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OVERVIEW

Rathong Valley Trek

  • Region - West Sikkim

  • Duration - 10 Days 

  • Grade - Moderate to Difficult

  • Max Altitude - 16,000 ft

  • Trekking Distance - 80 kms approx

  • Average Temperature - Day time 13°C-18°C; Night time 3°C-5°C

 

Rathong Valley is a challenging trek which takes you through the picturesque Rathong Valley in West Sikkim region. The trek passes through the very famous Dzongri La which is at an altitude of 14,600 ft. The trek trail takes you through Chowrikhang, which is the base camp of the prestigious Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. You will also visit the Doodh Pokhari Lake, which is considered as a holy lake and the view of which is sure to leave you mesmerized. The trail blends typical Eastern Himalayan evergreen forests with truly majestic view of Kanchendzonga and a host of high Sikkim peaks almost looming in. Entire trek trail runs inside Kanchendzonga National Park and it gives you the best views of Kanchenjunga - the third highest mountain in the world. Trekking in North-East, particularly Sikkim, is a totally different experience from trekking in the Northern Himalayas. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, is viewable from the pass, which is also the base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain. Not just Kanchenjunga but 14 other summits will be your reward on this trek. This trek is nestled in the vibrant Kanchenjunga National Park, one of the greenest regions in the world and the rich flora and fauna is unmatchable. The dramatic changes in the weather combined with quick altitude gain makes it a challenging trek, suitable for trekkers with moderate experience. You will get the views of many peaks on this trek. Few to mention are Kanchendzonga Range, Pandim, Thinching khang, Joponu, Siniolchu, Frey, Kokthang, Rathong, Kabru North, Kabru South, Kabru Dome. The route has very thick vegetation, along with hundreds of bird species, butterflies and wildflowers, especially different varieties of Rhododendrons.

 

ITINERARY

Rathong Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 1 - Drive from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Yuksom
Day 2 - Trek from Yuksom to Sachen
Day 3 - Trek from Sachen to Tshoka via Bakhim
Day 4 - Trek from Tshoka to Dzongri via Phedang
Day 5 - Rest day in Dzongri
Day 6 - Trek from Dzongri to Beak Bari via Dzongri La 
Day 7 - Trek from Beak Bari to Doodh Pokhari and back 
Day 8 - Trek from Beak Bari to Tshoka via Dzongri
Day 9 - Trek from Tshoka to Yuksom via Sachen

Day 10 - Drive from Yuksom to NJP

 

Detailed Itinerary

Rathong Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 1 - Drive from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Yuksom

Pickup from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) in the morning and reach the trek basecamp Yuksom which was the first capital of Sikkim. The distance is around 160 kms and takes about 7 to 8 hours to reach. You drive via Teesta, Malli, Jorethang and Tashiding to reach Yuksom. Paper works required to get the necessary permission for trekking will be done on the way to Yuksom. Trekkers will have to carry 2 passport size photographs that will be affixed with the forms. It will not take more than half an hour to complete all these formalities. The drive then continues and we reach Jorethang where you get a lunch break. After lunch it’s a continuous drive to reach Yuksom. The village is spread out on the valley with Kabru peak setting the backdrop. Today you are free to explore the village. Overnight stay at hotel in Yuksom.

 

