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Khecheopalri Lake walk from Yuksam, Sikkim

Walk downhill Yuksam and upto Khecheopalri: stay at Sonam Bhutia`s place, meet Dalai Lama`s Cook: and a visit to Khecheopalri Lake: 12 kms

2013-12-12



The Yuksam Khecheopalri Lake Trek

Yuksam is popular for the most amazing treks in Sikkim, the Dzongri and Goecha la Treks. But these treks are moderate or difficult and last for several days. But many visitors prefer to do short day treks, mostly to get acclimatized to trekking before a long high altitude trek.

There are trekking routes connecting every villages in Sikkim: usually shorter than the vehicular route. These routes were used by the people of Sikkim before the construction of vehicular roads. Yuksam to Khecheopalri Lake Trek is the most popular short distance treks from Yuksam.

Route of Yuksam Khecheopalri Lake Trek

The total distance is about 7 to 8 Kilometers. Sonam Bhutia`s house is a kilometer above the Khecheopalri  Lake. Everybody you meet on the road will be happy to help with the directions and the walk is very very safe. Sikkim is such a safe place that, you loose your wallet with address mentioned and someone will post it to you.

Little about Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake, originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri (meaning the heaven of Padmasambhava), is a sacred Lake for both Buddhists and Hindus, which is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake. It is located near Khecheopalri village, 147 kilometres (91 mi) west of Gangtok and 34 kilometres (21 mi) to the northwest of Pelling town in the West Sikkim district of the Northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. The local name for the lake is Sho Dzo Sho, which means "Oh Lady, Sit Here". The popularly known name of the lake, considering its location is Khecheopalri Lake, ensconced in the midst of the Khechoedpaldri hill, which is also considered a sacred hill.

The lake is an integral part of the much revered valley of  "Demazong" meaning valley of rice. This landscape is also known as a land of hidden treasures blessed by Guru Padmasambhava. The Khecheopalri Lake is also part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit involving the Yuksom, the Dubdi Monastery in Yuksom, Pemayangtse Monastery, the Rabdentse ruins, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, and the Tashiding Monastery. An interesting feature of the lake is that leaves are not allowed to float on the lake, which is ensured by the birds which industriously pick them up as soon as they drop into the lake surface.

The Khecheopalri Lake and the Khangchendzonga National Park are conserved from the biodiversity perspective with ecotourism and pilgrimage as essential off shoots. As a result, their recreational and sacredness values are enhanced.

More photos from Khecheopalri by Guy Lev
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Khecheopalri Lake and Yuksam.

Yuksam to Khecheopalri walk

Yuksam to Khecheopalri walk

Walk down from Yuksam along a shortcut parallel to Jorethang - Pelling - Yuksam Road, a track going down from right just after the school, 500 meters before Yuksam. The main road ends at Yuksam.

There is only one track

There is only one track

There is only one track, and nothing to get confused. Sill I just confirmed the route with him.

Landslide

Landslide

The landslide which happened during an earthquake on the hill behind Yuksam

Cross the Prekchu River

Cross the Prekchu River

After walking down about 3 kilometers we reached the Jorethang - Pelling - Yuksam main road and crossed the river. This photo is from Khecheopalri side (After crossing the bridge).

Prekchu River

Prekchu River

View of the river we have crossed. This river originates from Kangchenjunga, from Goecha La

Wild orchids

Wild orchids

A wild orchid which was growing on a tree

Hanging Bridge

Hanging Bridge

After walking about a kilometer along the main road, we walked up along another shortcut to Khecheopalri, near the school on our right. We crossed a few hanging bridges like this.

Lovely houses

Lovely houses

The small lovely traditional house on the way to Khecheopalri

Viewpoints

Viewpoints

A wooden house from were we had a beautiful view of the Sikkim Himalayas

Khecheopalri Monastery

Khecheopalri Monastery

Finally reached Sonam Bhutias house in Khecheopalri Monastery

Sonam Bhutias house

Sonam Bhutias house

Sonam Bhutias house in Khecheopalri Monastery

Fodder boys

Fodder boys

A few people carrying fodder or cattle.

Fodder boys

Fodder boys

A few people carrying fodder or cattle.

Young monks

Young monks

Young monks at Khecheopalri Monastery

Sonam Bhutias daughter

Sonam Bhutias daughter

Sonam Bhutias daughter out to get milk

Guy Lev from the US

Guy Lev from the US

My friend Guy Lev from the US, who did trekking with me.

Sonam Bhutias Son.

Sonam Bhutias Son.

Sonam Bhutias Son.

Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake

Next day we visited Khecheopalri Lake, a kilometer down Khecheopalri Monastery

The chorten

The chorten

The chorten at Khecheopalri Lake

The shrine

The shrine

The shrine at Khecheopalri Lake

Prayer flags or wind horses

Prayer flags or wind horses

Prayer flags or wind horses hung over The Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake

The passage with prayer wheels onboth sides at the bank of Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake

The passage with prayer wheels onboth sides at the bank of Khecheopalri Lake

Pilgrims at Khecheopalri Lake

Pilgrims at Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake is a holy lake for both Buddhists and Hindus.

Pilgrims at Khecheopalri Lake

Pilgrims at Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake is a holy lake for both Buddhists and Hindus.

Pilgrims at Khecheopalri Lake.

Pilgrims at Khecheopalri Lake.

Khecheopalri Lake is a holy lake for both Buddhists and Hindus.

Bells

Bells

Bells near Khecheopalri Lake

Prayer flags or wind horses

Prayer flags or wind horses

Prayer flags or wind horses erected around Khecheopalri Lake

Prayer flags or wind horses

Prayer flags or wind horses

Prayer flags or wind horses erected around Khecheopalri Lake

Prayer Flag

Prayer Flag

A closeup view of a Prayer Flag

Religious necklaces for sale at Khecheopalri Lake

traditional furnace

traditional furnace

The beautiful traditional furnace at the kitchen where we ate.

An old woman

An old woman

An old woman

Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake

View of Khecheopalri Lake from Khecheopalri Monastry

Sonam Bhutia

Sonam Bhutia

Sonam Bhutia at Khecheopalri Monastery

The Huge chorten

The Huge chorten

The Huge chorten at Khecheopalri Monastery

On the way to Monastery from lake

New house being constructed at Khecheopalri Monastery

Dalai lama`s Cook,

Dalai lama`s Cook,

Finally a chance to meet Dalai lama`s Cook, who is living in Khecheopalri Monastery.

Khecheopalri Monastery

Khecheopalri Monastery

Khecheopalri Monastery

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