Darjeeling-Kanchenjunga-Trekking

Kanchenjunga Trekking

Very few people know and believe that physical exercise can stimulate not only body but mind as well. Beyond the normal places of human residence at sea level, there are places unknown to common people with no interest in the geography of the world as well as vacations spent in trekking. Sikkim is one of those places that are rich in natural scenic view and trekking opportunities for a loan traveler or a group of people (family/corporate). Trekking in Sikkim Himalayas has been lately released by enthusiasts with curious streak. The following treks in Sikkim will make your memories of a lifetime that you will keep on revisiting, in reality or virtually.

The trek we would be discussing is not at all easy but worth the time and efforts you will put in. Lens of the Cameras will be rewarded by spectacular views of the mountain peak taking away all the pain endured on one of the best treks in Sikkim.

Starting with the city, Darjeeling is famous all over the world for its tea estates and the toy train but there is more to it if the flavor is enhanced by the trekking to Kanchenjunga. Obviously, the trip is not about climbing but just trekking. So, when you cross Tashiding after places with names like Uttarey, Chewabhanjang, Paharey Megu, Daphe Pass, Gomathang, Dzongri, Thangsing, Samity Lake, Goecha La, Lam Pokhari, Kasturi La, Kasturi Odar and Labdang, you know you have reached the place you wanted to. Just like the Zanskar Valley trek in Ladakh, many smaller trekking journeys could be aimed for the people strapped for time. The treks given below are mostly of the kind we are discussing.

Darjeeling to Kanchenjunga is one of the finest trek in Sikkim. 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 Samiti sacred lake, we climb up to Goecha La pass, highlight of this magnificent itinerary, where we will savor 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

ITINERARY

Day 1   Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling

Day 2  Darjeeling - Manay Bhanjang (2134 m/1h 30) by car - Tonglu (3070 mts)

Day 3   Tonglu - Garibas (2620m) in 4 hrs

Day 4  Garibas - Sandakphu (3640m) in 4h 30 min.

Day 5   Sandakphu - Phalut (3600m) in 6h.

Day 6  Phalut - Raman (2560m) in 5h.

Day 7   Raman - Rimbik (2280m) in 4h.

Day 8  Rimbik - Pelling by car (9h)

Day 9   Pelling - Pemayangtse - Yuksam by car (2h).

Day 10  Yuksam - Tshoka (3030m) in 6h.

Day 11   Tshoka - Dzongri (4020m) in 5h.

Day 12  Dzongri - Thangsing (3930m) in 4h.

Day 13   Thangsing - Lamuney (4200m) in 4h.

Day 14  Lamuney - Goecha La (4940m) - Thangsing in 7h.

Day 15   Thangsing - Lam Pokhari (4230m) in 5h.

Day 16  Labdang - Tashiding (1740m) in 5h.

Day 17   Tashiding - Martam - Gangtok (5 hrs drive).

Day 18  Martam - Gangtok by car (1h).

Day 19   Gangtok - Bagdogra trip end back to onward destination