Cost : INR 15,000.
Duration : 8 Days.
Grade : Difficult.
Highest Altitude Gain : 4,900 Mtr. ( 16,070 Ft. ).
Approx Trekking Km : 75 Kms.
Activities : Trekking, Camping & Photography of Nature.
Best Time to Go : April-May & October-December.
The Tholung-Kishong trek is an exhausting and strenuous trek. The ultimate destination is the Kishong La with the Kishong Lake. It is also called Keushong Tso Lake or Kishong Lake. It lies at an altitude of of about 14,800 ft above the sea level. The crystal clear lake is surrounded by forests of rhododendron, pine trees and medicinal herbs. The lake is the major source of the Ringpi Chu River, which later joins the Rungyung Chu. It offers great views of the Kanchenjunga peaks. The region have a very rich variety of flora and fauna. Lakes have always been sacred to the Lepchas as they believe that some of the clans originated from the lakes. Kishong lake is believed to be the route to heaven. On the way, You will come across herds of Yak (long haired Himalayan bovine). If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of blue sheep which is one of the endangered species, native to this area. Plenty of high altitude birds can be seen on this trek. There are also huge varieties of different plants in the valley. One has to go there to really appreciate the beauty of the place. Various flowers cover the valley, adding rich colors and sweet fragrances to the valley. Our other trek routes are Goechala Trek, Sandakphu-Phalut Trek, Danphebir Pass Trek, Varsey Phalut Trek, Green Lake Trek etc.
"Meet & Greet" with our company representative on arrival at NJP / IXB / Siliguri and then drive to Bay via Mangan, Mantam, Tingvong. Its a long journey. After reaching at Mantam you will get a 160 mtr. long Iron Suspension bridge over river Teesta, which you have to cross by foot in post monsoon & pre monsoon time. But November to March they make a temporary pool to cross river Teesta & car can drop directly to Bay. After arrival at homestay get fresh & take some hot tea with snacks. Our trek leader will give you a briefing about next day trek towards Kishong ( Keysong ) la, sack pack & safety measures. Overnight stay in a homestay at Bay.
After breakfast ready yourself and start your first day trek to Tholung. Tholung is famous for Tholung Monastery which is one of the most sacred monastery in Sikkim. Tholung monastery was built around 1760. On day 1, trekkers have to trek 12 kilometres stretching well over 7-8 hours to reach Tholung while passing through dense foliage, rapid rivers and streams and dangling wooden bridges. You will get 5 to 6 resting point on the way to Thulong. After arrival at campsite you will get hot tea with snacks and then get fresh. Overnight stay at Tholung in Tent / Trekkers Hut.
Early morning you can raoming arround Thulong and after breakfast start your trek towrads Temrong. Today;s trek is not so long. So enjoy the enroute beauty of the route & take good photos of the beautiful landscape. On the way you will get some cave & rock features. After 4 to 5 hrs walk you will reach a Temrong, a serene valley inside the forest. You will get a trekkers hut there along with a kitchen. This place is a paradise for trekkers. Mt. Siniolchu base camp trek route is also possible from Tingvong. Overnight stay at Temrong.
Early morning get up and enjoy the morning beauty of Temrong. After breakfast again start you third day trek to Thulujpay. Today's trek in Kanchenjungha National park is very long and through the picturesque alpine forest, riverside, Falls and lastly beautiful wide valley. After 3 hours walk you will reach just near the Falls, take a short break there & be raedy for a 2 hr strenous uphill trek to the upper valley of the falls. The beauty of the nature will hipnotize you and the thriling trail will excite you. After 5-6 hr trek you will reach the valley area, this part is not so tough. A 1.5 hrs trek will lead you to the Thulujpay campsite whre you will get mesmerizing mountain view. Thulujpay is one of the best camping site of Kishong ( Keysong ) Lake / La trek. Overnight stay at Thulujpay in Tent.
