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Sikkim and Kanchenjunga Trek

At first through luxuriant rhododendrons, pines, spruces and giants magnolias forests, then through green meadows and yak pastures, the trek leads us towards west 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), and 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: 19 Nights / 20 Days

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

BagdograDay 02: Delhi - Bagdogra (by plane) - Darjeeling (2130m) by car.
Morning transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Bagdogra. Upon arrival in Bagdogra, drive to Darjeeling.

A 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.

Day 03: Visit Darjeeling.
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 Book Your Tourand tea plantations.

Day 04: Darjeeling - Yuksam (1760m) in 7h.
Drive to Yuksam. En route, we visit the Pemayangtse monastery, perched at 2800m, and one of the oldest and most impressive gompas in Sikkim. Upon arrival in Yuksam, check into hotel.

Day 05: Yuksam - Tsoska (3030m) trek in 6h.
The 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 06: Tsoska - Dzongri (4020m) trek in 5h.
TsokaA 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 07: Acclimatizing
Depending on the fitness of the group, we could head northwest to the Dzongri, where the panorama is stunning, over the Rathong glacier and further out towards the summits on the border with Nepal. Or we could also organize a shorter ascent towards the Dzongri Peak (4320m) and enjoy a great view of Kanchenjunga (8586m),Book Your Tour the third highest summit in the world.

Day 08: Dzongri - Thangshing (3930m) trek 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 and there are close-up views of Pandim.

Day 09: Thangshing - Samity Lake (4200m) trek in 3h.
ThangshingA 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, Goecha Peak and other snow-capped peaks.

Day 10: Samity Lake - Goecha La (4940m) - Thangshing trek 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.
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Day 11: Thangshing - Lam Pokhari (4230m) in 5h.
After a steep descent, we climb through alpine areas and pass by tiny lakes.

Day 12: Lam Pokhari - Kasturi La (4500m) - Kasturi Odar (3500m) in 6h.
A steep ascent leads to the pass, from where we descend through a luxuriant tropical forest.

Day 13: Kasturi Odar - Labdang (2000m) in 6h.
Today we will walk in the half-light of the undergrowth, through a dense forest, where lianas tangle and moss and orchids hide tree trunks.
Labdang
Day 14: Labdang - Tashiding (1740m) in 5h.
An easy walk, in an atmosphere becoming more humid and heavier as we descend.

Day 15: Tashiding - Martam by car (4h).
En route, we visit the Tashiding monastery, one of the most isolated in Sikkim, perched on the top of a hill set between two rivers.

Day 16: Martam - Gangtok by car (1h).
We visit Rumtek monastery, reputed for its religious Tibetan artBook Your Tour. Visitors are welcome to attend prayers.

Day 17: Visit Gangtok
We will enjoy a visit of the amazing Orchid Sanctuary, where we can see a few of the 454 orchid species listed in Sikkim. To complete the day we will visit the Enchey and Do Drul monasteries, and the Tibetology Institute which houses one of therichest collection of Thangkas and religious works in the world.

GangtokDay 18: Gangtok - Bagdogra (by car) - Delhi (by plane). (Hotel B&B)
Morning transfer to Bagdogra to catch the flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, check into hotel.

Day 19: Delhi sightseeing
Full day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi.

Day 20: Delhi departure
Transfer to airport and fly back home.

 
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