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Darjeeling Kanchenjunga Trek

From Darjeeling hills where tea plantations stretch as far as the eye can see, to Sikkim, an ancient Himalayan kingdom of Tibetan culture, this trek offers breath-taking views of the Himalayan range from Cho Oyo to Kanchenjunga. At first through luxuriant rhododendrons, pines, spruces and giants magnolias forests, then through green meadows and yak pastures, the trek leads us towards east Sikkim, close to the Nepali border.

Along the Onglakhing glacier moraines and Samity sacred lake, we climb up to Goecha La pass, highlight of this magnificent itinerary, where we will savour the breath-taking scenery of the Talung glacier and the impressive east face of the third highest summit in the world, Kanchenjunga (8586m). We are surrounded by Rathong (6679m), Kabru (7338m), Talung (7349m) to the south, and Kirat Chuli (7365m) and Pyramid Peak (7123m) to the north. The way back via a recently opened path goes through lush green jungles overgrown with lianas and orchids.

Few Facts:
Max Altitude: 4940 Mts
Best Time: March to June & Sep to Nov
Difficulty: Moderate Trek

Tour Itinerary :

Duration: 22 Nights / 23 Days

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Hotel B&B)

DarjeelingDay 02: Delhi - Bagdogra (by plane) - Darjeeling (2130m) by car
Morning transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Bagdogra. Arrive Bagdogra Airport and drive to Darjeeling, charming 4-hour journey, through Assam tea plantations and tiny villages takes us to Darjeeling. Built on top of a ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalaya and is a popular destination for Westerners and Bengalis alike. Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 03: Darjeeling visit
We could take an early trip to Tiger Hill to see the sunrise. Afterwards we visit the famous Ghoom monastery that enshrines an image of the Maitreya Buddha (the coming Buddha). Later on we can visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute andBook Your Tour tea plantations.
Overnight in Darjeeling.

Day 04: Darjeeling - Manay Bhanjang (2134m. 1h 30) by car - Tonglu (3070m)
Early morning drive from Darjeeling to Manay Bhanjang. The trail overlooks the Bengali plain south, and we have tantalising glimpses of Kanchenjunga ahead, as we zigzag through rhododendrons.

Day 05: Tonglu - Garibas (2620m) in 4h
We take a mossy paved path, that snakes through a succession of forests and hamlets, giving way, from time to time, to spectacular mountain sceneries.

Day 06: Garibas - Sandakphu (3640m) in 4h 30 min
We steadily climb to join the ridge trail towards Kalpokhari. Afterwards we start a long and steep climb onto the Singalila ridge that leads us to Sandakphu. A remarkable 360 ° view from the top.
Phalut
Day 07: Sandakphu - Phalut (3600m) in 6h
We walk to a prominent viewpoint for the magnificent sunrise over the Kanchenjunga, Jannu, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyo. Throughout the day, there are ever-changing views: yak herds, silvery pine forests, tiny lakes ringed with grass, and the snow-capped Himalayan range in the background.

Day 08: Phalut - Raman (2560m) in 5h
A pleasant descent through the woods takes us to Gorkhey (2500m) then we climb up towards Raman.

Day 09: Raman - Rimbik (2280m) in 4h.
We pass through numerous villages and cross the Sri Khola over Book Your Toura remarkable suspension bridge.

Day 10: Rimbik - Pelling by car (9h)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Pelling. Upon arrival in Pelling, check into hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Pelling - Pemayangtse - Yuksam by car (2h).
2.5 km from Pelling, we will visit the Pemayangtse monastery. Perched at 2800m, it is one of the oldest and most impressive gompas in Sikkim. After visit, drive to Yuksam. Overnight at hotel

Day 12: Yuksam - Tsoska (3030m) in 6h.
YuksamThe trail leads up the Rathong valley, through thick, semi-tropical forests. Afterwards a steep climb takes us to the tiny Tibetan village of Tsoska. The landscape has now changed into pine, rhododendron and magnolia forests. We get excellent views of the entire Himalayan range and Kanchenjunga.

Day 13: Tsoska - Dzongri (4020m) in 5h.
A steep trail zigzags up through temperate forest and large clusters of rhododendrons, to the vast clearing of Phedang. During April and May, the spectacle is gorgeous, as the land becomes a mass of flowers (400 species have been listed so far). After 300m, we follow the ridge to Dzongri, a pasture area for Yuksam yaks from April to October.

Day 14: Dzongri - Thangshing (3930m) in 4h.
We descend through rhododendron forest towards the glacial Prek river. We establish our campsite on the grassy pastures of Thangshing. The southern ridge of Kanchenjunga and the Onglakhing glacier are visible directly ahead andBook Your Tour there are close-up views of Pandim.

Day 15: Thangshing - Samity Lake (4200m) in 3h.
A pleasant walk below the west side of Pandim, through dwarf azaleas and rhododendrons to Zemathang. We take our first footsteps on the Onglakhing glacier, and climb up to the shores of the Samity lake, reputed to be the sacred source of the Prek river. Ringed by prayer flags, the lake reflects Forked Peak, Kabru North, Gocha Peak and other snow-capped peaks.
Samity Lake
Day 16: Samity Lake - Goecha La (4940m) - Thansing in 7h.
We have to leave quite early this morning, as fog and clouds descend on the pass shortly after sunrise. The track to Goecha La climbs steeply through moraines. From the pass, ringed with colorful prayer flags, we can see Kanchenjunga and beyond that, the Talung glacier.

Day 17: Thangshing - Tsoka in 6 hrs
Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Tsoka (3710 m) in about 5 - 6 hrs. The trek winds its way down up to Phedong, the start of the Rhododendron trail.

Day 18: Tsoka - Yuksom
Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Yuksum by covering approx. 5 kms in 2 hrs. Rest of the day free to visit the oldest monastery and the surrounding area. Book Your Tour

Day 19: Yuksom - Martam by car
After breakfast drive to Martam. Upon arrival in Martam, check into hotel.

Day 20: Martam - Gangtok by car (1h)
En route we visit Rumtek monastery, reputed for its religious Tibetan art. Visitors are welcome to attend prayers. Afternoon at leisure in Gangtok.
Gangtok
Day 21: Gangtok - Bagdogra (by car) - Delhi (by plane). (Hotel B&B)
Morning transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, check into hotel.

Day 22: Delhi sightseeing
Full day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi

Day 23: Delhi Departure
Transfer to airport and fly back home.

 
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