14 Nights 15 Days
Kasturi Trek is a round trek passing Goecha la Pass and Offers you an extraordinary mountain views. In order to avoid backtracking the same route as on goecha la trek, We have designed Kasturi Itinerary where you will visit lampokhari lake and some of the unexplored trails of the Kanchendzonga National Park. The return trail via Kasturi Orar is more off beaten and leads through lonely mountain landscape and secluded villages. The trail ends at the sacred Tashiding Gompa(Monastery), which is located on the hilltop of a conical shaped mountain. From there the journey goes by jeep to the picturesque British times tea town Darjeeling.
A charming 4-hour journey, through Darjeeling tea plantations and tiny villages takes us to Darjeeling. Built on top of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalaya and is a popular destination for Westerners and Bengalis alike.
We could take an early trip to Tiger Hill to see the sunrise. Afterwards we visit the famous Ghoom monastery that enshrines an image of the Maitreya Buddha (the coming Buddha). Later on we can visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and tea plantations.
Drive From Darjeeling to Yuksum Via Jorethang, En route, we visit the Pemayangtse monastery, perched at 2800m, and one of the oldest and most impressive gompas in Sikkim.
The trail leads up the Rathong valley, through thick, semi-tropical forests. Afterwards a steep climb takes us to the tiny Tibetan village of Tsoska. The landscape has now changed into pine, rhododendron and magnolia forests. We get excellent views of the entire Himalayan range and Kanchenjunga.
A steep trail zigzags up through temperate forest and large clusters of rhododendrons, to the vast clearing of Phedang. During April and May, the spectacle is gorgeous, as the land becomes a mass of flowers (400 species have been listed so far). After 300m, we follow the ridge to Dzongri, a pasture area for Yuksam yaks from April to October.
Depending on the fitness of the group, we could head northwest to the Dzongri, where the panorama is stunning, over the Rathong glacier and further out towards the summits on the border with Nepal. Or we could also organize a shorter ascent towards the Dzongri Peak (4320m) and enjoy a great view of Kanchenjunga (8586m), the third highest summit in the world.
We descend through rhododendron forest towards the Glacial Prek river. We establish our campsite on the grassy pastures of Thangshing. The southern ridge of Kanchenjunga and the Onglakhing glacier are visible directly ahead and there are close-up views of Pandim.
The trail from Thangsing climbs gently north and follows a stream and alpine meadows, Today’s trek is a gradual ascend walking through one of the most picturesque locale during this trek to reach to the camp site for the night Lamune. The walk is through a glade between mighty mountains. As the trek today is short, one can explore the picturesque surroundings in the afternoon or rest for to reserve your energy to coup with the long day tomorrow .Over Night in Lamune.
An early start for the hike up to the Goecha La (4,940m/16,200ft) and back. The walk takes about 08 hours roundtrip and it is challenging and strenuous, depending on the weather; the terrain is also more challenging than the previous days on trek. (Those who do not wish to go to Goecha La can stay at the lunch site and relax, or walk to the viewing point, which is less then two-hour hike. The viewpoint provides great views of Kanchenjunga and the surrounding peaks. Those who are up for it, are strongly encouraged to undertake the hike up to the Goecha La, it’s the finest possible view of the Kanchenjunga massif. Returning down the valley, there will be a welcome meal and a short rest before setting off to walk gently downhill for 1½ to 2 hours, to reach Thangsing. Overnight in Thangsing.
After a steep descent, we climb through alpine areas and pass by tiny lakes.
In the morning after breakfast we will start our trek towards, A steep ascent leads to the pass, from where we descend through a forest. In the late afternoon reach at Kasturi Odar. In the night have your dinner. Overnight at Camps.
Today we will walk in the half-light of the undergrowth, through a dense forest, where lianas tangle and moss and orchids hide tree trunks. In the later afternoon arrive at Labdang. In the night have your dinner. Overnight at camps.
An easy walk, Since atmosphere becomes more humid and heavier as we descend.
After breakfast drive to Darjeeling. Evening free to explore the local market. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
In the morning transfer to Bagdogra airport and from here catch a flight for onward destination.
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