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Day 3: Trek from Tsokha to Dzongri via Phedang & Deorali Top

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Trek date during Dzongri & Goecha La Trek: 07th November 2016 (Monday)

Trek distance: Around 10 Kms.

Time taken: Around 7 to 8 hours.

Difficulty level: Moderate & strenuous.

Highlights during the trek:

  1. Wide & Beautiful Tsokha camp-site.
  2. Trekkers Hut at Tsokha camp-site.
  3. Golden Hour Beauty of Mountains from Tsokha camp-site.
  4. Scenic views of Yuksum & Hill station of Pelling from Tsokha camp-site.
  5. Breathtaking views of Mt. Pandim, Mt. Jopunu, Mt. Tenzing Khang, Mt. Lama & Lamuney from Tsokha camp-site.
  6. Beautiful Tsokha Monastery on the banks of small lake en-route Dzongri.
  7. Trek through trails full of Paved wooden logs.
  8. Rhododendrons trees can be seen throughout the trail till Deorali Top.
  9. Heavenly Phedang viewpoint.
  10. Kitchen Hut at Phedang.
  11. Breathtaking views of Mt. Tenzing Khang, Mt. Lama & Lamuney from Phedang.
  12. Tiresome hiking experience till Deorali Top.
  13. Breathtakingly beautiful views of Mountains of KNP including Mt. Kangchendzonga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Jopunu, Mt. Tenzing Khang, Mt. Lama & Lamuney, etc. from deorali Top.
  14. Horses, Mules & Dzos all over the valley.
  15. View of Dzongri Top (Dablhagang) en-route Dzongri from Deorali Top.
  16. Chilly Dzongri camp-site.

Challenges: Moderate day of trek with walk on narrow trails at Tosh valley.

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

  • Tsokha camp-site comes around 2900 Mtr.
  • Phedang comes around 3696 Mtr.
  • Deorali Top comes around 4100 Mtr.
  • Dzongri camp-site comes around 4060 Mtr.
Day in brief:

Day 3 of the Dzongri & Goecha La Trek. It was great evening at Tsokha on previous day because breathtaking views of Golden Beauty of Himalayan Mountains in the evening. Our Trek lead Rhik informed us to wake-up early on 3rd day since strenuous day in store due to continuous uphill till Deorali Top.

I got up around 5:00  AM and waited for view of mighty Himalayan mountains during Sunrise at Tsokha camp-site. Got pretty average stuff in the morning. Around 6:00 AM, freshen-up and Bhim served Black Tea for everyone.
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Camping place near Trekkers Hut at Tsokha
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Trekkers Hut at Tsokha
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Finally got perfect picture from the tent 😛

Packed our rucksack and had much needed morning breakfast at 7:00 AM. Decided to start early from Tsokha because continuous steep ascent is in offering!

Started around 8:15 AM to our next camp-site Dzongri from Tsokha. Took group photo with Benny who is returning to Yuksum due to sever health reasons.
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Adventurous 5 @ Tsokha – Bidding adieu to Benny
This stretch is having 2 pit-stop points before reaching Dzongri camp-site. Both pit-stop points are famous as view point destinations en-route Dzongri.
  1. Phedang
  2. Deorali Top
Initial hike was steep ascent which goes through Tsokha Monastery which is located on the banks of small lake.
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Day 3 journey begun around 8:15 AM from Tsokha
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Steep ascent all the way!
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Final click of Tsokha before entering into forest

Uphill climb will take us to trails with Paved wooden logs and Rhododendrons trees can be seen throughout the trail. Hike was steep all the way with boring experience till Phedang which is 5 Kms. from Tsokha.

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Entering into forest full of Rhododendrons trees
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Trails with paved wooden logs
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Soumen enjoying journey at KNP!

Reached Phedang Round 11:30 AM and clicked many photos on the way. Dzo’s, Mules & Horses can be witnessed throughout the trail. We met many groups too who already done with Dzongri & Goecha La or either they are on the way.