Today we start early at 4 am after breakfast. Day 5 is the toughest and the most memorable part of the trek. After a 2 hr trek through the Kishong ( Keysong ) valley we will reach at the Holy lake of North sikkim, Kishong ( Keysong ) Lake at an altitude of 4220 mtr ( 13800 ft ). Thulujpay to Kishong lake route is not so uphill its a pleasant walk in the valley. You will get good view of mountain peaks from Kishong lake area. There is a another route to Mrigula which is known as Yeti pass also. But now we will take some rest at Kishong lake & then start our trek to Kishong La via Dikithang. We have to gain apprx. 550 mtr ( 1800 ft ) altitude to reach Kishong la, which is our ultimate destination of the trek. After a 2 - 3 hrs strenous trek we will reach Kishong ( Keysong ) La at an altitude of 4775 mtr ( 15700 ft ). We will get a majestic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha, Mt. Sinilochu, Mt. Pandim, Kabru group of peaks & many more from the summit point. We will spend sometime at Summit and click some good photographs. After 30- 45 min we will start descending towards Thulujpay. Today we will celebrate our success at campsite and take special dinner. Overnight stay in a Tent at Thulujpay.
Today is the second last of the trek and a long downhill route to Tholung. After breakfast we will start our trek to Tholung via Temrong. All you know descending is quite easy for the most the trekkers but you have to be more cautious while there is a steep descending because most of the accident happend during downhill. After 3 hrs trek we will reach at Temrong and take some rest there. So now only another 3-4 hrs trek will reach you at Tholung. Overnight stay in aTent at Tholung.
Today is our last day of the trek. So dont be hurry & enjoy the trek. After breakfast a downhill trail will leads you at Bay, whre we start our trek. We will take some rest at different point. After reaching at Bay or Tingvong we will fresh ourselves and overnight stay in a Homestay.
After breakfast we will load our Ruck sacks on the car, good bye to our Trek Guide, staffs and start our long road journey to NJP / Bagdogra via Mangan. We will complete our trek with good memories.
By Train :
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or NJP is a major railway station located in Siliguri, the gateway to North Bengal, Sikkim, Bhutan and North-East India. There are many long distance trains arrives or pass through the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or NJP station. You can choose to come to Kolkata and take one of the many trains to NJP. If you are coming from Delhi or north part of India, Mumbai, Pune or West part of India, Chennai, Bangalore or South part of India, try to take any north east train which directly goes to NJP by passing Kolkata. Please book the train which will arrive at NJP within 10 am for your Kishong La Trek.
By Flight :
Flying to Bagdogra or IXB is another option that you can choose. Bagdogra is well connected with regular direct flight from Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Bengalore & Mumbai. Please book your flight which will arrive at Bagdogra within 11 am for your Kishong La Trek.
NJP / Bagdogra to Bay is apprx. 160 km. You will get 8 - 14 seater car for the journey. Bay is the starting point of Kishong La trek.
1. Accommodation : As per the current availability over there we can provide you Dormitory room at Bay & you will be accommodated in Tents / Trekkers' hut during the Kishong la trek.
2. Meal Plan : Day 2 Pack Lunch to Day 6 Pack Lunch (Food during trek only).
3. Transportation : We will provide you : NJP / IXB / Siliguri to Bay & Bay to NJP / IXB / Siliguri return - Non-Luxury vehicle - seat capacity maximum 8 to 9 seats ( Sumo / Sumo Gold / Spacio / Mahindra Maxx / Similar ) including all Car Permits, Parking, Toll-Taxes, Tips / Bata for the said vehicle & driver..
( Please Note : Vehicle will be taken for all transfers (Point to point drop) & the mentioned sightseeing points including fuel expenses on hire basis )
4. Tent, Sleeping Bag & Mattress.
5. Entry fees & forest camping charges of Kishong La / Lake trek.
6. One group leader from our company.
7. Local Guide.
8. Local Porters, Yak / Mule / Horse for ration & equipment carrying only.
9. Cook during trek.
* Food during transit Homestay.
* Any extra porter for personal luggage carrying.