Day 2 - Trek from Yuksom to Sachen

The trail starts behind the forest check post in Yuksom. From here we leave the village and get into the trek trail. Initially, the trail skirts around the fields of Yuksom and then enters the beautiful Rathong river valley. The trail is typically a narrow river valley while the river is running in the gorge. We slowly ascend going through the thick vegetation of sub alpine evergreen forest of Sikkim. It runs through moss-laden forests of Oak, Spruce, Chestnut, Fir, Pines, giant Magnolias and wide variety of orchids. Shades of Green change seasonally. Our trail enters into Kanchendzonga National Park. This Biosphere reserve is a Botanist’s paradise rich with exotic birds, butterflies and mammals. The trail can be slippery at places. One of things to look for on the trek today is the fierce Tshushay Khola falls in a series of small waterfalls joining the Prek River. You can see the log huts spanning all along the way. Right below the camp site runs river Prek, the sound of which is soothing. We have to cross 3 bridges on the river today, referred as 1st, 2nd and 3rd bridge. We continue our gradual ascent to a clearing we reach, which is our campsite of Sachen for the day. There is a Kitchen Hut built by the Forest Department on the left of the trail and the camping ground is above the trail on the right. The site is full of different bird species including Thrushes and Laughing Thrushes. It may take around 4 hours and we cover a distance of 8 Km. Overnight camp at Sachen

 

Day 3 - Trek from Sachen to Tshoka via Bakhim

The trek from Sachen to Tshoka is a steep one and involves quite considerable attitude gain. We first cross the bridge over the Prekchu river. As you walk on the bridge you can see the prayer flags lined up. After crossing the bridge, we trek through Oak and Rhododendron forests. On the way we pass through Bakhim. Bakhim has a forest rest house and a tea and snack stall. You can stop and rest for a while and enjoy the view of the Yuksom Valley. The trek from Bakhim to Tshoka is about 3 kms and takes about an hour. From a distance you will see a trekkers hut on a plateau which is the basecamp of Tshoka. From the monastery at Tshoka, get a fantastic view of Mt. Pandim and the entire Kanchenjunga range. Overnight stay in camps at Tshoka.

 

Day 4 - Trek from Tshoka to Dzongri via Phedang

Another long day with steep climb and an altitude gain of almost 1000m. Most of the trail is filled with tall, dense rhododendrons on either side of a wood-paved path. After about half an hour into the trek the trail changes to a well laid out path with wooden logs. As we continue in the trail, we reach Phedang (12,050 ft) which is a perfect place to stop for lunch. At Phedang, the ground clears to give great views of some high peaks. From Phedang the trail keeps climbing till the highpoint at Deurali with a shrine and fluttering prayer flags. This is a great place to view all the snow-clad mountains that abound – Kanchenjunga, Sinolchu, Kabru massif, Pandim, Jopuno, Kokthang, Narsing and Talung. From here it is a gradual descent to Dzongri with a few trekker’s hut and camping grounds. Overnight Camp at Dzongri.

 

Day 5 - Rest day in Dzongri

We take a break after 2 long days of walking to rest and acclimatize in Dzongri. Early morning you can trek up to Dzongri top to view the glorious sunrise on the Kanchenjunga Massif. The trek takes about an hour and it’s best to start very early to catch the first glimpses of light on the snow-clad mountains and also an awe-inspiring 360 degree view. At evening you can get the same awe-inspiring views as the sun goes down. The day can be spent doing short hikes around the camp. Overnight Camp at Dzongri


Day 6 - Trek from Dzongri to Beak Bari via Dzongri La 

We ascend a little from Dzongri up to Dzongri La and then descend down to Rathong Chu River. The trail takes you through beautiful Rhododendrons varieties and Junipers. The Dongri la pass gives great views of unique diversity of plains, valleys, glaciers and majestic spectacular, snow-capped mountains. After crossing Dzongri La you will get the most amazing views of many peaks of the Rathong Valley. From Dzongri La the trail is a combination of descend and gradual walks till Rathong Chu River. Further the trail enters Beak Bari and ascend is a moderate one which is easy to cover. En route we can also find many small plants, both medicinal and poisonous (hence the name Beak Bari). Overnight stay in camps at Beak Bari.


Day 7 - Trek from Beak Bari to Doodh Pokhari and back 

Today we start the trek early in the morning from Beak Bari towards Doodh Pokhari. The trek is a long and difficult one with steep ascents till Chowrikhang and up to Doodh Pokhari, but the rewarding views are worth the effort. The spectacular views that one will get from Chowrikhang (Base Camp of HMI) is unmatchable. You can get the views of many peaks like Frey, Kokthang, Rathong, Kabru South, Kabru Dome, Forked 1,2,3, Palung, etc. Doodh Pokhari and Vhalay Pokhari are considered as Holy Lakes. The brilliant views and the spectacular colors of these lakes is definitely a highlight of the Rathong Valley trek. After spending some time here we start our descend to Beak Bari in the same route. Overnight stay in camps at Beak Bari.     
 

