We offering you one of the best treks in the Indian Himalayas for spring 2022. This is the perfect trek for people who love uncrowded paths and stunning views of the Himalayas.
The Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek is considered to be one of the best treks in India. Offering some of the challenging yet delightful trails, this trek is undertaken by trekkers from different parts of the world. While for the non-adventurers this trek might sound difficult and strenuous, for the thrill mongers it is a dream come true. Geographically, Kanchenjunga and other surrounding five massive peaks are together forming the third highest peaks in the world.
They are in the mighty Himalayas located in the small beautiful state of India, Sikkim. Kanchenjunga stands at an elevation of about 8586 meters, this trek runs from the western side of Sikkim, and east of Nepal.
There is a regular trekking route to Kanchenjunga it is also called Gochlea pass trek, many people only trek from Yuksum which is a faster route through the alpine forest. According to Namaste Nomad co-founder, Yuksum to Gochlea is good to trek but for an amateur, it’s a bit risky because it gains altitude very fast from the second day. He prefers the hidden valley trek which starts from Uttrey village near the Nepal border and takes you through the India Nepal borderline, in this route you will also able to see Everest, Makalu, Lothse, Nuptse including Kanchenjunga.
In this route, trekking was not allowed here for a long time but now it’s fully open for trekkers, you can find hidden treasures like lakes, dense forests, tribal villages, landscapes, and rich flora and fauna. Until 1849, Kanchenjunga was considered to be the highest peak in the world before the discovery of Everest and K2. The verdant meadows, quaint villages, gleaming mountains, secluded regions, snow-clad summits, gushing rivers, and lakes are the prominent attractions lying on the way to the base camp. These are the simple reasons for trekkers to choose this strenuous trek to rejuvenate themselves. This trek is not busy and commercial like other treks in the Himalayas. it is still authentic and real.
Total 12 days trekking trail to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is quite different when we compare it with the other treks in the Indian Himalayas. Very unique and traditional nomadic style trek. Everything is carried by horse, yak, and porters, no sleeping in tea houses like Everest, no crowded huts or bars. We have a kitchen tent, dining tent, lots of fresh food, our own kitchen crew with great food menus every day. Personal tents single or doubles, mattress and all other equipment will be provided. Before we reach each camp all your tent and food are ready by our crew every day. You only carry your day bag with water, some rain gears, that’s all. This is very flexible as we have the choice to camp wherever we like depends on how we are feeling.
Enjoy the panoramic view of the neighbouring mountains – Including Everest, lotshe, Makalu and more lower peak.
Make use of the chance to meet the sikkimese people dwelling in the beautiful villages. Framing cultures, monastery and Buddhism.
The third highest mountain in the world offering you the best adventure possible will be in your heart forever and the trek done here is one of the greatest achievement you could get.
Tour of Sikkim capital Gangtok will be an additional experience which lets you learn about the how east and west mixed in this Himalayan town, experience local food, drinks and get the chance to return to the magnificent beauty of nature again.
A monastery tour of Sikkim can also be done to explore the cultural and traditional variations the tiny Himalayan state holds.
We start our journey from Delhi Airport and we finish in return at Delhi airport, we will be there to receive you on arrival, your hotel in Delhi will be booked in advance, your transports will be ready and your guide for the whole trip will be in Delhi to greet you. On the first day, we will explain to you our itinerary, plans and give you all the required information. We do all money change, and last-minute shopping for the trek can be done in Delhi. You have an opportunity to ask any questions regarding the trip and if you wish to change any days, plans on the itinerary that’s possible as well.
On this trip, we also can include 2 days tour to the Taj Mahal after the trek, which is optional.
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If the tour didn’t go ahead because of travel restrictions etc on the date we mention and you decide to pull out money will be fully refunded.
Day 1: Welcome to India.
Arrival In India we will receive you at the airport and transfer you to Hotel. Team introductions, tour briefing, and evening walk in busy streets of Delhi and traditional dinner.
After arrival, your lead guide will help you to change your currency and also we can do any last-minute shopping.
Day 2 – Fly to Highland
We fly straight to Pakyong airport to Sikkim with Spice Jet. Our jeeps will be waiting for you at the airport. After the 2 hour flight, we will drive for another 2 hours to the capital city of sikkim Gangtok. We will spend the night in the capital, meeting with our guides and explore the city and first dinner in Sikkim. You can get the first glimpse of the Himalayas from here in the morning. Gangtok also offers various tourist attractions around including flower shows, Himalayan deers, red panda, lots of ancient monastery and view of Kanchenjunga from Tashi Viewpoint is incerdiable.
Day 3 – let’s explore the Gangtok
In the morning we will take our short journey to Tashi viewpoints, Ganesh Tok, Enchay monastery, Himalayan zoological park, and the afternoon we will visit the biggest Buddhist monastery in Sikkim Rumtek monastery, and follow up with the rest of the sightseeing around Gangtok, today our permit for trek also we will receive from Sikkim tourism. Evening dinner and stay in Gangtok.
Day 4. Moving toward the trekking.
