Monastic Trek

The trek from Pelling to Tashiding via Khecheopalri Lake is often called the “Monastic Trek” taking the trekker through some of the most historically significant Monasteries of Sikkim, offering the visitor an intimate glimpse of the Sikkimese version of Lamaism and life in traditional villages.

Monastic Trek Itinerary

Day 01 Trek starts from Pelling. Trek to Sangacholing Monastery 3 kms from your hotel. Situated high above a wooded hill, this monastery was built in 1697 and considered to be one of the oldest Monasteries in Sikkim. The 40 min trek passes through steep hilly slopes covered with thick forest covers. Back to hotel for lunch and trek to Pemayangtse Monastery (30 min). Situated at an altitude of 6840 ft it was established by Lhatsun Chempo, a reverend Lama. This ancient monastery belongs to Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Bhuddism. Return to Hotel in the afternoon. Overnight at Pelling.

Day 02 Trek starts in the morning to Khecheopalri (24kms) through the forested hills. The rustling streams colourful orchids and birds will adorn your way. Khecheopalri is a sacred hidden lake encircled by rich forest covered hills. Visit to monastery. Overnight at trekkers’ hut at Khecheopalri.

Day 03 Trek to Yuksom (16kms), the first Capital of Sikkim and a land of myths and legends. Visit Norbugang Throne, a testimony of a historical event when three learned Lamas from three different corers incarnated here the first Chogyal King of Sikkim in 1641. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 Trek to Dubdi Monastery (3kms). Built in 1701 Dubdi is the oldest monastery in Sikkim. The trek winds through high natural forests and commands an excellent view of Yuksom. Back to Yuksom. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05 Trek to Tashiding (16kms). Built in 1717 the Monastery holds several myths of Sikkim Buddhism. Tashiding is also famous for the most holy chortens and presents a glorious view of Kunchenjunga. Overnight at trekkers’ hut.