Day 8 - Trek from Beak Bari to Tshoka via Dzongri

We start the trek from Beak Bari towards Tshoka. We retrace our steps back in the same route via Dzongri La. Trail is a gradual ascent from Beak Bari to Dzongri La. From here it is an easy descend back to Tshoka. Overnight stay in camps at Tshoka.


Day 9 - Trek from Tshoka to Yuksom via Sachen

Today is an easy trek as we retrace our steps back to Yuksom via Bakhim and Sachen. From Sachen the trail is mostly downhill. The last section has a few ascends before you reach Yuksom base camp. Overnight stay at a hotel in Yuksom.


Day 10 - Drive from Yuksom to NJP

This is ideally the final day of the trip. It is advisable to start early since a long drive awaits the day. The distance for the day is 150kms which ideally should take not more than 8-9 hours. It is suggested that travelers book an onward journey from NJP at late hours. You can also opt for a night stay at New Jalpaiguri and arrange for a forward journey, the next day.

COST TERM

Rathong Valley Trek Cost

Cost Inclusions

  • Accommodation (Guest house, Homestay, Camping)

  • Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)

  • All necessary permits and entry fees

  • Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)

  • Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff

  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder

  • Transport from NJP to Yuksom and Return

  • Mules to carry the central luggage

 

Cost Exclusions

  • Food during the transit

  • Any kind of personal expenses

  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage

  • Insurance

  • Any kind of emergency evacuation charges

  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions

 

Registering for Rathong Valley Trek

Eligibility: Is this Trek suitable for me?

Rathong Valley Trek is graded as a challenging climb. This trek helps climbers to test their skills and improve their endurance. Such high-altitude climbs should not be underestimated, and climbers should approach the trek with proper training. We highly suggest that you start working on your fitness two months before the climb. Previous trekking experience is mandatory to sign up for the Rathong Valley Trek. Excellent physical endurance, focus, and determination are required to complete the Rathong Valley Trek successfully. Happy Climbing!

 

Offloading

Protrek Adventure highly recommends the participants to carry their personal backpacks by themselves. However, in case you are absolutely not able to carry the same and would like to offload, then you have to inform us during the booking process and pre-book the offloading. Each bag should not weigh more than 10 kgs. The bag should be of rucksack style only. Duffle bags would not be accepted for offloading. Kindly inform our booking office if you will need to offload your personal backpack for the Rathong Valley trek.

Backpack Offloading Charges:

  • INR 3200/- if you make an online payment at the time of trip booking

  • INR 3500/- if you inform us after reaching Yuksom

 

Trek Booking and Payment

Advance Booking Amount 20%

We suggest that you book your Rathong Valley trek at the earliest and confirm your slot. This also enables you to get a good deal on your to and fro flight tickets and organizing your trip efficiently. A booking confirmation will be sent by e-mail along with the payment instructions and other trip details. All payments have to be made through an online transfer/ cheque deposit/ demand draft. After the payment for the booking is done, please mail us your transfer details at info@protrekadventure.com so that we can follow up efficiently.

 

 

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your Rathong Valley trek, please e-mail us on info@protrekadventure.com

Cancellations are processed only by e-mail and refunds for the same are as follows:

 

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek—90% refund
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek—50% refund
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek—no cash refund

For more details please check our Cancellation Policy.