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Some trekking enthusiasts who are on the way to Dzongri…
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Tiresome journey to Phedang
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Porters also walking along with us…
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Easy walk midway
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Closing in Phedang…
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Wow! what a pic it is…
1st pit-stop point: Phedang
Phedang is one more optional camp-site + view point destination available en-route Dzongri from Tsokha. It was 5 Kms. of continuous steep ascent and trail is surrounded by dense Rhododendrons trees which will take us to Phedang from Tsokha. One Kitchen Hut is available at Phedang.
Breathtaking views of Mt. Jopunu, Mt. Tenzing Khang, Mt. Lama & Lamuney can be witnessed from Phedang if one is lucky & weather is clear. We are lucky to get views of these Mountains.
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Phedang with clear sky – Lucky we!
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Camp-site full of Dzo’s & Trekkers too…
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Kitchen Hut at Phedang

Rhik told us take 30 minutes break before starting for Deorali Top which is 3 Kms. from Phedang. Break got extended since we spent more time in photography and time was 12:30 PM when we started for Deorali Top.

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Final click of Phedang before leaving to Deorali Top
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Started to Deorali Top around 12:30 PM

Another forest stretch with good amount of Rhododendrons trees. 3 Kms. of continuous uphill took us to Deorali Top around 2:00 PM.

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Looking back at stretch we trekked to reach Deorali Top…

8 Kms. is what we covered so far with 2 kms. of trek in store to Dzongri which is nothing but our Day 3 camp-site.

2nd pit-stop point: Deorali Top

Deorali Top is another pit stop point available during available en-route Dzongri from Tsokha. It was 8 Kms. of continuous steep ascent. Trail is surrounded by dense Rhododendrons trees initillay which will take us to Phedang. From Phrdang another 3 Kms. will take us to Deorali Top. This stretch is strenuous experience all the way.

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In Pic (Right to Left): South, North, Dome & Black Kabru peaks, Mt. Kangchendzonga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Jopunu & Mt. Tenzing Khang

 Spent 45 Minutes at Deorali Top and explored place like anything. Clicked some breathtaking pics.

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Group selfie at Deorali Top
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Spacious Deorali Top
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Richard posing for my camera at Deoarli Top

With 2 kms. of trek in offering, Started to Dzongri from Deorali Top around 2:45 PM. It is easiest part of the day with open valley and one can see breathtaking views of mighty mountains belongs to Kangchendzonga Nationak Park, West Sikkim all the way till Dzongri. Dzongri Top (Dablhagang) which is nothing but view point destination can be seen at distance while heading towards Dzongri.

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Breathtaking views all the way – Pic#1
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Serenity at it’s Best!!!
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Selfie with Richard en-route Dzongri
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My signature click at Deorali Top!
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Breathtaking views all the way – Pic#2
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Up & down stretch to Dzongri camp-site
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Mesmerizing stuff from my Nikon…
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Another half an hour to Dzongri…
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Closing in Dzongri…

Reached Dzongri camp-site around 4:00 PM. Tent was already pitched from trek staff at Dzongri camp-site.

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There you go! We are at Dzongri…

Had evening snacks followed by dinner at Trekkers Hut. Bhim explained us Day 4 plans and informed us to wake-up by 3:30 PM so we can start Trek to Dzongri Top at 5:00 AM sharp so we shouldn’t miss sunrise from Dzongri Top (Dablhagang).

Told Bye Bye for the day around 8:00 PM with trek to Dzongri Top in the store during morning hours.
Camp-site:

Dzongri is beautiful camp-site of Kangchendzonga National Park which can be used as camping spot for overnight stay en-route Dzongri & Goecha La. It is just below Dzongri Top (View point destination) which is famous for 360 degree view of Kangchendzonga National Park. People camp here and trek to Dzongri Top earlymorning to witness Magical Beauty of Himalayas during sunrise.

Temperature: Around Minus 5 to 5 degree Celsius at night.

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Famous Dzongri camp-site
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