Mulkarkha Lake Trek, North Bengal

Mulkarkha Lake

Mulkarkha Lake

Mulkarkha Lake is a natural lake tucked in a remote corner of the forests of the Himalayan foothills of Northern Bengal. The most fascinating feature of this lake is the reflection of Mt. Kanchenjungha on its tranquil waters. The trek route to Mulkarkha Lake is one of the most exciting and untouched trails of the Himalayan foothills. You would come across 200 feet waterfalls, dense forests, enchanting views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, ageless Buddhist monasteries, remote villages, hundreds of species of birds, butterflies and flowers.  The Mulkarkha Lake is considered sacred by the locals as Manokamana (Wishing) Lake.

The overall difficulty level of this trek is considered “Easy” and there are numerous options for completing this trek. Our Starting Point for the Mulkarkha Lake Trek is the small village of Lingzey in West Bengal.  This little Himalayan village has the second largest temple in Darjeeling district. Throughout the year several Hindu festivals are held in the temple complex. The most important among them are the Sawan Bole Bhum, Shivaratri, Durga Puja, and Bala Chaturdasi. There is also a Sanskrit Vidyalaya  in Lingzey which stocks rare and valuable books of Hinduism.  Other than that, Lingzey also has a Hot Suphur Spring, few traditional Lepcha Houses and the Rang Bang River.
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The three options of the Mulkarkha Trek are:

OPTION 1 (5 Nights / 6 Days – Uphill trek and Downhill trek)
OPTION 2 (4 Nights / 5 Days – Uphill by car upto Chota Ramitey and Downhill trek)
OPTION 3 (3 Nights / 4 Days – Uphill by car upto Chota Ramitey and Downhill by car from Chota Ramitey)
Mulkarkha Lake is 2.5 hours trek from Chota Ramitey, which is motorable from Lingzey

 


Map of Mulkarkha Lake Trek

Map of Mulkarkha Lake Trek

 

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OPTION 1 (5 Nights / 6 Days – Uphill trek and Downhill trek)
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Day 1: Reach Lingzey from NJP /Bagdogra
Distance: 104 kms from Siliguri
Altitude: 4800 ft.
Time taken: 4 hours by car
Places of Interest: Hareshwar Shivalaya Mandir & Sanskrit Vidhyalaya, Lepcha Monastery, Traditional Lepcha House, Devi’s Than, Sankhey Dhunga, Dawaipani (Hot water sulphur-rich spring), Rang-Bang River Side Picnic Spot, Sericulture.
Where to stay: Homestay facilities

Day 2: Trek from Lingzey to Jhusing
Distance: 5 kms uphill
Altitude: 5400 ft.
Time taken: 4 hours
Type: Easy
Introduction with porters and Guide in the morning. Have breakfast and a Brief of the trek from the guide and start for the trek from 8:00 am. Reach Jhusing at 1:00 pm. Stay in our Homestay facilities and have lunch. Take rest and get a brief of next day’s trek.
Places of Interest: Jhusing View Point, Servang Waterfalls, Mini Micro Hydro Project River Recreation.
Where to stay: Homestay facilities

Day 3: Jhusing to Tagathan
Distance: 3 kms uphill
Altitude: 5900 ft.
Time taken: 4 hours
Type: Easy
Early morning visit to Jhusing View Point for a mesmerizing sunrise over Himalayan Ranges (including Mt. Kanchandzonga)). Have breakfast at Jhusing and leave for Tagathan (3 kms) at 9:00 am. Reach Tagathan at 1:00 pm. Have lunch and stay overnight at Tagathan Homestay.
Places of Interest: Tagathan Falls, Dhoksingh Falls and nice view of Newra valley National Park.
Where to stay: Homestay facilities

Day 4: Tagathan to Mulkarkha
Distance: 3  kms uphill
Altitude: 7300 feet
Time taken: 3 hours
Type: Easy
Early morning visit to nearby Tagathan Falls. Return to Tagathan Homestay, have breakfast and then start trek at 8:00 am. Reach Mulkarkha by 12:00 noon. Places of Interest:Enjoy the lake surroundings and the nearby Jungles.
Where to stay: Homestay facilities

Day 5: Mulkarkha to Lingzey
Distance: 11 kms downhill
Altitude: 7300 feet
Time taken: 6 hours
Type: Easy
Early morning visit to Mulkarkha Lake to see the reflection of Mt. Kanchenjungha on the lake. Have breakfast and then return to Lingzey via Chota Ramitay Dara (view point), Pithamchin village, Sherpa monastery. Mid way have lunch. Stay overnight at Lingzey.
Where to stay: Homestay facilities

Day 6: Lingzey to NJP / Bagdogra by car

Mt. Kanchenjungha from Jhusing

Mt. Kanchenjungha from Jhusing

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OPTION 2 (4 Nights / 5 Days – Uphill by car upto Chota Ramitey and Downhill trek)
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Day 1: Reach Lingzey from NJP /Bagdogra
Distance: 104 kms from SIliguri
Altitude: 4800 ft.
Time taken: 4 hours by car
Places of Interest: Hareshwar Shivalaya Mandir & Sanskrit Vidhyalaya, Lepcha Monastery, Traditional Lepcha House, Devi’s Than, Sankhey Dhunga, Dawaipani (Shulphuric water spring), Rang-Bang River Side Picnic Spot, Sericulture.
Where to stay: Homestay facilities