 

THINGS TO KNOW

  • Our Trip Services - From NJP to NJP

  • Pick up from New Jalpaiguri(NJP) Railway Station at 6:30 am, in Tata Sumo or similar vehicles

  • Accommodation - Guest House, Camping

  • Food - All meals during Trek (Veg + Egg)

  • Basecamp - Trek starts and ends at Yuksom Village

  • ATM point - Jorethang is best if you want to withdraw money before trek begins

  • Mobile Signal - Mobile signal available at Yuksom base camp and up to Tshoka camp on most networks. No phone connectivity beyond this. During trek signal is intermittent

  • Nearest Rail Head - New Jalpaiguri (NJP)

  • Nearest Airport - Bagdogra Airport

  • Best Season - Mid March to May and Mid September to November

  • Snow - April and October

  • On day 10 you will reach NJP by 6 or 7 pm. Plan your onward journey accordingly. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm

 

HOW TO REACH

Rathong Valley Trek

Jalpaiguri city is located on the banks of the Teesta River which is the second largest river in West Bengal after the Ganges, on the foothills of the Himalayas. The city has become an important trade center of West Bengal, besides being a principal commercial, tourism, transportation, and educational center.

 

By Air
The nearest airport for NJP is Bagdogra airport at a distance of 20 kilometers. The flights from this airport connect the city with cities like Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai and Delhi.

 

By Rail
The new Jalpaiguri railway station is one of the biggest rail junctions in North Bengal. Situated at a distance of 4 kilometers from Jalpaiguri city, the railway station has good connectivity with various other major cities in India.

 

By Road
Jalpaiguri by road is very convenient due to good road connectivity. The state transport buses and the private buses connect Jalpaiguri with various parts of the state of West Bengal, and cities of nearby states.
 

Protrek Adventure will arrange to pick up from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station at 6:30 am, in Tata Sumo or similar vehicles.

 

TREK ESSENTIAL


BASIC GEARS

Backpack/ Rucksack with Rain Cover (50 - 70Ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack/ Knapsack with rain cover 20 - 40ltr
Trekking Pole/ Walking Stick 1 Nos or 2Nos (As per your comfort)
Water Bottle/ Hydration Pack 2 bottles of one litre each
Lunch Box 1 Nos (Good quality, for using in trek)
Poncho/Umbrella 1 Nos

HEAD TO TOE

Cap/Hat 1 Nos
Woollen/ Fleece Cap 1 Nos
Headlamp/ Hand torch 1 Nos (carry extra batteries)
Sun Glasses Proper UV protection sun glasses with side cover
Head Buff/Neck Gaiter 1 Nos
Woollen/Fleece Gloves 1 Pair
Cap/Hat 1 Nos
Woollen/Fleece Cap 1 Nos
Water Proof Gloves 1 Pair
Cotton & woollen socks 4 pairs (Depends on the trek days)
Gaiters 1 Pair (Only for certain treks. Protrek team will notify you, if required)
Floaters/Flip Flops 1 Pair (Quick dry and light weight)
Trekking Shoes 1 Pair (Water Resistant, high ankle with good grip)

CLOTHING

T-Shirts 2 Full sleeves, 2 Half sleeves (Depends on the trek days) -avoid cotton
Thermal Wear 1 Pair
Headlamp/Hand torch 1 Nos (carry extra batteries)
Fleece Jacket 1 Nos
Down feather/Hollow Fill Jacket 1 Nos
Windproof Jacket & pant 1 Pair
Trek Pants/Track Pants 2 pairs(Depends on the trek days)Synthetic/polyester / Quick-drying fabrics such as spandex or nylon -avoid shorts/cotton

MISCELLANEOUS

Energy Bar + Snack Energy Bar, Dry Fruits, Nuts, Energy Drinks
Medical/First Aid Kit According to your Health measures
Sunscreen Lotion 30 - 50 SPF
Moisturizer As per usage
Lip Balm As per usage
Hand sanitizer As per usage
Quick Dry Towel 1 Nos, Light weight
Tooth Brush & Tooth Paste 1 Nos
Anti-fungal Powder As per usage
Toilet paper &Wet wipes As per usage

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost Term
  • How to reach
  • Trek Essential
  • Fitness

