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16-Day Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek in Fantastic Sikkim

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Day 1 : Arrive Delhi and transfer

Visiting: Delhi

On arrival, you are greeted by your trip leader and transferred to your Delhi hotel. (The room will be available from 12 noon onwards.)

  • Standard Lodging: Taurus in standard room or similar

Day 2 : Fly to Bagdogra and drive to Gangtok

Visiting: Gangtok

Morning transfer to airport to board the flight to Bagdogra. Enjoy a spectacular scenic flight past some of the tallest mountains in the world including Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga. After arriving into Bagdogra, you are met and driven to Gangtok (about 4.5 hours).

Known for its pristine surroundings and temperate climate, this hill station of about fifty thousand people is the epicenter of Sikkim's growing adventure tourism industry.

Gangtok was a small hamlet until the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840 made it a pilgrimage center. It became a major stopover between Tibet and British India at the end of the 19th century. Following India's independence in 1947, Sikkim became a nation-state with Gangtok as its capital. In 1975 the monarchy was abrogated and Sikkim became India's twenty-second state, with Gangtok remaining as its capital.

The precise meaning of the name Gangtok is unclear, though it is generally held to mean "lofty hill". Gangtok is also a center of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning with numerous monasteries and religious educational institutions.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Norling Resort in standard room or similar

Day 3 : Full day exploring Gangtok with Monasteries and more

Visiting: Gangtok

Early morning hike for one hour for beautiful panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga as well as the distant peaks of North Sikkim.

Later enjoy a guided full day tour of Gangtok including a visit to the impressive Rumtek monastery. It is a world Dharma chakra center and the seat of His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa, who is the head of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Norling Resort in standard room or similar

Day 4 : Drive to Yuksum / Hike to Dubdi Monastery

Visiting: Yuksum

After breakfast drive to Yuksum (about 7 hours). The drive is through scenic mountains with rice fields and Buddhist flags adorning the roads. The hamlet of Yuksam is set amidst pristine hills and lakes, where according to the historical records, it was here in 1641 AD, the first Chogyal (King) Phuntsok Namgyal of Sikkim was consecrated by the three wise lamas. Yuksam literally means the meeting place of the three learned monks. This was the first capital of Sikkim. The Norbugang Chorten and the Coronation throne are the silent witnesses to the event of 1641. Evidence of the enthronement ceremony can still be seen in the form of stone seats and a footprint of the Head Lama on a stone. The stone throne constructed for the great event stands today at Norbugang and has been declared a Heritage Site

This evening, enjoy a wonderful practice hike to the graceful Dubdi monastery for 45 minutes one way. It is a great hike on a rocky path and gets you ready for the big hike tomorrow.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Yuksum Residency in standard room or similar

Day 5 : Trek Yuksum to Bakhim (9,000 ft)

Visiting: Sikkim

This morning after breakfast we start our trek to Bakhim. It will be an unforgettable sight to see the yaks or horses coming to our lodge to get our gear.

It is a gradual hike through the dense forest with numerous ups and downs. A steep pitch at the end of the day brings us to the cloud mist enshrined village of Bakhim. Expect to walk between 5-6 hours today.

Bakhim lies among beautiful alpine plants and Sikkim’s famed orchids. Several rare Himalayan fauna are found here and Bakhim itself has many rare varieties of birds and butterflies.

There is a trekker’s hut here and we may share it with other hikers or we may camp.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Camp

Day 6 : Trek Bakhim to Dzongri (13,000 ft)

Visiting: Sikkim

After breakfast trek to Dzongri. Dzongri is a steep climb from Bakhim, but the effort is worth the excellent and imposing views one gets of the Kanchanjunga and other peaks from here. Besides, the dwarf rhododendrons add an invigorating touch to the magical world of Dzongri. This is perhaps the hardest day of the trek but the trail is wide, first through the dense forest, past the little Tibetan village of Tsoka and later through the lush alpine meadows. We'll walk about 7 - 8 hours total today.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Camp