* Travel Insurance.
* Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
* Any Airfare / Train fare / Bus fare.
* Any transportation which is not mentioned in the itinerary.
* Any expenses of personal nature like Room Heater charges / Hot Water Bag charges / Mobile charging fees etc.
* Any kind of emergency evacuation charges.
To prepare for a trek, we need to strengthen our 2 prime M’s – Mind and Muscle, the body. Only then, the spending of the 3rd M – Money; a little or more, can bring to us an intense lifelong experience like trekking.
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant. The percentage saturation of haemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of oxygen in our haemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.
You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.
You can follow this stretching before run
After 15 min of stretching you can follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body.
MIND, THE MENTAL ENDURANCE :
To build our physical endurance prior to trek, we workout in a gymnasium or outdoors nearby. In both the cases, we actually choose a suitable environment for us to sweat. So, even if you get extremely fit before the trek, you don’t get exposed to the versatile environmental or climatic challenges that nature offers during a trek. All these environmental conditions have a deep impact on our body and mind too. A walk through heavy rains or snowfall, even in a normal gradient, becomes more challenging than the same trail in a pleasant weather. And it happens not only because of rain or snow makes the walk more difficult. Also, you need to adjust, tolerate and fight the adverse nature psychologically in which your body and mind are not habituated. Here, your mind comes into play. This is where the game becomes more mental than physical.
1. Bulid your own motivation system.
2. Use your passion to bring more motivation.
3. Study about your trek route to gain knowledge to plan and prepare yourself appropriately.
4. Think positive & stay focused.
5. Visualization is a common technique for handling stress.
Developing mental strength is not a one day game. Your experiences are the best teacher. You become more confident after every trek. Cherish your journey after completion of the trek. Sense, the achievement. These will build your mind stronger forever, no matter where you want to use it for, a trek or a life.
1. Hire a digital trainer for free. The key is to do it perfect than more in numbers. Use video tutorial, mobile apps, read blogs and use a mirror to make it perfect.
2. Be a regular, rather inconsistent & intense.
3. Drink more water during the exercise routine and more importantly in the time of trekking. Keep dehydration, muscles cramps, and life-threatening hypothermia away.
4. Food is fuel. Maintain a well-balanced diet consist of carbohydrate, fat, and protein during your exercise and trekking days.
5. Sleep well. Finally, the lack of sleep can spoil your whole preparation for a trek.
Below are the list of personal articles which are required for a trek on the Himalayas. This guide helps you to give an idea about the things that you need to bring in as a trek member. Depending upon the number of days of trek, the articles quantity may vary and this list is made considering the trek duration being 5 to 7 days (week long treks).
Always try to avoid unnecessary Cloths, toiletries which are heavy and of little use on mountain. Pack light.
For selection of personal gear/equipment and backpacking please read the articles carefully, before buying an item:
Rucksack/Back Pack : A Must item. Between 40 to 50 Litres. Don’t buy more than 60L unless you are in expeditions. These will be heavier and can cause discomfort if not fully loaded. You can buy it online or offine from trekking gear store. We can help you to find the right one.
Sleeping Bag : You can hire from us or bring your personal one rated for high altitude in case you have. Personal one is always better for hygiene. You can purchase from us. http://www.majestichimalayan.com/final/hire-a-guide
Trekking Shoe / Boot : A must item. A good quality trekking shoe/boot must have the following specs :
i) A sticky rubber sole with lug (indentations for better grip).
ii) Ankle support (Medium or high ankle).
iii) Waterproofing membrane. (A must for high altitude and winter treks).
Mattress (Foam/Rubber) : It is very cheap. You can buy it from Hardware shop or trekking gear shop.
Micro spikes/Anti slip grip & Gaiters : Its necessary only for snow trek, specially in winter time.
Rucksack cover (Waterproof): Advised. MUST for protection from rain/dust/stain etc. (Alternately you can keep your clothing and warm jacket inside polythene pack. Do get the pack(s) back to home and re use/recycle).