Rathong Valley Trek

  • Region - West Sikkim

  • Duration - 10 Days 

  • Grade - Moderate to Difficult

  • Max Altitude - 16,000 ft

  • Trekking Distance - 80 kms approx

  • Average Temperature - Day time 13°C-18°C; Night time 3°C-5°C

 

Rathong Valley is a challenging trek which takes you through the picturesque Rathong Valley in West Sikkim region. The trek passes through the very famous Dzongri La which is at an altitude of 14,600 ft. The trek trail takes you through Chowrikhang, which is the base camp of the prestigious Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. You will also visit the Doodh Pokhari Lake, which is considered as a holy lake and the view of which is sure to leave you mesmerized. The trail blends typical Eastern Himalayan evergreen forests with truly majestic view of Kanchendzonga and a host of high Sikkim peaks almost looming in. Entire trek trail runs inside Kanchendzonga National Park and it gives you the best views of Kanchenjunga - the third highest mountain in the world. Trekking in North-East, particularly Sikkim, is a totally different experience from trekking in the Northern Himalayas. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, is viewable from the pass, which is also the base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain. Not just Kanchenjunga but 14 other summits will be your reward on this trek. This trek is nestled in the vibrant Kanchenjunga National Park, one of the greenest regions in the world and the rich flora and fauna is unmatchable. The dramatic changes in the weather combined with quick altitude gain makes it a challenging trek, suitable for trekkers with moderate experience. You will get the views of many peaks on this trek. Few to mention are Kanchendzonga Range, Pandim, Thinching khang, Joponu, Siniolchu, Frey, Kokthang, Rathong, Kabru North, Kabru South, Kabru Dome. The route has very thick vegetation, along with hundreds of bird species, butterflies and wildflowers, especially different varieties of Rhododendrons.

 

Rathong Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 1 - Drive from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Yuksom
Day 2 - Trek from Yuksom to Sachen
Day 3 - Trek from Sachen to Tshoka via Bakhim
Day 4 - Trek from Tshoka to Dzongri via Phedang
Day 5 - Rest day in Dzongri
Day 6 - Trek from Dzongri to Beak Bari via Dzongri La 
Day 7 - Trek from Beak Bari to Doodh Pokhari and back 
Day 8 - Trek from Beak Bari to Tshoka via Dzongri
Day 9 - Trek from Tshoka to Yuksom via Sachen

Day 10 - Drive from Yuksom to NJP

 

Detailed Itinerary

Rathong Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 1 - Drive from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Yuksom

Pickup from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) in the morning and reach the trek basecamp Yuksom which was the first capital of Sikkim. The distance is around 160 kms and takes about 7 to 8 hours to reach. You drive via Teesta, Malli, Jorethang and Tashiding to reach Yuksom. Paper works required to get the necessary permission for trekking will be done on the way to Yuksom. Trekkers will have to carry 2 passport size photographs that will be affixed with the forms. It will not take more than half an hour to complete all these formalities. The drive then continues and we reach Jorethang where you get a lunch break. After lunch it’s a continuous drive to reach Yuksom. The village is spread out on the valley with Kabru peak setting the backdrop. Today you are free to explore the village. Overnight stay at hotel in Yuksom.

 

Day 2 - Trek from Yuksom to Sachen

The trail starts behind the forest check post in Yuksom. From here we leave the village and get into the trek trail. Initially, the trail skirts around the fields of Yuksom and then enters the beautiful Rathong river valley. The trail is typically a narrow river valley while the river is running in the gorge. We slowly ascend going through the thick vegetation of sub alpine evergreen forest of Sikkim. It runs through moss-laden forests of Oak, Spruce, Chestnut, Fir, Pines, giant Magnolias and wide variety of orchids. Shades of Green change seasonally. Our trail enters into Kanchendzonga National Park. This Biosphere reserve is a Botanist’s paradise rich with exotic birds, butterflies and mammals. The trail can be slippery at places. One of things to look for on the trek today is the fierce Tshushay Khola falls in a series of small waterfalls joining the Prek River. You can see the log huts spanning all along the way. Right below the camp site runs river Prek, the sound of which is soothing. We have to cross 3 bridges on the river today, referred as 1st, 2nd and 3rd bridge. We continue our gradual ascent to a clearing we reach, which is our campsite of Sachen for the day. There is a Kitchen Hut built by the Forest Department on the left of the trail and the camping ground is above the trail on the right. The site is full of different bird species including Thrushes and Laughing Thrushes. It may take around 4 hours and we cover a distance of 8 Km. Overnight camp at Sachen

