About Dzongri Trek
Dzongri Trek is a short, high altitude trek located at an altitude of 4200 m with a medium level of difficulty. It begins from Yuksam and finishes at Yuksam in 5 days. On this stunning trek, you will get to explore scenic landscapes of Dzongri La viewpoint. It is the paramount spot to get a view of the spectacular mountains and its towering peaks in the Sikkim Himalayas.
Reaching the starting point of Dzongri Trek:
From New Jalpaiguri/Bagdogra, reach the destination in 5 hours via private or shared jeeps. Shared Jeeps are usually not available after 1 pm. Therefore it is suggested to start early in the morning. Also, there are several taxis from Gangtok, Tashiding, Pelling and Gyalshing for Yuksom.
The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) which is about 150 kilometres away from Yuksom. From New Jalpaiguri NJP, you can easily book a taxi to reach Yuksom.
Bagdogra is the nearest airport from the starting point. It is about 12 kilometres towards the west of Siliguri and about 135 kilometres from Yuksom.
Route and itinerary:
The trek begins from Yuksom. In the morning, head from NJP Train Station or Bagdogra Airport and drive to Yuksom by local taxi or jeep. It is a 5-6 hour drive. On the way at Meli, obtain an Inner Line Permit (ILP) if you don’t have it.
Yuksam to Tsokha (1785 m to 3000 m; 14 km; 5-6 hr trek)
The trail begins at Yuksam and follows the main road in the direction of North. Gradually, the trek comes out of the gorge and reaches near the River Ratong Chu’s banks. Then following the trail, you will cross over 4 overpasses to ascend steeply towards the North-West direction at Bakkhim. Then the trail will continue to move forward for another 3 km passing through a dense forest of rhododendron and magnolia and you will finally reach Tsokha.
Tsokha to Dzongri (4030 m; 10 km; 5 to 6 hr trek)
On this day, the trek moves forward and reaches Tsokha, a village and then continues to ascend in the north direction, passing through a rhododendron forest. You will then reach Phedang. It will take around 3 hours to complete the steep incline. Continue further in the direction of Dzongri. This day’s trek will end upon reaching Dzongri.
Reaching Dzongri Top
On this day you can enjoy the spectacular sights of the mountain summits by hiking upwards to the Dzongri Top. Also, from this spot, you get an incredible view of various peaks like Pandim, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Narsingh, Koktang and Ratong. You can also see the magnificent Singalila Ridge. This ridge separates Nepal from Sikkim.
Dzongri to Tsokha (10 km; 5-6 hr)
On this day you will move back towards Tsokha.
Tsokha to Yuksom (14 km; 5-6 hr)
Today is the last day of the trek. Today we will go back oversteps in the direction of Yuksam. The trek is easy as the path is mostly downhill and you will reach Yuksom.
An impressive view of Mt. Kangchendzonga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world makes this trek special. Also, you can discover some of the most famous peaks during this trek from the Dzongri View Points like Mt. Kabru south, Mt. Kabru north, Mt. Simvo, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabru Forked, Mt. Rathong, Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Kokthang, Mt. Goecha Peak and Mt. Frey Peak.
Best season for Dzongri Trek:
The best season to visit Dzongri Trek is March to mid-June and September to November.
There is normal cell reception at Yuksam and it is quite unstable at Tsoka. There is no connectivity during most of the trek.
Want to go higher? Click on ‘Goechala trek‘ to read about it.