Early morning we will start our journey to peling one of the hill stations where you can see the full glimpse of Kanchenjunga, the place is famous for view. On the way, we will stop at Ravangla for visiting one of the biggest buddhas stupas. Arriva at Pelling and rest for the night.
Day 4 – Start of our next challenge
Today we will start our trek, before that we have to drive another 2 hours in the morning through beautiful forest and waterfalls, mountain view along the way. On the first day, Trek starts with a gradient walk through a small settlement village. After that it becomes steep and we enter into a dense forest. As we climb up you can see Rhododendron trees and other alpine trees which make the walk so beautiful, April and May month is the best time to explore this area. You can see Rhododendron flowers blooming in the trees and it looks spectacular. walk today will be up to 5hours, slow-paced. Today our stop will be at Chewabhanjyang Pass (3142 m) this the border between Nepal and India, after reaching to camp we can actually to Nepal and have Nepali tea and come for dinner in India. Enjoy the evening here.
Day 5 -: Phokteydara rest day
We spend this day as a rest day to give your body needful time to acclimatize to this high altitude before we move further. But that doesn’t mean that we should do nothing. We can go for an acclimatization walk to a nearby hill called Phokteydara from where you can see the beautiful panoramic view of the greater Himalayas. One of the few places on Earth from where you can see four of the five highest mountains in the World. That’s also the main reason I prefer this route compare to Yuksum. When the weather is clear here your day will be like heaven Overnight stay in a tent.
Day 7 – Chewabhanjyang to Dhor (3749 m)
It will be a beautiful walk today. Don’t forget to have breakfast and pack your day bag accordingly, and ask lunchtime to your guide, today you will be reaching up to (3749 m). The most exciting thing about today’s walk is that sometimes you walk in Nepal and sometimes in India. Yes, this trail is just on the Indo-Nepal border. This zigzag walk along with a beautiful mountain view makes this walk one of the stunning high Himalayas trek. Lots of meeting and across Yak-herder huts today which is only evidence of human civilization in this region. Beautiful birds in the Rhododendron forests singing away. After the great hike, you will be at your camp already set up by your trekking team, have a cup of tea and popcorn before they offer you fresh cooked yummy dinner at the dining tent. yes, they do have all you need. Overnight stay in tent.
Day 8 – Pharey Megu (3905 m)
Today you trek to Pharey Megu (3905 m) this is my favorite day of the hike, not much to climb just follow the ridge, and the view of Greater Himalayan peaks is a prime attraction today. 3rd highest Kanchenjunga, Kabru, Talung peaks will dominate the view. apart from mountains, you may be lucky today to see rare Himalayan blue sheep today. It will be around 6 hrs trek to reach our Pharey Megu campsite. And again relax and check your photos and write your day experience and have a bit of banter with your trekking crew and rest.
Day 9 – Lampokhri (4297 m), 6 hrs
Today will be a little bit less oxygen for you, and the walk will be much slower but the distance is not much. The first one hour will be an easy walk. As there is almost no vegetation you can get an uninterrupted view, but prepare the suncream and hats and plenty of water, maybe up to 3 liters today. Today you cross some difficult patches that might be loose scree in some patches. After crossing this area you will reach a beautiful valley from where you can see Himalayan peaks Kabru, Pandim, etc. From here your campsite Lampokhri (4297 m) is just 2 hrs walk. In the afternoon ask your guide permission for a short walk and experience the sunset. Your colder nights are started and you will be getting less oxygen and closer at nights. Your trekking crew will look after you well with hot water bags, warm sleeping bags, boil water and you will have pleasant sleep. Good sleep and good food, enough water are very important at high altitudes.
Day 10 – Gomathang
It will be an exciting day as you go from Pharey Megu to Lampokhri. Today will be a little bit less oxygen for you, and the walk will be much slower but the distance is not much. The first one hour will be an easy walk. As there is almost no vegetation you can get an uninterrupted view, but prepare the suncream and hats and plenty of water, maybe up to 3 liters today. Today you cross some difficult patches that might be loose scree in some patches. After crossing this area you will reach a beautiful valley from where you can see Himalayan peaks Kabru, Pandim, etc. From here your campsite Lampokhri (4297 m) is just 2 hrs walk. In the afternoon ask your guide permission for a short walk and experience the sunset. Your colder nights are started and you will be getting less oxygen and closer at nights. Your trekking crew will look after you well with hot water bags, warm sleeping bags, boil water and you will have pleasant sleep. Good sleep and good food, enough water are very important at high altitudes.
Day 11 -Pangding (4268 m), 5 hrs
As every day your trekking crew will come in the morning with hot tea and hot water for your morning wash. have a good breakfast and enjoy your morning at Gomathang. a little bit of meditation beside the river would make more joy in your heart, that’s what I do. after your morning around 9 am trek start with a meadow walk then you enter Rhododendron and silver fir forest. It will be an easy walk today before you reach Pangding camp (4268 m) where we take a steep trail to reach our campsite. This campsite also offers an amazing view of the big Himalayan mountains.
