The famous silk route that connected Lhasa (Tibet) to Kalimpongwas in use even a few decades ago until the Chinese invasion in Tibet. Zuluk / Dzuluk, located in East Sikkim, used to be a small village on this route. It was commonly used by traders traveling to Tibet through Jelep-la ("La" stands for mountaipass) (It is and overnight base) Today it is fast emerging as a new tourist destination in East Sikkim. Zuluk derives its tourism importance due to the excellent view of the eastern Himalayan mountain range including the Kanchenjunga that it offers. A trip to the area requires special permits. The permits though would be arranged by naturebeyond, and as a guest you would only need to provide your id proof and photograph. Zuluk is a small village with population of about 700 people. There is an army base which is used as a transit camp for the army movement to the Chinese boarder a few kilometers away. During the summer months, the area and its surrounding hills are covered with thousands of blooming rhododendron. Zuluk during these months, is a riot of colors due to the variety of rhododendron that can be seen here.

Weather: Zuluk at an altitude of about 7,000 ft offers pleasant weather during most of the year. The rainy season is a little protracted and heavy to very heavy showers are common. The winter may see snowfall in the area. The summer temperature would be varying near 20 degree Celsius with substantial difference between the day and night temperature. Tourists visiting the area are advised to carry worm clothing and umbrella. Wildlife sanctury: Zuluk is surrounded by wild forest, some of the forests are completely virgin. Sighting of Deer, Wild Dog, Himalayan Bear the red panda is not very uncommon. Some tigers have also reportedly been sighted in the area. A variety of birds can also be seen such as Monal Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Khaleez Pheasant, Snow Pheasant and others. How to reach zaluk: Zuluk is about 3 hours from Gangtok. You need to pre arrange special permit for visiting this restricted area that is issued from a place called Rangli or it can be arrange at sikkim infromation center at gangtok.
Itinerary for 1N/2D
Day 01 Pick Up from Gangtok, NJP (Siliguri) or Bagdugra to LIngtam via Rangpo, Rongli Bazar, Sisney Aritar lake (lampokhari lake) and overnight stay in Lingtam or Zaluk.
Day 02 Lingtam or Zaluk to Gangtok(Silk Route) via Phademchen view points, Q-khola Falls, dhupidara, Lungthung, Salamidara, Tukla Dara (Baba dham), Gnathung, Kupup, Sarathang (China Market) Nathula Pass, Changu Lake, Mandakeni Falls.
Itinerary for 2N/3D
Day 01 Pick Up from Gangtok, NJP (Siliguri) or Bagdugra to LIngtam via Rangpo, Rongli Bazar, Sisney and overnight stay in Lingtam.
Day 02 Sunrise at Ganak Dara (1200ft. Alt) via Zaluk Silk Route (Zig Zac Road 1, 2 & 3, Thambi View, Salami View points, Bhutan View, Black Lake, Old Baba Mandir, Gnathang Velley, Tugla Battle Field, Elephant lake, Jelepla Pass, Mac Mohan Line ( Indo China Border). Overnight Zaluk.
Day 03 Kupup Valley, Memen-chu lake, New Baba Mandir, World Highest Golf Course (Gunnies Record), Young husband treck, Sharathang Trade Mart, Thangu lake, Nathula Pass and Gangtok Overnight stay at Gangtok.

  • Day 1:
  • Gangtok-Yuksom, drive, 138kms, 7 hours. Yuksom: altitude: 1,740meters.
    A drive on an unfrequented traffic through a meandering Himalayan road, terraced farm land, deep forest, cardamom field, streams and rivulets, hanging bridge. Arrive Yuksom, valley surrounded by hills covered with dense forest. Halt at Hotel .

  • Day 2:
  • Yuksom trek Bakhim , 12kms and 6 hours. Bakhim altitude: 2,743meters. Altitude gain: 1003 meters.
    Trail leads through an undulating climbs later reach Perekchu Bridge from where aSteep climb of 1 hour runs through the Rhododendron trees, arrive Bakhim with a forest cover of Oak, Birch, Magnolia and Bamboo. Bakhim attract plenty of birds such as magpie, robins, honey sucker, Flycatchers, sunbirds etc. Halt Hut or Tented camp.

  • Day 3:
  • Trek Bakhim - Tshoka 2kms. 1hour, Bakhim altitude: 2,743meters.Tshokha: 3048meters.
    Altitude gains: 305 meters. Tshoka is a small village that provides a view of Mount Pandim and other smaller peaks. Tshoka to Phedang trail is full of moss laden Rhododendron trees with birds such as Satyrragopan, Rose Finch, Blood Pheasant and Himalayan Black Bear, Red panda. Trail further moves up with Silver fur trees later vanishes substituting Rhododendron bushes. Halt Hut or Tented camp.

  • Day 4:
  • Tshoka trek Dzongri, 9kms. 5 hours. Dzongri: 4030meters. Altitude gain: 982 meters.
    Now one gets into the thick Rhodondron forest later a steep climb up to Deorali Dara rewards with utmost beauty of Mountain peaks such as Mt. Kanchendzong, Mount Pandim, Rathong Peak, Mount Kabru, Goechala Peak, Jopuno, Thingchenkhang, Black Kabur, Simvo, Narsing etc.Another 10minutes walk takes to Dzongri. Halt Hut or Tented camp.

  • Day 5:
  • Dzongri Halt - Excursion to Dzongrila situated at 4,500meters.
    Dzongrila provides a scintillating view of Rathong Glacier, Kabru Dome, Freys Peak, Talung and trek back to Dzongri Camp. Halt Hut or Tented camp.
  • Day 6:
  • Trek Dzongri - Thangsing, 6kms, and 4 hours, Thangsing: 3,639meters. Altitude Gain:
    Minus183meters.Trail begins with dune type of climb There after descends through dense Rhododendron bushes, arrive Perek River later little climb through Silver fur forest reach Thangsing. Thangsing is a valley. It provides a good view of mountain peaks.. Halt Hut or Tented camp.
  • Day 7:
  • Trek Thangsing - Samiti Lake, camp at Lamune., 6 km, 3 hours, Samiti Lake: 4,453meters. Altitude Gain: 462meters.
    Early in the morning Thangsing Deorali Dara, provides a beautiful view of Mt. Kanchendzonga. Halt Hut or Tented camp.
  • Day 8:
  • Trek Lamune - Goechala-Samiti-Thangsing. Total walking distance: 13kms, 7 hours. Goechala:
    Early in the morning we depart for Goechala through barren land, moraines and nearby
    Parallel to the trail on the left side, Talung Glacier. Near Goechala the sound of icefall gives an
    Extraordinary thrill. Before swirling cloud cover the area we descend to Samiti Lake and further trek back to Thangsing. Halt Hut or Tented camp.
  • Day 9:
  • Thangsing trek back to Dzongri . Halt Hut or Tented camp.
  • Day 10:
  • Dzongri trek back to Tshoka.Halt Hut or Tented camp.
  • Day 11:

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