November 14, 2019

Day 1: Trek from Yuksum to Sachen

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Trek date during Dzongri & Goecha La Trek: 05th November 2016 (Saturday)

Trek distance: Around 10 Kms.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Highlights during the trek:

  1. Peaceful Yuksum.
  2. Kathog & many Historical Monasteries around Yuksum.
  3. Kathog Lake Eco Park.
  4. Clear trails with up & down walk inside KNP.
  5. Streams & Waterfalls throughout the trail.
  6. A walk inside dense forest which is full of huge trees.
  7. Greenery everywhere.
  8. 3 Famous Bridges of 3 different rivers inside KNP.
  9. Pha Khola, Chu Che & Minthu Gang Rivers.
  10. Horses, Mules & Dzos all over the valley.
  11. Pretty average Sachen camp-site.
  12. Kitchen Hut at Sachen camp-site.
  13. Acclimatization day at KNP.

Challenges: Moderate day of trek with walk inside dense forest during most of the day.

Altitude Meter: Please find altitude details for the day below:

  • Yuksum comes around 1780 Mtr.
  • Pha Khola River comes around 1790 Mtr.
  • Sachen camp-site comes around 2189 Mtr.

Day in brief:

About Yuksum: Before going into Day 1 journey, we should know about Yuksum. Silence & Peace – 2 things one can expect at Yuksum. Lovely place to relax for a day or two.

Fore more information on Yuksum, visit the link: Yuksum

1st day of the trek and we are all eager to kick start the journey inside Kanchendzongha National Park. Had relaxed overnight sleep on previous night post dinner. Operation Manger of HT for Sikkim region Mon Bahadur Subba hosted us really well at HOTEL GOECHALA VALLEY which is owned by Vikram. Had morning breakfast at GUPTA RESTAURANT at Yuksum Bazar after freshen-up.

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Experimenting with Nikon D3100 as usual at our Hotel
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Streets of Yuksum – Pic#1
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Few morning clicks at Yuksum!
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Prayer flags – These are common things all around Sikkim!
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Scenic Yuksum Bazar
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Breakfast Point at Yuksum

Before start of the trek, Mon Bahadur Subba collected 2 set of Passport photos & ID proof for forest entry permission at KNP. Richard went to Police Station at Yuksum behalf of us.

We are only 4, Benny decided to start on 2nd day and planned to join us directly at Tsokha along with Rhik. Rhik Sengupta is ground coordinator of HT who will lead our team during the entire trek.

Myself, Richard, Arjit & Soumen started around 10:00 AM from HOTEL GOECHALA VALLEY where we did overnight stay. Took some photos before start of the unforgettable journey.

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Started our Dzongri & Goecha La journey around 10:00 AM
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Selfie with Arjit & Soumen at Yuksum
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Memorable walk on the streets of Yuksum!
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Approaching Kathog Monastery
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Team posing to my camera at Kathog Monastery
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Beautiful Kathog Monastery
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Group photo at Kathog Monastery
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Group selfie at Kathog Monastery
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Around Kathog Monastery…

Started around 11:00 AM from Yuksum post exploration of monastery to 1st camp-site of Dzongri & Goecha La journey Sachen. Skipped Kathog Lake exploration since we are already late. Initial 2 Kms. of walk is on streets of Yuksum which will take us to start point of the trek. Couple of shops, KNP Check-post, Some village houses and Football ground can be seen around Yuksum.

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Initial 2 Kms. of walk before reaching trek start point begun…
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Lovely place to enjoy Mother nature
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Entrance gate of Kathog Lake which we didn’t explore due to time constraint
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Walk on streets of Yuksum continued
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Heavenly place to play football – A football ground at Yuksum
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KNP Check-post near Trek start point
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Beautiful houses of Yuksum
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Few guidelines for Trekkers can be seen at KNP Check-post
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Team close to trek start point at Yuksum

Initial walk took us through dense forest inside KNP. Clear trail was already there because this trek is Legendary one and thousands of people trek every year. Packed lunch was not served to us since trek staff decided to serve lunch at Sachen camp-site itself once we reach. There are 3 Bridges we need to cross en-route Sachen camp-site and walking on these Bridges is one of the unique experiences during the trek! We met many Americans, Germans, Australians & of course Indians who were returning from Goecha La experience and every one returning with different experience with them. Had N number of breaks during 1st day journey at Kanchendzongha National Park and clicked memories in our camera. Reached Sachen camp-site around 3:30 PM after crossing 3 Bridges.

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Finally, trek started on Legendary trail of KNP
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Team enjoying the initial journey inside KNP
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Dense forest inside KNP
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Journey continues inside KNP
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Getting down on the way
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Pit stop points en-route 1st Bridge
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Group photo while closing in 1st Bridge
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Group photo at 1st Bridge with Bhim
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Welcome to Kangchendzonga National Park
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A break before entering Himalayan world of KNP
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Altitude Board at 1st Bridge

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Another capture at 1st Bridge
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Stairway to Heaven…
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Initial hike at KNP gave us what to expect next few days…
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Common scene during the trek – Dzos all over the trail!
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Witnessed few waterfalls en-route Sachen!
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Making way to returning people from Dzongri & Goecha La en-route Sachen
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Some experiments…
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Group selfie en-route Sachen
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Dense forest of KNP
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Selfie en-route Sachen
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Wow! What a sight…
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Bhim at 3rd Bridge

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Group photo at 3rd Bridge

Once reached Sachen camp-site, trek staff pitched tent for us.

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Trek staff pitching tent for us – 2 numbers
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Our Guide Bhim at Sachen

Had lunch around 4:00 PM at Kitchen Hut in Sachen.

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All set for delayed lunch at Sachen Kitchen Hut…
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Richard, Arjit & Soumen at Sachen Kitchen Hut

Spent evening time at Sachen camp-site by chitchatting with fellow trek mates. Had dinner around 7:30 PM and told Bye Bye for the day with challenging day at store on 2nd day.

River & Bridges en-route Sachen camp-site:

There are 3 Famous Bridges which is constructed to 3 different rivers one can witness while trekking to Sachen camp-site. Please find details below:

1st Bridge  – Pha Khola River

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2nd Bridge – Chu Che River

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3rd Bridge – Minthu Gang River

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Camp-site:

Sachen camp-site is pretty average camp-site in-terms of Himalayan standards because it is situated inside dense forest en-route Tsokha. It is 1st camp-site of Dzongri & Goecha La Trek and Kitchen Hut available for cooking & camping. Camp-site is surrounded by huge trees all over and Dzo (It is hybrid between the Yak and domestic cattle).

Temperature: Around 5 to 10 degree Celsius at night since camp-site situated at lower altitude.

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Kitchen Hut of Sachen
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