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Day 2: Trek from Sachen to Tsokha via Bakhim

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Trek date during Dzongri & Goecha La Trek: 06th November 2016 (Sunday)

Trek distance: Around 7 Kms.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Highlights during the trek:

  1. Pretty Average Sachen camp-site.
  2. Famous Prek Chu River.
  3. Huge 4th bridge of KNP to Prek Chur River.
  4. Continuous steep ascent post 4th bridge till Bakhim.
  5. Forest Bungalow and Coffee shop at Bakhim.
  6. High Altitude Milk Coffee at Bakhim.
  7. Unexpected meet-up with Harsh Chaudhary (Bihari) & Arun Singh Rawat (Pahadi) at Bakhim.
  8. Tiresome hiking experience from 4th Bridge till Tsokha.
  9. Horses, Mules & Dzos all over the valley.
  10. Wide & Beautiful Tsokha camp-site.
  11. Trekkers Hut at Tsokha camp-site.
  12. Beautiful Tsokha Monastery on the banks of small lake.
  13. Breathtaking views of Mt. Pandim, Mt. Jopunu, Mt. Tenzing Khang, Mt. Lama & Lamuney from Tsokha camp-site.
  14. Scenic views of Yuksum & Hill station of Pelling from Tsokha camp-site.
  15. Golden Hour Beauty of Mountains from Tsokha camp-site.
  16. Briefing & Self-intro session at Trekkers Hut in Tsokha.

Challenges: Moderate day of trek with walk on narrow trails at Kangchenjunga National Park & Strenuous uphill hike post 4th Bridge till Tsokha.

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

  • Sachen camp-site comes around 2189 Mtr.
  • Tsokha camp-site comes around 2900 Mtr.
  • Tsokha Monastery comes around 2985 Mtr.

Day in brief:

It was 2nd day of trek and got up at 5:00 AM. Had morning formalities around 6:00 AM. Breakfast was ready at 7:30 AM. Trek crew informed us to have early breakfast so we can leave before IH group. Had breakfast and packed our rucksack.

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Morning clicks at Sachen
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Altitude Board at Sachen
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Click of trail on which we had journey previous day…
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Another view of Sachen camp-site with Dzos around…
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All set for early breakfast
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Mountain Men of Sikkim!
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Sachen camp-site in different angle
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Sun-rays on Sachen…

Started around 8:30 AM from Sachen camp-site towards Tsokha after few group pics.

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Group selfie with crew at Sachen
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Group selfie with Team at Sachen before start of Day 2 journey

Initial stretch is easiest one with downhill which led us to 4th Bridge. Met few Germans, Australians on the way. I believe 4th bridge to Prek Chu is one of the highlights of this memorable journey cos of its hanging structure. Reached 4th bridge at 10:00 AM.

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Final capture of Sachen as soon as Day 2 journey begun…
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Initial downhill stretch…
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Some uphill too…
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Common scene during the trek – Porter’s all the way on trail!
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Group photo before getting down to 4th Bridge
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Captures while closing in 4th Bridge
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Famous Prek Chu

Took half an hour break at 4th bridge and started around 10:30 AM.

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Took much needed half an hour break at 4th Bridge
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Classic view of 4th Bridge

It was steep ascent all the way from this point. Took small break at 11:00 AM and started again at 11:15 AM. Took many small breaks en-route and reached Bakhim at 12:00 PM. Took one hour break.

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Steep ascent all the way…
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Tiresome steep all the way indeed…
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Closing in Bakhim
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Valley opened up while closing in Bakhim – Amazing view indeed!
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Bakhim – Finally reached!

About Bakhim: Bakhim is small pit-stop point en-route Tsokha which consists of Forest Bungalow and Coffee shop. It is also famous for it’s High Altitude Milk Coffee which cost 30 Rupees each.