Day 7 : Dzongri

Visiting: Trek in Sikkim

Today indulge in a full day of rest to enjoy the stunning beauty and tranquility of Dzongri. If you like, a sunrise hike to the view point on Dzongri for magnificent views of the mountain is especially rewarding.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Camp

Day 8 : Trek Dzongri to Thangsing (12,500 feet)

Visiting: Sikkim

After breakfast begin trek to Thangsing

A steep descent through the forest brings us to the stream at the base of Thangsing. Then a steady climb ends in Thangsing situated at the base of the Jopine peak at 3930m. Beautiful mountain scenery can be seen in every direction. It can also be very cold as we are now very close to the high mountains. We will hike between 5 to 6 hours today.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Camp

Day 9 : Thangsing to Samity Lake (14,000 feet)

Visiting: Sikkim

From Thangsing it is a gradual ascent of 7 kms to Samiti lake (which takes approx 4 hours). Mountains will remain all around us as we gradually make our way towards this holy lake. It is an inspiring sight indeed!

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Camp

Day 10 : Trek Samity Lake – Goecha La (16,200 feet) - Thangsing

Visiting: Sikkim

Today is D-day! An early morning pre-dawn start is highly recommended. The first one hour will bring us to the first view point. Spectacular views all around as we would be reaching here just in time for the sunrise. If you are feeling a little under, this might be the place for you to return back to the camp. Otherwise continue onwards towards the Goecha la Pass. After a steep drop of about 20 meters, (we may use ropes here), the hike becomes gradual as we traverse the rock sewn ground. A gradual climb brings us to the Goecha La pass (16,200 feet) with spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

A return trek to Samity Lake where our crew will serve some hot drinks for us and then we return to Thangsing. A long but rewarding day for everyone.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Camp

Day 11 : Trek Thangsing to Tsoka

Visiting: Sikkim

Today we begin our walking via the lower forested route to Tsoka. It is a beautiful hike through dense forest all the way to the Village of Tsoka. In the evening, enjoy this wonderful, traditional village and its friendly people.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Camp

Day 12 : Trek Tsoka - Yoksum

Visiting: Sikkim

A long return trek all the way to Yoksum. In the evening, it will be the time to say goodbye to our yaks and camp crew as we celebrate after taking a hot shower in the hotel.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Yoksum Residency in standard Room or similar

Day 13 : Drive to Darjeeling

Visiting: Darjeeling

After breakfast, we’ll start our drive to mystical Darjeeling. The drive will take approx. 7 hours.

Standing high in the Himalayas at an altitude of 2134m, ‘Dorje Ling’, or place of the Thunderbolt, Darjeeling offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain peaks, with the Kanchendzonga rising higher than all the others. Often referred to as the “Queen of the Hills”, it remains just as alluring with its tiny waterfalls, little villages and a narrow gauge railway track. Surrounded by World Famous Tea Gardens and snow capped mountains, Darjeeling remains one of the most exotic destinations. Graeme Westlake in his book ‘An introduction to Hill Stations on India’ refers to Darjeeling as having “A view Scarcely Unrivaled on Earth”.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Summit Grace in standard room or similar

Day 14 : Sunrise in Darjeeling / Explore the Major Sites in Darjeeling

Visiting: Darjeeling

Early morning visit Tiger Hill and Ghoom Monastery.

Tiger Hill is 13 kilometers from Darjeeling and one can see a beautiful sunrise and the majestic Himalayan Range (including Kanchandzonga, Mount Everest etc.) shimmering golden before us.

Ghoom Monastery is the oldest Monastery in the area which was built in 1875 and one can see the image of Mythey Buddha 15ft. height on the way back from Tiger Hill

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, take a ride on a 1880 built steam engine pulled toy train up to Ghoom and back.

Later visit HMI, the Zoo and the Tibetian Refugee Center.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Summit Grace in standard room or similar

Day 15 : Drive to Bagdogra and fly to Delhi

Visiting: Delhi

Today we will drive 3 hours from Darjeeling to Bagdogra and fly out to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Delhi.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Taurus in standard room or similar

Day 16 : Delhi Departure

Visiting: Delhi

Today, transfer to the International airport in time to board your flight home.

  • Meals: B

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