Yoga Trails in Dzongu, Sikkim
Upcoming Fixed-departure Trips: 3 - 7 April 2019, 3 - 9 April (including 2-day hike to Tholung monastery)
Dzongu, an exotic destination in North Sikkim is the only Lepcha reserve in the country. Lepcha tribesmen are the original inhabitants of Sikkim. Here is a tribe that lives in harmony with nature and reveres the forests and the mountains. While Lepchas originally followed an animistic religion called Bongthingism, they converted to Buddhism when the Bhotias came to Sikkim in the 7th century.
Dense evergreen forests, terraced fields and snow-capped mountains define the landscape of Dzongu. The trip to Dzongu includes several interesting hikes to villages and locations that offer commanding views of Kanchenjunga and other tall peaks. Staying in comfortable Lepcha-run homestays provides opportunities to get an insight into Lepcha culture, their traditions and way of life.
Participate in yoga sessions, guided by a proficient yoga-trainer belonging to the Krishnamachari-school of yoga. Go on hikes to neighbouring villages and interesting sights in the afternoons.
Difficulty Level: WITP!
Season: All year except mid-June to August-end
Trip Duration: 5 days/4 nights (Pakyong airport to Pakyong airport)
Trek duration: 4 days
Max Elevation: 1600m (Kuesong village)
Region: Dzongu in North Sikkim
Cost: Please ask us for a quote
|Day 1||Your city||Tingvong||The flight from Kolkata lands at around 11 am at Pakyong. After collecting our bags, we shall directly drive (about 100km, 4 hours) to Tingvong, an idyllic villlage in North Sikkim. We shall stop for lunch en route.. Check into the homestay at Tingvong, our home for the next four nights.
|Day 2||Tingvong||Yoga in the morning session. In the afternoon, go on an easy hike to Kuesong, Lingko and Payel villages. Visit Tingvong monastery on the way back and then return to the homestay.|
|Day 3||Tingvong||Lyngdem - Tingvong||Yoga session in the morning. After lunch, drive down to Teesta river. Spend some time on the river beach. Then cross the bridge and do a hike to Lyngdem village. Visit the hot water spring there and head back to Teesta bridge. Drive back to the homestay|
|Day 4||Tingvong||Yoga session in the morning. Village walk in the afternoon – visit two neighbouring villages called Nung and Namprik.|
|Day 5||Tingvong||Your city||After an early breakfast, drive back to Pakyong airport in order to catch a flight to Kolkata, and onward to your city. The drive should take around 5 hours.|
|Tingvong||Tholung Monastery||Drive to 12th mile, about 10 km from Tingvong. The trail to Tholung from here follows Rimpi river all the way to the monastery. It passes through an unspoilt thick forest with amazing diversity. Crossing rickety bamboo bridges along the way can be a hair-raising, adventurous experience. The 11 km trek should take around 4 to 5 hours.|
|(Extension) Day 6||Tholung Monastery||Tingvong||Explore the surrounding areas – visit the sacred rock, cave etc. In the morning. The downhill trek from Tholung to the bridge at 12th mile should only take about 3 hours. From there, it's about a 30 min drive to Tingvong|
|(Extension) Day 7||Tingvong||Your city||After an early breakfast, drive back to Pakyong airport in order to catch a flight to Kolkata, and onward to your city. The drive should take around 5 hours.|