Day 2: Reach Chota Ramitey by car and trek to Mulkarkha Lake. Stay overnight at Mulkharka Lake.
Distance: 15 kms from Lingzey by car
Altitude: 6000 ft.
Time taken: 2 hours by car
Lingzey to Chota Ramitey (in a Car). On the way visit a Sherpa Monastery and a Manghim. Leave car at Chota Ramitey and get introduced with porters and Guide here. Have lunch and a brief of the trek from the guide and start for the trek by 12:30 pm and reach Mulkarkha Lake (7300 feet) at 3:00 pm
Places of Interest: Visit the Mulkarkha Lakeside and enjoy sunset and surrounding jungles.
Where to stay: Homestay facilities.

Day 3: Reach Jhusing. Local sightseeing. Stay Overnight.
Distance: 8 kms downhill
Altitude: 5400 ft.
Time taken: 4 hours
Type: Easy
Early morning go for sunrise at Mulkharkha lakeside and watch the reflection of Mt. Kanchenjungha on the waters of the Mulkarkha Lake. After breakfast at homestay trek downhill from Mulkarkha Lake to Tagathan village. Have lunch at Tagathan and then trek downhill to Jhusing. Overnight stay at Jhusing
Places of Interest: Tagathan Falls, Dhoksingh Falls and nice view of Newra valley National Park.
Where to stay: Homestay facilities.

Day 4: Reach Lingzey. Local sightseeing. Stay Overnight.
Distance: 3 kms downhill
Altitude: 4800 ft.
Time taken: 2 hours
Type: Easy
Early morning visit to Jhusing View Point for sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha. Also visit the 200 feet high Serveng Falls and the nearby Mini Micro Hydro Project River Park. Have lunch at Jhusing Homestay and trek downhill to Lingzey. Overnight stay Lingzey
Places of Interest: Jhusing View Point, Servang Waterfalls, Mini Micro Hydro Project River Recreation.
Where to stay: Homestay facilities.

Day 5: Leave for NJP / Bagdogra
Distance: 104 kms by car
Time taken: 4 hours
Have breakfast and early morning sightseeing at Lingzey. Leave Lingzey by afternoon to reach NJP / Bagdogra by evening.

 

Trekkers beside Mulkarkha Lake

Trekkers beside Mulkarkha Lake


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OPTION 3 (3 Nights / 4 Days – Uphill by car and Downhill by car)
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Day 1: Reach Lingzey. Local sightseeing. Stay Overnight.
Distance: 104 kms from Siliguri
Altitude: 4800 ft.
Time taken: 4 hours by car from NJP
Reach Lingzey by car from NJP / Bagdogra by afternoon. Do some local sightseeing and stay overnight at Lingzey.
Places of Interest: Hareshwar Shivalaya Mandir & Sanskrit Vidhyalaya, Lepcha Monastery, Traditional Lepcha House, Devi’s Than, Sankhey Dhunga, Dawaipani (Shulphuric water spring), Rang-Bang River Side Picnic Spot, Sericulture.
Where to stay: Homestay facilities

Day 2: Reach Chota Ramitey by car and trek to Mulkarkha Lake. Stay overnight at Mulkarkha Lake.
Distance: 15 kms from Lingzey by car
Altitude: 6000 ft.
Time taken: 2 hours by car
Lingzey to Chota Ramitey (in a Car). On the way visit a Sherpa Monastery and a Manghim. Leave car at Chota Ramitey and get introduced with porters and Guide here. Have lunch and a brief of the trek from the guide and start for the trek by 12:30 pm and reach Mulkarkha Lake (7300 feet) at 3:00 pm
Places of Interest: Visit the Mulkarkha Lakeside and enjoy sunset and surrounding jungles.
Where to stay: Homestay facilities

Day 3: Reach Chota Ramitey. Stay Overnight at Lingzey
Distance: 15 kms from Lingzey by car
Altitude: 6000 ft.
Time taken: 2 hours by car
Early morning go for sunrise at Mulkarkha lakeside and watch the reflection of Mt. Kanchenjungha on the waters of the Mulkarkha Lake. After breakfast at homestay trek downhill from Mulkarkha Lake to Chota Ramitey village (Time taken 2.5 hours). Have lunch at Chota Ramitey and then board the car to Lingzey. Overnight stay at Lingzey
Places of Interest: On the way visit Sherpa Monastery and Manghim

Day 4: Lingzey to NJP
Distance: 104 kms by car
Time taken: 4 hours by car
Have breakfast and early morning sightseeing at Lingzey. Leave Lingzey by afternoon to reach NJP / Bagdogra by evening.
Places of Interest: Places of Interest: Hareshwar Shivalaya Mandir and Sanskrit Vidhyalaya, Lepcha Monastery, Traditional Lepcha House, Devi’s Than, Sankhey Dhunga, Dawaipani (Shulphuric water spring), Rang-Bang River Side Picnic Spot, Sericulture.

 

Photo Courtesy Dr. Arutirtha Chatterjee and others.

Where to stay: Homestay facilities

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