Daypack/Knapsack : Optional (Can carry along with you with water bottle, food, camera and wind/water proof etc.) if you want to offload your Rucksack in permissible routes.
T-shirt (Base layer while you are hiking) : A must item and as per need. Take at least one Dry fit/Quick dry type which can ventilate sweat/moisture wicking. These are made of synthetic materials. Cotton T-shirts are NOT advised and avoid especially when you walk.
Warm Jacket (Mid layer clothing for warmth ) : A must item. Warm Fleece Jacket/Synthetic fill (Some refer as Hollow Fill Jacket/Down feather Jacket.
While hiking you will not require this unless you are hiking in cold conditions. Use this when you cool down at campsite. You can but from us - http://www.majestichimalayan.com/final/hire-a-guide
Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater (Outer layer clothing for protection from wind and rain/snow fall) : A MUST item. A hooded one made of water resistant/repellent material is highly advised.
Use this along with Base layer (t-shirt) while hiking unless it is warm and sunny weather. Wear this always as outer later to protect from wind chill be while hiking or at camp site.
Thermal wear (Base Layer once you reach campsite) : Upper and lower (Woolly cot). Must for winter treks.
Trek pant : A must item. Can be Track pants (avoid cotton), 3 quarter/Cargo or Convertible kind.
One Dry fit/Quick dry track pant is advised. Water repellent/proof quality is a plus.
For altitude above 5000m/16400ft you should use wind proof and water proof trek pants.
Raincoat/Poncho/Waterproof clothing: Waterproofing is MUST during your trek in the Himalayas, be it in summer or winter.
This can be achieved by any of the following:
i) Use your windproof jacket and hiking pant having water repellent/proofing quality.
ii) A Poncho/Raincoat.
Balaclava/Woolen skull cap/Monkey Cap : A Must item for protection from cold. Made of woolen/synthetic warm material.
Sun cap/Wide-brimmed Hat/Bandana : For protection from sun while you hike.
Under garments/Inner wear : As per need.
Hiking Socks : 3/4 pair. Use full length socks (Don’t use tennis socks). 100% Cotton socks are NOT recommended as these absorb sweat and dry slowly. A pair of woolen material is nice to have especially in winter treks.
Woolen gloves : A Must item.
Waterproof gloves : Optional. Useful especially on high altitude treks where snow/ice is encountered.
Camp sandal : Can be a strap on sports sandal or a Hawaiian sleeper.
Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles/Ski Poles : Nice to have, reduces the pressure on knees and gives balance specially while descending. Advised at least one pole for treks involving snow/ice.
Knee cap : Optional. Makes a difference especially if you have knee injuries/problems (Neoprene added variant is better).
Water bottle/Hydration pack : Must. Good quality plastic bottle.
Sunglasses : This is MUST for all the high altitude treks and winter treks. Polarised/Anti-glare is always a better option in snow with UV400 (UV A & B) protection. Trekkers using spectacle can order custom make powered sunglasses.
Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries : A MUST item. Head torch keeps your hands free.
Accessories/Toiletries : Optional and try to share when you travel in group.
Sunscreen lotion – Optional. At least 30/40 SPF.
Chap Stik/Cold & Moisturising cream – Optional. As per need. Use small tubes/bottles.
Tooth brush and tooth paste – Carry smallest available tube of tooth paste.
Soap/Soap strip – Carry small pocket size soap, or Soap strip.
Hand sanitizer – Optional. Small bottle.
Tissue roll ( Toilet paper) – This is a must item as water may not be available in the vicinity.
Towel – Medium size (light weight).
Anti-Fungal Powder – Optional. This helps to keep the socks and the trek shoe drier and odour free to an extent. Carry smallest container.
Camera with extra cells: Optional. Normally there is no charging point on the Himalayan trek routes, carry spare batteries/power bank.
Dry food items(Kit): Must. Carry some dry fruits, chocolate/energy/protein bars and GluconD/Tang/Getorade.
