclimbed south east. Ridge of Khangchendzonga. From this Gap one can see the Geochala to the south. It is said that Tillman’s party in 1938 is perhaps the only climber to have crossed from this side to the other. The most impressive peak of siniolchu is just a few kms away across the Zemu glacier. This peak stands out around the entire mountain like Ama Dablam in the Everest area of Nepal. Green Lake is a base for mountaineering expxditions to the peak of this area. Whilst the water from Green Lake is now drained out due to Geographical changes and is now basically a dry basin, the misnomers of Green Lake is more than compensated by the surrounding great views. From this lake just a few kms away this is the huge Khangchendzonga which tower above. The peak is Simvo is just a short distance away. Overnight Stay at Camp/Tent.
From today on ward we retrace our steps back towards Lachen walking first to our camp at Yakbuk for overnight stay. Overnight Stay at Camp/Tent.
We start descending toward to the valley. The first part of the downhill is quite step and later it gets gradual a we walk along the Zemu Chu river again. We camp at Tallem. (5-6 hours approx)Overnight Stay at Camp/Tent.
Today we return to Lachen via Zema. We walk along the Zemu Chu river to the road head at Zema.it is day to stop quite frequently and absorb the great valley view and the beautiful forest which is just unforgettable. Upon reaching Lachen we celebrate our last night of the trek with our staff. Trek Ends. Overnight Stay at Hotel.
On return, there is an opportunity to visit the cottage industry Emporium with its fine away of traditional craft including hand woven carpets shawls and hand carved furniture and the Tibetan institute where many valueable manuscripts are stored after they were brought to Sikkim in 1959.Overnight Stay at Hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Darjeeling. Darjeeling, one of the most beautiful hill station is generally called the “ Queens of the hills”. It has all attributes of a queen like glamour and beauty of evergreen hills around, green tea gardens at her feet and Mt. Kanchenjunga as her crown. In Sanskrit, Durjaya linga means “Shiva of invincible power who rules the Himalayas”. Darjeeling is northern district of West Bengal, which shares its border with Sikkim in the north, Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the east and Bangladesh and plains of Bengal in the south. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning drive to the Tiger hill. Situated at an altitude of 2590 meters Tiger hill has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise. The majestic peak Kanchenjunga (8596 mtrs) rears up flanked by Mt.Kabru and Mt Pandim to the far left are Everest, Makalu and Lhotse. Other peaks visible from here are Mt. Jano, Mt. Nar sing, Mt. Frey peak, Mt. Sinolchu etc. After Tiger Hill visit Yiga Choling Monastery of Ghoom. Take a joy ride in the famous Darjeeling "Toy Train", titled World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After breakfast visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, a high altitude wildlife Zoo with the most successful captive breeding center for Snow leopard and Red Panda. After this visit, you may proceed to Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center and then Tea Garden. Evening free for market Overnight at Hotel.
Trek & Tour Ends. Drive to nearest Airport for your further destination & depart.
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Deluxe – With 4 Star Equivalent Hotels – $ 2610
Superior – With 3 Star Equivalent Hotels - $ 2330
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