Trekking through Markha valley of Ladakh in India involves crossing over two high passes, Gandala (4980 m) and Gongmaru-la (5100 m)
Explore the beautiful elevated countryside in Gangtok
This alluring enchantment is precisely what dreams are made of. Sikkim is a landlocked state with a new airport that has recently opened because of its mountainous terrain and no railway feasible because of the steep gradient. Only the determined travelers could start their journey from Bagdogra — the nearest airport (before the current one opened) — and Siliguri, the closest railway terminal. Regardless of the starting point, it is still hours of road odyssey through winding and curving road to Gangtok, the capital of this beautiful elevated countryside.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi or Calcutta and connect flight to Bagdogra Airport
Day 02 to 03: Sightseeing in Darjeeling
Day 04: Morning after breakfast, drive to Gangtok (1600 m/98 km/4 hours)
Day 05: Morning one-hour drive on steep winding roads to the Rumtek Monastery(24 km/1 hour)
Day 06: Morning visit Pemayangtse Monastery and the small bazaar
Day 07: Start trek after breakfast through the dense semi-tropical forests
Day 08: The trail does a steep climb through the rhododendron forests
Day 09: Today, the path makes a relatively approach with exceptional views of the Kanchenjunga massif
Day 10: The trail today is almost even up to a small village
Day 11: After breakfast, we climb up to Goechala Pass (5002 m)
Day 12: Retrace the trail back to Thangsing. Camp for the night.
Day 13: Descend to Phedang and then steep down towards Bakhim (2684 m/12 m/3.5 hours). Camp for the night.
Day 14: Retrace further to Yuksom at a leisurely pace
Day 15: Drive Yuksom/Pemayangtse/Bagdogra (137 km/5 hours/118 m). Fly To Delhi or Calcutta for international departure.
- A 3-star hotel where available
- Experienced regional leader or hire Raj
- Pack animals on the trek
- Trek permit
- All meals on the trek
- Park fees
- Staff insurance
- Sightseeing as indicated
- International airport taxes
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance (Compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
- Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only; leader’s tips at your discretion)
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenir, etc
Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s, have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.
Do I need a visa?
All foreign nationals who want to enter India need to possess a valid international travel document such as a passport with a valid visa that is obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. All visa applicants are requested to apply for the Indian visa online by filling the online application form.
The duly signed hard copy of the completed application form is to be submitted at the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to the Indian Mission or Post. The instructions to fill the form and appointment scheduling can be seen at the Instructions for Regular Visa Application. The applicant is required to bring the referral number and the required documents on the scheduled date of interview.
The status of the visa application can be checked on the link for Visa Enquiry. The applicants are also requested to visit the website of the Indian Mission for detailed information about the Indian visa.
What should I bring on a trek?
Being properly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip. Please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.