Personal First-Aid Kit: Optional – Anti septic cream, Betadine/Dettol/Savlon, Band aid, cotton, crepe bandage, safety pin etc.
Medicines Kit: This is a simple guide line and a doctor’s consultation is recommended.)
In case of cancellation of tour/travel services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reason/s we must be informed in writing. Cancellation charges would be effective from the date we receive letter in writing and cancellation charges would be as follows:
Please note – Irrespective of above mentioned cancellations slabs – in case of cancellation of tour services after the booking is made with us – a minimum 10% service charges would be applicable.
In case you cancel the trip after commencement refund would be restricted to a limited amount that too would depend on the amount that we would be able to recover from the hoteliers we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation and missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.
In regard to refund of unused / unutilized services (which are paid for and cancelled in advance) the refund amount would be worked out on the basis of cancellation policy as described above and the money would be accordingly refunded to the person who has made the payment to us. Please note that the refund process may take 2 – 4 weeks due to banking procedures. If the refund is made to the credit card account OR to Bank account, the bank charges would be debited from the refund amount.
1. How do I choose a trek?
Ans : According to your time & fitness.
2. Are there any age restrictions to join Kishong La trek?
Ans : Yes 5 years is the min age. Fitness is required for all ages.
3. I would like to book Kishong La trek, do I need to bring my own equipment?
Ans : We will provide Sleeping bag, Sleeping Mat, Tent.
4. How long do we walk each day?
Ans : Apprx 8-19 km, 7-8 hr.
5. What is the fitness level required for Kishong La trek and how hard are the treks?
Ans : Kishong La is a difficult trek. So trekkers should practice ( running, Gym ) for 1 month atleast.
6. What would be the process of acclimatisation?
Ans : Walk slowly, be hydrated, proper clothing and be active after reaching at campsite.
7. What do I need to carry ?
Ans : Carry your personal clothing, Torch, Cap, Waterbottle, Umbrella. For details see whats to carry option.
8. I can’t carry my bag can anyone carry it for me?
Ans : If you dont want to carry bag then hire a porter ( Extra charge INR 2500 )
9. Do I need trekking poles ?
Ans : Yes, trekking pole is confortable to walk.
10. What are the major difficulties expected on a high altitude Trek?
Ans : Altitude sickness, Lack of oxygen, Headache, acclimatization, Disturbed sleep, loss of appetite.
11. What is the source of drinking water? Is it safe to drink?
Ans : Natural sources like river, Falls. Yes it is safe but you can use Geoline, Chlorine table as water purifier.
12. How to stay healthy during a trek?
Ans : Lot of water, Proper diet, Sleep, proper clothing. Be active & happy always.
13. Does anyone need to purchase snow shoes for Kishong La trek?
Ans : Yes you can but a good trekking shoe is sufficient for the trek.
14. What will the daytime and night temperature be?
Ans : Day time temperatures will range from 13-18ºC and night time temperature will range from 3-5ºC in May. Expect temperatures to be lower by a few degrees in October/November.
15. How many people will share a tent?
Ans : 3 /4 person.
16. Is it safe for girls? What if I am the only girl on the trek?
Ans : Yes its safe. We will provide you a separate tent.
17. What kind of food do you provide in Kishong La trek?
Ans : We will provide Veg & Non-Veg both.
18. Do I need to carry any documents with me?
Ans : Yes you should carry your identity card.
19. Is there any medical assistance during the trek?
Ans : Yes our trip leader is well known of medicine and fo any emergency we will transfer the trekker to Mangan hospital.
20. Do we get mobile signal during Kishong La trek?
Ans : You will get mobile signal till Bay.
21. Are smoking and drinking permitted on the trek?
Ans : It is advisable to not take any liquor & smoking objects.
22. Is diamox is advisable?
Ans : Yes you can start it before trek as per doctor advise.
23. Will I be able to recharge camera batteries ?
Ans : No the last charging point will be at Bay. You can carry power bank.