Day 12 -Dzongri (4170 m)
Today’s trek starts with a descent. You walk down for about an hour and then climb up again. We cross two rivers Tikep Chhu and Rathong Chhu on our way to Dzongri. Dzongri is more like a junction point where various trails go in a different direction, some trekkers only trek up to Dzongri and return after viewing of Kanchenjunga. That is why Dzongri is always a busy campsite, but there is not a busy area you can choose to camp. In the afternoon go for an excursion to Dzongri Top for a stunning view, you can also hike around yak headers camp. Overnight stay in tent.
Day 13 – Thankgsing (3858 m), via Kokchurong.
We start in the dark to reach the Dzongri top to experience spectacular sunrise over Kanchenjunga and other peaks, golden colors mountain you have never seen before, this is your opportunity. It will take around 1 hour to reach the top. Experiencing this beauty you will return to the campsite and after breakfast, you start for Kokchurong, a riverside camp lunch. It will be a lovely walk today as the view of Kanchenjunga, Pandim and other Himalayan peaks will be with you all the time. It will be around 6 hrs to reach your Thangsing campsite. At the height of 3858 m. Thangsing is a greenfield campsite looking towards Kanchenjunga and just above white peak mt. Pandim, a beautiful place to explore. With Prek chu (River) is flowing just beside the campsite, its gurgling sound is so amazing and you can spend your hours just watching at the flowing river. Overnight stay in the tent, hopefully, the sky will be clear so you can see stars very close.
Day 14 – Thangsing- Mt. Pandim base camp.
Today is a very relaxing day, as you will only walk about 2 hours to another camp called lamuney, it is also called Mt Pandim base camp. But we can use this day for visiting the glacier lake called Milky lake (dud Pokhari). after the day hike to the lake, we will walk a flat walk to Lamuney campsite. You enjoy every moment of this walk as the astounding view of the Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Tenzing Khang peaks will keep you enchanted all the time. It is one of the most beautiful campsites here and the sunset view over gigantic Pandim is spectacular from here. It will be a colder night, but your support team will keep you warm with hot water bottles.
Day 15 – Summit Day – 5000mtr
You have to start around 3 am today for Goecha La. This journey is something that you will cherish forever. Trek amidst dark night in freezing weather is so adventurous. It will take around 3.5 hrs to reach the Goecha La (4980-5000 m), its something similar we do in Everest base camp as well, from Lobuche to base camp and return, we start there at dark too. While standing at the Goecha La you can see the gigantic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak at stone throwing distance. from Everest base camp it’s very hard to see Everest but here you will see nearly the whole Kanchenjunga standing in front of you. Mt. Pandim (6691 m) also looks so massive from here. On your way down to the camp, the view of Kabru and other peaks will make you speechless. After returning to the campsite we have our lunch and move towards Thansing (3865 m). It will take 1.5 hr to reach there. We spend the afternoon just reaching our legs, checking photos, eating warm meals. It will be great to sleep here with the sound of the river.
Day 16 – Tshokha (2957 m)
Today will be an easy downhill walk all the way to Tshokha 1200mtr decent in one day. On the way return when you look back at the mighty Kanchenjunga, you amaze to think about the Goecha La summit! We take the same trail up to Kokchurong but from here we will take another trail to reach Tshokha. The trail goes through dense Rhododendron forest. During spring this trail looks so beautiful. This will be your celebrating evening with teammates and crew. Overnight stay in tent.
Day 17 – Back to Pelling
Today is your last day hike after almost 2 full weeks of walking in the Himalayas, I am sure you will be delighted to back for a real hot shower and soft bed in a hotel room. We start in the morning for Yuksom it will take up to 5 hours walk, many people end their trek in Yuksom and get a jeep from here next day, but I suggest you drive 2 hours today to Pelling and get the best hotel for your well-deserved rest. It’s a day for teasing other trekkers going uphill and you are running down. Upon arrival at Yuksom your transport will be waiting for you with some refreshments and they will drive to spelling for the night and good sleep, you will get all your storage bags and extra clothes you left before trek…
Day 18 – Back to Capital
Early morning drive back to gangtok
Spend your day exploring Gangtok, nearby monastery, flower show, or you can even go visit state animal Zoo to see Red panda and snow leopard. You can visit Enchay monastery and Ganesh tok to view the whole Gangtok valley. Evening explores the town and experiences nightlife in Sikkim.
Day 19 – Back to Delhi
Sikkim has a new Airport and only 2 hours drive from Gangtok, bak the early flight to Delhi will take 2 hours approx to Delhi. check in to hotel in Delhi and afternoon explore street of Delhi and pick up your gift for family and friends and last night in India.
Day 20 – Back to Home
At the last, we all have to go home safe to our family with lots of experience to share with the amazing stories of hikes in the Himalayas.
- You may plan to do few more days around India after this trek you can always ask us we will be happy to serve you for more services around India or the Himalayas.
- This itinerary is mainly focus on trekking with proper acclimatize days in between.
Reaching 3rd highest mountain Kanchenjunga Base camp.
Red panda visit
Trekking is one of the unspoiled parts of the Himalayas.
Cultures, food, and people in Sikkim
Old and authentic style camping trek with all-inclusive service.
Buddhism and history
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