Danphebir La Trek is one of the most pristine and untouched trails in Sikkim that takes you close to the Indo-Nepal border thus presenting you with unparalleled views of both Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga. Danphebir La, known as the Pass of the Pheasant, gives you panoramic views of the entire Sikkim valley with views stretching to as far as Nepal and Bhutan. The trek takes you across stunning forests, grasslands, steep climbs, tough ascents and descents, and a unique chance to camp next to 3 glacial lakes. The endpoint of the Danphebir La trek is the village of Yuksom which is the starting point of the famous Goecha La trek. Being a taxing trek with long hours of walk every day, the Danphebir La must be attempted by experienced trekkers with good physical fitness. The best months to do this trek is in the pre-monsoon months of April to mid-June and in the post-monsoon months of mid-September to November. Stay on this page for more information on the Danphebir La Trek.
NJP to Uttarey - 8 hrs Drive
Report in NJP early morning by 7 AM and board your vehicles for the drive to Uttarey. Carry 2 passport size photographs and a copy of Identity Proof along with an original ID proof for entry purpose. The rules for foreigners differ. Explore the town if you have time at your disposal, this will help in better acclimatization. Overnight stay will be in a hotel at Uttarey.
Uttarey (2000 m) to Chewabhanjam (3100 m) - 5 hrs
We start our trek from Uttarey through dense forests and reach Chewabhanjam campsite located near SSB camp near the Indo-Nepal border.
Chewabhanjam to Dhoor (3800 m) - 8 hrs
Today is going to be a long and taxing day as we trek along the ridgeline to reach the Dhoor campsite. Overnight in tents.
Dhoor to Meghuthang (3900 m) - 7 hrs
We continue to trek along the ridge line to reach the campsite of Meghuthang. Overnight in tents.
Meghuthang to Lampokhari Lake (4300 m) - 5 hrs
Today we trek to the Lampokhari lake and pitch camps at the bank of the lake. This is a stunning glacial lake that has a truly mesmerizing aura. Overnight in tents.
Lampokhari Lake to Gomathang (3800 m) via Danphebir La (4530 m) - 8 hrs
Today we start very early and climb around 2 km to Danphebir La Pass at 4530 meters. We proceed further ahead to Kag Bhir La, known as the Pass of the Crow whew we get an epic panoramic view of mighty Himalayan Peaks including Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga. We will then retrace our steps and trek down to Gomathang campsite. Overnight in tents.
Gomathang to Tyabla (3700 m) - 6 hrs
Today we trek from Gomathang to the campsite of Tyabla. Overnight in tents.
Tyabla to Dzongri (4300 m) - 6 hrs
Today we trek on a series of ascents and descents to reach Dzongri where we connect to the popular trail of Goecha La Pass.
Dzongri to Bakhim (2850 m) - 7 hrs
Today will be a strenuous descent to Bakhim village from Dzongri. Overnight in tents.
Bakhim to Yuksom - 6 hrs
We will descend down to Yuksom where we end the trek. Overnight in hotel.
Depart from Yuksom
Board your vehicles early morning for the drive from Yuksom to NJP. The trip ends in NJP.
Danphebir La Trek is a difficult trek that requires climbing to a height of 4500 metres. The climbs are steep and the trek begins at dawn and end at dusk. One must be appropriately fit and have prior experience of high altitude treks. Only seasoned trekkers and the people who have some experience in moderate level treks should participate in Danphebir La trek. On Bikat scale Danphebir La trek difficulty level is 5. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale.
One should have at least 7-10 Himalayan trekking days in their kitty, Experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 3700 metres.
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
April to mid-May and mid-September to November are the best months to do the Danphebir La Trek.
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The start of Danphebir La trek is Uttarey, a township in Sikkim. There are no direct buses or trains to this place. The only way to reach this place is by hiring a jeep or taxi from NJP/Siliguri.
By rail: The nearest railways station to Uttarey is New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP). it is located 150 km from Yuksom. There are a number of trains from Delhi to NJP that you can board like Avadh Assam Express, Ndls Njp Sf Express. The jeep ride from NJP to Uttarey will take about 6-7 hours. Get an early morning taxi from the taxi stand at Siliguri Railway Station. Avoid travelling in night since the road condition is bad.
By air: The nearest airport to Uttarey is Bagdogra Airport, about 170 km from Yuksom and 12 km from Siliguri. There are direct flights from New Delhi to Bagdogra. The jeep ride from Siliguri to Uttarey will take about 6-7 hours to reach. For backward journey, the taxis are easily available from Yuksom to bagdogra/NJP/Siliguri. Start your road journey in the morning.
Normally there is no network reception beyond Uttarey.
Yuksom is a beautiful town in Geyzing district of Sikkim. It was earlier the capital of Sikkim. There are a number of heavenly places to visit in Yuksom. Khecheopalri Lake is one of the largest lakes in Sikkim. This magical lake is considered to be a secretion of Goddess Tara. Khangchendzonga National Park is where you can find endless variety of endangered species of plants and animals. Tashi Tenka is another attraction which offers 360 degree views of Yuksom Village. There are also a number of monasteries in yuksom like Tashiding monastery and Katok monastery.
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
When you arrive in Uttarey for the Danphebir La Trek and on the last day at Yuksom, your stay will be made at a local guesthouse. The rooms will be provided on either twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email a few days prior to the trek. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll.
We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accommodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees celsius.
Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.
You will be provided with good quality gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice ax.
Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfill the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread, and butter served in breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on the journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.
You can rent the following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack
During the day, the temperature will range from 13-18 degrees Celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to 3-5 degrees Celsius. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets. There will be a fall in temperature October onwards.
You can expect snow at the higher reaches of the pass.
If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior to the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However, offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.
A team of the participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain a 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
Yes, the trekking pole is necessary. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.
Uttarey, the starting point of danphebir La is a small town with a very small market. Please do not leave anything for last minute buying.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing a tent with each other. In case you are a single woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
if you are arriving at NJP/Siliguri/Bagdogra Airport, then, you can avail transportation till Uttarey through us. The common pick up point will be Laddoo Gopal Restaurant, Near 2 Mile Check post, on Sevoke Road, in Siliguri. If you have booked your transportation through us, then, you are expected to reach the pick up point by 8:00 AM. At the end of the trek, we will pick you up from Yuksom and drop you off at the same location.
Expect to reach NJP by evening.
ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried), Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried), Inner Line Permit (For Foreign National), Photocopy of ID Proof and Passport Size Photo are the mandatory documents required for the trek.
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For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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