 

Day 3 - Trek from Sachen to Tshoka via Bakhim

The trek from Sachen to Tshoka is a steep one and involves quite considerable attitude gain. We first cross the bridge over the Prekchu river. As you walk on the bridge you can see the prayer flags lined up. After crossing the bridge, we trek through Oak and Rhododendron forests. On the way we pass through Bakhim. Bakhim has a forest rest house and a tea and snack stall. You can stop and rest for a while and enjoy the view of the Yuksom Valley. The trek from Bakhim to Tshoka is about 3 kms and takes about an hour. From a distance you will see a trekkers hut on a plateau which is the basecamp of Tshoka. From the monastery at Tshoka, get a fantastic view of Mt. Pandim and the entire Kanchenjunga range. Overnight stay in camps at Tshoka.

 

Day 4 - Trek from Tshoka to Dzongri via Phedang

Another long day with steep climb and an altitude gain of almost 1000m. Most of the trail is filled with tall, dense rhododendrons on either side of a wood-paved path. After about half an hour into the trek the trail changes to a well laid out path with wooden logs. As we continue in the trail, we reach Phedang (12,050 ft) which is a perfect place to stop for lunch. At Phedang, the ground clears to give great views of some high peaks. From Phedang the trail keeps climbing till the highpoint at Deurali with a shrine and fluttering prayer flags. This is a great place to view all the snow-clad mountains that abound – Kanchenjunga, Sinolchu, Kabru massif, Pandim, Jopuno, Kokthang, Narsing and Talung. From here it is a gradual descent to Dzongri with a few trekker’s hut and camping grounds. Overnight Camp at Dzongri.

 

Day 5 - Rest day in Dzongri

We take a break after 2 long days of walking to rest and acclimatize in Dzongri. Early morning you can trek up to Dzongri top to view the glorious sunrise on the Kanchenjunga Massif. The trek takes about an hour and it’s best to start very early to catch the first glimpses of light on the snow-clad mountains and also an awe-inspiring 360 degree view. At evening you can get the same awe-inspiring views as the sun goes down. The day can be spent doing short hikes around the camp. Overnight Camp at Dzongri


Day 6 - Trek from Dzongri to Beak Bari via Dzongri La 

We ascend a little from Dzongri up to Dzongri La and then descend down to Rathong Chu River. The trail takes you through beautiful Rhododendrons varieties and Junipers. The Dongri la pass gives great views of unique diversity of plains, valleys, glaciers and majestic spectacular, snow-capped mountains. After crossing Dzongri La you will get the most amazing views of many peaks of the Rathong Valley. From Dzongri La the trail is a combination of descend and gradual walks till Rathong Chu River. Further the trail enters Beak Bari and ascend is a moderate one which is easy to cover. En route we can also find many small plants, both medicinal and poisonous (hence the name Beak Bari). Overnight stay in camps at Beak Bari.


Day 7 - Trek from Beak Bari to Doodh Pokhari and back 

Today we start the trek early in the morning from Beak Bari towards Doodh Pokhari. The trek is a long and difficult one with steep ascents till Chowrikhang and up to Doodh Pokhari, but the rewarding views are worth the effort. The spectacular views that one will get from Chowrikhang (Base Camp of HMI) is unmatchable. You can get the views of many peaks like Frey, Kokthang, Rathong, Kabru South, Kabru Dome, Forked 1,2,3, Palung, etc. Doodh Pokhari and Vhalay Pokhari are considered as Holy Lakes. The brilliant views and the spectacular colors of these lakes is definitely a highlight of the Rathong Valley trek. After spending some time here we start our descend to Beak Bari in the same route. Overnight stay in camps at Beak Bari.     
 

