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17 Days Kanchenjunga Trek [ VAKT17]


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Day 1

Upon arrival at Bhadrapur airport via Nepal or Bagdogra Airport, the nearest airport , you will be met /assist and transfer will be provided to Darjeeling at the elevation of 2130m/6988ft. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 2

After breakfast walk to the  Darjeeling Railway Station for  appox 2-hour toy train joy ride. It's a round trip from Darjeeling up to Ghoom, 2nd highest altitude station on the Darjeeling Himalayan Rail track. It's at an altitude of 2225.7 meters (7407 ft) and back. The train stops for 10 minutes at Batasia loop and 30 minutes at Ghoom Museum. After the classic ride we explore the nearby Tea Garden. Visit the factory and if possible see process of manufacturing tea, interact with the people around and take a walk around the garden village to interact with the locals and back to the town.Overnight hotel.

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Day 3

Yuksom was the first capital of Sikkim and a gateway to Kanchenjunga trek and many more treks in Sikkim. It is a peaceful and a nice place for overnght.

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Day 4

The trail leads up the Rathong valley, through thick, semi-tropical forests. Afterwards a steep climb takes us to the tiny Tibetan village of Tsoska. The landscape has now changed into pine, rhododendron and magnolia forests. We get excellent views of the entire Himalayan range and Kanchenjunga. Overnight Tented Camp.

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Day 5

A steep trail zigzags up through temperate forest and large clusters of rhododendrons, to the vast clearing of Phedang. During April and May, the spectacle is gorgeous, as the land becomes a mass of flowers (400 species have been listed so far). After 300m, we follow the ridge to Dzongri, a pasture area for Yuksam yaks from April to October. Overnight tented camp.

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Day 6

Depending on the fitness of the group, we could head northwest to the Dzongri, where the panorama is stunning, over the Rathong glacier and further out towards the summits on the border with Nepal. Or we could also organize a shorter ascent towards the Dzongri Peak (4320m) and enjoy a great view of Kanchenjunga (8586m), the third highest summit in the world. 

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Day 7

We descend through rhododendron forest towards the the glacial Prek river. We establish our campsite on the grassy pastures of Thangshing at the elevation of (3930m/12894ft). The southern ridge of Kanchenjunga and the Onglakhing glacier are visible directly ahead and there are close-up views of Pandim. 

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Day 8

A pleasant walk below the west side of Pandim, through dwarf azaleas and rhododendrons to Zemathang. We take our first footsteps on the Onglakhing glacier, and climb up to the shores of the Samity lake, reputed to be the sacred source of the Prek river. Ringed by prayer flags, the lake reflects Forked Peak, Kabru North, Gocha Peak and other snow-capped peaks. 

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Day 9

We have to leave quite early this morning, as fog and clouds descend on the pass shortly after sunrise. The track to Gocha La climbs steeply through moraines. From the pass, ringed with colorful prayer flags, we can see Kanchenjunga and beyond that, the Talung glacier, continue to Thangshing.

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Day 10

After a steep descent, we climb through alpine areas and pass by tiny lakes.

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Day 11

A steep ascent leads to the pass, from where wedescend through a luxuriant tropical forest. 

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Day 12

Today we will walk in the half-light of the undergrowth, through a dense forest, where lianas tangle and moss and orchids hide tree trunks. 

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Day 13

An easy walk, in an atmosphere becoming more humid and heavier as we descend. 

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Day 14

En route, we visit the Tashiding monastery, one of the most isolated in Sikkim, perched on the top of a hill set between two rivers. 

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Day 15

We visit Rumtek monastery, reputed for its religious Tibetan art. Visitors are welcome to attend prayers.

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Day 16

Day at leisure in Gangtok .Overnight hotel.

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Day 17

Early morning driv to the airport to board onward flight.

Note: Extention tours to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Bhutan, Nepal can be arranged on request.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Country
India
Type of trip
Trekking
Trip Length
17 days
Maximum Elevation
4940m 16203ft
Grade
ModerateModerate or Moderate
Season
Mar – May / Sep – Nov
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Price
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