Maximum Altitude: 16406 ft
Duration: 10 days
If you have been dreaming about the glacial pitfalls, chunks of ice all around and an adventurous trail that will set a new rhythm inside your heart, then the Kasturi Orar Trek is the one for you.
The trek starts from Yulsom in Sikkim. The Kasturi Orar Round trek takes you on a tour along spell-binding views of pristine-white glaciers such as the Goecha La, Dzongri, Thangsing Valley, and Tashiding. After reaching Kasturi you can explore spectacular backdrops, the hidden trails of Kanchenjunga National Park, and a few, sheltered, quaint villages. You get an opportunity to blend into the unique Nepali culture in this exciting trek.
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Day 1: Yuksam to Tsokha
The trail from Yuksam starts at the local market and follows main road towards the north. The trail climbs gently out of the valley and hugs the right bank of the Ratong Chu River, which can be heard thundering through the gorge below. As you trek ahead, you will pass through tropical jungles and cross over raging rivers and waterfalls. You will be greeted by white monkeys on the way. The trail crosses over four bridges to climb steeply towards north-west to the small settlement of Bakkhim. You will walk through forest of magnolia and rhododendron to reach Tsokha. After reaching Tsokha, one can get wonderful views of the beautiful valley looking towards Yuksam, Pelling and Darjeeling and three close views of Mt. Pandim(6691 m),Mt. Tenchinkhang( 6090 m),Mt. Jopuno(5890 m).
Day 2 : Tsokha to Dzongri
Today you will walk on the trail that passes through the village of Tsokha and continues to climb north through the forest of rhododendron and head towards Phedang. From here, you can see beautiful panaromic views of Mt.Pandim, Mt.Thenchinkhang, Mt.Jhuponu. Phedang is surrounded by a large forest of rhododendron with their lovely bell-shaped red blooms. The first hour of the trek ahead is a steep climb, but as you go ahead after that, it is mostly downhill passing through endless forests of rhododendron with its brown peeling bark and red blooms to Dzongri.From the ridge above the campsite, you can get panoramic views of Mt.Khanchendzonga, Mt.Kabru and Mt Pandim.
Day 3: Rest Day & Acclimatise At Dzongri
The day is for rest and acclimatization. Soak up in the sun with a cup of chai and an amazing backdrop. You can savor views of the mountain peaks by climbing up to Dzongri Top. From here you get a panoramic view of Kabru (7353 m), Ratong (6678 m), Kanchenjunga (8534 m), Koktang (6147 m), Pandim (6691 m) and Narsingh (5825 m). Towards the west, the Singalila Ridge, which separates Sikkim from Nepal, can be seen.
Day 4: Dzongri to Thangsing
Today, you will walk up the valley to across the alpine region and see some outstanding views of the valley below.Trek downhill from Dzongri to Prek Chu valley. Head up the valley after crossing over raging prek chu river past glacial moraines and then through battered forests of Abies, Sorbus and Rhododendrons. After a short while, you will be walking over alpine pastures with amazing views of the entire Khangchendzonga mountain range. You will then arrive at Thangsing.
Day 5: Thangsing to Lamuney
Waking up in the mountains is one of the best feelings. Have a nice breakfast and then walk below the west side of Pandim through rhododendrons forest to Zemathang.You might get a glimpse of Himalayan blue sheep, which is the only remaining wild yak herd left in Sikkim.You will cross the Onglakhing glacier and climb up to the shores of the Samiti Lake, reputed to be the sacred source of the Prek River. From here proceed to the campsite at Lamuney.
Day 6: Lamuney to Goechala to Thangsing
Goechela view point comprises of three viewpoints. All the viewpoints are on the top of moraine. First view point takes about two and a half hour to reach from Lamuney campsite and is at the altitude of 4,700 meters. First view point is the base of Mt. Pandim (6,691 meters). When the weather is favourable first view point offers magical view of Goecha Peak, Mt Khangchendzonga, TenzingKhang, Jophnu etc. Further Second View Points at an altitude of 4,900 meters take two hours and it is very close to second view point. Green lake is just below the moraine of second view point and on the left side Goechela glacier can be seen. Last view point takes just half hour from here and is at the altitude of 5,000 meters. The day will be obviously difficult but the view it offers will soon dissolve all your tiredness. It will be the most memorable trek perhaps for the life time.
Day 7: Thangsing to Lampokhari Lake
Route to Lampokhari divides from Thangsing.The trek today will be relatively easier and gradual, where you climb through alpine areas.The walk to Lampokhari is below locally named peak called Lama Lameny peak. The view of Singalila Range is amazing from the route. The trail becomes sparser because of very low temperature. There one encounters with three or four lakes on the route to Lampokhari Lake. Further one hour walk from the lake will reach you to the Camping Site.
Day 8: Lampohkari Lake to Kasturi Odar
Route to Kasturi is bid difficult and proves worth an experience for adventure lover. It takes about 5 to 6 hours from Lamuney Camp Site. The walk will be in slopes of hills. Kasturi is located on hill top and the view it offers is sure to take your breath away a worth a walk!
Day 9: Kasturi Odar to Labdang
You will walk among the woods and the dense forests to reach Labdang.You can hear the greeting of birds as you walk the path down. Labdang itself is a small Village. It might feel strange to be back in the civilization after so long. Your heart belongs to the mountains now!
Day 10: Labdang to Tashiding
Hike downhill towards Tashiding.Visit the famous Tashiding monastery and talk to the locals. You can leave for the airport or railway station from here.
Best Time To Visit
April-May & October-November
How To Reach
By Train: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or NJP is a major railway station located in Siliguri.
By Flight: Flying to Bagdogra is another option that you can choose. Bagdogra is well connected with major cities.
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