Day 8 - Trek from Beak Bari to Tshoka via Dzongri

We start the trek from Beak Bari towards Tshoka. We retrace our steps back in the same route via Dzongri La. Trail is a gradual ascent from Beak Bari to Dzongri La. From here it is an easy descend back to Tshoka. Overnight stay in camps at Tshoka.


Day 9 - Trek from Tshoka to Yuksom via Sachen

Today is an easy trek as we retrace our steps back to Yuksom via Bakhim and Sachen. From Sachen the trail is mostly downhill. The last section has a few ascends before you reach Yuksom base camp. Overnight stay at a hotel in Yuksom.


Day 10 - Drive from Yuksom to NJP

This is ideally the final day of the trip. It is advisable to start early since a long drive awaits the day. The distance for the day is 150kms which ideally should take not more than 8-9 hours. It is suggested that travelers book an onward journey from NJP at late hours. You can also opt for a night stay at New Jalpaiguri and arrange for a forward journey, the next day.

Rathong Valley Trek Cost

Cost Inclusions

  • Accommodation (Guest house, Homestay, Camping)

  • Meals while on trek (Veg & Egg)

  • All necessary permits and entry fees

  • Trek equipment: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required)

  • Mountaineering qualified & professional Trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff

  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder

  • Transport from NJP to Yuksom and Return

  • Mules to carry the central luggage

 

Cost Exclusions

  • Food during the transit

  • Any kind of personal expenses

  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage

  • Insurance

  • Any kind of emergency evacuation charges

  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions

 

Registering for Rathong Valley Trek

Eligibility: Is this Trek suitable for me?

Rathong Valley Trek is graded as a challenging climb. This trek helps climbers to test their skills and improve their endurance. Such high-altitude climbs should not be underestimated, and climbers should approach the trek with proper training. We highly suggest that you start working on your fitness two months before the climb. Previous trekking experience is mandatory to sign up for the Rathong Valley Trek. Excellent physical endurance, focus, and determination are required to complete the Rathong Valley Trek successfully. Happy Climbing!

 

Offloading

Protrek Adventure highly recommends the participants to carry their personal backpacks by themselves. However, in case you are absolutely not able to carry the same and would like to offload, then you have to inform us during the booking process and pre-book the offloading. Each bag should not weigh more than 10 kgs. The bag should be of rucksack style only. Duffle bags would not be accepted for offloading. Kindly inform our booking office if you will need to offload your personal backpack for the Rathong Valley trek.

Backpack Offloading Charges:

  • INR 3200/- if you make an online payment at the time of trip booking

  • INR 3500/- if you inform us after reaching Yuksom

 

Trek Booking and Payment

Advance Booking Amount 20%

We suggest that you book your Rathong Valley trek at the earliest and confirm your slot. This also enables you to get a good deal on your to and fro flight tickets and organizing your trip efficiently. A booking confirmation will be sent by e-mail along with the payment instructions and other trip details. All payments have to be made through an online transfer/ cheque deposit/ demand draft. After the payment for the booking is done, please mail us your transfer details at info@protrekadventure.com so that we can follow up efficiently.

 

 

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your Rathong Valley trek, please e-mail us on info@protrekadventure.com

Cancellations are processed only by e-mail and refunds for the same are as follows:

 

Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek—90% refund
Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek—50% refund
Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek—no cash refund

For more details please check our Cancellation Policy.