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Lovely place to take break en-route Tsokha – Bakhim
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Experiments at Bakhim
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Selfie with Soumen at Bakhim
Unexpected meet-up of my Facebook Inspirations

Meanwhile biggest surprise of the day is awaited for me at Bakhim. Met Harsh Chaudhary (Bihari) & Arun Singh Rawat (Pahadi) at Bakhim. Initially, i saw Arun Rawat but not sure whether he is or not cos i was not his friend in facebook. After sometime, Harsh came to me and introduced him. Wow! he didn’t posted anywhere that he will be at Sikkim during my trek dates. He told me he saw my Instagram post and thought we have chance to meet. Between these 2 Adventurous Souls cum Photographers are Amazing Himalayan freaks who inspired and motivated me to do more Himalayan Treks. I sent fb friend request to Harsh after seeing his photographs in The Himalayan Club around 11 months back. Amazing! Isn’t it? We destined to meet at Mountains 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Myself & Harsh at Famous Coffee shop of Bakhim (PC: Arun Rawat)
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Rawat bhai resting at Bakhim Coffee Shop…

Had 2 High Altitude Milk Coffee’s at Bakhim. 30 Rupees each – Cheap! Isn’t it? Amazing taste 🙂

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Famous High Altitude Milk Coffee of Bakhim

Started to Toskha from Bakhim around 1:00 PM after 1 hour break. Took couple of breaks all the way till Tsokha. It is continues steep ascent and reached Tsokha around 2:30 PM.

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Forest Bungalow on left side of trail…
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Some clicks at Bakhim while heading towards Tsokha
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Forest Bungalow of Bakhim en-route Tsokha
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Lovely scenes 🙂
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Another steep ascent before closing in Tsokha
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Valley opened up so Breathtaking views too!
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Another half Kms. to Tsokha
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There you go! Our Day 2 camp-site – Tsokha
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Altitude Board at Tsokha Trekkers Hut…

Had welcome drink and soup followed by Alu Parata which is nothing but our Day 2 lunch at Tsokha.

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Beautiful Bird at Tsokha
A visit to Tsokha Monastery

At 3:30 PM, we decided to explore beautiful Tsokha. I explored Tsokha solo-way and walked all the way to Monastery. Roamed in & around Tsokha and took some memorable pics. Reached camp-site again by 5:00 PM.

About Tsokha Monastery: Tsokha Monastery is one of the beautiful monasteries situated around Tsokha on the way to Dzongri & Goecha La.

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Mesmerizing capture of Tsokha Monastery
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Selfie at Tsokha Monastery
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One group is returning from Dzongri & Goecha La experience at Tsokha
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Wide & Beautiful Tsokha camp-site
Golden Beauties of KNP from Tsokha

Got to witness Golden Hour Beauties of mountains such as Mt. Pandim, Mt. Jopunu, Mt. Tenzing Khang, Mt. Lama & Lamuney. Clicked fabulous pics and moved to Trekkers Hut for dinner.

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Breathtaking views from Tsokha camp-site – Pic#1
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Majestic Mountains all set for Golden Beauty!

Golden Beauties from Tsokha – Mount Pandim

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Golden Beauties from Tsokha – Mt. Jopunu, Mt. Tenzing Khang, Mt. Lama & Lamuney

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Breathtaking views from Tsokha camp-site – Pic#2

Meanwhile Rhik & Benny joined us at Tsokha around 3:30 PM. I met Rhik and he had self-intro session of everyone at Trekkers Hut around 7:00 PM.

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Hot & Tasty Momo’s for dinner prepared by our cook Rohit Subbu – Yummy!

Had dinner & told Bye Bye for the day with Trek to Dzongri in store for 3rd day.

Camp-site:

Tsokha camp-site is 2nd camp-site during Dzongri & Goecha La Trek. It is one if its kind camp-site which is famous for scenic views of Yuksum & Hill station of Pelling. If one is lucky golden hour beauties of Mountains can be witnessed from this camp-site. One monastery also available in Tsokha along with few village houses & Trekkers Hut.

Temperature: Temperature is around  0 to 5 degree Celsius at night.

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Wide & Beautiful camp-site of KNP – Tsokha
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