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Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Duration

10 nights / 11 days

Best season

Oct - March

Grade

Alpine to Challenging

Altitude

4950 mts / 16210 ft

Overview

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek is more than what you can imagine. It's an ultimate contrast from any other alpine treks in the Indian Himalayan belt. The Kanchenjunga, also known as Kangchenjunga, and its sister peaks contour a giant cross that spans the boundaries of Nepal, Tibet and the Indian state of Sikkim. By merit of the massif's entire isolation from any other group of mountains, precise definition of its boundaries is quite unnecessary. Until 1849 Kangchenjunga was thought to be the world's highest mountain, but today its accepted height of 8,586 m ranks it third, after Everest and K2.

Further, the sister peaks, Kangchenjunga West, also known as Yalung Kang at 8,505 meters, Kangchenjunga Central at 8,482 meters, Kangchenjunga South at 8,494 meters and Kangbachen at 7,903 meters, are worth a capture. Some of the world's 7 thousanders, the Kambachen at 7,903 meters, Jannu at 7,710 meters, Jongsong at 7,483 meters, Kabru at 7,353 meters, Tent Peak at 7,365 meters and the Twins at 7,350 meters, can be seen on a bright sunny day. Nonetheless, the 6 thousanders surrounding the Kanchenjunga family, gives due respect even on a cloudy morning.

The clump of peaks forms five major glacial systems. Cutting through the mountains in Sikkim and like a giant Python, the Teesta find its source from the Zemu, Talung, and Rathong glaciers. Further, the Kanchenjunga and Yalung glacier feeds the Tamur River in Nepal.

Over the years much of the Greater Himalaya in Sikkim has remained hidden and along with it, the sprawling and rich biosphere, spectacular scenery and culture. Since 1988 the Sikkim Himalaya has witnessed limited number of commercialized trekking activities as only exploration of the immediate environs of the mountain was allowed. These restrictions helped to preserve its ecosphere over decades that still pull in worldwide nature lovers. Slowly the explorers unfolded the remote valleys and the hidden treasures - lakes, tribal villages and forest embedded with variety of flora and fauna.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi - Bagdogra - Gangtok

Board a flight for Bagdogra airport in the morning. After arriving at the airport meet our representative and drive towards Gangtok. Upon your arrival at Gangtok, transfer into your pre-booked hotel. Evening time is free for your own leisure activities. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 2 Gangtok - Yuksom (134 kms/5 hrs)

Drive to Yuksam through a magnificent valley. After arriving in Yuksam, a camp will be set up for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3 Yuksam - Tsokha

The trek from Yuksom begins at the local market. We will be required to cross the four bridges and climb steeply towards the north east to reach Bakhim. The trail will continue for another 3 kms and pass through the forests of magnolia and rhododendron to reach Tshokh. Upon reaching Tshokh, the camps will be set. Dinner and overnight stay at the camps.

Day 4 Tsokha - Dzongri

We will trek through the village of Tshokh and up to the alp of Phidang (3650 m). The trail will continue further towards Dzongri. On arrival, the camps will be set up and overnight stay.

Day 5 Dzongri - Laxmi Pokhari

Get up early in the morning, walk up to the top of the ridge situated above the campsite to watch the beautiful sunrise on Kanchenjunga, Kabru, Pandim, Rathong, and many other peaks of the Kanchenjunga range. Later, the trek passes through the rhododendron bushes and pasture land to reach Chamaray. From Chamaray, we have to gradually ascent to reach Laxmi Pokhari. Back to Dzongri. Dinner and overnight in the camp.

Day 6 Dzongri - Bikhbari

On this day, the trek from Dzongri goes left down to reach Zamlingang. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 7 Bikhbari - Chaurikhang and Rathong Glacier (Kanchenjunga Base Camp)-BIkhbari

We will start a trek towards the Kanchenjunga Base Camp and get a stunning view of the Frey's peak, Koktang, Kabur and Rathong. Return to Bikhbari. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 8 Reserve Day for Summit

Free day

Day 9 BIkhbari - Bakkhim

Today, we will trek back to Bakkhim in the morning. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 10 Bakkhim - Yuksom

In the morning, we will trek back to Yuksom. After having the lip-smacking lunch, trek to Dubdi monastery, located one thousand feet above Yuksom. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 11 Yuksom - Bagdogra - Delhi

After breakfast drive to Bagdogra airport and for your onward journey.

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