 

THINGS TO KNOW

  • Our Trip Services - From NJP to NJP

  • Pick up from New Jalpaiguri(NJP) Railway Station at 6:30 am, in Tata Sumo or similar vehicles

  • Accommodation - Guest House, Camping

  • Food - All meals during Trek (Veg + Egg)

  • Basecamp - Trek starts and ends at Yuksom Village

  • ATM point - Jorethang is best if you want to withdraw money before trek begins

  • Mobile Signal - Mobile signal available at Yuksom base camp and up to Tshoka camp on most networks. No phone connectivity beyond this. During trek signal is intermittent

  • Nearest Rail Head - New Jalpaiguri (NJP)

  • Nearest Airport - Bagdogra Airport

  • Best Season - Mid March to May and Mid September to November

  • Snow - April and October

  • On day 10 you will reach NJP by 6 or 7 pm. Plan your onward journey accordingly. You can book your travel any time after 8 pm

 

Rathong Valley Trek

Jalpaiguri city is located on the banks of the Teesta River which is the second largest river in West Bengal after the Ganges, on the foothills of the Himalayas. The city has become an important trade center of West Bengal, besides being a principal commercial, tourism, transportation, and educational center.

 

By Air
The nearest airport for NJP is Bagdogra airport at a distance of 20 kilometers. The flights from this airport connect the city with cities like Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai and Delhi.

 

By Rail
The new Jalpaiguri railway station is one of the biggest rail junctions in North Bengal. Situated at a distance of 4 kilometers from Jalpaiguri city, the railway station has good connectivity with various other major cities in India.

 

By Road
Jalpaiguri by road is very convenient due to good road connectivity. The state transport buses and the private buses connect Jalpaiguri with various parts of the state of West Bengal, and cities of nearby states.
 

Protrek Adventure will arrange to pick up from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station at 6:30 am, in Tata Sumo or similar vehicles.

 


BASIC GEARS

Backpack/ Rucksack with Rain Cover (50 - 70Ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps
Day pack/ Knapsack with rain cover 20 - 40ltr
Trekking Pole/ Walking Stick 1 Nos or 2Nos (As per your comfort)
Water Bottle/ Hydration Pack 2 bottles of one litre each
Lunch Box 1 Nos (Good quality, for using in trek)
Poncho/Umbrella 1 Nos

HEAD TO TOE

Cap/Hat 1 Nos
Woollen/ Fleece Cap 1 Nos
Headlamp/ Hand torch 1 Nos (carry extra batteries)
Sun Glasses Proper UV protection sun glasses with side cover
Head Buff/Neck Gaiter 1 Nos
Woollen/Fleece Gloves 1 Pair
Cap/Hat 1 Nos
Woollen/Fleece Cap 1 Nos
Water Proof Gloves 1 Pair
Cotton & woollen socks 4 pairs (Depends on the trek days)
Gaiters 1 Pair (Only for certain treks. Protrek team will notify you, if required)
Floaters/Flip Flops 1 Pair (Quick dry and light weight)
Trekking Shoes 1 Pair (Water Resistant, high ankle with good grip)

CLOTHING

T-Shirts 2 Full sleeves, 2 Half sleeves (Depends on the trek days) -avoid cotton
Thermal Wear 1 Pair
Headlamp/Hand torch 1 Nos (carry extra batteries)
Fleece Jacket 1 Nos
Down feather/Hollow Fill Jacket 1 Nos
Windproof Jacket & pant 1 Pair
Trek Pants/Track Pants 2 pairs(Depends on the trek days)Synthetic/polyester / Quick-drying fabrics such as spandex or nylon -avoid shorts/cotton

MISCELLANEOUS

Energy Bar + Snack Energy Bar, Dry Fruits, Nuts, Energy Drinks
Medical/First Aid Kit According to your Health measures
Sunscreen Lotion 30 - 50 SPF
Moisturizer As per usage
Lip Balm As per usage
Hand sanitizer As per usage
Quick Dry Towel 1 Nos, Light weight
Tooth Brush & Tooth Paste 1 Nos
Anti-fungal Powder As per usage
Toilet paper &Wet wipes As per usage