Dzongri Trek Photos: Yuksom to Dzongri Peak in Sikkim

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    A Classic Sikkim Trekking Opportunity

    A small camp at Dzongri, a destination on the popular Goecha La trek within Kanchendzonga National Park, Sikkim, India
    ••• A small camp at Dzongri, a destination on the popular Goecha La trek within Kanchendzonga National Park, Sikkim, India. Nigel Killeen/Getty Images.

    The trek to Dzongri peak is a classic Sikkim trekking opportunity. It starts at Yuksom and passes through the dense tropical forest of Kachenjunga National Park. Magnificent views of mountain peaks, rhododendron forests, and the river flowing down in the valley add to its charm.

    Look through these Dzongi peak trek photos and read the accompanying Dzongri Trek Travelogue, submitted by Saurabh Srivastava, to experience the stunning natural beauty of this area.

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    Dzongri Peak Trek Food

    Trek food.
    ••• Saurabh Srivastava

    Food for the trek to Dzongri peak, for the group of four.
     

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    Yangri Gang Hotel in Yuksom

    Yangri Gang Hotel in Yuksom
    ••• Saurabh Srivastava

    The group stayed at the Hotel Yangri Gang, which is a clean and cheap hotel in Yuksom. Expect to pay about 200 rupees for a double room, with shared bathrooms, for a day.

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    View at Yuksom

    View at Yuksom.
    ••• Saurabh Srivastava

    Yuksom is a small village in Sikkim, with a population of about 150. The open roads and view of snow clad peaks produce an immediate contrast with the otherwise crowded roads of Delhi.

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    Buddhist Flags at Yuksom

    Buddhist flags at Yuksom.
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    Buddhist flags flutter in the wind at Yuksom, leading to the start of the trekking trail.

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    Yuksom Dzongri Trek Map

    Trekking Map
    ••• Saurabh Srivastava

    Map outside the entrance to Kanchendzonga National Park, where the trek starts.

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    Rhododendrons from Yuksom to Tshoka

    ••• Saurabh Srivastava

    The trek passes through magnificent rhododendron forests with white and red flowers.

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    View at Bakkhim

    ••• Saurabh Srivastava

    Bakkhim offers stunning views of the mountain peaks on a clear day.

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    On the Way to Tshoka

    ••• Saurabh Srivastava
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    Group Photo at Tshoka

    ••• Left to right: Mithlesh, Gaurav, Raghav, Saurabh. Saurabh Srivastava

    The group stayed at the trekker's hut, provided by Sikkim Tourism, in Tshoka.

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    Tshoka to Phetang

    ••• Saurabh Srivastava

    The way from Tshoka to Phetang is well marked with wooden steps, although snow can make them invisible.

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    Dzos Hauling Equipment

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    Trekkers' equipment is commonly carried by strong and study Dzo's, which are half cow and half yak.

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    Phetang

    ••• Saurabh Srivastava
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    Traces of Snow Ahead of Phetang

    ••• Saurabh Srivastava
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    Phetang to Dzongri

    ••• Saurabh Srivastava

    The snow started getting heavier towards Dzongri.

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    Heavy Snow Near Dzongri

    ••• Saurabh Srivastava

    The group got caught in heavy snowfall near Dzongri.

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    Dzongri Trekker's Hut

    ••• Saurabh Srivastava

    The snow covered the trekker's hut in Dzongri, and the strong winds threatened to blow it away.

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    Dzongri Peak

    ••• Saurabh Srivastava

    The group was unable to climb to Dzongri peak because of the unrelenting snowfall. Unfortunately, they didn't get to see the 14 mountain peaks of the Kanchendzonga range, which are visible from the Dzongri peak on a clear day.