Sikkim has always been a great host to those in love with increasing altitudes and this time the season calls for Dzongri. The trek to Dzongri and Goechela, if taken as just-another-trek will be surely mistaken for even the professional trekkers are advised to go through a specific time of rigorous exercises before taking on the adventure. The 7 to 10 days trek to reach an altitude of 4200 metres is maybe one of the most difficult treks along the Himalays but also the energy spent is worthwhile. The beauty if to be written would just be a hint of what it actually is – the sangmarmar white gigantic peaks all around the trek path, the green-gold patchwork like view and the feel of something abstract in a place so surreal are all that makes the journey an inevitable one.
There’s this undue affection between me and hills, the higher I go the higher I want to go. I clad out of my vertigo cobweb and spread out to enjoy the thrill, the rush, the ache, the bliss that only a geographical elevation can provide. The air of unmisted beauty, the melody of atmosphere and the chill of something pious – tempting enough.
The trek starts from Yuksom that is situated at an elevation of 1740 metres from sea level. It falls under west Sikkim and all the arrangements for the trek are to be made here for this the point from where the human civilization starts sparing off till Dzongri. It is advisable to start off early in the morning as the weather is something not to be trusted upon and the trekkers surely need to have a way with dealing cold – for the temperature even drops to negative at times and this fluctuation is found in all the times of the year.
The first halt would be at Bakhim(2700 metres) after trekking some 15 kilometres from Yuksom. We found that there is no other evidence of human habitation except for the family of caretaker that lives in the trekkers hut at Bakhim. Bakhim can also be a troublesome point for those not accustomed to frequent altitude changes and one can either stay or even skip a night’s stay at Bakhim to enjoy the blissful sunrise at Tshoka.
Tshoka, being the third halt stands tall at a towering height of 3400 metres can be reached by a 2 km trek from Bakhim and again the human population seems rather nil here but the mind probing thing is the cultivation of various crops during summer that is a common practice.
Thansing is the fork stuck between the road leading to Dzongri and/or Samiti where from the reflection of the huge Mt. Pandim can be viewed on the lake Samiti is known for. Basically, Thansing is the base point for the mountain.
The excitement lasts till the journey lasts. The highest point of a mountain range is an expectation till we reach it, a sense of lostlessness grows as we climb it up and it’s time to leave it.
Dzongri is all about the journey, obviously the destination is like a dream spot but isn’t a dream drive better than a dream spot?
The trek involves viewing the ranges of Kanchenjunga or more appropriately known as Khangchendzonga. All the vallour of Shiva is like a hardbound reality once engulfed in the Himalayan circumference. The white finds a new meaning, the green a new value and life? Life finds its lost virginity.
Sikkim is something big yet not to be missed. Sikkim is a treasure chest of relief and peace. The ambience, the atmosphere is more of a third eye view on our life.
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Soham is a first year Media Student from NSHM Institute of Media and Design, Kolkata. His interest lies in writing, reading, photography; specially writing on travel and tourism and the culture and traditions of India. In these 18 years that he has travelled life, the thrill of roaming and writing just got him closer to himself.