The pass also serves as a base camp for Mount Kanchenjunga that can is clearly visible from this point on a clear day. The total duration of the trek is likely to take about 7 to 8 days. The trekkers have to climb steadily up the mountain and through the dense vegetation. The sight of the small waterfalls cascading through the mountains at Tshushay Khola is attractive but the first rhododendrons are not seen until one nears Bhakim. The magnificent Mt Pandim comes into view just a little further but the trail gets steeper until the visitors find respite in the meadows dotting Dzongri.
A few trekkers head back from here but the ones who pursue the trail find it most rewarding to witness sunrise just short of the Singalila range peak. The landscape keeps changing thereafter but the nature lovers are overjoyed to spot rare birds in the mountains along with the fast flowing rivers.
Best Time To Visit
While the treks are open throughout the year, it is recommended to embark on it during the summer or in between September to November. The Rhododendrons are in full bloom from March to June making it a photographer’s dream come true. The trails turn muddy and slippery in the monsoon though making it risky to climb up the mountains.
Visitors are not allowed to take the trek without a permit. While the Indian nationals can obtain all-inclusive services for Rs 7000 or so, the foreigners need to pay a steeper rate.