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Darjeeling Sikkim Kanchenjunga Trek

18 Nights/19 Days
Price per person 1,08,500 INR
Difficulty
Difficulty
Moderate to Challenging
Duration
Duration
19 Days
Maximum Altitue
Maximum Altitue
4940 m
Pickup Point
Pickup Point
Bagdogra / NJP
Drop Point
Drop Point
Bagdogra / NJP
Base Camp
Base Camp
Darjeeling/Yuksam
Min/Max Age
Min/Max Age
8 to 70 years
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
Mar to May & Sept to Nov

Trip Overview

Sikkim - Darjeeling Kanchenjunga Trek is a famous long high altitude trek route that offers an exciting opportunity to adventure lovers to explore the Kanchenjunga mountain range from both Sikkim and Darjeeling side. Sikkim Darjeeling Kanchenjunga Trek is a beautiful combination of the famous Goechala and Sahdhakpu Trek. During this trek, you will be able to witness the breath-taking views and charm of the Kanchenjunga and Singalila mountain range from two different locations and angles. Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt Pandim, and several other towering snow-capped mountain peaks are seen during this Trek. Famous Sleeping Buddha sight of the Kanchenjunga mountain range is also seen during this Trek. This trek is best suited for adventure lovers and nature seekers who wish to spend a longer period with pristine nature.

Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Bagdogra Airport to Darjeeling (2042m / 3 to 4 hrs drive) (Hotel stay) - D

    Upon your arrival at Bagdogra Airport, our airport representative and driver will receive you. Drive towards Darjeeling through a charming 4 hours journey which passes through picturesque landscapes, charming tea plantation, and scattered villages. Built on top of the ridge, Darjeeling faces the Himalaya and is a popular destination for westerners as well as for the Indians alike. Evening free to explore Darjeeling market area. O/N at Darjeeling

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    Day 2

    Darjeeling Full Day sightseeing (2041m / 5 to 6 hrs) (Hotel stay) - B/L/D

    Today we will be covering all the sightseeing attractions of Darjeeling. An early morning trip to tiger hill to see the sunrise over Mt. Kanchendoznga. Later visit the famous Ghoom monastery that enshrines an image of the Maitreya Buddha (the coming Buddha), Himalayan mountaineering institute, Tibetan refugees center, Tea plantation, Japanese Temple, and few other attractions. O/N at Darjeeling

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    Day 3

    Darjeeling to Maneybhanjang (2134m/1 hrs drive) to Tonglu (3087m/11 km/6-7 hrs) (Camping/Lodge) – B/L/D

    Today we Drive early morning from Darjeeling to Maneybhanjyang to start the trek. We will hike up to Tonglu (3070 m), which is 11 km from Manebhanjang and would take up to 5-6 hours to reach. En route, we will pass through pine, fir, birch, bamboo glades and reach another tiny Buddhist settlement, Chitre (2530 m). This will be a quite steep uphill climb on a stoned pathway. Crossing Chitre we will reach a small hamlet Meghma (2900m). The route bifurcates here for Tonglu and Tumling but meets again at Tumling. Tonglu is just 2 km from here and commands an excellent view of the entire Himalayan Mountains. From Tumling on clear nights, one could see dazzling night-lights of Darjeeling Kurseong, Pasupati town, and Siliguri. The trekkers' hut at Tonglu (3020m) is located on a hilltop overlooking the Sikkim Himalayas. O/N at Tonglu.

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    Day 4

    Tonglu to Gairibas – (2621m /2-3 hrs) (Camping/Lodge) – B/L/D

    Today we will undertake a pleasant walk through the forest which is home to the rare Red Panda and the Tragopan. we have to wake up early to witness the magical golden sunrise behind the Himalaya Range. It will be a rewarding day today as we will be entering the famous Singalila National Park (declared Indian National Park in 1992) and discover some exotic plants of the mountain and perhaps even spot a red panda if Fortune shines on us. After breakfast, we will begin with an easy downhill trek to Garibas (2621 m). This small village is approximately 9km from Tonglu and will take you around 3 hours to reach. En route, we will pass through the simpler walks of life, a quaint hamlet, their modest farmlands, and lots of bamboo glades. O/N at Gairibas.

