Kanchenjunga Trek is the most popular trek in India. Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak on earth (8586 m). This area is full of green grass, dense temperate, rocky ridges and low river valley. It is situated on India Nepal border.
|Duration:||5 Nights/ 6 Days|
|Cities:||Delhi - Darjeeling - Tonglu - Garibas - Sandakphu - Phalut - Raman - Rimbik - Pelling - Yuksom - Tsoska - Dzongri - Thangshing - Samity Lake - Thangshing - Labdang - Tashiding - Martam - Gangto - Bagdogra|
Upon arrival at Delhi airport met our representative and then transfer to pre booked hotel. Overnight stay.
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.
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 and tea plantations. Overnight in Darjeeling.
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.
We take a mossy paved path that passes through a succession of forests and hamlets, giving way, from time to time, to spectacular mountain sceneries.
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.
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.
A pleasant descent through the woods takes us to Gorkhey (2500m) then we climb up towards Raman.
We pass through numerous villages and cross the Sri Khola over a remarkable suspension bridge.
In the morning after breakfast we will take a drive for Pelling. It’s also a beautiful hill town. Overnight at hotel.
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.
The trail leads up the Rathong valley, through thick, semi-tropical forests. Afterwards a steep climb takes us to the tiny Tibetan village of Tshoka. The landscape has now changed into pine, rhododendron and magnolia forests. We get excellent views of the entire Himalayan range and Kanchenjunga.
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.
We descend through rhododendron forest towards the glacial Prek River. We establish our campsite on the grassy pastures of Thangsing. The southern ridge of Kanchenjunga and the Onglakhing glacier are visible directly ahead and there are close-up views of Pandim.
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 Samiti 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.
We 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.
After a steep descent, climb through alpine areas and pass by tiny lakes.
An easy walk, in an atmosphere becoming more humid and heavier as we descend.
We visit the Tashiding monastery, one of the most isolated in Sikkim, perched on the top of a hill set between two rivers.
En route we visit Rumtek monastery, reputed for its religious Tibetan art. Visitors are welcome to attend prayers. Afternoon at leisure in Gangtok.
In the morning after breakfast drive to Gangtok and from here catch a flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi transfer to international airport.
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