Introducing The Monastery Loop
The picturesque western frontiers of Sikkim can technically be rounded off on a day-long or overnight jeep tour from Pelling. Time permitting, however, you can do an adventurous three-day trip from Pelling to Tashiding via Khecheopalri Lake, using a combination of jeeps and hiking. Alternatively, consider an outing to wonderful Yuksom via Khecheopalri Lake, and a subsequent multiday high-altitude trek that takes you up close and personal with Khangchendzonga.
Dzongri & Goecha La (The Khangchendzonga Trek)
For guided groups with permits, Yuksom is the starting point for Sikkim’s classic seven- to 10-day trek to Goecha La, a 4940m pass with jaw-dropping views of Khangchendzonga. Trek costs start at around US$55 per person per day (assuming a group of four), including food, guides, porters and yaks. You have to arrange your trek through a trekking agency.