Khangchendzonga Trek - 17 Days

Khangchendzonga Trek - 17 Days

Sikkim's most popular trek to the foot of Mt. Kangchenjunga the 3rd highest peak in the world. Trek from Yoksum to Goechela pass at 5000m. A world of subtropical forests, rhododendron forests, alpine meadows where the hairy yak herds graze to the high valleys surrounded by glaciers and snow capped peaks of the Khangchendzonga range. A trek to one of the last remaining pristine Himalayan wilderness. Best Season: April-June & October-December. Trek Grading: Easy to Difficult. Maximum hiking Altitute: Goechala Pass - 4940m. Starting & Ending Point: Bagdogra or Phuentsolingin Bhutan or Bhadrapur airport in Nepal.

Itinerary

Day 01: Bagdogra- Gangtok
Arrive at Bagdogra Airport. You will be met by our representative. Drive to Gangtok. (125 kms/4 hrs). Transfer to your hotel. O/N at Gangtok.

Day 02: Gangtok
Full days sight seeing in and around Gangtok which includes the famous Rumtek monastery, Enchey Monastery, Research Institute of Tibetology, Dodrul Chorten, flower Show and the Cottage Industries. Trekking permits will be obtained on this day. Overnight at Gangtok.

Day 03: Gangtok -Yuksom
After breakfast drive to Yuksom via Rabangla. (140 kms/6 hrs/1,700 mts Alt). Transfer to your lodge. O/N at lodge.

Day 04: Yuksam- Tsokha:
Trek begins:
The trail now runs through rice wood hills abounding in flora and fauna going, as it does, though moss-laden forests of Oak, Spruce, Chestnut, Fir, Pines, Giant Magnolias and Rhododendron a botanists' paradise. Not to be outdone, the naturalist's can view hundreds of varieties of exotic of birds, butterflies and orchids. It takes six hours before the Bakhim forest bungalow is reached for the night .

Day 05: Tsokha - Dzongri (4, 550m or 13,221 ft)
8-km and six hours away, each step to Dzongri leads to the world of the famed Kanchenjunga massive. The spectacle at dawn and dusk tinted in softest hues, is one never to be missed - a supernatural vision of ethereal beauty. Camp in tents.

Day 06: Excrusion Dzongri La & Rathong Valley
4/67 hours, 10kml13km return The trail heads to the Dzongri La (4550m), ` small pass to the west of Kabur Peak. The 1 ½ to two hour trek, with a steady ascent dust before the pass, is rewarded by fine views across to the Rathong Glacier and the peaks that enclose Rathong Valley: Rathong, F:abru South, Kabru North, Kabru Dome :end Forked Peak. Return directly to camp or continue for one to 1 ½ hours to the Rathong Valley for liner views of the spectacular.peaks at the Dead of the valley. The trail then heads down the valley before commencing a steep iscent back to Dzongri. Take a local guide, as the trail is difficult to follow in places.

Day 07: Dzongri-Thangsing (3,930m or 12,467 ft)
7-km from Dzongri, the four hours' trek leads through meadows and valleys down the burrows leads into the most beautiful valley of all situated at the base Jupono peak. To reach the camping grounds dwarfed in the giant valley, one crosses a wooden bridge over the stream under the watchful even of majestic Pandim.

Day 08: Thangsing-Chemathang (4,800m or 15,748 ft)
Situated at the base of mighty Pandim, Chemathang is 8-km from Thangsing and takes 6 hours to trek.

Day 09: Chemathang-Goecha La (4,940m) -
Chemathang
Still higher and steeper, is the Goecha La (also spelt as Guicha) pass about 5-km away but taking a good three hours to cover. This is the northernmost and highest point of the trek.

Day 10: This is the return journey and is spent looking for rare high altitude birds and blue sheep roaming in the wilderness of high cliffs and snows, among the thick and low bushes.

Day 11: Thansing- Rest day

Day 12: Thansing - Dzongri
It is a four to five hour climb through Rhododendron forests to the camping grounds. Side Trip To Chowrithang (4,380 metres or 14,370 ft) It is an eight-hour and 10-km trip to the Chowrithang falls at the Rohtang glacier. Here is the base camp of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute of Darjeeling, world famous as a centre for training would be mountaineers. Splendid views of the peaks, Frey, Koktang, Kabru, Ratong, Chandra Peak and the Kabru Dome are obtained from here. En route one passes the forbidden Kabur Rock, which none is allowed to climb. From Chowrithang a two-hour walk along the glacier leads to the Houe-Chu Lake, the special feature of which is its accumulated milky water. From Chowrithang on the way to Bakhim is Zamling Gaon, named after Tenzing's son and a good place to break the journey.

Day 13: Dzongri - Bakhim via Jamlingthang (Zamling Gaon)
This different route to Bakhim passes through one of the most spectacular forested areas of Sikkim engulfed in the fragrance of magnolias, which is all the more beautiful in the spring when the giant magnolias and more than ten types of Rhododendron are in bloom and the trail runs through the garden of flowers.

Day 14: Bakhim -Yuksom
A leisurely walk of about four hours bring one back to Yuksom

Day 15: Yuksom to Darjeeling
Drive to Darjeeling via Peshok Tea Gardens. Transfer to Hotel. O/N at hotel

Day 16: Darjeeling
Early morning drive to Tiger Hill for sunrise. On the way back visit the Yiga Choling (Ghoom) Monastery, War Memorial. After breakfast visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Zoological Park, Tibetan Self Help Centre. Evening free to visit the local market and the "Chowrasta" Mall. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17: Darjeeling- Bagdogra Airport
After breakfast drive to Bagdogra Airport for onward Journey.