Kanchenjunga Trek Combined Sandakphu – 19 Days
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. The Singalila range is one of the rare spots on earth where the view embraces five summits rising above 8000m, amongst them Everest, Makalu and Lhotse. On these 19th century English Lords trails, you will trek on easy narrow paths along the Indo-Nepali border, sometimes at the edge of the jungle, sometimes through rhododendron forests. The visit of the main Sikkim monasteries (Pemayangtse, Tashiding, Rumtek) provide a touch of culture and make of this journey a rare venture.
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), 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.
Duration for treks of this grade stretches up to four (4) weeks. Trails generally go above 4000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 7 hours. The perfect setting of introduction to moderate trekking. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well.
Day 1: Arrive at Bagdogra Airport and drive to Darjeeling
Day 2: Full day, Visit Darjeeling
Day 3: Drive to Manay Bhanjang and trek to Tonglu
Day 4: Trek to Gairibas (2620m)
Day 5: Trek to Sandakphu (3640m)
Day 6: Trek to Phalut (3600m)
Day 7: Trek to Raman (2560m)
Day 8: Trek to Rimbik (2280m)
Day 9: Drive from Rimbik to Pelling
Day 10: Pelling – Pemayangtse to Yuksam
Day 11: Trek to Tshoka (3030m)
Day 12: Trek to Dzongri (4020m)
Day 13: Trek to Thangshing (3930m)
Day 14: Trek to Samiti Lake (4200m)
Day 15: Samiti Lake – Goecha La (4940m) – Thangshing
Day 16: Trek to Lam Pokhari (4230m)
Day 17: Trek to Kasturi (3,715m)
Day 18: Trek to Labdang (1,830m)
Day 19: Trek to Tashiding (1740m)
Day 20: Drive to Gangtok via Rumtek monastery
Day 21: Full-day, Visit Gangtok
Day 22: Gangtok -Bagdogra (by car)
If this itinerary does not suit your requirement or if you would like to customize it, please do not hesitate to contact us. This itinerary can be customized according to your required time frame and budget limit.
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