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    Day 5

    Gairibas to Sandakphu – (3636m/5-6 hrs) (Camping/Lodge) - B/L/D

    After breakfast, start the trek to Sandakphu (3636m) which takes about 6 hrs crossing exciting Kalipokhari on the way. At Kalipokhari (Black Lake) as the name suggests we will witness a small dark-colored lake amidst pine trees and fluttering prayer flags. The highlight of the entire Singalila Trekking route also called the ‘paradise of trekkers - Sandakphu (3636 m) commands an expansive 360-degree view from the top and a spectacular vista of the entire Himalayan belt. The towering pinnacles in Nepal - Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Sikkim’s Guardian Deity Mt.Kanchendzonga and Mt.Pandim all appear at the horizon in a continuous arc. While the foreground valley is surrounded by hills covered with rhododendrons and silver fir trees. It is a magical place to spend a Day and night. Overnight at Sandhakphu

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    Day 6

    Sandakphu to Phalut – (3600m/2-3 hrs) (Camping/Lodge) – B/L/D

    Today we will again wake up early in the morning to witness the golden rays of the morning sun shining on the white snow of the Himalayas Mountains. The trail from Sandakphu to Phalut is one of the most spectacular, Scenic, and Enjoyable. We will cross through thick rhododendron, oak, pine trees but the burned silver fir forest makes the most of the beautiful and dramatic landscape. we might spot some yak herds at the lakesides on the way and we will also visit the roofless stone house on a small hillock in Sabarkum close by. At the same time, the whole range of snowy peaks is always in view and the trail passes through high altitude vegetation. O/N at Phalut

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    Day 7

    Phalut to Rammam – (2560m/5-6 hrs) (Camping/Lodge) – B/L/D

    Wake up early morning to witness the magical sunrise behind the prodigious Himalayas Mountains. Today from Phalut the trail descends downhill and takes us through the thick virgin forest of chestnut, pines, hemlock, and more. After breakfast starts walking through Gorkhey Khola, this freshwater stream where two small streams meet. One can swim for a short period in the running stream to devour the freshness of this freshwater if weather favors. Later resume trekking to Rammam via Samandin. O/N at Ramam

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    Day 8

    Rammam to Rimbik – (2286m/6-7 hrs) (Camping/Lodge) – B/L/D

    Today is the last day of the sandhakphu Darjeeling trek. The trek is about 19km from Ramman to Rimbik. The road is almost level for 9km and then descends to reach Sirikhola (river). From here we will hike uphill to reach Rimbik. En route, we will be passing through quaint hamlets and their farmlands. O/N at Rimbik

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    Day 9

    Rimbik to Yuksam (1785m/7-8 hrs drive) (Hotel stay) – B/L/D

    Today after breakfast we will drive towards Yuksam, Sikkim via Ramam / Melli check post for further trek onto Sikkim side. On the way, we will stop at a check post for Inner Line Permit formalities and paperwork. Today’s drive will be through beautiful Himalayan terrain, tea garden, and picturesque forest. Upon arrival at Yuksam check into Hotel. Evening free to explore the beautiful small Yuksam village. O/N at Yuksam

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    Day 10

    Yuksam rest and short hiking (1785m/3 to 4 hrs) (Hotel stay) – B/L/D

    After breakfast at around 9.30 am walk uphill for an hour or so through the beautiful dense semi tropical forest to visit the Sikkim’s oldest monastery DUBDI MONASTERY. After spending your good time in the monastery walk back to Yuksam village through the subba community village along with the visit to KATHOK LAKE. After lunch visit the CORONATION THRONE and NORBUGANG CHORTEN. Evening free to explore Yuksam. O/N at Yuksam

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    Day 11

    Yuksam to Tshoka (3050m/13 km/6-7 hrs) (Camping/huts) – B/L/D

    We begin our trek today through a small village and stop at the Kanchendzonga National Park, check post for checking formalities. Continue to walk through semi-tropical forests, home to a variety of flora and fauna. Crossing the last of the two hanging bridges over rivers Paha Khola and Tshuchey, we arrive at Sachen. Break for lunch and continue to walk to Bahkim. We cross a long old swinging bridge over Prek-Chu, it’s a steep climb of 70 degrees uphill to Bakhim and we continue climbing steeply to the Tibetan Refugee settlement of Tsokha as we trek through pine and giant rhododendron forests. Here we also get our first view of Mt.Pandim (6780m) and Mt. Tenchinkhang which could be seen from all points of our trek. Tshoka itself is a small abandoned village consisting of about a dozen houses and monasteries, inhabited by the Tibetan refugees. O/N at Tshoka

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    Day 12

    Tsokha to Dzongri (4030m/9kms/ 5-6 hrs) (Camping/huts) - B/L/D

    Today we continue our uphill journey through the temperate forest till Phedang (3550m), a large clearing in the forest with excellent views of the Kanchenjunga range of mountains. After lunch, it’s a 40 min steep walk, as we reach the ridge’s top, Deorali Dara, or Windy hill which one gets the awesome views of the Sikkim Mountains and its peaks. A nice leisurely hour walks through the rhododendron trees and juniper bushes before we reach Dzongri. O/N at Dzongri

