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Kishong - Tholung Trek

 
 

The Sikkim Himalayas, the epitome of the world’s mountains, encompass a wonderland, which for sheer beauty and magnificence remains unbeaten elsewhere in the globe. Lonely vales and dales, gapping chasms and terrifying gorges, thrilling lakes and streams, turquoise hued as mirrors, crystal clear, on which the king of Mountains, crowned with eternal snows, casts shadows long and lovely. 

Sikkim is situated in the lap of the eastern Himalayas below Mt.Khangchendzonga (8598m.3rd highest Mountain in the world) to the north of Sikkim lies the vast area of the great Tibetan plateau, to the west the kingdom of Nepal, to the east the kingdom of Bhutan and the Chumbi Valley of Tibet, while the neighboring State of West Bengal stretches along its southern boundary. Sikkim is the 22nd State of India.

THOLUNG MONASTERY TREK
Tholung Monastery was first built in the reign of Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal in the early 18th century. It contains rare and valuable scriptures and artifacts of other monasteries that were brought here for safety during the invasion of Sikkim by the Nepalese during late 17th and early 19th century. A brass Chorten within the monastery contains the ashes of one of the incarnates of Lama Latsun Chembo, the patron saint of Sikkim. All the relics are kept sealed in thirteen boxes under the supervision of the government of Sikkim. Once every three years in the month of April the relics are shown to the public in the monastery complex. The last display of the relics was held in April 91.

Approaching Tholung
Tholung at an altitude of 8,000 ft lies in the sparsely Lepcha populated Dzongu area of North Sikkim and falls in the restricted area for which a inner line permit is required by Indian Nationals. To reach Tolung, one has to travel by road upto Linzey.  From Linzey to Tolung is a 20-km walk and takes approximately five hours along the thundering Tolung River through dense forests and cardamom groves.

The Trail
Precipitous cliffs surround the easy track, from which plummet down waterfalls in white plumes hundreds of feet below into the narrow gorges to the valley floor. Birds tweet louder to make themselves heard over the sound of the waterfalls and the rivers. Perched precariously on these cliffs here and there are the huts of the hardy Lepchas.

As one walks towards Tholung, the surrounding mountains on the top of which ice clings tenaciously even during the summer seem to close in. On reaching Tholung one can understand why the Sikkimese chose this place to keep the relics here out of the reach of the invading Nepalese. Because of its vantage location it was easy to guard hence this place was selected for relics. There is a pilgrims hut. An easy walk of about an hour along the Tholung River takes one to a religious spot - Devta Pani.

 
     
   
     
 

 

 
 

KISHONG - THOLUNG TREK
09 Days 08 Nights

 Day 01

 

Bagodgra to Gangtok

 Day 02

 

Gangtok sightseeing. Enchey Monastery, Handicrafts, Tibetology and Rumtek Monastery.

 Day 03

 

Drive from Gangtok to Lingza. On the way see Kabi Lunchok, Phodong Monastery. (6 hrs)

 Day 04

 

Lingza to Tholung Gompa (Trek) Lunch at Changey. Night Halt at Tholung in Tent (6 hrs)

 Day 05

 

Halt at Tholung Monastery. Visit Holy Rock (Devta Dhunga). Over Night in a Tent.

 Day 06

 

Trek to Upper Tholung. Night Halt (6 hrs) (Upper Tholung to Kishong. Kishong Halt (8 hrs)

 Day 07

 

Upper Tholung to Changey (4 hrs)

 Day 08

 

Changey to Lingza( 4 hrs) Drive to Singhik.

Day 09

 

Singhik to Gangtok / Bagdogra

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