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    Day 13

    Dzongri Acclimatization / Dzongrila (4300m/40 mins) (Camping) - B/L/D

    Rest day for acclimatization. Rise early at dawn, a 30-40 mins steep hike amidst thin air to Dabla Gang (Dzongri-la OR viewpoint) to view the sunrise on Kangchenjunga and the neighboring peaks; Rathong 6683m; Kokthang 6150m; Kabru Dome 6604m and Forked Peak 6116m. Return to camp for breakfast. Free to explore, Day hike to Laxmi Pokhari or take a walk toward the Black peak for acclimatization from where we can see Frey’s peak and the Rathong valley. Return to the campsite. O/N at Dzongri

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    Day 14

    Dzongri to Thangsing (3930m/6 kms/5-6 hrs) (Camping) - B/L/D

    The day’s walk starts with a short climb to a ridge followed by a rapid steep descend of 100m to Kockchurung and Prek river. Continue crossing some boulders and climb gently to the campsite of Thangsing for our lunch with a view of Mt. Pandim and Mt. Kanchenjunga. O/N at Thangsing.

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    Day 15

    Thangsing to Lamune (4130m/6km/3-4 hrs) (Camping) - B/L/D

    A gentle 2-3 hrs walk to camp at Lamune. While the camp is set up, we take a walk to Samiti Lake, 4453m with Kanchenjunga looming ahead of us. The trail goes past stunted rhododendron bushes, azaleas, and past a prayer wall before ascending a moraine path to a ridge from where you can look down at Samiti Pokhari (4200m) a beautiful and sacred lake surrounded by snow-capped peaks Mt. Kanchandzonga, Mt. Pandim, and Mt. Thenchinkhang. Return to camp for lunch. O/N at Lamune.

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    Day 16

    Lamune to Goechala (4940m/14km/5 hrs) to Thangsing (2 hrs) (Camping) - B/L/D

    Early morning excursion to Goechala (pass), one walk along the moraine path by the side of Samiti lake to view the east face of Mt. Kanchendzonga bathed in the rays of the early sun. We cross the ½ km sandy plain known as Zemathang, footprints of Bluesheeps and other animals are common sighting. After 2 hours, we arrive at the 1st viewpoint of Goechala and walk further 2 hours to the 2nd viewpoint to enjoy the close-up views of Mt. Kanchendzonga 8534m. Return to camp for late lunch and later walk to Thangshing campsite or Kockchurung campsite some 30 minutes below. O/N at Thangsing

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    Day 17

    Thangsing to Tsokha (3050m/12km/ 5-7 hrs) (Camping/huts) - B/L/D

    After breakfast, trek back the same trail till Kockchurung, from where we take another trail via Phedang to Tshoka. Hot lunch at Phedang and continue to walk to Tshoka. O/N at Tshoka.

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    Day 18

    Tsokha to Yuksom (1750m) (hotel stay)

    After breakfast trek back to Yuksom the same way. Hot Lunch on the halfway or can ask for pack lunch to staff/cook. O/N at Yuksam

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    Day 19

    Yuksam to Bagdogra Airport (6-7 hrs drive)

    Drive towards Bagdogra Airport to board a flight back home with wonderful memories.

Trip Highlights

The highlight of the trip is as follow – 1) Darjeeling - A hill Town often regarded as the Queen of the Hills due to its serene and Natural Beauty. Darjeeling is surrounded by emerald-green tea plantations with a backdrop of jagged white Himalayan peaks. Darjeeling is a Colonial British Town. Darjeeling Tea is famous all over the world. 2) Maney Bhanjyang - Located at 2150m is a starting point for the trek to Sandhakpu and a gate way to Singalila National Park. Maney Bhanjyang lies on the Border between India and Nepal. 3) Sandhakpu - At an altitude of 3636m Sandhakpu is an ideal view point for the view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Kanchendzonga. Sandhakpu is situated at an edge of Singalila National Park. 4) Yuksam - The first capital of Sikkim and a base camp of famous Goechala Kanchendzonga Trek and several Mountain Expeditions. The Oldest monastery of Sikkim, Dubdi Monastery is located at Yuksam. The Famous Coronation Throne where the first king of Sikkim was crowned by the three religious monks is in Yuksam. 5) Tshoka - A small Refuge settlement at the height of 3000m. A first-day camping point of the trek. From Tshoka one can see a glimpse of towering snow-capped mountain peaks - Mt. Pandim and few others. 6) Dzongri Viewpoint - The most beautiful and ideal viewpoint of high-altitude treks in Sikkim. One can witness a 360-degree view of the Pristine and Panoramic 16 snow-capped mountain peaks and hills. Located at the height of 4250m Dzongri Viewpoint offers sublime and capitative scenery of the entire Himalayan range... 7) Goechala Viewpoint - The closest point to Mt. Kanchendzonga - The guardian deity of Sikkim! The goechala viewpoint provides a sublime and closest view of Mt. Kanchendzonga and Mt. Pandim. One can have the closest look at Thalung Glacier too at the bottom of Mt. Kanchendzonga. 8) Samiti lake - One of the most pristine and holy high-altitude lakes in Sikkim. It lies exactly Infront of Mt. Kanchendzonga and is a treat to witness on a clear sunny day. 9) Laxmi Pokhari (Lake) in Dzongri - A pristine high-altitude lake situated 3 hours walk from the Dzongri Campsite

Health and Fitness

You have to be Relatively Fit and Healthy to undertake the Sikkim Darjeeling Kanchenjunga trek. Trekking for 6 to 8 hours a day is one of the most important requirements for this high-altitude trek. Apart from good health condition basic mental preparation is also very important to undertake this Trek. People suffering from Acute Heart and Lung diseases, Asthma, and High blood pressure are not recommended to take up this trek. To complete this high-altitude trek regular exercises like running, skipping, aerobics, Zumba, and long-distance uphill trekking (4 to 5 times a week) are highly recommended. One should start making basic physical preparation at least a month before a trek. These exercises help you during the Trek. The packing of right and comfortable clothing also makes a difference in the completion of Trek, so it is necessary to be disciplined while packing your clothing for the trip. You can contact us for help with clothing choice and packing! During the Trek, we provide a basic medicine Kit which includes Medicine for High Altitude sickness, Headache, Diarrhoea, Vomiting, Common Cold, etc. All of our medicine is scientific medicine purchased in India, however, we advised you to bring your small medicinal kit for the trip if possible.

Trekking/Tour Tips

1. A common tendency among young blood and beginners is to show enthusiasm by walking fast with excitement. Even the experienced sometimes try to show off by walking fast, this is soon exhausting and not recommended. Walk slow - warm up gradually and continue at a slow comfortable pace before pushing yourself a little more. 2. Develop a personal rhythm. Maintain your steps to synchronized with breathing. This will help minimize getting out of breath. 3. Walking in Himalayan trails with loose soil and rocks is tricky. So, avoid stepping on loose soil and rocks and place the foot flat and firm with a better grip. Always follow the rule ‘heel first’ while walking in the Himalaya trail. 4. Walking in a zigzags manner while ascending on a very steep slope is advisable. While descending walking zigzag is a good technique to avoid excessive pressure on knees and avoid knee pain and blisters. 5. Avoid stepping on loose stones and soil to avoid an accident. 6. Avoid overtaking fellow travelers on a narrow trail. Only Overtake at comfortable wide space if necessary. 7. While ascending and descending a slope or over loose stones, leave sufficient space between the next person so that any stone rolling down does not hit trekkers below. 8. Do not run down a slope. Bend knees a little while descending. Dig heels into soft snow or soft ground. 9. Our Himalayan condition is mostly wet so avoid wet grass, wet roots, and the muddy zone which can be very slippery. Be careful while walking on them. 10. Shortcuts on a foot trail should be avoided. 11. Always put-on warm clothing while taking a rest. This will help avoid getting cold, cough and high-altitude sickness 12. Respect the sentiments and traditions of the local hill people. 13. Always carry enough water in your water bottle as water is essential in avoiding altitude sickness. 14. Wear comfortable and right set of trekking boots, pants and jackets. Avoid wearing new trekking boots directly for the Trek. Get used to it by wearing before the trek. Carry all necessary clothing’s. Halts and Rests: 1. While taking a rest, lie against a tree trunk, a big stone, or on flat ground. Place your legs on your bags or any other higher ground. This helps regulate blood circulation. 2. Stop at any comfortable point after the first start to readjust your rucksack, jackets, or to tie a shoelace for better comfort and adjustment. 3. Do not make frequent or prolonged halts. Too many small stops destroy the walking rhythm. Frequent rests are not helpful. You should follow your own rhythmic walking pace and technique to avoid unnecessary tiredness. A stop should be made only at natural stopping points, like on the top of a ridge, or before an ascent, or at a scenic viewpoint. 4. Stop and place yourself on the safer (Mountain) side to give way for the pack animals to pass through. Avoid bags carried by the animals that can push you. Be aware of the yak's horn too.

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Please email us for the Best Costing and availability. The Costing depends on the number of persons for the Trek. The minimum number of persons required for obtaining the necessary trekking permit is 2 pax and the maximum is 50 pax. In special cases, we can work out a permit for a single person as well. Our given cost for the trek will be based on PER HEAD PER DAY basis which will include all the necessary facilities and services required during the trek. From the point of start to the end. We have special costs for the Students group and Religious group.

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